Ryan Doubles Down on Anti-Putin Message After Helsinki

Speaker Paul D. Ryan told reporters Tuesday he stands by the United States’ NATO allies and “all those countries facing Russian aggression.”

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Trump Picks Tillerson For Secretary of State
Concerns arise about ties to Vladimir Putin

Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp., was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump for secretary of State. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team early Tuesday announced that he would nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as his secretary of State.

“His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State,” Trump said in the announcement. “He will promote regional stability and focus on the core national security interests of the United States.”

McConnell Disagrees with Trump's NATO Comments
“It’s the most important military alliance in world history"

Republican senators to the stage at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday condemned Republican nominee Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to defending the United States' NATO allies in the event of an attack.   

“I disagree totally with what he said about NATO,” the Kentucky Republican said in an interview with CNN’s Manu Raju.  

Obama Vows 'Justice,' Condemns 'Despicable' Attack on Dallas Police
President warns more mass shootings likely due to access to 'powerful weapons'

President Barack Obama speaks about the attack on police in Dallas, Texas, on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama early Friday called the attack in Dallas that killed five police officers “vicious, calculated and despicable,” and promised city leaders the full resources of the federal government to ensure “justice will be done.”  

The goal of securing tighter limits on access to firearms , especially the kind of guns designed for combat, has proved elusive for Obama, as congressional Republicans have blocked many Democrat-pushed bills to that end. He did not overtly call for gun control legislation in two statements Friday, but in the second he did say more mass shootings are likely as long as Americans have access to “powerful weapons.”  

Lawmakers to Obama: Press Allies at NATO Summit
White House official: 'Inflection point' as alliance faces old, new threats

Republicans and Democrats are urging President Barack Obama  to use his final NATO summit to press European leaders to be more aggressive against an old threat from their eastern flank and a new one to their south.  

White House officials see the gathering coming at "an inflection point" for NATO and Europe. Beginning Friday in the Polish capital of Warsaw, Western leaders will discuss what seems to be an ever-swelling list of threats that includes a more aggressive Russia, Islamic State attacks and a flood of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa.