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3:35 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
Discussion: Business Insider and Gawker
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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Washington Post:
Poll finds Republicans resistant to Chris Christie presidential candidacy  —  As conservatives gather in the Washington area on Thursday for three days of speeches from prospective 2016 presidential candidates and discussions about the future of the GOP, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found …
James Hohmann / Politico:
A viewer's guide to CPAC 2014
Discussion: CNN and The Moderate Voice
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Christie To Harry Reid: ‘Stop Picking On Great Americans’ Charles And David Koch  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has a message for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): leave Charles and David Koch alone!  —  Reid has escalated his tirade against the billionaire Koch brothers …
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ABC News:   Dalai Lama Opens Senate Session With Prayer
Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
TIME Newsmaker Interview: Bernie Sanders Says He'd Make a Better President Than Hillary Clinton … Q. There are billionaire Democrats, too.  So why is it that the left doesn't have this sort of activist, angry Tea Party arm?  It's a fair question, and I don't really know the answer.
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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.
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) …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
McConnell gets lukewarm CPAC reception  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) received a lukewarm reception from conservatives gathered for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, despite delivering a speech full of conservative red meat.  —  The Senate minority leader's …
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Politico:   Harry Reid has no apologies
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
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
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.
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 …
Liz Wahl / RT:
RT reacts to anchor Liz Wahl quitting on air  —  During a live broadcast on Wednesday, RT America presenter Liz Wahl announced she was stepping down, citing her disagreements with the network's editorial policy.  RT issued a statement following her resignation.
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James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: RT Anchor Liz Wahl Explains Why She Quit
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.
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.
 
 
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Michael Konopasek / Oklahoma's Own:
Convicted Felon, Doctor Injects Oklahomans With ‘Jesus Shot’
Randall Smith / New York Times:
After a Dazzling Early Career, a Star Trader Settles Down
Discussion: Forbes and Wall Street Journal
Ezekiel J. Emanuel / New York Times:
In Health Care, Choice Is Overrated
Patrick Poole / PJ Media:
(EXCLUSIVE) IRS Currently Employing Convicted Terrorist Associate
Brandy Zadrozny / The Daily Beast:
Inside the Pentagon's $59 Billion ‘Black Budget’
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama's vacation plans in jeopardy
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Harkin: DOJ Civil Rights Nominee Would Have Been Confirmed If He Was White
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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
David Nather / Politico:
And the GOP economic plan is ... ?
William Voegeli / National Review:
Bait-and-Switch Liberalism  —  Obamacare and the politics of deception
Discussion: Power Line and New York Times
Sean Trende / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
It's Time to Increase the Size of the House
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Hillary walks back Putin-Hitler comparison
Discussion: Guardian, The Daily Caller and The Dish
 

 
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Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Rolling Stone Outsources Internal Investigation of Botched UVA Rape Story to Columbia Journalism School

Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New Republic Editor Gabriel Snyder Promises Ambitious Journalism, More Diverse Voices

 
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