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3:30 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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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.
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 …
Politico:
Harry Reid: Get Europe on board before punishing Russia  —  The United States should hold off on punishing Russia until the European community is on board with a specific response to the growing crisis in Ukraine, the Senate's top Democrat said Monday.  —  In an interview …
Discussion: Guardian, Mediaite and Betsy's Page
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama warns Russia of political, economic ‘isolation’  —  President Obama on Monday warned Russia it will face diplomatic and economic isolation if it does not change its behavior in Ukraine.  —  Obama's warning came as the State Department said it was preparing sanctions to punish Russia …
Discussion: Liberaland
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
If Given Control, McConnell Vows a Senate in Working Order
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Putin's error in Ukraine is the kind that leads to catastrophe
Anatol Lieven / Zocalo Public Square:
Why Obama Shouldn't Fall for Putin's Ukrainian Folly
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
What to do about Putin's invasion of Ukraine?
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Hirsh / National Journal:
In Ukraine, Obama's Biggest Test
Discussion: Mediaite
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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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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Walter Russell Mead:
Putin Invades Crimea: Obama Hardest Hit?
Discussion: Instapundit
Aryeh Tepper / Weekly Standard:
Does Abbas Recognize Israel as a Jewish State?
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 …
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
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 …
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?
Paul Liberatore / Marin Independent Journal:
Lib at Large: Novato contractor supplies century-old log cabins for new Twitter headquarters  —  WHAT'S NEW IS old at Twitter's new San Francisco headquarters.  —  The high-tech firm has a new look for its old logo, a new office in an old building and, in a few weeks, new dining rooms in some very old log cabins.
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
 
 
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