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Glance at US lawmakers, officials facing Russian entry ban in retaliation to US sanctions

MOSCOW - Russia slapped a travel ban Thursday on nine U.S. lawmakers and officials — the first retaliation against the United States for its sanctions against Russia for annexing Crimea. The Russian Foreign Ministry made the move minutes after President Barack Obama announced a new round of sanctions. The ministry said "the use of sanctions is a double-edged sword that will boomerang against the United States." A look at Obama's advisers and the U.S. lawmakers targeted by Russian sanctions: OBAMA ADVISERS:

Glance at US lawmakers, officials facing Russian entry ban in retaliation to US sanctions

MOSCOW - Russia slapped a travel ban Thursday on nine U.S. lawmakers and officials — the first retaliation against the United States for its sanctions against Russia for annexing Crimea. The Russian Foreign Ministry made the move minutes after President Barack Obama announced a new round of sanctions. The ministry said "the use of sanctions is a double-edged sword that will boomerang against the United States." A look at Obama's advisers and the U.S. lawmakers targeted by Russian sanctions: OBAMA ADVISERS:

Russia announces own list of sanctions against nine US officials

Russia on Thursday announced it was introducing its own sanctions against US officials, minutes after US President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against Russian officials over the Ukraine crisis. "There should be no doubt: each hostile attack will be met in an adequate manner," the Russian foreign ministry said, saying it was targeting nine Obama aides and senators. Moscow's blacklist includes Obama aides Caroline Atkinson, Daniel Pfeiffer and Benjamin Rhodes and senators Mary Landrieu, John McCain and Daniel Coats. as/mfp

Budget deal still short of votes to pass Senate: Durbin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats are still short of the votes needed to pass a budget deal that would avoid a government shutdown in January and blunt automatic spending cuts, Senator Dick Durbin, the chamber's No. 2 Democrat, said on Sunday. "The struggle is still on in the United States Senate. We will need about eight Republicans to come our way. I feel we'll have a good strong showing from the Democratic side, but we need bipartisan support to pass it," Durbin, of Illinois, said on the CBS "Face the Nation" program.

US Senate leader delays crucial test vote on Syria

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday he is delaying a key vote on authorizing the use of force in Syria to let President Barack Obama publicly address the issue. Earlier in the day, the top Obama ally in Congress had scheduled the crucial test vote for Wednesday but then backtracked to let the US leader sell his plan on strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "I want to make sure the president (makes) his case to the Senate and the American people before voting on this matter," Reid said.

UPDATE 6-Obama pushes Congress on immigration, split emerges

* Obama, Republicans differ on border security * Immigration suddenly a priority in Washington * US has 11 million illegal immigrants * Obama launches immigration reform in Las Vegas (Adds more details) By Matt Spetalnick LAS VEGAS, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Just over a week into his second term, President Barack Obama took his fight for immigration reform to the West on Tuesday and pushed Congress to quickly find a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented residents.
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