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12:45 PM 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:
Masked Forces at 2 Airports in Crimea; Russia Disavows Move  —  SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Armed men of uncertain allegiance took up positions at two airports here in Ukraine's Crimean region on Friday, fueling concerns about possible Russian military intervention or a separatist rebellion …
Agencies / Telegraph:
Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘armed invasion’ after Crimea airports blockaded
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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.
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: Washington Monthly and The Week
Jim O'Sullivan / Boston Globe:
Fundraiser with Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, Charlie Baker hits snag, changes venues
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
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.
Laurel Rosenhall / Sacramento Bee:
Senate Democrats block Republican move to expel Rod Wright  —  Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a move to expel their Democratic colleague Sen. Rod Wright by sending a Republican proposal to the Rules Committee, where it could permanently stall.  —  Sen. Steve Knight, a Republican from Palmdale …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and Capitol Alert
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Ted Cruz: We'll ‘turn this country around’
Business Insider:
Larry Summers Nails The Radical Economic Implications of The Facebook-WhatsApp Mega-Deal  —  Larry Summers gave a speech today at the National Association For Business Economics (NABE) conference in Arlington Virginia.  —  In his speech he said some really sharp stuff about the significance of WhatsApp …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
SENATE REPUBLICANS KILL A BILL TO EXPAND VETERANS' BENEFITS … WASHINGTON — It's not until you watch it happen close up that the way things do not get done in the World's Legislative Body becomes well and truly nauseating.  This afternoon, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont brought forth …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Report: Checks stop 2.1M gun buys  —  Federal background checks have stopped more than 2.1 million would-be gun purchases in the 20 years since President Bill Clinton signed the Brady gun control bill, according to a report released Friday by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
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 …
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Kerry Kennedy Is Found Not Guilty of Driving While Impaired  —  WHITE PLAINS — After nearly 20 months of buildup, the misdemeanor trial of Kerry Kennedy ended on Friday in a breakneck blur, as jurors took one hour to find her not guilty of driving under the influence of a drug.
Discussion: Post Politics
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Four of five FCC study authors gave to Obama  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA FCC  —  A significant problem with the now-suspended Federal Communications Commission plan to have government contractors question journalists about editorial decisions and practices was that it was a partisan exercise.
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
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
Benjy Sarlin /
Rubio gets second look from GOP after Venezuela speech  —  2013 wasn't the greatest year for Sen. Marco Rubio.  After starting out as the tentative GOP frontrunner for president, the Florida Republican devoted himself to passing immigration reform only to awkwardly back away from the issue after conservatives rebelled.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and CNN
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Economy's Growth Was Slower in Fourth Quarter  —  The economy grew at a slower pace in the fourth quarter of 2013 than first thought, weighed down by disappointing retail sales, inventory adjustments and a less robust trade balance.  —  The Commerce Department said Friday it now estimates …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Hot Air
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
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The Atlantic Online:
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