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6:05 PM ET, March 6, 2014

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Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
How the Ukraine crisis ends  —  Henry A. Kissinger was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977.  —  Public discussion on Ukraine is all about confrontation.  But do we know where we are going?  In my life, I have seen four wars begun with great enthusiasm and public support …
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Mark Mardell / BBC:
Ukraine crisis: Crimea parliament asks to join Russia  —  Regional First Deputy PM Rustam Temirgaliev tells the BBC's John Simpson: “Crimea now is Russia”  —  MPs in Crimea have asked Moscow to allow the southern Ukrainian region to become part of the Russian Federation.
New York Times:
U.S. Announces New Sanctions in Ukraine Crisis  —  ROME — The United States escalated its response to Russia's military and economic threats to Ukraine on Thursday, announcing it has imposed visa bans on officials and others deemed responsible for actions that have undermined Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
CNN:
Ukrainian leader rejects referendum on splitting Crimea
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
House passes Ukrainian aid package
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCain Least Popular Senator in Country  —PPP's newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country.  Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove.
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
CPAC 2014: Chris Christie jabs Barack Obama, media
Discussion: Eschaton and CNN
John Nichols / thenation.com/blogs/117:
Bernie Sanders: ‘I Am Prepared to Run for President of the United States’  —  Bernie Sanders says he is “prepared to run for president of the United States.”  That's not a formal announcement.  A lot can change between now and 2016, and the populist senator from Vermont bristles at the whole notion of a permanent campaign.
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Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
TIME Newsmaker Interview: Bernie Sanders Says He'd Make a Better President Than Hillary Clinton  —  The Independent Senator from Vermont said in a wide-ranging interview with TIME that Clinton is a “very, very intelligent person” but doubts that she will help bring about the …
ABC News:
Dalai Lama Opens Senate Session With Prayer  —  By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press And on Thursday, the Dalai Lama prayed in the U.S. Senate.  —  With dozen of lawmakers listening raptly, the Nobel laureate from Tibet opened the session with his favorite prayer and words of advice.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Christie To Harry Reid: ‘Stop Picking On Great Americans’ Charles And David Koch
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Stars & Stripes:
Army's top sex assault prosecutor suspended after assault allegation … WASHINGTON — The top Army prosecutor for sexual assault cases has been suspended after a lawyer who worked for him recently reported he'd groped her and tried to kiss her at a sexual-assault legal conference more than two years ago.
Politico:
Kirsten Gillibrand's sexual assault bill derailed  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand came up short Thursday in her yearlong campaign to overhaul military sexual assault policies, falling five votes short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.  —  The New York Democrat's bill that would have removed …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Randa Jarrar / Salon:
Why I can't stand white belly dancers  —  Whether they know it or not, white women who practice belly dance are engaging in appropriation  —  Google the term “belly dance” and the first images the search engine offers are of white women in flowing, diaphanous skirts, playing at brownness.
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Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
What would Salon think of an article called, 'Why I can't stand Asian musicians who play Beethoven?'
Discussion: NewsBusters
Jack Dickey / TIME:
How Nate Silver Hires  —  Forget H.R. The ESPN stats star uses a graph to measure his future employees  —  Read about Nate Silver and his plans for FiveThirtyEight at ESPN in the March 17 issue of TIME.  —  Since joining ESPN in late July, Nate Silver has spent an estimated 90% …
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Why most conservatives are secretly liberals  —  A couple months ago, a Gallup poll recorded a small uptick in the percentage of Americans who identify as “liberal” — to 23 percent, or what Gallup, eliding the margin of error in the poll, called a “new high.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Liberaland
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan: Free School Lunch Means Poor Parents Don't Care About Kids  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Thursday that liberals don't understand disadvantaged students would rather have parents who care for them than a free lunch at school.  —  Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference …
Karl Taro Greenfeld / Businessweek:
The Next Ailes: Newsmax's Chris Ruddy Preps TV Rival to Fox News  —  Christopher Ruddy, 49, the chief executive officer and founder of conservative media company Newsmax Media, is giving a tour of his neighborhood in an Acura driven by his chauffeur, Hector.  The car heads south on I-95 from West Palm Beach to Boca Raton.
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   Newsmax CEO Wants To Combat Fox News With Conservative Cable Channel
Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
Fury Erupts Over Racially-Charged Tweets After Westchester High School Basketball Game  —  MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Some high school students in Westchester County were under fire Wednesday evening, after their basketball team lost a close game.  —  As CBS 2's Don Champion reported …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
Fernando Espuelas / The Hill:
National Council of La Raza abandons smart immigration strategy  —  You could almost hear a crack in the immigration-activist universe as Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), called President Obama the “deporter-in-chief.”  —  Murguia has been on the front lines fighting for immigration reform for years.
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Former IRS Official Lerner Gave Interview to DOJ  —  A former Internal Revenue Service official who declined to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing the Fifth Amendment, gave a full interview to the Justice Department, her lawyer said.  —  That's raising questions among Republican lawmakers …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dems slam Darrell Issa in resolution  —  House Democrats offered a motion on Thursday slamming Rep. Darrell Issa for cutting off Democrats during a hearing on Wednesday, their latest political assault on the controversial California Republican.  —  Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Donald Trump Thinks Jimmy Carter Is Dead  —  Real estate mogul Donald Trump seems to think former President Jimmy Carter is dead.  —  Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Trump referred to the former president as the “late, great Jimmy Carter:”
David Weigel / Slate:
CPAC2014: Ted Cruz and the Nightmare of Iranian EMP Attacks  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—It's a short but frigid walk from CPAC to a less scripted and more intense all-day event.  This year, as they've done since at least 2010, a group of foreign policy hawks and critics of “creeping Sharia” …
Sean Trende / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
It's Time to Increase the Size of the House  —  “Our founders put the first amendment first for a reason.  It protects all Americans' right to free speech, regardless of political affiliation or views.”  This statement was made by former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) in 2007 …
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Betsy's Page
 
 
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
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Patrick Poole / PJ Media:
(EXCLUSIVE) IRS Currently Employing Convicted Terrorist Associate
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama's vacation plans in jeopardy
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Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Harkin: DOJ Civil Rights Nominee Would Have Been Confirmed If He Was White
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and theGrio
James Rosen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Military's top general offers grim outlook on nation's defense
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and VodkaPundit
Christopher Evans / Boston Herald:
Herald Radio  —  N.H. voters sour on Scott Brown, new Suffolk-Herald poll shows
Discussion: Politico
The Numbers / Philly.com:
In surprising move, Corbett forestalls deep cuts in food stamps
William Voegeli / National Review:
Bait-and-Switch Liberalism  —  Obamacare and the politics of deception
Discussion: Power Line and New York Times
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Hillary walks back Putin-Hitler comparison
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