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11:20 AM ET, February 28, 2014


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Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Putin's Ukraine Gambit  —  Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year.  All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Russian president Vladimir Putin called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.”
New York Times:
Armed Men Take Over 2 Airports in Crimea  —  SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Amid fears of a Kremlin-backed separatist rebellion here against Ukraine's fledgling government, armed men in military uniforms took up positions at two Crimean airports as Ukraine's interior minister warned of “a direct provocation …
Agencies / Telegraph:
Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘armed invasion’ after Crimea airports blockaded
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Wesley Lowery / The Fix:
The fight for Mitt Romney's donors is on  —  Mitt Romney knows how to raise money.  He collected more than $1.1 billion in the 2012 campaign, relying on contacts he built during his time as Massachusetts governor, head of the Salt Lake City Olympics, years working in private equity …
Discussion: The Week
Benjy Sarlin /
Rubio gets second look from GOP after Venezuela speech
Discussion: Balloon Juice and CNN
Jim O'Sullivan / Boston Globe:
Fundraiser with Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, Charlie Baker hits snag, changes venues
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
The GOP Already Has a 2016 Front-Runner... for Vice President
Discussion: Hot Air
John Fund / National Review:
Three Cups of Tea  —  The Tea Party turns five years old this week, and the mainstream media are filled with stories saying it has lost clout and influence.  Certainly the unfair assaults on it as racist and extremist have taken a toll, but in terms of where the political landscape is right now …
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Ted Cruz: We'll ‘turn this country around’
Laurel Rosenhall / Sacramento Bee:
Senate Democrats block Republican move to expel Rod Wright
Discussion: Hot Air and Capitol Alert
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
An Unhappy 5th Birthday For The Tea Party
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Dem senators push IRS to cap political activity  —  A group of Democratic senators urged the Obama administration on Thursday to cap the amount of political activity that tax-exempt 501(c)(4) groups can engage in at 5 to 15 percent.  —  The 15 senators, in public comments on a proposed regulation change …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: All the President's IRS Agents  —  The targeting of groups opposed to the Democratic agenda has not ended—it's gotten worse.  —  Few presidents understand the power of speech better than Barack Obama, and even fewer the power of denying it to others.
Discussion: Power Line
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
O'Reilly To Valerie Jarrett: Get ‘Gangsta Rappers’ To ‘Knock It Off’ (VIDEO)  —  Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Thursday advised Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett to get “gangsta rappers” like Jay Z and Kanye West to say their behavior is wrong if the White House really wants to improve minority communities.
Discussion: ABC News and The Huffington Post
Jonathan Helman / CNN:
Obama and Biden show us their moves
Discussion: Politico and Jammie Wearing Fools
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Changes (Personal/Professional)  —  Some news: I have informed Princeton that I will be retiring at the end of next academic year, that is, in June 2015.  In August 2015 I will join the faculty of the Graduate Center, City University of New York, as a professor in the Ph.D. program in economics.
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
GOP blocks veterans bill  —  Senate Republicans stopped Democrats from advancing a bill that would have expanded healthcare and education programs for veterans.  —  In a 56-41 vote Thursday, the motion to waive a budget point of order against the bill failed, as Democrats fell short …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Discussion: Politico and The Impolitic
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate Blocks Dems' Bill Boosting Vets' Benefits
Discussion: The Hill
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Outrage Over Sexist Remarks Turns Into a Political Fund-Raising Tool  —  In the past few months, Republicans have called Wendy Davis, a Democratic candidate for Texas governor, “Abortion Barbie,” likened Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Senate candidate from Kentucky, to an “empty dress,” …
Discussion: Daily Kos and PoliticusUSA
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: America and the Aggressive Left  —  Half the country feels—and is—beset by government.  That's not progress.  —  The constant mischief of the progressive left is hurting the nation's morale.  There are few areas of national life left in which they are not busy, and few in which they're not making it worse.
Discussion: Fox News, Gawker and Betsy's Page
Paul Elias / Associated Press:
COURT: SCHOOL CAN BAN US FLAG SHIRTS FOR SAFETY  —  You are here  —  Home » General news » Court: School can ban US flag shirts for safety  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials at a Northern California high school acted appropriately when they ordered students wearing American flag T-shirts …
Discussion: Chicks on the Right
911 audio released from Fort Lee traffic jam  —  (CNN) - Officials in Fort Lee, New Jersey released 911 audio Friday from the week in September when two out of three access lanes were closed to the George Washington Bridge, ultimately causing massive traffic gridlock across the city for four days …
Discussion: Mediaite
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
America plays its role in a changing world right  —  As America navigates a changing world, the people who seem to be having the greatest difficulty with the adjustment are the country's pundits.  Over the past few weeks, a new conventional wisdom has congealed on the op-ed pages …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes to overhaul federal reg process  —  The House on Thursday approved legislation that would force federal agencies to be more transparent about pending regulations, and make them choose regulatory alternatives that impose the smallest cost possible on companies.
Discussion: Liberaland
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy  —  TOKYO — Mt. Gox, the troubled exchange for the virtual currency Bitcoin, filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday and said that it might have lost all of its customers' coins in a hacking attack.  —  The Tokyo-based exchange, which warned earlier this month …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
The 1 Politician Seth Rogen Wants to Smoke Pot With  —  “Knocked Up” star Seth Rogen went to Capitol Hill Wednesday to talk about the need to increase funding for Alzheimer's disease research.  The 31-year-old actor and celebrity champion for the Alzheimer's Association talked to ABC News …
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Business Insider:
Larry Summers Nails The Radical Economic Implications of The Facebook-WhatsApp Mega-Deal
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kareem Raheem / Reuters:
Baghdad motorbike blast, other attacks kill 52 in Iraq
Discussion: Liberaland and National Review
New York Times:
Business and the Minimum Wage
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
World Bank postpones Uganda loan over anti-gay law
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP's “religious liberty” scam just died: Why Brewer's veto is so momentous
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Atlantic Online:
Where Time Comes From  —  The time that ends up on your smartphone …
Discussion: The Verge
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Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Outgoing NSA chief Keith Alexander signals openness to surveillance reform
Discussion: Balloon Juice and emptywheel
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Federal Budget Deficit Falls to Smallest Level Since 2008
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jerry Brown:
To my fellow citizens of California:
Discussion: OnPolitics and
Bitcoin: By The Privileged, For The Privileged
Discussion: Hit & Run