Russia's leverage on the U.S. extends all the way to outer space

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As the crisis in Ukraine unfolds, it's important to consider just how much leverage President Obama has given Vladimir Putin's Russia over U.S. policy.

The answer: all the way to outer space. That's right -- ever since Obama ended the U.S. manned spaceflight program, American astronauts have depended on Russia to take them to the International Space Station.

But there's no need to worry, because it's "happy hour with the Democratic Party." Have another drink.

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