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11:15 AM ET, March 3, 2014


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Washington Post:
President Obama's foreign policy is based on fantasy  —  FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality.  It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Pressure Rising as Obama Works to Rein In Russia  —  WASHINGTON — As Russia dispatched more forces and tightened its grip on the Crimean Peninsula on Sunday, President Obama embarked on a strategy intended to isolate Moscow and prevent it from seizing more Ukrainian territory even as he was pressured at home to respond more forcefully.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
US moves to isolate Russia from ‘community of civilized nations’  —  The Obama administration on Sunday worked to isolate Russia on the world stage even as its president, Vladimir Putin, showed no signs of rolling back his military intervention in Ukraine.  —  President Obama spoke by phone …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
What to do about Putin's invasion of Ukraine?  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN UKRAINE  —  It is obvious that Russia is conducting an invasion of Ukraine.  This violates the 1994 Budapest Memorandum between Russia, Ukraine, the United States and Britain …
Discussion: Hot Air
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Here's What Is Going To Happen With Ukraine  —  Following up on the previous post, if you do want to fret about Ukraine, I have just the thing for you.  I'm going to tell you how this will all unfold:  — Vladimir Putin will do something belligerent.  (Already done.)
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Anatol Lieven / Zocalo Public Square:
Why Obama Shouldn't Fall for Putin's Ukrainian Folly  —  We're now witnessing the consequences of how grossly both Russia and the West have overplayed their hands in Ukraine.  It is urgently necessary that both should find ways of withdrawing from some of the positions that they have taken.
Discussion: Guardian and Outside the Beltway
Ben Judah / Politico:
Why Russia No Longer Fears the West
Russia Gas Threat Shows Putin Using Pipelines to Press Ukraine
Discussion: Politico and
Will Dunham / Reuters:
Kerry condemns Russia's ‘incredible act of aggression’ in Ukraine
Discussion: Guardian and Daily Kos
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg View:
Obama to Israel — Time Is Running Out  —  When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House tomorrow, President Barack Obama will tell him that his country could face a bleak future — one of international isolation and demographic disaster — if he refuses to endorse …
Dan Raviv / CBS News:
U.S. pushing Israel to stop assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Democrats Try Wooing Ones Who Got Away: White Men  —  ROYAL OAK, Mich. — Frank Houston knows something about the longtime estrangement of white men from the Democratic Party.  His family roots are in nearby Macomb County, the symbolic home of working-class Reagan Democrats who …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
For lawmakers, an O-Care escape option  —  This year, members of Congress and thousands of their staffers are finally signing up for health insurance provided by an ObamaCare exchange, fulfilling their commitment to live under the same system that millions of other Americans will use.
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Brooklyn senator wants five Independents tossed from Democratic Party  —  Sen. Martin Dilan says Sens. Tony Avella (D-Queens), Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx), Diane Savino (D-Staten Island), David Carlucci (D-Rockland County) and David Valesky (D-Syracuse) ‘should all be disenrolled by the Democratic party.’
Discussion: Politicker
Phillip Longman / Washington Monthly:
Oops: The Texas Miracle That Isn't  —  Conservatives say the Lone Star state's recent record of growth validates their economic agenda.  That record crumbles upon inspection.  —  Is Texas our future?  The question got kicked around during the last presidential campaign when Texas Governor Rick Perry was briefly riding high.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and New York Times
Larry Hannan / Florida Times Union:
Marissa Alexander's sentence could triple in ‘warning-shot’ case  —  A Jacksonville woman whose case generated outrage when she was sentenced to 20 years in prison may end up behind bars for 60 years for the same crime.  —  The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to put Marissa Alexander …
Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
TIME Newsmaker Interview with John McCain: On Ukraine, Syria, Barack Obama, Chris Christie  —  Plus: His take on working with Obama on foreign policy, Chris Christie's survival and why climate change isn't dead  —  Tapping a black sharpy on his right hand, John McCain sat in his Senate offices …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Jerry Brown Opposes Legal Pot Because ‘We Need To Stay Alert’  —  California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said Sunday that he is not convinced legalizing marijuana is a good idea because the population needs to “stay alert.”  —  “The problem with anything, a certain amount is okay,” Brown said on NBC's Meet the Press.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Gov. Brown Not Ready To Legalize Weed, Worried About ‘Potheads’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Emily Stephenson / Reuters:
Hundreds of Keystone protesters arrested at White House … WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police arrested hundreds of young people protesting the Keystone XL project on Sunday, as demonstrators fastened themselves with plastic ties to the White House fences and called for U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the controversial oil pipeline.
ABC News:
Pipeline Protesters Arrested at White House
Discussion: Politico
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Lerner's attorney says she won't testify, Issa wrong  —  Rep. Darrell Issa doesn't know what he's talking about, the attorney for former IRS official Lois Lerner said Sunday.  —  Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” …
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Graham: Obama ‘Weak And Indecisive’ Which ‘Invites Aggression’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Liberaland
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5 Reasons This Supposedly Boring Budget Year Could Be Anything But
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Waiting for Jeb  —  The 2016 presidential election is Jeb Bush's now-or-never-moment.
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Interview: Karzai says 12-year Afghanistan war has left him angry at U.S. government
Discussion: Guardian and Booman Tribune
Steve Strunsky / New Jersey Online:
Port Authority officials: Battle over toll hikes was all for show
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Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Where's their nerve? Today's comics mock poop, not the powerful
Discussion: Vox Popoli
New York Times:
My Life as a Writer  —  “Sabbath's Theater” is now being translated …
Discussion: The Week and Althouse