More Brian Hughes Articles

  • G-7 to hold summit in Brussels, won't meet in Russia

    The United States and western allies announced Monday that a meeting of the Group of Eight nations planned for June in Sochi, Russia, had been cancelled, with world leaders planning instead to meet in Brussels in retaliation for Russian President Vladimir Putin annexing Crimea. “We will not...

  • Obama expected to push suspension of Russia from G-8

    President Obama later Monday is expected to call on U.S. allies to suspend Russia from the Group of Eight nations, White House officials hinted, looking to ramp up pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin over his actions in Ukraine.

  • White House week ahead: Obama faces European challenge on Russia

    President Obama this week during a cross-Atlantic trip will look to build a united front with European allies against Russian President Vladimir Putin, trying to convince an unmoved Kremlin the West will impose serious penalties for further incursions into Ukraine.

  • White House: Russian retaliatory sanctions 'unfortunate'

    Though lawmakers receiving Russian sanctions trumpeted the punishment as a badge of honor, the White House on Friday dismissed the retaliatory penalties from the Kremlin as “unfortunate.” Vladimir Putin's regime on Thursday banned nine U.S. officials from traveling to Russia, including...

  • Obama struggles to contain fallout from Ukraine crisis

    Russia's swift annexation of Crimea created ripple effects that extend well beyond Ukraine, fundamentally redefining the relationship between Washington and Moscow. Vladimir Putin's land grab undermined President Obama's so-called "reset" with Russia, leaving the White House appearing weak and...

  • Obama: GOP should 'join us in this century' on equal pay for women

    Taunting Republican lawmakers, President Obama on Thursday urged his GOP rivals to “join us in this century" by passing stalled equal-pay legislation for women. “When women make less than men, that hurts the economy,” Obama said at Valencia College in Orlando, Fla., trumpeting a message...

  • Obama expands sanctions against Russia, warns of 'more severe actions'

    President Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. was expanding sanctions against senior Russian officials following Moscow's annexation of Crimea and warned of further “severe actions” against the Kremlin if it did not stand down. “The world is watching with grave concern,” Obama said...

  • White House condemns storming of Ukrainian navy headquarters

    White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday condemned the storming of the Crimean navy headquarters by pro-Russian forces, saying that Russia was “directly responsible for any casualties” that occur in the conflict.

  • White House won't comment on report of NSA 'time machine'

    White House press secretary Jay Carney refused to discuss a new report that claims the National Security Agency can record the entirety of a country's phone calls and replay them later. The NSA has the capability to record “100 percent” of calls in a foreign nation, according to the...

  • Joe Biden: More sanctions coming as Russia annexes Crimea

    Vice President Joe Biden, in Eastern Europe to reassure U.S. allies rattled by Russian actions in Ukraine, said Tuesday that Western powers would impose more sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime after Moscow formally annexed Crimea.

  • Administration says 5 million people have signed up for Obamacare

    The Obama administration announced Monday that 5 million people had signed up for health plans through federal and stage exchanges, just two weeks before the deadline for consumers to obtain insurance or pay a fine.

  • Experts say sanctions will have little influence on Vladimir Putin

    The White House on Monday trumpeted sanctions against senior Kremlin officials as the most extensive economic punishment imposed on Russia since the Cold War. But Russian President Vladimir Putin must have missed that memo.

  • White House won't rule out sanctions against Vladimir Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin was not on the list of 11 Russian and Ukrainian names sanctioned by the U.S. government Monday, but the White House would not rule out the possibility when pressed about getting more aggressive with the Kremlin. “We're not going to rule out individuals or...

  • Obama to Russia: 'We stand ready to impose further sanctions'

    Taking a direct shot at Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Obama told the leader Monday that the U.S. would impose additional sanctions on Kremlin officials if they don't stand down in Ukraine. “If Russia continues to intervene in Ukraine, we stand ready to impose further...

  • Obama issues sanctions against Russian officials after Crimea vote

    President Obama issued an executive order Monday imposing sanctions against seven senior Russian government officials after a Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia a day earlier. Among the Russians being hit with economic punishments are Vladislav Surkov, an aide to Russian...



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