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5:40 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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William J Clinton Presidential Library:
Formerly Withheld Documents  —  Please find below documents that were previously withheld under the Presidential Records Act for restrictions P2 (appointment to federal office) and/or P5 (confidential advice between the President and/or his advisors and between those advisors).
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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 …
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
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: Firedoglake, Balloon Juice and The Week
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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.
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
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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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
After veto in Arizona, conservatives vow to fight for religious liberties
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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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 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and FishbowlDC
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 …
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.
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
Democrats Land Top-Tier Senate Recruit In Mississippi  —  Former Rep. Travis Childers will be announcing campaign, hoping to exploit GOP divisions in the state.  —  Former Rep. Travis Childers will be announcing he's running for the Senate seat in Mississippi, according to two sources familiar …
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 …
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
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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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.
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
The missing context in yet another AFP ad featuring yet another Obamacare victim
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
CNN's Don Lemon: “You Weigh How Much You Should Criticize The President Because He's Black”
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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Cuccinelli, 3 others start Virginia Self Defense Law firm, defending gun rights
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Cruz: ‘I Am Absolutely Convinced We Are Going To Repeal Every Single Word Of Obamacare’
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Report: Checks stop 2.1M gun buys
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Economy's Growth Was Slower in Fourth Quarter
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Politico:
Wall Street threatens GOP on bank tax
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Business Insider:
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CNN:
911 audio released from Fort Lee traffic jam
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Kareem Raheem / Reuters:
Baghdad motorbike blast, other attacks kill 52 in Iraq
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