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8:30 PM 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.
Michael Cohen / Guardian:
Don't listen to Obama's Ukraine critics: he's not ‘losing’ - and it's not his fight  —  The ‘do something’ pundits rear their heads.  Just like they did on Iraq, Afghanistan and every other crisis of US ‘credibility’  —  The armchair class is certain that Putin is winning and Obama is losing.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman Thinks Putin Is Being “Demonized” In The U.S.  —  California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said he doesn't support Russia taking military action in Ukraine, but “that doesn't mean Putin and pro-Russia forces in Ukraine are in the wrong.”  —  Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher …
Discussion: Liberaland
Tensions rise in Crimea amid report of Russian ultimatum  —  (CNN) — Russia has issued an ultimatum to Ukrainian forces in Crimea to clear out by 5 a.m. Tuesday or face a “military storm,” according to Russian state-run news agency Interfax, which cited a Ukrainian Defense Ministry source.
USA Today:
Putin's power grab gets lame response: Our view
Discussion: New York Times
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
Russia: Yanukovich asks Putin for Russian military in Ukraine
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Pressure Rising as Obama Works to Rein In Russia
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama warns Russia of political, economic ‘isolation’
Discussion: Politico
Anatol Lieven / Zocalo Public Square:
Why Obama Shouldn't Fall for Putin's Ukrainian Folly
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 …
Obama Urges Netanyahu to Make Peace Now to Avert Fallout
Walter Russell Mead:
Putin Invades Crimea: Obama Hardest Hit?
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Instapundit
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
The President's Prophetic Threats to Israel
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Candidate Stockman Threatens Jail To Anyone Who Publishes His Mugshot  —  Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) says he's been vindicated.  —  The Texas conservative's underdog Senate campaign on Monday published a defiant statement, claiming that Stockman has “grounds to file criminal complaints” …
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
McConnell Vows a Senate in Working Order, if He Is Given Control  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell still has a few obstacles to overcome to become Senate majority leader next year.  First, he has to win his own primary and general election back in Kentucky, where his popularity has suffered.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and National Review
Catherine Shoard / Guardian:
Oscars 2014: 10 things we learned  —  The 86th Academy Awards are over.  Here's our top takeaways from the night, from Meryl's moves to Matthew's megalomania  —  It turns out Hollywood knows about selfies … Remember that president guy?  Barack somethingorother?
THE INSIDERS: Iowa Congressman Steve King  —  Earlier this week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs to deny services to gay and lesbian customers.  The controversial measure saw a huge wave of opposition …
Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
Rep. Darrell Issa disputes his Four-Pinocchio ratings  —  CHRIS WALLACE: That brings up my final question for you, because you have come under fire both in the IRS and Benghazi and other investigations of your committee for political witch hunts.  They point specifically to a speech you gave …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP finally goes too far on Obamacare: Why the 50th repeal vote is not the charm  —  This week you're likely to read stories and headlines suggesting that House Republicans will be voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act again, or are approaching their 50th Obamacare repeal vote or some variation thereof.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Paul Liberatore / Marin Independent Journal:
Lib at Large: Novato contractor supplies century-old log cabins for new Twitter headquarters  —  WHAT'S NEW IS old at Twitter's new San Francisco headquarters.  —  The high-tech firm has a new look for its old logo, a new office in an old building and, in a few weeks, new dining rooms in some very old log cabins.
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
Keurig Will Use DRM In New Coffee Maker To Lock Out Refill Market  —  The single coffee cup craze has been rolling now for several years in both the United States and Canada, with Keurig, Tassimo, and Nespresso all battling it out to lock down the market.  In order to protect their dominant market share …
Discussion: The Verge and
Boehner to Enquirer: Putin a ‘thug’  —  The time has come to join with Europe to impose sanctions against Russia, House Speaker John Boehner said in an exclusive meeting at The Enquirer Monday.  —  But Boehner did not say what sanctions should be taken in the wake of Russia's threatening military action in Ukraine.
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Kentucky Churches Giving Away Guns To Help People Discover Jesus  —  The Kentucky Baptist Convention wants to “point people to Christ” by giving away guns at Second Amendment Celebrations hosted across the state.  —  In the words of spokesman Chuck McAlister the strategy is “outreach to rednecks …
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