PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS IN POLAND TODAY. . . 1


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President Barack Obama today defended the decision to undertake a prisoner exchange to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan. “We don’t leave men and women in uniform behind,” Obama said in Warsaw, Poland.

He said his administration had previously consulted with Congress on the possibility of a prisoner exchange for Bergdahl but then had to move quickly because of concerns over Bergdahl’s health and to not miss a window of opportunity.

Obama said questions about the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture in Afghanistan were immaterial. “Whatever the circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he is held in captivity. Period. Full stop. We don’t condition that.”

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THE DAILY SHOW – CNN’s COVERAGE OF MALAYSIAN FLIGHT MH370


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BREAKING NEWS: VLADIMIR PUTIN


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Russia has issued an ultimatum to Ukrainian forces in Crimea to clear out by 5 a.m. Tuesday (10 p.m. ET) or face a “military storm,” according to Russia’s state-run news agency Interfax.
Ukraine officials insist that while Russia’s military is going from base to base in Crimea and demanding Ukrainian forces surrender, there is no official Russian ultimatum that they’re aware of, only psychological pressure and threats.
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OBAMA INTERVIEW TO BE AIRED TODAY


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Just days after his State of the Union address in which he called for Congress to find common ground with him, President Barack Obama sounded less than confident that they could find that common ground.

“I think there are some issues where it’s going to be hard for them to move forward,” Obama said of congressional Republicans, “and I am going to reach out to them and say, ‘Here are my best ideas, I want to hear yours,’ ” Obama told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper in an interview airing today.

“In no way are my expectations diminished or my ambitions diminished. But what is obviously true is we’ve got a divided government right now,” Obama told Tapper.

The president also discusses whether he can work with Republicans on immigration, whether the Sochi games are safe and legalizing marijuana. Portions of the interview air on “New Day” at 6 a.m. ET and will run in full on “The Lead with Jake Tapper” at 4 p.m. ET.

OBAMA . . .THIS JUST IN.


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EXCLUSIVE: President Barack Obama told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday that some of the country’s largest corporations have signed on to a White House plan to boost the hiring of the long-term unemployed. The President will make a formal announcement on Friday.

“What we have done is to gather together 300 companies, just to start with, including some of the top 50 companies in the country, companies like Walmart, and Apple, Ford and others, to say: Let’s establish best practices,” Obama said in the exclusive interview, which will air on CNN over the next two days.

Obama’s move is in line with his pledge to use executive action on his agenda items that he hasn’t been able to get through Congress. The President announced on Tuesday that he was boosting the minimum wage for employees of federal government contractors through executive action.

Tapper’s interview airs on CNN’s “New Day” at 6 a.m. ET on Friday and will run in full on “The Lead with Jake Tapper” at 4 p.m. on Friday.

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“Boehner to conservative groups: ‘Are you kidding me?’


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By Emma Margolin

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John Boehner has had enough.

In his strongest rebuke yet, the Republican House leader on Thursday blasted tea party-aligned conservative groups for repeatedly pulling GOP

Boehner Discusses GOP Jobs Plans

Boehner Discusses GOP Jobs Plans (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

lawmakers into unwinnable situations that have only damaged the party brand. The groups’ criticism of a bipartisan budget deal before it was even released was a step too far for Boehner.

“I think they’ve lost all credibility,” Boehner said at his weekly briefing on Capitol Hill. “They pushed us into the fight to defund Obamacare and shut down the government…And the day before the government reopened, one of these groups said, ‘Well, we never thought it would work.’”

“Are you kidding me?” he shouted.

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