Obama warns Putin against military intervention in Ukraine

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Obama delivers remarks on the situation in Ukraine from the press briefing room at the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Alessandra Prentice WASHINGTON/SIMFEROOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has warned Russia against any military intervention in Ukraine after the country's new leaders accused Moscow of deploying forces in the Crimea region. A week after Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted in Kiev, armed men took control of two airports in Crimea on Friday in what Kiev described as an invasion and occupation by Moscow's forces in a region with an ethnic Russian majority.

The Week Ahead: Primary Season Kicks Off

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NBC’s Domenico Montanaro previews the Texas primary, the first of the Tea Party versus establishment races this year. Plus, 2016 Republican hopefuls head to Washington.

    



Obama preaches unity to Democrats at winter meeting

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Organizing for Action's "National Organizing Summit" in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fiery President Barack Obama on Friday attempted to rally Democratic activists to overcome stiff headwinds and work hard for the party's congressional candidates this year in an election-year speech that was sharply critical of Republicans. The president addressed the winter meeting of the Democratic National Committee in Washington with the aim of maintaining a spirit of unity among party activists. Democrats are trying to face down emboldened Republicans who see a chance of capturing the Senate and building on their majority in the House of Representatives. Invoking Democratic heroes such as John Kennedy and Bill Clinton, Obama told party faithful that Democrats can win "if we stay focused on what we believe in." All 435 members of the House and a third of the 100-member Senate are up for grabs in November elections.

Documents show 1990s effort to ‘humanize’ Hillary Clinton

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By John Whitesides and Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Aides in former President Bill Clinton’s White House crafted a strategy to “humanize” then-first lady Hillary Clinton and work around her “aversion” to the national media, according to documents released on Friday. The documents also detailed the first lady’s struggles in the early 1990s with her healthcare task force, including worries about resistance on Capitol Hill and an aide’s warning the plan could not meet a pledge to allow patients to pick their doctors, a promise that also came back to haunt President Barack Obama. The release of nearly 4,000 pages of previously sealed documents by the Clinton Presidential Library served to revisit Hillary Clinton’s record and early struggles with her image as she gears up for a potential 2016 run for the presidency. An August 31, 1995, memo by Clinton’s press secretary Lisa Caputo suggested she do interviews with “regional media.” “Hillary is comfortable with the local reporters and enjoys speaking with them,” the memo states.

About the Koch brothers and cancer victims

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David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries, attends an Economic Club of New York event in New York, December 10, 2012.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS) - RTR3BFKF

David Koch

The most egregious of the Koch brothers anti-Obamacare ads has been the one featuring Julie Boonstra, a leukemia patient who made a lot of vague and easily disproved assertions about how Obamacare was hurting her. The response from the Koch brothers’ astroturf group, Americans for Prosperity, to anyone pointing out that Boonstra’s claims were not believable has been basically “how can you be so mean to a cancer victim?” Well, since the Kochs want to play the cancer victim card, let’s do it. Let’s start back in 2010.

A prominent philanthropist, cancer survivor, and American businessman, David Koch, has given millions to the cause of cancer research, while his company—Koch Industries—has lobbied against formal recognition of formaldehyde as a carcinogen, The New Yorker reported in a piece published today. […]

The National Cancer Institute published a study in 2009 concluding that formaldehyde causes cancer in humans. […] [P]rior to the May 2009 study, the National Cancer Institute had also performed a preliminary study that linked formaldehyde to leukemia, but members of Congress including Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and David Vitter, R-La., managed to delay the EPA from officially designating the chemical as a “known carcinogen.” […]

In a letter to federal health authorities sent last December, the company’s vice-president of environmental affairs wrote that “the company ‘strongly disagrees’ with the N.I.H. panel’s conclusion that formaldehyde should be treated as a known human carcinogen,” reported The New Yorker.

Koch Industries bought Georgia-Pacific, one of the world’s largest plywood manufacturers—a process that uses and produces a great deal of formaldehyde—in 2005. But David Koch cares deeply about cancer victims. Not so much about preventing people from getting cancer by keeping carcinogens out of the atmosphere, but once they’ve got it, he’s there. You know what else besides formaldehyde are carcinogens? Butadiene and benzene. About that, August, 2013:

Flint Hills Resources reported a benzene and butadiene leak late Tuesday at its olefins plant in Port Arthur, Texas, the company said in a filing with the National Response Center.

According to the filing, 325 pounds of butadiene and 268 pounds of benzene was released into the atmosphere. The report also stated there was an equipment failure that caused the leak and that it has been secured.

You know what happens next: “Flint Hills Resources is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc.” And guess who ranks #14 in the top 100 of Political Economy Research Institute’s Toxic 100 Air Polluters? “The Toxic 100 Air Polluters ranks corporations based on the chronic human health risk from all of their U.S. polluting facilities.”

“Chronic human health risk.” Yep, and the fact-checkers are the bad guys when it comes to a cancer victim.

Obama warns Russia against intervention in Ukraine

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Obama delivers remarks on the situation in Ukraine from the press briefing room at the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that any military intervention in Ukraine would lead to unspecified "costs," and expressed deep concern about reports of Russian military movements inside Ukraine. Obama made a hastily arranged appearance in the White House briefing room to try to head off Russia after reports that armed men had taken over two airports in the Crimea region of southern Ukraine. "We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine," he told reporters.

Obama: ‘There will be costs’ if Russia violates Ukrainian sovereignty

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media in the State Dining Room after meeting with BP executives about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, at the White House in Washington, June 16, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER

President Obama addressed the “fluid” situation in Ukraine in a brief statement to the press this evening.

“We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine,” Obama said, speaking at the White House. “Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing.”

Obama also stated that the United States would stand with the international community “in affirming there will be costs from any violation,” but did not elaborate on what those costs would be.

Obama DNC Remarks

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Obama to Russia: ‘There Will Be Costs’ for Ukraine Intervention

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President Barack Obama said Thursday that “there will be costs to any military intervention in Ukraine,” after Russian military forces reportedly entered that country’s Crimea region.

    



COMING UP: NBC News Special Report on Obama’s Ukraine Speech

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President Obama makes remarks on Ukraine from the White House Briefing Room.