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Washington React: Obama, Putin Find Little Common Ground on Ukraine
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 7, 2014 @ 9:49amClick here to read more
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but the two leaders found little common ground. The White House says President Obama told Putin the presence of Russian forces in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula is a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty.
The Kremlin says Putin denounced Ukraine's new Western-backed government as "illegitimate" and said Russia cannot "ignore" calls for help from Ukraine's Russia-leaning east and south.
US Deficit Hawks Say 2015 Budget Not Bold Enough
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 7, 2014 @ 9:45amClick here to read more
The release of the U.S. fiscal budget for 2015 is getting a lukewarm response from both supporters and critics of President Barack Obama. The $3.9 trillion budget promises to lower the annual deficit even as it expands opportunities for poor and working-class Americans. But critics say it does so by raising taxes on the wealthy -- while ignoring the nation’s most pressing fiscal problems.
Whether it’s improving our aging roads and bridges or expanding opportunities for low-income Americans and school age children, President Barack Obama says it’s about making the right choices.
Kerry in Jordan for Mideast Peace Talks
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 7, 2014 @ 9:39amClick here to read more
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Jordan's King Abdullah on Friday for talks about a framework for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians by the end of next month.
Kerry held two hours of talks with the monarch during an unscheduled visit to Jordan's Red Sea resort of Aqaba after leaving Rome, where he attended a conference on Libya and held meetings on the crisis in Ukraine.
Saudis Designate Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Group
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 7, 2014 @ 9:37amClick here to read more
Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. The announcement was carried by state television, which quoted the Saudi Interior Ministry.
The kingdom fears the Brotherhood's conservative Sunni doctrines, which challenge the Saudi principle of dynastic rule. The group has also tried to build support within Saudi Arabia since the Arab Spring popular revolutions.
US Faces Israeli, Saudi Concerns Over Iran Nuclear Talks
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 7, 2014 @ 9:33amClick here to read more
President Obama's push to limit Iran's nuclear program includes a promise to Israel and Saudi Arabia that he will not allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will never be secure if Iran continues to enrich uranium.
In their meeting at the White House this week, Obama told the prime minister that his commitment to blocking Iran from atomic weapons is absolute.