FROM Kelly O'Neill
After Crimea, What's Putin's Next Move? The US and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions against individual Russian and Ukrainian leaders after yesterday's referendum in Crimea. As if to demonstrate calm and confidence, Vladimir Putin stayed in Sochi for last night's closing ceremonies of the Paralympic Games , where Russian athletes won 80 medals with Ukrainians next with just 25. Elsewhere in Crimea, there was widespread jubilation over yesterday's vote on leaving Ukraine to re-join Russia. But the world is waiting for his next move. Annexing Crimea would be no easy task. Has he gone too far to turn back? Will the West up the ante at great cost to Europe's economy? We look at the options available to both sides and the potential consequences.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?