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March 9, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Players and coaches for USC's 2013 NCAA champion men's and women's water polo teams are scheduled to be among the national championship teams honored Monday at the White House, a USC official said. The teams are scheduled to meet with President Obama. The USC women's team won the title by defeating Stanford. The men's team won a record sixth consecutive championship by defeating Pacific. The last USC teams to visit the White House were the 2009-10 men's and women's water polo and men's tennis teams.
March 7, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, has apologized to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings for adjourning a hearing while the panel's top Democrat was speaking. Apology accepted, Cummings said after receiving a call from the Vista, Calif., congressman Thursday night. Cummings, of Maryland, added in a statement that he hopes that as the House's top investigative committee moves forward, it "will seek resolution rather than unnecessary conflict.
March 7, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - With their hopes for broad legislation to overhaul immigration policies all but dead for the year, advocates have turned quickly to a new target: Pushing President Obama to take executive action to ease deportations of immigrants in the country illegally. In a coordinated, aggressive and sharp-elbowed campaign, leaders who stood behind the White House not long ago as the president called immigration reform his top second-term priority are now attacking Obama for not doing enough on his own. Dismissing Obama's insistence that his hands are tied by the law, advocates plan to pile on until he relents -- as he did once before in the run-up to an election.
March 6, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government will ban Russian officials and others involved in "threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine" from receiving U.S. visas, the White House announced Thursday. The move, which adds to existing visa restrictions on people involved in human rights abuses in Ukraine, marks a further escalation of U.S. pressure on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, where Russian gunmen have seized control of the strategic Crimean peninsula. In a statement, the White House said President Obama had signed an executive order that allows the government to impose sanctions on individuals and groups responsible for "undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine; threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine.
March 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House approved up to $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine on Thursday, backing President Obama's request to help the new government. The aid package sailed through the House on a robust bipartisan vote of 385-23, even as Republicans in Congress have voiced criticism of Obama's foreign policy leadership. The measure won support from many fiscal conservatives who typically resist such spending bills because the funding will come from a State Department loan program that has already been allocated.
March 6, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Thursday declared that a referendum asking Crimean voters if they want to join Russia would violate Ukraine's constitution and international law, and he promised to keep ramping up the pressure on Russia until it stands down in the region. “In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders,” the president said in the White House briefing room. Obama also said he is tightening sanctions as part of an effort to “impose a cost” on Russia for its intervention, and he praised the European Union for taking similar steps to penalize those involved in the dispute.
March 5, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- As Congress weighs imposing sanctions on Russia in response to military action in Crimea, Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Wednesday the House would vote "soon" on an aid package for Ukraine. Money for Ukraine's embattled government would come in the form of a loan, Republican officials said, tapping into already funded accounts so approval would be easier in the fiscally conservative House. The Senate is working on its own measures to respond to the crisis in the former Soviet republic.
March 5, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The Ducks traded winger Dustin Penner to the Capitals on Tuesday, leaving him scrambling for a place to live in Washington while he joins his new team. Maybe he knows someone who lives in a spacious house than might be able to let him crash through the end of the season? Something close to the major sites?   . @BarackObama hey i know this is last minute & I hate asking on such short notice but can I crash for a few days? I'm great with kids - Dustin Penner (@Dustinpenner25)
March 4, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON - A top Republican senator sparked reactions from both sides of the aisle after drawing a link between the crisis in Ukraine and President Obama's response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a harsh critic of the Obama administration's foreign policy, posted a string of tweets Tuesday attributing Russian President Vladimir Putin's incursion into Ukraine's Crimea region to "a weak indecisive leader" in Washington:   It started with Benghazi.
March 4, 2014 | By Amina Khan
NASA's budget for the 2015 fiscal year wouldn't budge much from last year under the White House's proposal for nearly $17.5 billion, as officials reaffirmed the commitment to extending the life of the International Space Station, funding potential missions to Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa and sending a manned mission to nab an asteroid and bring it back to Earth orbit. The proposed $17.46-billion budget for 2015 is roughly $200 million less than the 2014 fiscal year request, and the planetary science division would receive about $1.28 billion -- not quite up to last year's $1.35 billion.
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