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Steven Seagal's martial arts skills have found a new use beyond taking down bad guys in his action films; they helped U.S. Congressmen secure high level meetings in Russia.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who led a Congressional delegation to Russia, explained how the actor assisted in talks relating to intelligence cooperation in the aftermath of the Boston bombings.
"Because of his black belt and karate and things, he’s gotten to know many of the leaders in Russia, including Putin," Rohrabacher told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "[Seagal] was able to use that influence to make sure that we got to talk to the very top people so that we could try to find ways of expanding our areas of cooperation."
Rohrabacher said he doesn't believe Seagal has political ambition, but said "he has ambition to try to do something good for his country."
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(CNN) – In an adventure worthy of the TV show "Survivor," Sen. Jeff Flake and two of his sons marooned themselves on a deserted island in the Pacific last week during the Senate's week off.
Dodging sharks and suffering sunburns, the senator and his two teenage boys spent four days fending for themselves – spearing fish, catching crabs, picking up coconuts and sleeping outdoors in hammocks. They cooked what they caught, over a campfire kindled with a magnifying glass.FULL STORY