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Barack Obama seeks European support
for harder line on Russia sanctions

Reuters*, by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 3/24/2014 3:32:33 AM

Barack Obama takes his hard line on Russia to Europe this week and will see how far European allies are willing to go to stop Moscow from moving deeper into Ukraine after annexing Crimea. The US president will arrive in the Netherlands on Monday morning for talks with fellow leaders of the Group of Seven industrial democracies, when he will try to persuade them to increase pressure on Russia. It comes as Russian troops backed by helicopters stormed a Ukrainian naval base on the Crimea peninsula early on Monday, one of the few military facilities that was still flying a Ukrainian

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Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 2:04:29 PM     Post Reply
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It’s on. Three of the Tea Party´s biggest stars, Sarah Palin and Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are joining in a national “Liberty Rally” to back conservatives running in key Senate races. Palin´s political action committee, SarahPAC, today said that the trio will kick off the rally in Oklahoma where former House Speaker T.W. Shannon is running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn. “Shannon is the constitutional conservative candidate,” cheered SarahPAC’s email to supporters. That rally takes place today. Cruz, Palin and Lee are also planning to be in Nebraska on Friday to help Senate candidate

   

 

  


 
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