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7:40 AM ET, March 1, 2014

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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: CANNONFIRE and Daily Kos
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CNN:
Palin on Ukraine: I told you so  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin may be having a bragging rights moment.  —  In 2008, when she was the GOP vice presidential nominee, Palin questioned in a speech whether then-Sen. Barack Obama would have the foreign policy credentials to handle a scenario …
Discussion: Politico, The Other McCain and Mediaite
Tony Lee / BREITBART.COM:
PALIN MOCKED IN 2008 FOR WARNING PUTIN MAY INVADE UKRAINE IF OBAMA ELECTED  —  During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned that if Senator Barack Obama were elected president, his “indecision” and “moral equivalence” may encourage Russia's Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Russia Invades Ukraine, Obama Declares Happy Hour  —  Russian troops are on the move in Crimea.  Ukraine's Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said that Russia is trying to seize the territory: … According to one report, the invading Russian troops are from the crack 76th Chernihov (Pskov) Storm Troops Division.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Zero Hedge
Associated Press:
OBAMA COULD PULL RUSSIA TRIP AMID UKRAINE TUMULT  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Friday that President Barack Obama may scrap plans to attend an international summit in Russia this summer and could also halt discussions on deepening trade ties with Moscow, raising specific possible consequences …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Heckler: Obama wants ‘nuclear war with Russia’  —  President Obama was interrupted during a speech to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Friday by a protester who accused him having a plan for a “nuclear war with Russia.”  —  The president's remarks came less than an hour …
Discussion: Liberaland
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Russian ‘Blackwater’ Takes Over Ukraine Airport  —  The troops who have taken over two airports in Crimea are not Russian military, but they could be security contractors working for the Russian military, and they are there to stay.  —  Private security contractors working …
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
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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 …
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 …
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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.
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
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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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Celebrate Gay Marriage—or Else  —  Future historians will likely be flummoxed by the moment we're living in.  In what amounts to less than a blink of an eye in the history of Western civilization, homosexuality has gone from a diagnosed mental disorder to something to be celebrated — or else.
Discussion: Hot Air
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Rudderless Tea Party Searches For Meaning Five Years On  —  Five years after storming the national political stage, the Tea Party finds itself in the same ideological doldrums that killed off the social movements of the '60s and '80s.  —  AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File
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Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Cruz: ‘I Am Absolutely Convinced We Are Going To Repeal Every Single Word Of Obamacare’
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
 
 
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Post-Filibuster, Obama Faces New Anger Over Judicial Choices
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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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Democrats Land Top-Tier Senate Recruit In Mississippi
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Dumb, Uneducated, And Eager To Deceive: Media Coverage Of Religious Liberty In A Nutshell
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
NPR whitewashes past of anti-gay Holocaust-revisionist hate group leader
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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
Discussion: Gawker and Daily Kos
WorldViews:
Syrian extremists amputated a man's hand and live-tweeted it
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Jihad Watch
Meghan Keneally / Daily Mail:
‘I was given every s*** job in the world by Obama’: Biden makes astonishing revelations …
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Kerry Kennedy Is Found Not Guilty of Driving While Impaired
Discussion: Post Politics
Wesley Lowery / The Fix:
The fight for Mitt Romney's donors is on