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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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David Weigel / Slate:
Democratic Senator: Crimea Crisis is Happening Because America Looked Weak in Syria  —  Every year, a large sector of the Washington Convention Center is occupied and bedazzled for the AIPAC Policy Conference.  It's an overwhelming event, with optics and booming Hollywood soundtracks …
CNN:
Tensions rise in Crimea amid report of Russian ultimatum  —  (CNN) — Russia has issued an ultimatum to Ukrainian forces in Crimea to clear out by 5 a.m. Tuesday or face a “military storm,” according to Russian state-run news agency Interfax, which cited a Ukrainian Defense Ministry source.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
US moves to isolate Russia from ‘community of civilized nations’
Anatol Lieven / Zocalo Public Square:
Why Obama Shouldn't Fall for Putin's Ukrainian Folly
Masha Lipman / News Desk:
Putin's Nationalist Strategy
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
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?
Cincinnati.com:
Boehner to Enquirer: Putin a ‘thug’  —  The time has come to join with Europe to impose sanctions against Russia, House Speaker John Boehner said in an exclusive meeting at The Enquirer Monday.  —  But Boehner did not say what sanctions should be taken in the wake of Russia's threatening military action in Ukraine.
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner To Run For Speaker Again, In ‘Better Shape’ With Caucus  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) indicated he's in great shape to run for speaker again.  —  “I think I'm in better shape with my own caucus than I have ever been in the last three years,” Boehner said in an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer posted on Monday.
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 …
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 …
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Waiting for Jeb  —  The 2016 presidential election is Jeb Bush's now-or-never-moment.
Discussion: The Reaction
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 …
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
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?
Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
UAE airline leaves Israel off its flight map  —  An airline that gets US taxpayer dollars for security has wiped Israel from its flight map.  —  The US Department of Homeland Security spends $425,000 annually on a preclearance customs facility for Etihad Airways, a partner of American Airlines, at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
 
 
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