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10:25 AM ET, March 4, 2014


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Jason Karaian / Quartz:
The markets are punishing Russia more swiftly than diplomats ever could  —  Strongly worded statements, threats of travel restrictions, and summit no-shows.  So far, these are the relatively mild diplomatic implications for Russia of its incursion into Ukraine, as few in the West can stomach …
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed:
14 Insane Moments From RT's Coverage Of The Russian Invasion Of Ukraine  —  We watched so you didn't have to.  —  On Saturday, Russian forces effectively seized the Ukrainian region of Crimea.  Formerly known as Russia Today, RT is a Kremlin-funded television network.
Simon Shuster / TIME:
4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine  —  As Russia's Ukraine power play reaches boiling point in Crimea, there are clear signs a Russian invasion may be a disaster for its architect, President Vladimir Putin  —  Even a week ago, the idea of a Russian military intervention in Ukraine seemed farfetched if not totally alarmist.
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Anatomy of a Feckless Presidency  —  Gone are the days when the American president was capable of articulating the American interest.  —  V ladimir Putin seized Ukraine's Crimean peninsula on Thursday, and Barack Obama delivered a short statement about it on Friday.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Putin: Russia has no plans to annex Ukraine's Crimea region  —  Crisis in Ukraine  —  Simferopol, Ukraine (CNN) — Russia is not considering trying to make Crimea a part of Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.  Only people who live in Crimea can determine their future, he said.
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Washington Post:
What is to be done? Putin's aggression in Ukraine needs a response
Discussion: National Review
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
No, American Weakness Didn't Encourage Putin to Invade Ukraine
Discussion: The Dish
Michael Cohen / Guardian:
Don't listen to Obama's Ukraine critics: he's not ‘losing’ - and it's not his fight
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman Thinks Putin Is Being “Demonized” In The U.S.
Discussion: Althouse
USA Today:
Putin's power grab gets lame response: Our view
Discussion: Right Turn
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
New ObamaCare delay to help midterm Dems  —  The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, easing election pressure on Democrats.  —  As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers …
Brian Beutler / Salon:   GOP finally goes too far on Obamacare: Why the 50th repeal vote is not the charm
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Palin Blasts Obama's ‘Weak Leadership’ on Russia: ‘Wears Mom Jeans and Equivocates’  —  Sarah Palin sat down with Sean Hannity Monday night for a victory lap of sorts, touting her 2008 comments about Russia capitalizing on a weak Barack Obama presidency to amass power.
Natalie Villacorta / Politico:
Sarah Palin: Barack Obama known for ‘mom jeans’  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a man known for wrestling bears while President Barack Obama is known for wearing mom jeans.  —  “People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama, the feckless tyrant  —  President Obama is such a weak strongman.  What's more, he is a feeble dictator and a timid tyrant.  —  That, at any rate, is Republicans' critique of him.  With Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Obama's critics pivoted seamlessly from complaining about his overreach …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Ezekiel J. Emanuel / The New Republic:
Insurance Companies as We Know Them Are About to Die  —  And here's what's going to replace them  —  Americans hate health insurance companies.  They are easy targets for everyone to beat up on.  When premiums go up, we blame insurance companies; we do not blame the underlying hospitals …
Discussion: CBS DC and The Gateway Pundit
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Green group accuses GOP of ‘environmental racism’  —  House Republicans are being accused of “environmental racism” by an environmental group that argues GOP efforts to reform decades-old chemical laws would disproportionately harm minority groups.  —  At issue is draft legislation backed …
Discussion: American Thinker
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook In Talks To Acquire Drone Maker Titan Aerospace  —  Basis Goes To Intel For Around $100M  —  Facebook, one of the primary backers of the initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who still lack connectivity …
Washington Post:
Poll: Democrats' advantage on key issues is not translating to a midterm-election edge  —  The American people trust Democrats more than Republicans on some of the key issues of the day, but that has not translated into any political advantage in the battle for control of the House and Senate …
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Steve King: Being Gay Is ‘Self-Professed Behavior’ That Can't Be ‘Independently Verified’  —  Rep. Steve King of Iowa joined Des Moines' WHO TV yesterday to discuss Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of a bill that would have strengthened the ability of businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
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