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7:20 PM ET, February 28, 2014

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Michael Martinez / CNN:
Political tension grows in Ukraine's Crimea region  —  Armed men patrol outside the Simferopol International Airport in Ukraine's Crimea region on Friday, February 28.  The gunmen, whom Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov called part of an “armed invasion” by Russian forces …
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Close  —  President Barack Obama on Friday issued a blunt and direct warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin: stay out of Ukraine.  —  If not, he said, there will be consequences — though he didn't say what those might be.  —  “We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken …
Discussion: Daily Kos
CNN:   Palin on Ukraine: I told you so
Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
Senator John McCain: “We Are All Ukrainians”
Alan Yuhas / Guardian:
Obama: violation of Ukraine ‘would be deeply destabilizing’ - live updates
Discussion: Mashable, AEIdeas, The Dish and The Agonist
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Hillary Clinton / CNN:
What we found in the Clinton documents  —  CNN is combing through 3,546 pages of documents released Friday by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.  —  They open a window into inner Clinton White House operations, and cover topics including the office of former first lady Hillary Clinton …
David Nather / Politico:
How the Clinton White House bungled health care reform  —  Bill and Hillary Clinton understood individual members of Congress just fine.  They just didn't get Congress.  —  That's the picture that emerges from the documents released by the Clinton presidential library Friday on their efforts to pass health care reform in the 1990s.
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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Max Brantley / ArkansasTimes:
Rep. Josh Miller, recipient of significant government assistance, opposes Medicaid expansion in Arkansas  —  The enlistment of roughly half the Republican legislative delegation in implementation of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion is remarkable.  Republicans tend to fall by faith in opposition …
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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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.
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Hidden camera footage surfaces of Supreme Court debate  —  Hidden camera footage of what appeared to be Supreme Court proceedings from earlier this week surfaced on Thursday, offering one the of the first public recordings of the High Court's proceedings.  —  A video posted on YouTube …
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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 …
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John Stanton / BuzzFeed:   Rudderless Tea Party Searches For Meaning Five Years On
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
Discussion: Idaho Statesman and The Raw Story
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
NPR whitewashes past of anti-gay Holocaust-revisionist hate group leader  —  National Public Radio's Michel Martin did a segment on  —  That's it.  —  No mention of the fact that Lively was labeled a Holocaust revisionist by HateWatch for his “thoroughly-discredited” 1995 tome …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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Religion:
Uganda Punishing Gays: ‘Sodomy Is Not A Human Right’ Says Evangelical Leader
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Right Wing Watch
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 …
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Homeowner Who Shot Unarmed Elderly Man With Alzheimer's Wandering His Property Won't Be Charged  —  The Walker County, Ga., District Attorney said Friday he will not press charges against the homeowner who shot and killed an elderly man wandering on his property. 72-year-old Ronald Westbrook …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
The missing context in yet another AFP ad featuring yet another Obamacare victim  —  “I was diagnosed with lupus when I was 27.  Lupus is an autoimmune disorder.  It's dramatically affected my life.  I voted for Barack Obama for president.  I thought that Obamacare was going to be a good thing.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Dumb, Uneducated, And Eager To Deceive: Media Coverage Of Religious Liberty In A Nutshell  —  In the aftermath of the abominable media coverage of Arizona's religious liberty bill, an editor shared his hypothesis that journalists care about freedom of speech and of the press because they practice them.
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,” …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Arizona Bill Allowing Refusal of Service to Gays Stirred Alarm in the G.O.P.  —  When Gov. Rick Scott of Florida was asked early Wednesday whether he supported Arizona legislation that would make it easier for business owners to refuse service to gay people on religious grounds, he demurred, saying he was unfamiliar with the bill.
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Agence France Presse:
Russia ready to help Ukraine's economy: Kerry
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
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