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12:55 PM ET, March 3, 2014

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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Pressure Rising as Obama Works to Rein In Russia  —  WASHINGTON — As Russia dispatched more forces and tightened its grip on the Crimean Peninsula on Sunday, President Obama embarked on a strategy intended to isolate Moscow and prevent it from seizing more Ukrainian territory even as he was pressured at home to respond more forcefully.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
US moves to isolate Russia from ‘community of civilized nations’  —  The Obama administration on Sunday worked to isolate Russia on the world stage even as its president, Vladimir Putin, showed no signs of rolling back his military intervention in Ukraine.  —  President Obama spoke by phone …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Putin's error in Ukraine is the kind that leads to catastrophe  —  Napoleon is said to have cautioned during an 1805 battle: “When the enemy is making a false movement we must take good care not to interrupt him.”  The citation is also sometimes rendered as “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
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.)
Anatol Lieven / Zocalo Public Square:
Why Obama Shouldn't Fall for Putin's Ukrainian Folly  —  We're now witnessing the consequences of how grossly both Russia and the West have overplayed their hands in Ukraine.  It is urgently necessary that both should find ways of withdrawing from some of the positions that they have taken.
Discussion: Guardian and Outside the Beltway
CNN:
Tensions rise in Crimea amid report of Russian ultimatum
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ben Judah / Politico:
Why Russia No Longer Fears the West
Washington Post:
President Obama's foreign policy is based on fantasy  —  FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality.  It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces.
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
What to do about Putin's invasion of Ukraine?
Discussion: Hot Air
Bloomberg:
Russia Gas Threat Shows Putin Using Pipelines to Press Ukraine
Discussion: Politico and kyivpost.com
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg View:
Obama to Israel — Time Is Running Out  —  When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House tomorrow, President Barack Obama will tell him that his country could face a bleak future — one of international isolation and demographic disaster — if he refuses to endorse …
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Aryeh Tepper / Weekly Standard:
Does Abbas Recognize Israel as a Jewish State?
Adiv Sterman / The Times of Israel:
Obama: US won't be able to defend Israel if peace talks fail
Larry Hannan / Florida Times Union:
Marissa Alexander's sentence could triple in ‘warning-shot’ case  —  A Jacksonville woman whose case generated outrage when she was sentenced to 20 years in prison may end up behind bars for 60 years for the same crime.  —  The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to put Marissa Alexander …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Billionaire Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg ‘is planning to run for Senate seat in 2016’  — Sandberg, one of the business world's biggest champions of correcting gender inequality in the workplace, is eying a rebellion against Democratic Californian Senator Barbara Boxer
Discussion: Business Insider and The Raw Story
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Democrats Try Wooing Ones Who Got Away: White Men  —  ROYAL OAK, Mich. — Frank Houston knows something about the longtime estrangement of white men from the Democratic Party.  His family roots are in nearby Macomb County, the symbolic home of working-class Reagan Democrats who …
Catherine Shoard / Guardian:
Oscars 2014: 10 things we learned  —  The 86th Academy Awards are over.  Here's our top takeaways from the night, from Meryl's moves to Matthew's megalomania  —  It turns out Hollywood knows about selfies … Remember that president guy?  Barack somethingorother?
Phillip Longman / Washington Monthly:
Oops: The Texas Miracle That Isn't  —  Conservatives say the Lone Star state's recent record of growth validates their economic agenda.  That record crumbles upon inspection.  —  Is Texas our future?  The question got kicked around during the last presidential campaign when Texas Governor Rick Perry was briefly riding high.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and New York Times
Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
TIME Newsmaker Interview with John McCain: On Ukraine, Syria, Barack Obama, Chris Christie  —  Plus: His take on working with Obama on foreign policy, Chris Christie's survival and why climate change isn't dead  —  Tapping a black sharpy on his right hand, John McCain sat in his Senate offices …
Emily Stephenson / Reuters:
Hundreds of Keystone protesters arrested at White House … WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police arrested hundreds of young people protesting the Keystone XL project on Sunday, as demonstrators fastened themselves with plastic ties to the White House fences and called for U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the controversial oil pipeline.
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ABC News:
Pipeline Protesters Arrested at White House
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Discussion: Guardian and Booman Tribune
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
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