Video that purportedly shows Russian helicopters over Ukrainian territory. There are reports of gunmen surrounding major airports. The Ukrainian government is describing the situation as an armed invasion. Today President Obama addressed the situation saying:
'Just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic Games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine."
Anderson discussed all of this with Ian Lee in Kiev, Diana Magnay in Crimea and Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto in Washington.
President Obama said there would be “costs” to a Russian military invasion of Ukraine. What options does the U.S. have in this situation? Anderson asked CNN Military Analyst Major General James "Spider" Marks and CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend.
President Obama is warning there will be “costs” for any military invasion of Ukraine. The country was once part of the Soviet Union. Its pivotal location between Russia and the rest of Europe is a big part of the story. New Yorker Editor David Remnick tells Anderson that "Putin is playing with fire."
Tom Foreman breaks down why Ukraine is important both politically and geographically.
California is in the middle of its worst drought in 100 years. It seems like any rain would be good news right now. But the storm hitting bone-dry areas of Southern California is creating flash floods and mudslides. Kyung Lah has the latest.
Illinois' Kankakee river is so jammed with ice that it could create a massive flood once the warm weather returns. Ice levels are already starting to go down. But will nearby residents be ready if the water rises? Gary Tuchman has the latest.
The Oscar Pistorius murder trial begins on Monday. The Olympian known to millions as the "Blade Runner" is charged with killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. It's being called South Africa's "trial of the century." Randi Kaye takes a look back at the events that brought Pistorius to this point.
You may be familiar with the Hieronymus Bosch painting "The Garden of Earthly Delights." But you may have missed a small detail, a piece of music hidden in the painting. The young woman who found the tune hidden on a "dude's butt" plays it on the RidicuList.
Utah Senator Mike Lee delivered the Tea Party's response to the State of the Union address and criticized "political and economic insiders" who "twist the immense power of the federal government." But that did not stop Senator Lee from scheduling a fundraising ski trip with lobbyists. Lee is definitely not the only lawmaker to raise political cash this way. But he wasn’t expecting Drew Griffin to show up asking questions.
President Obama shared a very private moment today at the White House as he unveiled a new initiative called "My Brother's Keeper." It's a public-private venture that has $200,000,000 in seed money aimed at helping young black and Hispanic men to stay in school and get good jobs. He told the crowd:
"I could see myself in these young men. And the only difference is that I grew up in an environment that was a little bit more forgiving. So when I made a mistake, the consequences were not as severe.”
Anderson discussed this with New York Times op-ed columnist Charles Blow, CNN commentator Michaela Angela Davis, yourblackworld.com founder Boyce Watkins and Reverend Kevin Johnson.
The deep freeze has left an Illinois river looking more like a glacier. But it is not the cold weather that has nearby residents frightened. When temperatures start to rise and the river begins to flow, the ice may cause catastrophic flooding. Gary Tuchman has the latest.
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