The strong February report is giving the president and Democrats new hope heading into tough midterm elections.
Rick Perry said that Republican leaders are leading economic recovery, while Democrat-led states are hurting it.
"Diplomacy is really far less important than the stock movements within Russia," former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC.
Putin rebuffed a warning from Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying Russia could not ignore calls for help from ethnic Russians in Ukraine.
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