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7:55 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Eric Bradner / Politico:
GOP senators seek trade actions against Russia  —  President Barack Obama should sever trade talks with Russia and also try to kick the country out of international organizations over its military intervention in Ukraine, several Republican senators said Saturday.
Discussion: National Review
Conal Urquhart / Guardian:
Ukraine places forces on combat alert and threatens war as UN security council meets - live updates  — Ukrainian PM tells Russian forces to return to base in Crimea and warns of war in case of further escalation  —  Sort by:  —  8.05pm GMT  —  NATO meeting  —  NATO will now meet at the behest of Latvia and Lithuania.
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 …
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:   Mikheil Saakashvili: Lessons From the Putin Wars
Russia wresting control of Crimea from Ukraine
Discussion: Business Insider
Kathy Lally / Washington Post:
Russian parliament approves use of troops in Ukraine
Russian parliament approves troop deployment in Ukraine
Discussion: The Week and National Review
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Heckler: Obama wants ‘nuclear war with Russia’
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
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 …
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
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
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