Arming Ukraine: Where the 2016 Hopefuls Stand

Russia-backed rebels sit on an armored transporter driving to the airport outside Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 25 / AP

Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire agreement reached earlier this month by European negotiators.

While Russian-backed separatists began to pull back some heavy weapons from the front lines on Tuesday as part of the deal, Ukraine says the rebels are still initiating attacks. Ukrainian forces retreated from the strategic rail hub Debaltseve last week under an onslaught from the separatists—who were bolstered by Russian troops and advanced weaponry, Western officials said—and residents now fear that the rebels could launch further attacks on the eastern cities of Mariupol and Kharkiv.

Jindal Sues Obama Admin Over Common Core

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Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over Common Core Wednesday, arguing that the government’s role in pushing the standards on states threatened states’ rights and abused federal funds.

Judge Allows Federal Oversight of Louisiana Voucher Program

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A federal judge ruled against Louisiana in a case against the state’s scholarship program on Friday, requiring federal oversight for the program that allows children to escape failing schools.

The ruling may lead to a lengthy review process preferred by the Justice Department (DOJ), which Gov. Bobby Jindal (R.) says could regulate the program to death.