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12:50 PM ET, March 1, 2014


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New York Times:
Kremlin Prepares for Military Intervention  —  SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — As Russian-backed armed forces effectively seized control of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula on Saturday, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia requested —and received — authorization from the Russian Senate to use military force in Ukraine.
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Russian upper house approves use of force in Ukraine  —  Troops stand guard in Balaklava, Crimea, on Saturday, March 1.  Ukraine suspects Russia of sending new troops into Crimea and provoking separatist tensions in the region.  Crimea is an autonomous republic of Ukraine with an ethnic Russian majority.
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
Mikheil Saakashvili: Lessons From the Putin Wars  —  Georgia's former president, who has seen first-hand the sort of trouble the Kremlin is causing in Ukraine, on what to do about Moscow's threat.  —  Kiev  —  Between barricades of tires and impromptu memorials to the victims of Ukraine's revolution …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Russia wresting control of Crimea from Ukraine  —  (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin wrested control of the Ukrainian Black Sea region of Crimea from Kiev on Saturday citing a threat to Russian citizens and servicemen of the Russian Black Sea fleet based there.
Russian parliament approves troop deployment in Ukraine  —  The BBC's Daniel Sandford says “what appear to be Russian troops” are standing guard at local government offices in Simferopol  —  Russia's upper house of parliament has approved President Putin's request for Russian forces to be used in Ukraine.
Discussion: Liberaland and National Review
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 …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Russia Invades Ukraine, Obama Declares Happy Hour
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Zero Hedge
Russian ‘invasion’ of Crimea fuels fear of Ukraine conflict
Discussion: BBC and
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.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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 …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Close  —  President Barack Obama on Friday issued a blunt …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Daily Kos and CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Heckler: Obama wants ‘nuclear war with Russia’
Discussion: Liberaland
Alan Yuhas / Guardian:
Obama: violation of Ukraine ‘would be deeply destabilizing’ - live updates
Alec Torres / National Review:
Krauthammer's Take: Obama Tells the World We Aren't Going to Do Anything About Invasion of Ukraine  —  As reports are coming in that Russia has placed 2,000 troops in Crimea, within the borders of Ukraine, President Obama said that “the United States will stand with the international community …
Nikita Stewart / New York Times:
De Blasio Picks More Liberal Activists Than Managers for City Posts  —  In Bill de Blasio's City Hall, it seems more and more, there is only a left wing.  —  The mayor, who advanced in politics by grass-roots organizing, has built a team filled with former activists …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Iran advancing its nuclear program despite pact with West  —  Iran's economy has begun to recover, but experts disagree on whether that will help lead to a comprehensive deal or not.  —  Iran is moving ahead with a nuclear program that U.S. officials said would be frozen …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Arizona Sort of Helps Out  —  It's been quite a week in Arizona.  First, the Legislature passed a bill that, in effect, gave businesses the right to discriminate against gay couples.  The state's actual business community was horrified.  Everybody from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich was ticked off.
Discussion: Althouse
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