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Washington (AFP) — President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone early on Thursday about tough new sanctions imposed on Moscow on Ukraine.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that the call took place “early” on Thursday morning. He did not divulge other topics of the conversation, but the timing of the call made it appear likely it took place before reports emerged that a Malaysian airliner had crashed in eastern Ukraine.

AFP Photo / Maxim Shipenkov

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

A new report from Roll Call details some of the many challenges facing the Republican Party as it looks to an uncertain future following former President Donald Trump's electoral defeat.

As the party turns its focus to the 2022 midterms, it remains "divided over Trump, their midterm prospects and the state of the GOP itself," Roll Call's Bridget Bowman, Kate Ackley, and Stephanie Akin report.

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