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February 7, 2016

The New ‘It’ List: Russia Sanctions 9 U.S. Officials (Updated)

Updated 1:55 p.m. | Russia sanctioned nine top U.S. officials on Thursday, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker John A. Boehner, a retaliation after President Barack Obama announced a new round of sanctions targeting Russian officials over the annexation of Crimea.

Those sanctioned took their appearance on the list as a badge of honor.



After the tweets came the statements.

“I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off, my Gazprom stock is lost, and my secret bank account in Moscow is frozen,” McCain said, the second out of the gate to make the old “Siberia” joke. “Nonetheless, I will never cease my efforts on behalf of the freedom, independence, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea.”

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., noted that she will be holding a hearing next week on natural gas exports.

“Being sanctioned by President Putin is a badge of honor. It will not stop me from using my power as chair of the Energy Committee to promote America as an energy superpower and help increase energy exports around the world. We must minimize Russia’s influence over Europe, the former Soviet states—especially Ukraine that has fought so long for freedom—and our allies. And it most certainly will not stop me from advocating for orphans in Russia and around the world,” she said.

Being targeted by Putin surely doesn’t hurt her tough reelection chances any either.

Menendez added a full statement too.

“President Putin’s military invasion and annexation of Crimea is brutal, totally unacceptable, and sadly returns us to a period of Cold War aggression and hostility. It doesn’t have to be this way, but if standing up for the Ukrainian people, their freedom, their hard earned democracy, and sovereignty means I’m sanctioned by Putin, so be it.”

The others on the list are White House aides Dan Pfeiffer, Benjamin Rhodes and Caroline Atkinson.

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  • Mike S

    We’re the only ones allowed to invade sovereign nations under pretextual reasons.

    The USA

    • blfdjlj

      Another America-hater.

  • m141934a

    With all due respect, this is not a laughing matter. Joke at Putin all you want, but he is capable of very dangerous actions against our country, especially since we have such a weak president.

    • Eric09

      Cower in fear by yourself, you coward.

  • MayorGalvan

    The time has come for TEXAS to galvanize and SECEDE from the USA which has been hijacked by a Corporate Dictatorship. I voted for SECEDE in 2014 here in Houston, Texas 77009.

  • Eric09

    Putin is a massive joke.

    Unfortunately the punchline’s going to be on the already poor Russian people and their economy.

  • Estelle55

    All these jokers who have been sanction by Putin claim they are for Democracy. Yeah right. As long as you agree with them. Otherwise, you are evil Nazi’s for even daring to protest against them. Democracy indeed. Putin should be sanctioning more than these jokers. For everyone Obama sanctions, Putin should pick a crooks name out of a hat and sanction them

    • blfdjlj

      The U.S. should sanction more Russian officials, and announce that we will fight back against Russian aggression. Putin has started a new Cold War and has no other intention than bullying all its neighbors.

  • Charles Michael Jones

    The biggest potential lead yet I suppose has these clod hoppers maching Crimea success of becoming part of the Russian Federation and that is what they wanted most, separation from Ukraine is just that and that is their FREEDOM and not a matter American’s should be forcing anyone to change or attempting to lure Russia into war with Ukraine which is full of people that would like to leave based on that one FREEDOM alone but there are many more considerations they have since having to accept leadership they had nothing to do with putting into office I call that a violation of their voting rights and OBAMA has done the same with Crimea as well as violating International voting of other countries. Suppose Iranians could have voted to have a war with Saddam over their FREEDOM or to accept the consequences as Saddam wished to sanction each and everyone of their lives into a Mass Grave if they argued against his leadership. That is where Ukraine is evenly acknowledging the entire matter which they allowed to escalate with the late President which is now on vacation from Russia whom overspent their money on luxury just like Saddam. Are they murderers seeking weapons from those that are now being denied to vote to decide their fate? US Leadership sucks at this moment, can Ukraine do this some other time?

  • gardenSalsa64

    While successes such as penicillin’s discovery may be accidental & thus have little merit, many useless failures have been of great merit.

  • Jon McCasper

    As the webs of bureaucratic socialism grow thicker, even our brief respites to choose new overseers become insufficient to maintain the mental faculties upon which morality, liberty, and prosperity depend.

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