Ukraine crisis: Crimea leader appeals to Putin for help – BBC News

BBC NewsThe new pro-Moscow leader of Ukraine’s autonomous Crimea region has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for help to ensure peace. A Kremlin source said it would “not leave unnoticed”…

Ukraine crisis: Obama warns Russia against intervention – BBC News

BBC NewsUS President Barack Obama has warned Russia there will be “costs” for any military intervention in Ukraine. He said he was deeply concerned by reports of Russian military movements…

Obama warns Russia of ‘costs’ for intervention in Ukraine – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that military intervention in Ukraine would lead to “costs,” as tension with old foe President Vladimir Putin rose in a…

US planning full Afghan pullout, Obama tells Karzai – BBC News

BBC NewsPresident Barack Obama has warned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai that the US may pull all of its troops out of his country by the year’s end. Mr Obama…

Governors erupt in partisan dispute at White House – Houston Chronicle

Governors erupt in partisan dispute at White HouseHouston ChronicleWASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s governors emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break…

NSA accused of further spying on Germans – Irish Examiner

Irish ExaminerThe NSA has stepped up its surveillance of senior German government officials since being ordered by Barack Obama to halt its spying on chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag…

What they’re saying about Ted – Houston Chronicle

What they’re saying about TedHouston ChronicleRocker Ted Nugent has apologized – well, sort of – for calling President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel,” but the outrage it caused on both…

Obama to Host Dalai Lama at White House – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaU.S. President Barack Obama hosts exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Friday at the White House, prompting China to issue a statement of “serious concern.” The White…

China calls on US to scrap meeting between Obama and Dalai Lama – CNN

CNNHong Kong (CNN) — China has urged U.S. President Barack Obama to call off a meeting at the White House with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama that’s scheduled to…

China urges Obama to cancel Dalai Lama meeting – Financial Times

Financial TimesChina called on US President Barack Obama to immediately cancel a planned meeting with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, and warned the meeting would “severely impair”…

China urges Obama to cancel meeting with Dalai Lama – Reuters

ReutersBEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China urged the United States on Friday to scrap plans for President Barack Obama to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama later in the day,…

White House defers to FCC on further action on net neutrality – PCWorld

PCWorldThe administration of U.S. President Barack Obama said in response to a petition that it continues to back an open Internet, but declined to direct the U.S. Federal Communications Commission…

George Zimmerman flees Miami after being accosted on beach and $10000 … – Daily Mail

Daily MailGeorge Zimmerman has accused President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of making him a ‘scapegoat.’ In an interview Monday with CNN, Zimmerman told Chris Cuomo he suffered…

Bradley Cooper Admits Going Commando At White House State Dinner; Actor … – International Business Times

International Business TimesActor Bradley Cooper arrives at the 86th Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., Feb. 10, 2014. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni. “American Hustle” star Bradley Cooper went commando to…

Obama praises Michael Sam for announcement before NFL Draft – CBSSports.com

CBSSports.comOther than several anonymous NFL types suggesting that the league isn’t ready for an openly gay player, and that Sam may have hurt his draft position with his announcement, the…

US president warns Uganda over anti-gay bill – BBC News

BBC NewsPresident Barack Obama has warned Uganda’s President Yoweri Musuveni that enacting an anti-gay law will complicate relations with the US. Under the proposed legislation, those convicted of homosexual acts…

Little progress made as Syria peace talks close in Switzerland – CNN International

CNN International(CNN) — As a second round of peace talks ended Saturday with little progress in ending Syria’s civil war, U.S. President Barack Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah spoke about…

House of Cards: Kevin Spacey Sparkles in Season 2 – People Magazine

People MagazinePolitics, as the saying goes, is the art of the possible, the attainable, but cable shows have to aim and hit higher than that – especially if they star…

Don’t spoil ‘House of Cards’ for Barack Obama, please – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesThe second season of Netflix’s political thriller “House of Cards” got released at midnight PST, and while many wasted no time tearing into the twisty Kevin Spacey-Robin Wright…

Sochi Olympics Gets Support From American Athletes Like Nick Cunningham

Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner: USA Olympics Skaters In Glo-Blades? The Sochi Olympics in Russia have bashed from many American journalists and from those on social media (like myself) who aren’t…

Billie Jean King won’t be in Sochi – ESPN

ESPNSOCHI, Russia — Billie Jean King, tabbed by President Barack Obama to lead the official U.S. Presidential Delegation to the opening ceremony of the Olympics, will not attend because her…

Snowden Gets Nobel Nomination as US Pursues Trial – Businessweek

BusinessweekPresident Barack Obama wants to see Edward Snowden clapped in irons and bound to the U.S. for a criminal trial. Two Norwegian politicians have a different fate in mind for…

Obama Announces New myRA Retirement Accounts – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalPresident Barack Obama said he is directing the Treasury Department to create a new type of retirement savings account for millions of Americans that would include a government…

Obama says Iran talks may not succeed but threatens veto on new sanctions … – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and MailAny new economic sanctions that Congress tries to impose against Iran during international negotiations to limit the Islamic republic’s nuclear program will be vetoed, President Barack Obama…

Mayor says no gay residents in Sochi – ESPN

ESPNESPN The Magazine’s Brett Forrest discusses the reaction in Russia to President Barack Obama sending openly gay athletes such as Billie Jean King to represent the United States in Sochi.…

Boston bomb survivors are guests at Obama speech – Washington Post

Washington PostWASHINGTON — Two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and an openly gay NBA player are among the guests who will sit with first lady Michelle Obama Tuesday when…

White House uses social media in preps for the State of the Union – CNN (blog)

White House uses social media in preps for the State of the UnionCNN (blog)Washington (CNN) – Just days before President Barack Obama gives his annual State of the Union address,…

Obama, Putin discuss Olympics security in call – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed in a phone call on Tuesday how best to have a “safe and secure” Winter Olympics in Sochi,…

Tech industry: Obama’s NSA reforms ‘insufficient’ – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury NewsSAN FRANCISCO—Technology companies and industry groups took President Barack Obama’s speech on U.S. surveillance as a step in the right direction, but chided him for not embracing…

Obama announces reforms to NSA phone surveillance – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribunePresident Barack Obama banned U.S. eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies on Friday and began reining in the vast collection of Americans’ phone data in a…

Rusbridger: President Obama’s NSA reforms ‘remarkable’ – BBC News

BBC NewsThe Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has described President Barack Obama’s plans to reform US electronic spy programmes as “remarkable”. He noted, however, that the British authorities are “closing their…

Return engagement to White House for Miami Heat – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama welcomed the Miami Heat back to the White House on Tuesday, this time to honor the team for its 2012-13 NBA championship. The president…

World leaders praise Sharon’s commitment to Israeli security, peace – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem PostKerry: Ex-prime minister’s journey was Israel’s journey; Blair: He remained ‘firm and unbowed’ in face of political difficulties; UN’s Ban: He’ll be recalled for his determination over Gaza evacuation.…

World leaders react to former Israeli prime minister Sharon’s death – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWorld leaders offered condolences in reaction to Ariel Sharon’s death Saturday. President Barack Obama released a statement saying, “Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family of…

First Thoughts: Two differing views on Gates’ memoir – NBCNews.com

NBCNews.comHow you view Gates’ memoir might depend on your point of view … Tell-alls can shape a legacy, and legacy-watching/lame-duck status is something the White House wants to avoid ……