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Russia doesn't want a military confrontation with the United States, President Obama said Wednesday.
In an interview with Major Garrett of CBS News, Obama said Russia must recognize that Ukraine, part of which it annexed last month, is a sovereign nation that should be able to chart its own course.
"They’re not interested in any kind of military confrontation with us, understanding that our conventional forces are significantly superior to the Russians. We don’t need a war," Obama said, according to a transcript of the interview. A Russian fighter jet made numerous passes close to a U.S. warship in the Black Sea this week, according to the U.S. military.
Former congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex.), in a new fundraising e-mail for his Campaign for Liberty, plays up his son's status as a "frontrunner" for president in 2016.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is wading into the contested U.S. Senate primary in Oklahoma, throwing his support behind former state House speaker T.W. Shannon (R), Shannon's campaign said Wednesday. It marks Cruz's first foray into a contested Senate primary in 2014.
"T.W. Shannon is a strong Constitutional conservative who will fight for individual liberty and help turn our country around," Cruz said in a statement distributed by Shannon's campaign. "T.W. embodies the American dream. I’m proud to offer T.W. my enthusiastic endorsement because not only will he vote the right way, but he’ll stand up and fight with us in the Senate to stop President Obama’s assault on our liberties and defend America’s founding principles."
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is seeking a second term this year but is also considered a potential 2016 presidential candidate, isn't promising to serve a full four-year term if he's reelected.
Asked by AP about the possibility, Walker said: "I'm committed to running for governor."
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is out with another clarification of his foreign policy positions, saying unequivocally in a Washington Post op-ed that he is against a strategy of containment when it comes to Iran.
Asked Sunday about his 2012 vote against a bill that would have prevented a policy of containment -- that is, allowing Iran to have nuclear weapons or nuclear weapons programs but keeping tabs on them -- Paul said all options should be left on the table. (Paul was the lone vote against the legislation.)
President Obama blasted House Republicans on immigration Wednesday, saying they would rather keep a fractured system in place than institute immigration reform.
Obama's statement comes on the first anniversary of the introduction of a comprehensive bipartisan immigration bill in the Senate. The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 68 to 32 in June. The decisive, bipartisan victory came in a chamber where partisanship has become the norm.
Just in case there was any doubt, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) made clear Wednesday that he won't entertain the idea of running for president in 2016.
Bloomberg has long been rumored as a potential third-party or independent candidate for president, but he sought to put the 2016 talk to bed early during an appearance on the "Today" show.
"No is the answer -- plain and simple," Bloomberg said. "I'm going to spend the rest of my life trying to make a better world for myself, for my kids, for my grandchildren..."
Bloomberg was appearing on the show to promote his new gun-control effort.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $10.3 million in March, a committee aide announced Wednesday, a sizable haul due in part to President Obama's help.
The DCCC ended March with $40.2 million in the bank and no debt. Its March total was higher than both the Democratic and Republican Senate campaign arms. The National Republican Congressional Committee, the DCCC's GOP counterpart, has not released its March totals yet.
Obama continued to help raise money for the DCCC last month, appearing at a Miami fundraiser.
House Democrats need to pick up 17 seats to win back the majority this fall -- a goal that even Democrats privately acknowledge is all but impossible.
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-- Hispanic and immigration activists say the White House has been slow to understand the outrage building in their community over record-setting deportations, and they warn Democrats face political backlash if President Obama doesn't slow the pace of deportations and allow more immigrants to remain in the U.S. legally. Obama told a group of religious leaders on Tuesday he wouldn't act to end deportations while there was still a chance of Congressional action on immigration legislation. (Associated Press)
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) plans to spend as much as $50 million on the 2014 elections aiming to push new gun control measures in 2014 through a new organization announced Wednesday.
The effort, "Everytown for Gun Safety," will attempt to combat the vast influence of the National Rifle Association, which has repeatedly beaten back calls for increased gun regulations -- including in 2013.