US and Russia 'Closer' to Resolving Ukraine Crisis

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_b5298808a9.jpgEvert-Jan Daniels - Pool/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised President Obama with a phone call to discuss a diplomatic solution to the standoff over Ukraine, there are signs that a deal might be on the horizon. Both sides publicly laid out positions, though they remain far apart on some issues. "We are bringing our approaches closer together," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a Russian television interview.

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Secret Service Agents Sent Home for Excessive Drinking

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_b4b57c3309.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (BRUSSELS, Belgium) --  Three members of an elite counter-assault team were sent home for excessive drinking hours before President Obama was to arrive in Amsterdam, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service confirmed to ABC News. Secret Service personnel on official trips are prohibited from drinking alcohol 10 hours prior to duty. The counter-assault team members were drinking Saturday evening and Sunday morning ahead of a Sunday briefing -- a violation of the rule, the spokesman said.

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Donald Rumsfeld Belittles Obama's Relationship with Afghanistan

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_2327197583.jpgWin McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- One of the chief architects of the war in Afghanistan said pointedly Tuesday that "a trained ape" could get a Bilateral Security Agreement with Kabul to allow allied forces to stay in the country beyond 2014. Appearing on Fox News, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld remarked on the difficulty the Obama administration is having with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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Congress Coming Together to Overhaul Metadata Collection

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_e52568527a.jpgArchitect of the Capitol (WASHINGTON) -- Congressional intelligence leaders have introduced bipartisan legislation to end bulk collection of metadata under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, including telephone, email and Internet metadata, closely tracking a decision by President Obama to seek congressional approval of the program’s changes.

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Contraception Latest Supreme Court Rift on Obamacare

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_fbe7dd1f12.jpgUS Supreme Court (WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court Tuesday showed its deep and familiar ideological rifts over the national health care law, voicing pointed questions and highlighting its sharp division on whether for-profit companies must provide contraception coverage even if it violates the religious views of the corporate owners. The spirited and fast-paced 90-minute argument was the second biggest legal test to the Affordable Care Act in two years.

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