More Sean Lengell Articles

  • Paul Ryan calls for sanctions against Russian oligarchs

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan called on the Obama administration to hit Russian oligarchs with sanctions in response to Russia's military occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region. "There are vulnerabilities within Russia that [Russian President Vladimir Putin] has politically that can...

  • Robert Gates: Putin wants to recreate Soviet-style Russian sphere of influence

    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to recreate a Soviet-style sphere of Russian influence in Eastern Europe -- an ambition the United States and its allies must keep in check. Gates told "Fox News Sunday" that Russia's current military occupation...

  • Ted Cruz: Obama's weakness partially to blame for Russian aggression

    Sen. Ted Cruz said President Obama's "weakness" has embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin to act militarily in Ukraine's Crimea region. "Putin fears no retribution" from the United States, said the Texas Republican in an interview shown Sunday on ABC's "This Week." Cruz, who called Putin...

  • Rand Paul: GOP has 'real opportunity' to attract youth voters

    Sen. Rand Paul says his Republican Party is posed to attract more youth voters, a demographic the GOP has struggled to make inroads with in recent presidential elections. The Kentucky lawmaker told "Fox News Sunday" that while President Obama won the youth vote by a 3-to-1 ratio, young...

  • Pair of GOP senators want Russia kicked out of World Cups

    Sens. Mark Kirk of Illinois and Dan Coats of Indiana have urged FIFA, international soccer's governing body, to suspend Russia's membership "in light of Russia's military occupation of a sovereign Ukraine."

  • Darrell Issa apologizes for turning off Democrat Elijah Cummings' microphone during hearing

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has apologized to Rep. Elijah Cummings, the panel's top Democrat, for turning off his microphone during a testy exchange at the conclusion of a hearing Wednesday. Cummings said the California Republican telephoned him...

  • House tables Democratic resolution condemning Rep. Darrell Issa

    The Republican-led House on Thursday rejected a Democratic resolution condemning Rep. Darrell Issa for turning off the microphones at the conclusion of a committee hearing a day earlier. The House voted 211-186 to table the measure, which accused the California Republican, who is chairman of...

  • John Boehner welcomes Obama's order for sanctions aimed at Russia

    House Speaker John Boehner said he supports President Obama's executive order Thursday that readies sanctions to freeze assets and block U.S. visas for those responsible for “destabilizing Ukraine.”

  • Dalai Lama implores Senate to 'act with pure mind'

    The "world's greatest deliberative body" got some sage advice from one of the world's foremost religious figures when the Dalai Lama delivered the Senate's opening prayer Thursday.

  • House proposes financial aid package for Ukraine

    The House has tentatively scheduled a Thursday vote on a loan package for Ukraine. Specifics of the financial aid package had not been released as of late Wednesday. The measure is to be considered under a suspension of House rules, meaning that a two-thirds majority is needed for passage....

  • Senate rejects Obama Justice Department nominee

    The Senate on Wednesday rejected President Obama's controversial pick to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, as seven Democrats bucked their party's leadership and joined Republicans in opposing the nomination of Debo Adegbile. A procedural vote to advance Adegbile's...

  • Senate vote on Justice Dept. nomination hinges on decades-old Mumia Abu-Jamal case

    President Obama's controversial pick to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division faces a potentially close -- and for Senate Democratic leaders, embarrassing -- vote Wednesday in the chamber. The nomination of Debo Adegbile is at risk despite a move in November by Senate Majority...

  • Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton press for military aid for Ukraine

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said the U.S. should provide military assistance to Ukraine unless Russia quickly withdraws its troops from Ukraine's Crimea region, but stopped short of calling for U.S. forces to become directly involved. The freshmen lawmakers, members...

  • John McCain: Vladimir Putin still fighting the Cold War

    Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that the Obama administration has failed to understand that Russian President Vladimir Putin views his relationship with the U.S. through a Cold War prism, urging President Obama not to back down from Russia's recent aggression in Ukraine's Crimea region. Putin...



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