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3:55 PM ET, February 28, 2014

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Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Putin's Ukraine Gambit  —  Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year.  All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Russian president Vladimir Putin called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.”
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: America and the Aggressive Left  —  Half the country feels—and is—beset by government.  That's not progress.  —  The constant mischief of the progressive left is hurting the nation's morale.  There are few areas of national life left in which they are not busy, and few in which they're not making it worse.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Infinite Circle of Black Responsibility  —  In 2006, after being a United States senator for one year, Barack Obama made an appearance on Meet the Press.  After talking about the Iraq War for a while, Tim Russert asked Obama this: “I want to talk a little bit about the language people …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Colorlines
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
O'Reilly To Valerie Jarrett: Get ‘Gangsta Rappers’ To ‘Knock It Off’ (VIDEO)  —  Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Thursday advised Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett to get “gangsta rappers” like Jay Z and Kanye West to say their behavior is wrong if the White House really wants to improve minority communities.
Greg Hampikian / New York Times:
When May I Shoot a Student?  —  BOISE, Idaho — TO the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature:  —  In light of the bill permitting guns on our state's college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state House of Representatives in the coming days …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Professor Asks Idaho Lawmakers For The Green Light To Shoot A Student  —  A professor at Boise State University was concerned about the legal ramifications of a proposed bill that would permit concealed-carried guns on Idaho's college and university campuses, so he posed this question to state lawmakers: When may I shoot a student?
Discussion: Idaho Statesman and The Raw Story
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Election law experts join in the denuniciation of IRS's attempt to curb free speech  —  Scott and I have been writing about the IRS's latest attempt to silence conservatives, this time through potentially crippling regulations on political advocacy groups (known as 501(c)(4) organizations).
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Paralyzed GOP Lawmaker On Medicaid Opposes Medicaid Expansion  —  More than a decade ago, Arkansas Rep. Josh Miller (R) was in a catastrophic car accident that broke his neck and left him paralyzed.  Medicare and Medicaid paid the $1 million bill for his hospitalization and rehabilitation.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Week
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy  —  TOKYO — Mt. Gox, the troubled exchange for the virtual currency Bitcoin, filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday and said that it might have lost all of its customers' coins in a hacking attack.  —  The Tokyo-based exchange, which warned earlier this month …
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Meghan Keneally / Daily Mail:
‘I was given every s*** job in the world by Obama’: Biden makes astonishing revelations about his relationship with the President as it's claimed he was ‘frozen out’ by White House over gay gaffe  — Vice President Joe Biden reveals he willingly took the President's more ‘bothersome’ tasks …
Wesley Lowery / The Fix:
The fight for Mitt Romney's donors is on  —  Mitt Romney knows how to raise money.  He collected more than $1.1 billion in the 2012 campaign, relying on contacts he built during his time as Massachusetts governor, head of the Salt Lake City Olympics, years working in private equity …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
After veto in Arizona, conservatives vow to fight for religious liberties  —  Conservative activists said Thursday that they will continue to press for additional legal protections for private businesses that deny services to gay men and lesbians, saying that a defeat in Arizona this week …
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Arizona Bill Allowing Refusal of Service to Gays Stirred Alarm in the G.O.P.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Changes (Personal/Professional)  —  Some news: I have informed Princeton that I will be retiring at the end of next academic year, that is, in June 2015.  In August 2015 I will join the faculty of the Graduate Center, City University of New York, as a professor in the Ph.D. program in economics.
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Kerry Kennedy Is Found Not Guilty of Driving While Impaired  —  WHITE PLAINS — After nearly 20 months of buildup, the misdemeanor trial of Kerry Kennedy ended on Friday in a breakneck blur, as jurors took one hour to find her not guilty of driving under the influence of a drug.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Post Politics
Business Insider:
Larry Summers Nails The Radical Economic Implications of The Facebook-WhatsApp Mega-Deal  —  Larry Summers gave a speech today at the National Association For Business Economics (NABE) conference in Arlington Virginia.  —  In his speech he said some really sharp stuff about the significance of WhatsApp …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Outrage Over Sexist Remarks Turns Into a Political Fund-Raising Tool  —  In the past few months, Republicans have called Wendy Davis, a Democratic candidate for Texas governor, “Abortion Barbie,” likened Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Senate candidate from Kentucky, to an “empty dress,” …
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Cruz: ‘I Am Absolutely Convinced We Are Going To Repeal Every Single Word Of Obamacare’  —  WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz is still holding out hope that President Barack Obama's health care law will be repealed.  —  The Republican senator from Texas …
WorldViews:
Syrian extremists amputated a man's hand and live-tweeted it  —  The extremist Syrian group deemed too radical even for al-Qaeda performed what may have been a Twitter first Friday: live-tweeting the amputation of a hand.  —  The amputation took place in the remote rural town of Maskaneh …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Four of five FCC study authors gave to Obama  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA FCC  —  A significant problem with the now-suspended Federal Communications Commission plan to have government contractors question journalists about editorial decisions and practices was that it was a partisan exercise.
CNN:
911 audio released from Fort Lee traffic jam  —  (CNN) - Officials in Fort Lee, New Jersey released 911 audio Friday from September when two out of three access lanes were closed to the George Washington Bridge, ultimately causing massive traffic gridlock across the city for four days …
Discussion: ABC News and Mediaite
 
 
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
NPR whitewashes past of anti-gay Holocaust-revisionist hate group leader
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
CNN's Don Lemon: “You Weigh How Much You Should Criticize The President Because He's Black”
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Cuccinelli, 3 others start Virginia Self Defense Law firm, defending gun rights
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Report: Checks stop 2.1M gun buys
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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Economy's Growth Was Slower in Fourth Quarter
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Washington Post:
Paying the price for Detroit's fiscal irresponsibility
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Benjy Sarlin / msnbc.com:
Rubio gets second look from GOP after Venezuela speech
Discussion: Balloon Juice and CNN
Kareem Raheem / Reuters:
Baghdad motorbike blast, other attacks kill 52 in Iraq
Discussion: National Review
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The 1 Politician Seth Rogen Wants to Smoke Pot With
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The Atlantic Online:
Where Time Comes From  —  The time that ends up on your smartphone …
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