The visit “will highlight the strong support of the United States," the White House said.
“I think he wants to be back on the world stage," the House Intel chairman said.
An Obama aide said Putin can end mounting tensions over Crimea.
Obama spoke by phone with leaders Britain, France, Italy, Lithuania, Latvian and Estonia.
Move is in retaliation for U.S. ending military cooperation with Russia on Crimea standoff.
The former national security adviser says Russia is "vulnerable" to sanctions.
GOP wants Obama to resurrect missile defense sites in Eastern Europe.
It's hawk vs. hawk when it comes to the new defense budget cuts.
Less than 8 percent of women serving in the Army are interested in moving into combat jobs that are being opened for them, according to initial results of an Army survey.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the cuts send the wrong signal to the world.