Not long ago, the Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was seen as a 'maverick' Republican willing to work across the aisle. But there appears to be a clear reason for his rightward shift.
The popular unrest of the last two years has left the Middle East volatile as 2013 kicks off.
About 1,000 Russian children were adopted by US families in 2011, and around 50 such adoptions are pending.
The Duma's bill to ban US adoptions of Russian children, which passed another legislative hurdle today, appeals to Russian pride and concerns about the US.