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12:00 PM ET, March 1, 2014


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New York Times:
Kremlin Prepares for Military Intervention  —  SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — As Russian-backed armed forces effectively seized control of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula on Saturday, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia requested —and received — authorization from the Russian Senate to use military force in Ukraine.
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
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Russian ‘Blackwater’ Takes Over Ukraine Airport  —  The troops who have taken over two airports in Crimea are not Russian military, but they could be security contractors working for the Russian military, and they are there to stay.  —  Private security contractors working …
Russian ‘invasion’ of Crimea fuels fear of Ukraine conflict
Discussion: BBC and
Alan Yuhas / Guardian:
Obama: violation of Ukraine ‘would be deeply destabilizing’ - live updates
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 …
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
Palin on Ukraine: I told you so  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin may be having a bragging rights moment.  —  In 2008, when she was the GOP vice presidential nominee, Palin questioned in a speech whether then-Sen. Barack Obama would have the foreign policy credentials to handle a scenario …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Russia Invades Ukraine, Obama Declares Happy Hour  —  Russian troops are on the move in Crimea.  Ukraine's Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said that Russia is trying to seize the territory: … According to one report, the invading Russian troops are from the crack 76th Chernihov (Pskov) Storm Troops Division.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Zero Hedge
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Close  —  President Barack Obama on Friday issued a blunt and direct warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin: stay out of Ukraine.  —  If not, he said, there will be consequences — though he didn't say what those might be.  —  “We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Daily Kos
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Heckler: Obama wants ‘nuclear war with Russia’
Discussion: Liberaland
Associated Press:
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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
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 …
David Nather / Politico:
How the Clinton White House bungled health care reform  —  Bill and Hillary Clinton understood individual members of Congress just fine.  They just didn't get Congress.  —  That's the picture that emerges from the documents released by the Clinton presidential library Friday on their efforts to pass health care reform in the 1990s.
Dan Gainor / Fox News:
Tea Party birthday — movement survives 5 years of outlandish, offensive media attacks  —  “Terrorists!”  “Racists!”  “Mass murderers!”  For five years, the Tea Party has been the American media's favorite target.  The crime?  Pushing back against ObamaCare, the $787 billion stimulus and Big Government.
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:   Rudderless Tea Party Searches For Meaning Five Years On
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Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Gawker