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3:00 AM ET, March 3, 2014


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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?
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Putin's War  —  Obama had no good options to stop the invasion.  In fact, the only mistake the president made was ever suggesting there would be “consequences.”  —  Is the West about to go to war with Russia over the fate of Ukraine?  The question should answer itself.
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos, Mediaite and Guardian
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest Podcast:
Putin Smashes Washington's Cocoon  —  A Politico report calls it “a crisis that no one anticipated.”  The Daily Beast, reporting on Friday's US intelligence assessment that “Vladimir Putin's military would not invade Ukraine,” quotes a Senate aide claiming that “no one really saw this kind of thing coming.”
Elizabeth Piper / Reuters:
Putin takes on West over Ukraine: who blinks first?
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Kerry condemns Russia's ‘incredible act of aggression’ in Ukraine
Discussion: Guardian, Daily Kos and Washington Post
Yahoo! News:   Ukraine mobilizes after Putin's ‘declaration of war’
CBC News:
Ukraine crisis: Harper recalls ambassador, tells Putin to withdraw
Discussion: American Spectator
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Lawmakers call for suspension of Russia from G8, swift action against Putin
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Lerner's attorney says she won't testify, Issa wrong  —  Rep. Darrell Issa doesn't know what he's talking about, the attorney for former IRS official Lois Lerner said Sunday.  —  Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” …
Discussion: Fox News, PoliticusUSA, Mediaite and Hot Air
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Here's What Is Going To Happen With Ukraine  —  Following up on the previous post, if you do want to fret about Ukraine, I have just the thing for you.  I'm going to tell you how this will all unfold:  — Vladimir Putin will do something belligerent.  (Already done.)
Discussion: Prairie Weather
ABC News:
Pipeline Protesters Arrested at White House  —  Police are arresting a couple hundred people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.  —  The protesters were mostly college students who participated in a peaceful march …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Where's their nerve?  Today's comics mock poop, not the powerful  —  As Chevy Chase might have put it on “Saturday Night Live,” Harold Ramis is still dead.  And with him has gone the finest era of comedy: The '70s kind.  —  Ramis was as close to the king of comedy as it gets, as a writer …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Gov. Brown Not Ready To Legalize Weed, Worried About ‘Potheads’ (VIDEO)  —  California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday said that he is not ready to legalize marijuana use in the state.  —  “Well, we have medical marijuana, which gets very close to what they have in Colorado and Washington.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
My Life as a Writer  —  “Sabbath's Theater” is now being translated into Swedish, almost 20 years after its original release.  How would you describe this book to readers who have not yet read it or heard of it, and how would you describe the main character, the unforgettable Mickey Sabbath?
Discussion: The Week and Althouse
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Big-Money Donors Demand Larger Say in Campaign Strategy  —  The Republican donors who have financed the party's vast outside-spending machine are turning against the consultants and political strategists they once lavished with hundreds of millions of dollars.
CBS Baltimore:
2 Arrested For Armed Robbery Of Pregnant Woman In Labor  —  ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—Annapolis Police arrest two people for an armed robbery of a pregnant woman in labor.  —  An eyewitness called police at around 4:30 a.m. after seeing a man and pregnant woman being held at gunpoint in the 1800-block of Copeland Street.
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