His first instinct was to pivot to Asia, then Barack Obama was dragged back into the Middle East: now he must play a role born in the Cold War -- leader of the "West." President Vladimir Putin's blunt show of Russian power by sending troops into Crimea, presents the US president with challenges to his personal and political credibility. NATO is also in the spotlight, suddenly facing a Kremlin-engineered threat close to its own borders after years retooling its mission to combat terrorism and more than a decade fighting in Afghanistan. As leader of the alliance's most powerful member and effective guarantor of a weakened Europe's security, it falls to Obama to lead the West's response.
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin knows there is little the West can do to get him to reverse his mobilization in Crimea, or to stop him from sending additional troops into other parts of Ukraine. But trade sanctions against Russia could be painful, and there are ways for him to get what he wants — keeping Ukraine from slipping out of his grasp — without ratcheting up the military pressure.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S and allies are trying to rally a Western front strong enough to persuade Russia to step back from a military takeover of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region. But several major allies acknowledge there are few options beyond already-threatened economic and diplomatic penalties.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has effectively seized control of Ukraine's strategic Crimean peninsula without firing a shot, but many in Ukraine and elsewhere fear the Kremlin might follow up by sending troops into Russian-speaking regions of eastern Ukraine. Such a move could trigger open hostilities between the Russian and Ukrainian militaries. Here's a look at the two forces:
A new interactive graphic shows the ebb and flow of baby name popularity over time. Creator Brian Rowe used census data to show the prevalence of more than 29,000 baby names across the country, state-by-state. Sophia, the No. 1 name for girls, takes off in the late 1990s, with Rhode Island leading the pack in proportion of girls with this name. Other names are newbies: Neveah, which is "heaven" spelled backwards and often tops lists of most-hated baby names, doesn't appear on Census records until 2001.