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2:05 PM ET, March 1, 2014


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Kremlin Clears Way for Force in Ukraine; Separatist Split Feared  —  SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — As Russian armed forces effectively seized control of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula on Saturday, the Russian Parliament granted President Vladimir V. Putin the authority he sought to use military force …
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Russian upper house approves use of force in Ukraine  —  Troops stand guard in Balaklava, Crimea, on Saturday, March 1.  Ukraine suspects Russia of sending new troops into Crimea and provoking separatist tensions in the region.  Crimea is an autonomous republic of Ukraine with an ethnic Russian majority.
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
Mikheil Saakashvili: Lessons From the Putin Wars  —  Georgia's former president, who has seen first-hand the sort of trouble the Kremlin is causing in Ukraine, on what to do about Moscow's threat.  —  Kiev  —  Between barricades of tires and impromptu memorials to the victims of Ukraine's revolution …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
USA Today:
Last Slide  —  SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — Russian parliament's upper house unanimously approved the deployment of troops in the Crimea region of Ukraine on Saturday.  —  Defying a warning by President Obama a day earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked parliament for permission …
Russia wresting control of Crimea from Ukraine  —  (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin wrested control of the Ukrainian Black Sea region of Crimea from Kiev on Saturday citing a threat to Russian citizens and servicemen of the Russian Black Sea fleet based there.
PALIN MOCKED IN 2008 FOR WARNING PUTIN MAY INVADE UKRAINE IF OBAMA ELECTED  —  During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned that if Senator Barack Obama were elected president, his “indecision” and “moral equivalence” may encourage Russia's Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Washington Post:
Condemnation isn't enough for Russian actions in Crimea  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA made an unscheduled appearance before the press at the White House Friday to warn Russia against a military intervention in Ukraine, which he said would be a “clear violation” of Russia's commitments …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Russia Invades Ukraine, Obama Declares Happy Hour
Russian parliament approves troop deployment in Ukraine
Discussion: Liberaland and National Review
Russian ‘invasion’ of Crimea fuels fear of Ukraine conflict
Discussion: BBC and
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Heckler: Obama wants ‘nuclear war with Russia’
Discussion: Liberaland
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Close  —  President Barack Obama on Friday issued a blunt …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
Senator John McCain: “We Are All Ukrainians”
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Iran advancing its nuclear program despite pact with West  —  Iran's economy has begun to recover, but experts disagree on whether that will help lead to a comprehensive deal or not.  —  Iran is moving ahead with a nuclear program that U.S. officials said would be frozen …
Nikita Stewart / New York Times:
De Blasio Picks More Liberal Activists Than Managers for City Posts  —  In Bill de Blasio's City Hall, it seems more and more, there is only a left wing.  —  The mayor, who advanced in politics by grass-roots organizing, has built a team filled with former activists …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Alec Torres / National Review:
Krauthammer's Take: Obama Tells the World We Aren't Going to Do Anything About Invasion of Ukraine  —  As reports are coming in that Russia has placed 2,000 troops in Crimea, within the borders of Ukraine, President Obama said that “the United States will stand with the international community …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Arizona Sort of Helps Out  —  It's been quite a week in Arizona.  First, the Legislature passed a bill that, in effect, gave businesses the right to discriminate against gay couples.  The state's actual business community was horrified.  Everybody from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich was ticked off.
Discussion: Althouse
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Pelosi Ignites Caucus by Choosing Sides in Ranking Member Battle  —  Pallone, right, hopes to succeed Waxman as Energy and Commerce ranking member.  (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  House Democrats could soon be at war.  —  The internal drama over who will take the top Democratic slot …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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