Moscow has issued a quid pro quo for sanctions imposed on it by Washington, banning a U.S. congressman and 12 other Americans from entering Russia.
NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports that the Foreign Ministry in Moscow says the new blacklist is in response to U.S. visa restrictions on Russian citizens in the wake of Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its continuing support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The annual progressive gathering known as Netroots Nation wraps up its annual conference in Detroit this weekend.
In the hallways and the meeting rooms, much of the buzz was about the presidential race in 2016 — and who might run on the Democratic side.
But Vice President Joe Biden, who gave the keynote address on opening day, didn't factor much into that speculation, despite being President Obama's wingman on everything from the stimulus package to the Affordable Care Act.
Biden was even ahead of the administration's position on same-sex marriage.
And now to our Friday political commentators - David Brooks of the New York Times. Hi there, David.
DAVID BROOKS: Hello.
CORNISH: And E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution. Welcome, E.J.
E.J. DIONNE: Greetings.
CORNISH: So as we heard President Obama - not directly calling out Vladimir Putin - but saying all evidence, so far, points to the Russian-backed separatists as being responsible for shooting down the Malaysia Airline jet.