(CNN) – Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is coming to the U.S. and will meet with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, as upheaval in Ukraine has spiraled into an increasingly tense dispute between Russia and the West.
But it seems like Ukraine's Crimea is already lost, as former defense secretary Robert Gates told Fox News Sunday; Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely not going to withdraw Russian troops from there the southern peninsula.
So what is the end game now?
"It's a little bit too negative to say that Crimea is lost," said president of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass. "We've got to give it a little more time. For all we know, Russians are going to feel the effects of the sanctions, of some of their diplomatic isolation."
Washington (CNN) - The nuclear deal struck in November between the world powers, collectively known as the P5+1, and Iran calls for Tehran to limit its nuclear activities in return for a relaxation of sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.
But Iranian officials say the deal is not that big a deal, that they could undo what they have agreed to do within one day.
President Hassan Rouhani told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that Iran is open for business. Indeed, France and Turkey have sent trade missions looking to do more business in the country.
But Kerry insists the U.S. has not been played, “not even by a close margin.”
“Iran is not open for business. And Iran knows it's not open for business,” said Kerry in an exclusive interview with CNN's Jake Tapper.
"So while the French may send some businesspeople over there, they're not able to contravene the sanctions. They will be sanctioned if they do and they know it. And we've put them on notice," said Kerry.
“Nobody should doubt for an instant that the United States is prepared to enforce the sanctions that exist. And all of our allies are in agreement that those sanctions are staying in place until or unless there is a deal,” said the Secretary.
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) told CNN that he thinks New Jersey Governor Chris Christie should remain the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
During the interview, Jindal told Crowley, “Yes. Yes. I don't think he should step down. I think he should stay there. I think what's more important, though, is we got some great governors…RGA is not about one governor...” FULL POST
Waukesha, Wisconsin (CNN) – Once, Barack Obama spoke of what he wanted for his presidency in terms of healing a nation divided. "This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal," he said.
Today, Obama is talking about executive orders and executive actions - with a pen or phone - if a divided Congress won't or can't act on an agenda he laid out this week in his State of the Union address.
But in an exclusive interview airing Friday on CNN, the President insists he has not recalibrated his ambitions.
"In no way are my expectations diminished or my ambitions diminished. But what is obviously true is we've got a divided government right now," Obama said.
"The House Republicans, in particular, have had difficulty rallying around any agenda, much less mine. And in that kind of environment, what I don't want is the American people to think that the only way for us to make big change is through legislation. We've all got to work together to continue to provide an opportunity for the next generation."
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CNN anchor Jake Tapper will talk exclusively with President Obama about a wide range of topics, including the economy, immigration, jobs, national security and foreign policy. This will be the president’s first interview coming off of tonight’s State of the Union address.
Tapper’s interview will air Friday, Jan. 31 on New Day, which begins at 6 a.m., ET and during The Lead with Jake Tapper at 4 p.m., ET.
Anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper joined CNN in January 2013. His one-hour weekday program The Lead with Jake Tapper debuted in March 2013. Tapper joined CNN from ABC News, where he covered President Obama extensively as senior White House correspondent and congressional correspondent. While at ABC News, Tapper was honored with the Merriman Smith Award for Excellence in Presidential Coverage for three consecutive years. FULL POST
(CNN) - CNN's Jake Tapper asked former National Security Agency contractor and leaker Edward Snowden Thursday, via Twitter, "Under what conditions would you agree to return to the U.S.?"
In his live Q&A happening online right now, Snowden replied:
Returning to the US, I think, is the best resolution for the government, the public, and myself, but it’s unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistleblower protection laws, which through a failure in law did not cover national security contractors like myself.
"The hundred-year old law under which I’ve been charged, which was never intended to be used against people working in the public interest, and forbids a public interest defense. This is especially frustrating, because it means there’s no chance to have a fair trial, and no way I can come home and make my case to a jury.
Maybe when Congress comes together to end the programs the PCLOB just announced was illegal, they’ll reform the Whistleblower Protection Act, and we’ll see a mechanism for all Americans, no matter who they work for, to get a fair trial. FULL POST
Sarah Palin shares that she is a born again Christian, and talks about her fight against the "war on Christmas."