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Russian Lawmakers Welcome Separatist Steps By Crimea

Russian Lawmakers Welcome Separatist Steps By CrimeaOne day after President Obama condemned steps taken by Crimea's parliament to leave Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, Russian lawmakers are welcoming such a move by Crimean separatists.

Obama’s $3.9 Trillion Budget Would Produce $564 Billion Deficit

Obama’s $3.9 Trillion Budget Would Produce $564 Billion DeficitAs expected, President Obama on Tuesday unveiled a $3.9 trillion budget plan for fiscal 2015 that his number crunchers say would produce a $564 billion deficit.

National Council Of La Raza Dubs Obama ‘Deporter-In-Chief’

National Council Of La Raza Dubs Obama ‘Deporter-In-Chief’The nation's largest Latino advocacy organization is taking its gloves off against one of its traditional allies.

NATO Urges ‘Everybody’ To Respect Ukraine’s Sovereignty

NATO Urges ‘Everybody’ To Respect Ukraine’s SovereigntySpeaking by telephone Monday, top military officials from NATO and the Russian government discussed the situation in Ukraine, with both sides expressing their concerns. NATO says it respects Ukraine's sovereignty – and it hopes it's not alone.

Obama Wants Tougher Fuel Standards For Big Trucks

Obama Wants Tougher Fuel Standards For Big TrucksPresident Obama said Tuesday that he has told the Environmental Protection Agency to work with the Department of Transportation on a second round of regulations to improve the fuel efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

CBO: Minimum Wage Hike Could Boost Paychecks – And Cut Jobs

CBO: Minimum Wage Hike Could Boost Paychecks – And Cut JobsWhatever you already believed about raising the federal minimum wage, you now have more ammo for your argument, thanks to a report released Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office, titled "The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income."

Justice Dept. Asks For Help Finding Prisoners Who Deserve Clemency

Justice Dept. Asks For Help Finding Prisoners Who Deserve ClemencyThe second-in-command at the Justice Department met Tuesday with defense lawyers and interest groups to identify the cases of worthy prisoners who could qualify for clemency.

CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products

CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco ProductsSaying it is "the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," the CEO of CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that the company's 7,600 pharmacies will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products by Oct. 1.

U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review

U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental ReviewThe State Department says that production of Canadian tar-sand crude, which has a bigger greenhouse gas footprint than other types of oil, is unlikely to be increased if the Keystone XL pipeline goes ahead — and therefore would do little to contribute to climate change.

Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contracts

Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal ContractsNews broke this morning that President Obama will announce during his State of the Union address tonight that he's going to sign an executive order raising the minimum wage in new federal contracts.