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10:30 AM ET, March 2, 2014


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Marco Rubio / Politico:
8 Steps Obama Must Take to Punish Russia  —  Russia's illegal military incursion in the Crimea region in Ukraine is a grave violation of a nation's sovereignty and cannot go unpunished.  —  First, President Obama should speak unequivocally and call this what it is: a military invasion.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Making Russia Pay?  It's Not So Simple  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has warned Russia that “there will be costs” for a military intervention in Ukraine.  But the United States has few palatable options for imposing such costs, and recent history has shown that when it considers its interests at stake …
Discussion: The Mahablog
The White House:
Readout of President Obama's Call with President Putin  —  President Obama spoke for 90 minutes this afternoon with President Putin of Russia about the situation in Ukraine.  President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia's clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity …
New York Times:
Ukraine Finds Its Forces Are Ill Equipped to Take Crimea Back From Russia  —  KIEV — The new government of Ukraine called an emergency session of its national security council on Saturday in the face of the Russian military's seizure of Crimea, but the leaders are facing a grim reality …
Putin's Reckless Ukraine Gambit  —  Vladimir Putin's surprise decision to ask for a Russian-style War Powers resolution from his parliament dramatically ups the ante in the Ukraine crisis and positions Russia for full-scale military action.  It also signals Putin's commitment to use all necessary means …
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
Putin's War in Crimea Could Soon Spread to Eastern Ukraine  —  And nobody—not the U.S., not NATO—can stop him  —  Vladimir Putin has asked the Federation Council—the upper chamber of Russia's dummy parliament—to authorize the use of force not just in Crimea, but “on Ukraine's territory until …
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
House Ukraine Caucus Chair: “Some Group Had To Step In To Mediate”  —  “Whether it's Russian or Ukrainian, the amount of bloodshed these places have endured ... we simply can't go back to the slaughter,” Rep. Marcy Kaptur says.  —  An armed serviceman stands near Russian army vehicles outside …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Ukraine crisis tests Obama's foreign policy focus on diplomacy over military force  —  For much of his time in office, President Obama has been accused by a mix of conservative hawks and liberal interventionists of overseeing a dangerous retreat from the world at a time when American influence is needed most.
William Booth / Washington Post:
Pro-Russia leader of Crimea claims military control, appeals to Putin for assistance
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Spies Said No Russian Invasion of Ukraine—Putin Disagreed
Conal Urquhart / Guardian:
Ukraine places forces on combat alert and threatens war as UN security council meets - live updates
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Eric Bradner / Politico:
GOP senators seek trade actions against Russia
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Ukraine Mobilizes Reserve Troops, Threatening War
Washington Post:
Condemnation isn't enough for Russian actions in Crimea
Walter Russell Mead:
Red Lines In Crimea
Discussion: Spectator and The Daily Caller
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
Mikheil Saakashvili: Lessons From the Putin Wars
Discussion: The Agonist
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Brace Yourself for Hillary and Jeb  —  WASHINGTON — OY.  By the time the Bushes and Clintons are finished, they are going to make the Tudors and the Plantagenets look like pikers.  —  Before these two families release their death grip on the American electoral system …
Discussion: Althouse and Vox Popoli
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Skips National Security Team Meeting on Russia, Ukraine  —  A White House official emailed some reporters to say that President Obama's team met today to discuss the ongoing situation on Ukraine.  It appears President Obama did not attend.  —  “The President's national security team met today …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Sam Tanenhaus / New York Times:
A History Lesson That Needs Relearning  —  SUDDENLY the specter of the Cold War is back.  Prompted by the political crisis in Ukraine, some conservatives have called for President Obama to stand up to Vladimir V. Putin in the grand tradition of previous American presidents who stared eyeball …
Discussion: Daily Kos and
Apple CEO: Climate Change Deniers Should Take Their Money Out Of Apple Stock  —  Tim Cook introducing the iPad air.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez  —  If you want to invest in the future of Apple, you better have a stake in the future of the planet.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Fortune and Mashable
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Jenkins: Personal Score-Settling Is the New Climate Agenda  —  The cause of global carbon regulation may be lost, but enemies still can be punished.  —  Surely, some kind of ending is upon us.  Last week climate protesters demanded the silencing of Charles Krauthammer for a Washington Post column …
Discussion: National Review
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