The West accuses Russian-backed separatists of shooting down the plane, while Moscow blames Ukraine. Obama and Merkel "agreed that Russia sending a convoy into Ukraine without Ukraine's approval is a further provocation and a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," the White House said. "They expressed concern that the large numbers of Russian troops on the border of Ukraine, the presence of Russian military personnel in Ukraine and Russian shelling of Ukrainian territory represent a dangerous escalation." The statement was part of a Western rebuke of Russia for sending scores of trucks from a controversial aid convoy to east Ukraine's rebel-held Lugansk in a move Kiev decried as an "invasion." View gallery In this file photo, US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel walk through the C Obama and Merkel "agreed that it is imperative that Russia remove its convoy from Ukrainian territory, accept the conditions previously agreed to with Ukraine and the International Red Cross for any humanitarian convoys in Ukraine and de-escalate the situation." The pair urged Russia to remove its troops from the border region, withdraw weapons, vehicles and personnel from Ukrainian territory, and stop the flow of Russian personnel, military equipment and armored vehicles into eastern Ukraine. "They also stressed the importance of a bilateral ceasefire accompanied by closure of the border and effective border monitoring," the White House added. The European Union and the United States demanded that Russia immediately withdraw the convoy, amid fears the cargo could shore up pro-Moscow rebels fighting Kiev's forces. Washington warned Russia it could face further sanctions, while the UN Security Council expressed concern that the move could lead to an escalation in the four-month conflict.
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You cannot be on its "wrong" side. Progressives tend to believe that the world is evolving, through some unseen but inexorable force, toward greater peace, equality, prosperity and justice. The great task for a leader of the United States, Obama appears to believe, is to get out of history's way. That's why it's a good idea to reduce our army to its smallest size since 1940, and to reduce the Marines by 8 percent. According to the American Thinker, the Army chief of staff recently testified that due to cutbacks in training funds, 75 percent of our forces are not combat ready.
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But Roman Catholic bishops and other religious plaintiffs argued just submitting that form was like signing a permission slip to engage in evil. Photos of the Day icPhotos of the Day 08/22 In a related move, the administration announced plans to allow for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Inc. to start using Form 700. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the government can't force companies like Hobby Lobby to pay forbirthcontrol, sending the administration scrambling for a way to ensure their employees can still getbirthcontrolone way or another at no added cost. The dual decisions mark the Obama administration's latest effort to address a long-running conflict that has pitted the White House against churches and other religious groups.
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Still, his decision to continue with a two-week holiday in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and play hours of golf amid major foreign policy crises, has teed up his critics anew. It's also forcing the White House to confront the issue of whether there's ever a good time for a president to go on vacation. Aides deflect the criticism and say Obama travels with the staff and equipment needed to do the job from wherever he may be. The vacation is Obama's fourth this year. U.S.
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The playing field already tilts toward a GOP takeover. The party is likely to win open Democratically held seats in Montana, West Virginia and South Dakota, putting them halfway to the total they need. They would then need less than half of the remaining toss-ups in Democratic seats in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan and North Carolina. Read More President Obama: US will be vigilant, relentless against terrorists There is a chance if Obama cannot turn around his precipitous slide that a true wave election could form driving all those seats into Republican hands while also flipping New Hampshire and possibly even Minnesota, Oregon and Virginia. With the economy slowly but steadily improving such a big wipeout for Democrats seems relatively unlikely. But a GOP gain of six or more seats is still a slight probability.
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That's because they would still make the groups complicit in a system that provides birth control through their organizations' health plans. Langlade County Humane Society Raises $9,400 to Stay continue Open To comment, the following rules must be followed: No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions No Negative Community Comparisons No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed Stay on Story Topic Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. Flagging does not guarantee removal. Multiple violations may result in account suspension.