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[The Washington Post] White House plan would end NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data

The legislation, senior officials say, would allow data about phone calls made to and from Americans to be kept with the phone companies. The companies would not be required to hold the data longer than they normally would.

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[The New York Times] U.S. and Europe Step Up Sanctions on…

[The New York Times] U.S. and Europe Step Up Sanctions on Russian Officials

President Obama signed an executive order freezing the assets and banning visas for Russians deemed to be responsible for the seizing of Crimea or otherwise interfering in Ukrainian sovereignty. Among those targeted were several top aides or allies of President Vladimir V. Putin, and the White House threatened to go after more if Russia did not back down.

Among those penalized on Monday were Vladislav Surkov, for years one of Mr. Putin’s most influential advisers, known as the Kremlin’s “gray cardinal”; Sergei Glazyev, an economist who has been advising Mr. Putin on Ukraine; Valentina Matviyenko, chairman of the Federation Council, the upper house of Parliament; and Dmitry Rogozin, a deputy prime minister. No sanctions were placed on Mr. Putin.

Others named by the White House were Leonid Slutsky and Yelena Mizulina, members of the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament; and Andrey Klishas, a member of the Federation Council who wrote a bill to seize assets of Western individuals and assets in retaliation for any sanctions imposed on Russia.

The White House also sanctioned two Russian-supported figures who have taken power in Crimea — Sergei Aksyonov, the newly declared prime minister; and Vladimir Konstantinov, the newly declared speaker of its Parliament. It also targeted Viktor F. Yanukovych, the pro-Russian Ukrainian president deposed in February; and Viktor Medvedchuk, head of a pro-Russian civil society group, Ukrainian Choice.

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(Photo: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times)

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[Reuters] EU sanctions list includes Russian commanders, Crimea PM

[The New York Times] Obama’s Statement on New Sanctions Against Russia

[The New York Times] Times Minute 3/14/14 | High Tension in…

[The New York Times] Times Minute 3/14/14 | High Tension in Crimea

Crimea prepares for Sunday’s referendum. The mood in the ground, last-minute diplomacy, and the question of Putin’s next move.

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[The New York Times] ‘No Common Vision’ Russian Says After Talks With Kerry

“We don’t have a common vision of the situation,” Mr. Lavrov said during his appearance after the talks, which he nonetheless called helpful in clarifying the seemingly intractable positions. “Our differences remain.”

In Washington, President Obama again warned Russia against further escalation. “We continue to hope for a diplomatic outcome,” he told reporters even as Mr. Kerry and Mr. Lavrov were meeting. But he added, “there will be consequences” if Ukraine’s sovereignty is violated.

[The New York Times] Ukraine’s Interim Leader Seeks Aid in…

[The New York Times] Ukraine’s Interim Leader Seeks Aid in Washington

Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, an opposition leader named interim prime minister after the fall of the pro-Russia government in Kiev last month, was scheduled to meet with President Obama at the White House as well as Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department and congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. He then planned to head to New York, where he is scheduled to address the United Nations on Thursday.

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[Yahoo! News/AFP] Ukrainian PM arrives at White House for Obama talks

The White House press release of President Obama’s call with President Putin

“President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, and of its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and which is inconsistent with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and the Helsinki Final Act.”

The White House press release of President Obama’s call with President Putin