• OSCE Secretary General on Ukraine: 'We are walking close to a cliff'

    Power Players

    As diplomatic negotiations get underway to mediate a fragile roadmap that could give pro-Russian leaning regions in Eastern Ukraine increased independence from Kiev’s central government, Lamberto Zannier is at the center of the delicate peace talks.

    Zannier is the Secretary General of the Organization for European Security and Co-Operation (OSCE), which is overseeing the peace process, and told “Power Players” that the situation is akin to walking along a cliff’s edge.

    “We are walking close to a cliff … and the path is narrow but it's there, so … we really need to get the right steps and to get everybody on board with this,” Zannier said. “We see divisions on the ground, we see people that have chosen violence as an alternative to political and peaceful engagement.”

    On one side of the conflict are pro-Russian separatists looking to break away from the central government and on the other is the Kiev-based central government trying to maintain a semblance of the Ukrainian

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  • Politics Confidential

    Why won’t Sen. Marco Rubio say whether he’s ever smoked pot?

    The Florida Republican, who maintains a strict stance against the legalization of marijuana, refuses to answer whether he’s ever personally smoked it. Rubio told “Politics Confidential” that his silence on the matter is based on his belief that there is no “responsible way to recreationally use marijuana.”

    “If you say that you did, then suddenly there are people out there saying, ‘Well, it's not a big deal,’” Rubio said. “On the other side of it is if you tell people that you didn't, they won't believe you.”

    Rubio explained that his decision not to answer the question goes back to an encounter he had after publishing his memoir, “American Son.” In the book, Rubio reveals that he was not a disciplined student in his youth and had a 2.1 GPA in high school.

    “Someone came up to me and said, ‘You know, I enjoyed your book, but I want you to know, my son came up to me and said he doesn't have to get good

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  • On the Radar

    At a time when sexual assault in the military is at an all-time high – with more than 5,000 reported incidents last year – Chuck Hagel says that fixing the problem is one of his highest priorities as defense secretary.

    “If we can't protect our own people, then we're going to have a problem,” Hagel said. “We owe it to each other; it is accountability; it is a responsibility of all leaders at every level to deal with this.”

    Hagel took “On the Radar” along for a visit to Naval Station Great Lakes, home of the Navy’s only boot camp that trains over 40,000 recruits annually. We got an exclusive look at classes that are teaching new recruits how to recognize, deal with and prevent sexual assault. But Hagel has acknowledged tackling the problem will be a long road.

    “We're not where we need to be yet. We will get there,” he said. “I've made it as high a priority as there is. I meet with all our sexual assault prevention office people once a week for an hour.”

    “Our institution … is

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