President Obama Expands Sanctions Against Russia

For one, Iranians elected Hassan Rouhani — who campaigned, in part, on opening up Iran more to the world including negotiations on its nuclear program — as president last summer. Iran FM: Mixed response to Obama speech Inside Iran: What life’s really like Significant changes in Tehran’s approach followed, leading to an interim agreement in November involving Iran and the so-called P5+1 — the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany. The deal called for Iran to roll back parts of its nuclear program in return for relief from some sanctions. That agreement went into effect in January. The challenge now is to reach a permanent deal acceptable to all sides. Obama said Thursday that “a comprehensive agreement …
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/20/politics/obama-iran/index.html

“This is not our preferred outcome. These sanctions would not only have a significant impact on the Russian economy, but could also be disruptive to the global economy. However, Russia must know that further escalation will only isolate it further from the international community,” Obama said. The Obama administration has been careful not to flag its future moves and there was no immediate indication whether it was considering adding two of Russia’s biggest businessmen, Gazprom head Alexei Miller and Rosneft head Igor Sechin, to the sanctions list. The penalties collectively add up to a growing divide between the United States and Russia, in their deepest dispute since the end of the Cold War more than two decades ago. Among the 20 singled out for sanctions, Obama targeted several individuals close to Putin.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/20/us-ukraine-crisis-obama-idUSBREA2J1ER20140320?feedType=RSS

secretary of Homeland Security, spoke with Obama about the invitation, Drake said. Napolitano declined to discuss that contact Thursday, but issued a statement congratulating UC Irvine. UC Irvine will hold a large ceremony at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on June 14 for all graduating students, but each of the 12 undergraduate and graduate schools also will have their own individual or shared ceremonies. The schools’ faculty and students generally pick their own commencement speakers, who have included Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, but Irvine officials decided last year they wanted to host Obama to mark the campus’ 50th anniversary. President Lyndon B. Johnson had attended the campus’ dedication and Irvine officials thought having Obama would be a nice way to close the circle, according to school administrators.
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He did, however, come prepared with a gentle shot aimed at the popular comedian, who earlier this month outdid Obama with a “selfie” photograph she took while hosting the Academy Awards. “I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself, getting a bunch of celebrities in the background,” Obama gently ribbed, referencing DeGeneres’ famous “selfie” that featured Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey and Bradley Cooper. The photo broke the record for being retweeted the greatest number of times — a record that had previously been held by Obama for a photo of himself and first lady Michelle on election night 2012. The Ellen Show The appearance marked President Obamas second time on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. In 2007, during his first White House campaign, he famously danced with DeGeneres. Later in the interview, DeGeneres teased Obama, who wasn’t in studio but appeared via satellite, about having run of the White House while his wife and two daughters are away on a week-long trip to China. RELATED: OBAMA ON ZACH GALIFIANAKIS’ WEBSERIES ‘BETWEEN TWO FERNS’ (VIDEO) “Michelle said she’s out of town and she wanted to know, did you make your bed this morning,” DeGeneres said.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-returns-ellen-degeneres-show-joking-selfie-record-touting-obamacare-article-1.1728252

Michelle Obama tours Beijing’s Forbidden City

Andrew Lubimov/AP President Obamas latest sanctions mean little to Putins forces, who raised a Russian Navy flag on seized Ukrainian ship. In a statement from the South Lawn of the White House, Obama announced financial sanctions on 20 Russians, including some of President Vladimir Putins cronies, government officials and billionaires. Obama also signed an executive order that raises the possibility of penalties against key sectors of the Russian economy. The most hurtful would be targeting Russias critical energy exports. Its probably the biggest card Obama can play but Americas major European allies might be reluctant to go along.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-address-ukraine-crisis-11am-white-house-statement-article-1.1727886

— Will I rejoice???? No, my liberal friend, I will not rejoice. Are YOU going to rejoice when the government has to bail out the insurance companies due to massive losses? Because you DO realize that the law calls for that, correct? Or will the bailout be OK because it’s a law wholly owned by democrats?
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Peng will take Obama through Beijings Forbidden City, accompany her to a school and host a private dinner and performance for her. Between past Chinese first ladies and American first ladies, there really hasnt been much interaction, says Dean Cheng, a senior research fellow for the Heritage Foundations Asian Studies Center. The first ladies on both sides were not the main actors in the Sino-American drama. But could there be some symbolism that emerges from this meeting? It has been decades since Chinese and American leaders have clicked at high levels, says Cheng Li, director of the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/as-michelle-obama-and-chinas-first-lady-peng-liyuan-prepare-to-meet-anticipation-is-high/2014/03/20/6cc55378-b522-4af6-bb06-e672787bde19_story.html

As Michelle Obama and China’s first lady Peng Liyuan prepare to meet, anticipation is high

Beijing and Washington have hailed the trip as an opportunity for both first ladies to highlight the importance of education and “people-to-people” exchange. But critics in the US have lambasted signals that human rights are off the agenda — although Obama is scheduled to eat at a Tibetan restaurant in Chengdu — and the cost to taxpayers of the trip, which the White House has declined to reveal. Peng Liyuan (L), wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, shows US First Lady Michelle Obama how to hol Obama, her family and Peng began at the No. 2 High School Attached to Beijing Normal University. Photos posted online by China’s state-run Legal Evening News showed them observing students at the school learning how to build robots.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/michelle-obama-tours-beijings-forbidden-city-060755672.html

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