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4:40 PM ET, March 3, 2014

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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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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.
Michael Cohen / Guardian:
Don't listen to Obama's Ukraine critics: he's not ‘losing’ - and it's not his fight  —  The ‘do something’ pundits rear their heads.  Just like they did on Iraq, Afghanistan and every other crisis of US ‘credibility’  —  The armchair class is certain that Putin is winning and Obama is losing.
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.
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
If Given Control, McConnell Vows a Senate in Working Order  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell still has a few obstacles to overcome to become Senate majority leader next year.  First, he has to win his own primary and general election back in Kentucky, where his popularity has suffered.
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
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
What to do about Putin's invasion of Ukraine?
Discussion: New York Times, Fox News and Hot Air
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Putin's error in Ukraine is the kind that leads to catastrophe
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama warns Russia of political, economic ‘isolation’
Discussion: Liberaland
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
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
The President's Prophetic Threats to Israel
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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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.
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 …
Jasmine Sachar / The Hill:
Dems scramble to stop LaRouche candidate  —  Texas Democrats are scrambling to can stop a controversial pro-impeachment, anti-ObamaCare candidate from advancing in their party's Senate primary.  —  Winning the general election is long shot for any nominee.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Brooklyn senator wants five Independents tossed from Democratic Party
Discussion: Politicker
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
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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