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KEY LARGO, Fla. President Obama wrapped up a 1 -day getaway here at the Ocean Reef resort Sunday with a second round of golf in as many days, and headed back to Washington.
Obama spent the weekend with first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and an assortment of friends, including former NFL star Ahmad Rashad and former NBA star Alonzo Mourning, both of whom joined the president on the links.
Is Mitt Romney getting the band back together?
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee has invited his debate prep advisers and senior campaign aides to his mountaintop chalet in Park City, Utah, for a weekend of skiing later this month, according to two people close to Romney.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he disagrees with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on foreign policy, stoking an emerging divide between the tea party favorites ahead of a possible 2016 presidential primary.
"I'm a big fan of Rand Paul; he and I are good friends. I don't agree with him on foreign policy," Cruz told ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos." "I think U.S. leadership is critical in the world, and I agree with him that we should be very reluctant to deploy military force abroad, but I think there is a vital role, just as Ronald Reagan did."
President Obama will meet with Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the prime minister of Ukraine, at the White House on Wednesday as the United States tries to rally support behind Ukraine's government amid the growing conflict there.
Obama and Yatsenyuk plan to discuss ways to find a peaceful resolution to Russia's military intervention in Crimea, a Ukranian peninsula. The visit was announced Sunday morning by Tony Blinken, Obama's deputy national security adviser.
Former secretary of defense Robert Gates predicted Sunday that any hope of Ukraine holding on to control of Crimea is gone and that Russia will seize control of the area.
"I do not believe that Crimea will slip out of Russia's hands," he said on "Fox News Sunday."
You think Crimea's gone?" asked host Chris Wallace.
"I do," responded Gates.
As Russian forces have tightened their grip over the region, Crimea has set a referendum for next Sunday to decide whether to join Russia. The United States has said it will not recognize such a move.
Gates said "there really aren't any direct military options" for the U.S. with regard to the situation in Ukraine.
Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said Sunday that if Crimea votes to join Russia in a referendum next week, the United States would not recognize it.
"If there is a referendum and it votes to move Crimea out of Ukraine and to Russia, we won't recognize it and most of the world won't either," Blinken said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said Sunday that it's too early to say what caused a flight en route from Malaysia to China to go missing.
"It is too soon to tell what happened, why it happened," Blinken said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Reports that two passengers on the Malaysia Airlines flight, which went missing Saturday, apparently traveled together with stolen passports "raise questions and concerns," said Blinken. But he added that it's too early to draw conclusions.
Blinken said the U.S. has dispatched the FBI and other experts to help with the investigation.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" that the investigation is "certainly in its early stages. He added, "It's not common but its not unheard of either that stolen passports can be repurposed and used."
Fresh off a second consecutive straw poll win at a leading conservative confab, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) didn't shy away from talk of a potential bid for president Sunday, but he said he still hasn't made up his mind about running.
"We're definitely talking about it," Paul said on "Fox News Sunday." "My family's talking about it. We do the things that would be necessary to make sure that it can happen and will work. But I truly haven't made my mind up and won't make my mind up until after the 2014 elections."
A.J. Spiker will resign as chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, the organization announced Saturday, a boon to Gov. Terry Branstad (R) and his allies, who've frequently skirmished with the former Ron Paul hand.
Spiker was Paul's Iowa campaign vice chair in 2012 and became GOP chair the same year. Word of his departure comes as allies of Branstad reasserted a major presence in the state party. The Des Moines register reported that most of the state convention delegates elected Saturday were Branstad supporters.
Alyssa Mastromonaco, President Obama's deputy chief of staff for operations and one of his longest-serving advisers, is stepping down in May, according to a senior administration official.
While not nearly as high-profile as other senior White House officials, Mastromonaco exercises enormous say over the president's schedule and over who joins the administration. She is also personally close to the president and first lady Michelle Obama, and is already playing a key role in setting up his presidential library and foundation.