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5:45 PM ET, March 1, 2014


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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 …
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.
Discussion: The Week and New York Times
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: RIA Novosti, The PJ Tatler and PJ Media
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.
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:   Mikheil Saakashvili: Lessons From the Putin Wars
Kathy Lally / Washington Post:
Russian parliament approves use of troops in Ukraine
Discussion: Daily Kos and The PJ Tatler
Russian parliament approves troop deployment in Ukraine
Discussion: The Week 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’
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
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 …
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 …
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