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9:20 PM ET, March 1, 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.
New York Times:
Kremlin Deploys Military in Ukraine, Prompting Protest by U.S.  —  SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Russian armed forces seized control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula on Saturday, as the Russian Parliament granted President Vladimir V. Putin broad authority to use military force in response …
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
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 …
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 and The Hill
William Booth / Washington Post:
Pro-Russia leader of Crimea claims military control, appeals to Putin for assistance  —  SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Crimea's pro-Russian leader on Saturday claimed control of the military and police in the region, saying that soldiers from Russia's Black Sea Fleet are guarding government buildings …
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
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
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.
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:   Mikheil Saakashvili: Lessons From the Putin Wars
Walter Russell Mead:
Red Lines In Crimea
Discussion: Spectator and The Daily Caller
Kathy Lally / Washington Post:
Russian parliament approves use of troops in Ukraine
Discussion: Daily Kos and The PJ Tatler
BBC:   Russian parliament approves troop deployment in Ukraine
Russia wresting control of Crimea from Ukraine
Discussion: Business Insider
Russian ‘invasion’ of Crimea fuels fear of Ukraine conflict
Discussion: New Jersey Online
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 …
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