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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 …
The Hill:
Kerry: Putin now acting out of ‘weakness’ and ‘desperation’  —  Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin's “stunning, willful” choice to invade Ukrainian territory and warned of possible sanctions.  —  “You just don't in the 21st century behave …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
Putin's War  —  Obama had no good options to stop the invasion.
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos, Mediaite and Guardian
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest Podcast:
Putin Smashes Washington's Cocoon
Discussion: NO QUARTER USA NET
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, Washington Post and Daily Kos
Yahoo! News:   Ukraine mobilizes after Putin's ‘declaration of war’
CBC News:
Ukraine crisis: Harper recalls ambassador, tells Putin to withdraw
Discussion: American Spectator
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
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
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Bloomberg:
Russia Gas Threat Shows Putin Using Pipelines to Press Ukraine  —  OAO Gazprom (OGZD)'s threat to end natural gas discounts for Ukraine adds to the financial burden on the near-bankrupt government in Kiev and makes Europe's energy supply part of the escalating crisis.
Discussion: Politico and kyivpost.com
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
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
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. Sunday after seeing a man and pregnant woman being held at gunpoint in the 1800-block of Copeland Street.
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
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.
 
 
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