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Ben Judah / Politico:
Why Russia no longer fears the West  —  The West is blinking in disbelief - Vladimir Putin just invaded Ukraine.  German diplomats, French Eurocrats and American pundits are all stunned.  Why has Russia chosen to gamble its trillion-dollar ties with the West?
Discussion: The Week and Fox News
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David Remnick / News Desk:
Putin Goes to War  —  Vladimir Putin, the Russian President and autocrat, had a plan for the winter of 2014: to reassert his country's power a generation after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  He thought that he would achieve this by building an Olympic wonderland on the Black Sea for fifty …
Elizabeth Piper / Reuters:
Putin takes on West over Ukraine: who blinks first?  —  (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a gamble on Ukraine and is betting that U.S. President Barack Obama will blink first.  —  Wounded by a personal political defeat in a battle for influence over Russia's Slavic neighbor …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Making Russia Pay?  It's Not So Simple  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has warned Russia that “there will be costs” for a military intervention in Ukraine.  But the United States has few palatable options for imposing such costs, and recent history has shown that when it considers its interests at stake …
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Lawmakers call for suspension of Russia from G8, swift action against Putin  —  (CNN) - As the crisis in Ukraine escalates, with Russian troops moving into the Crimean peninsula on Saturday, U.S. lawmakers are pushing for decisive action against Russian President Vladimir Putin to end …
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Marco Rubio / Politico:
8 Steps Obama Must Take to Punish Russia  —  Russia's illegal military incursion in the Crimea region in Ukraine is a grave violation of a nation's sovereignty and cannot go unpunished.  —  First, President Obama should speak unequivocally and call this what it is: a military invasion.
New York Times:
Ukraine Finds Its Forces Are Ill Equipped to Take Crimea Back From Russia  —  KIEV — The new government of Ukraine called an emergency session of its national security council on Saturday in the face of the Russian military's seizure of Crimea, but the leaders are facing a grim reality …
Timothy Snyder / The New York Review of Books:
Ukraine: The Haze of Propaganda
Discussion: Guardian and National Review
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
House Ukraine Caucus Chair: “Some Group Had To Step In To Mediate”
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
Putin's War in Crimea Could Soon Spread to Eastern Ukraine
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:   Ukraine crisis tests Obama's foreign policy focus on diplomacy over military force
William Booth / Washington Post:
Pro-Russia leader of Crimea claims military control, appeals to Putin for assistance
Eric Bradner / Politico:
GOP senators seek trade actions against Russia
Discussion: National Review
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Spies Said No Russian Invasion of Ukraine—Putin Disagreed
Washington Post:
Condemnation isn't enough for Russian actions in Crimea
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Terms of Our Surrender  —  IT now seems certain that before too many years elapse, the Supreme Court will be forced to acknowledge the logic of its own jurisprudence on same-sex marriage and redefine marriage to include gay couples in all 50 states.  —  Once this happens …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
De Blasio's anti-rich policies are driving wealthy people out of NYC  —  Money — it's the root of all evil.  Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.  Or at least an unfair advantage.  —  That's the gist of the liberals' creed and justification for their war on wealth.
Greg Clary / CNN:
Rep. Issa says IRS's Lois Lerner will testify  —  (CNN) - Lois Lerner, former director of tax exempt organizations for the IRS, will testify this week on Capitol Hill, Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday.  —  Issa said he received word from Lerner's attorney that she will provide testimony …
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Brace Yourself for Hillary and Jeb  —  WASHINGTON — OY.  By the time the Bushes and Clintons are finished, they are going to make the Tudors and the Plantagenets look like pikers.  —  Before these two families release their death grip on the American electoral system …
Discussion: Althouse and Vox Popoli
Sam Tanenhaus / New York Times:
A History Lesson That Needs Relearning  —  SUDDENLY the specter of the Cold War is back.  Prompted by the political crisis in Ukraine, some conservatives have called for President Obama to stand up to Vladimir V. Putin in the grand tradition of previous American presidents who stared eyeball …
Discussion: Daily Kos and kyivpost.com
 
 
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