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2:10 PM 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Anatomy of a Feckless Presidency
Russian stocks, ruble rebound as Putin breaks silence on Ukraine
Discussion: Liberaland
Guardian:   Crimea crisis: Putin rules out war but will use force ‘as last resort’
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Crimean Leader Says Ukrainian Military Units Are Surrendering
Discussion: Guardian, The Daily Caller and Gawker
Connor Walsh / Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader:
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Washington Post:
What is to be done? Putin's aggression in Ukraine needs a response
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Simon Shuster / TIME:
4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine
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 …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama 2015 budget: $3.9 trillion
Discussion: Fox News
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Budget Would Expand Low-Income Tax Break
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Palin: Obama ‘Wears Mom Jeans’ and ‘Equivocates’ on Russia  —  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.  Palin believed she was vindicated, saying Russia exploited “Obama's weak leadership.”
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 …
The Fiscal Times:
Economists Say Paul Ryan Misrepresented Their Research  —  The Fiscal Times  —  An exhaustive critique of the federal social safety net released by Rep. Paul Ryan on Monday is meant to be the intellectual foundation for an overhaul of the federal anti-poverty programs.
Bloomberg View:
Paul Ryan's War on Poverty
Discussion: TaxVox
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Man Accidentally Shoots 12-Year-Old Driving By His House, Immediately Shoots Self  —  An Orlando, Fl. man accidentally discharged a gun on Friday, first striking a 12-year-old girl in a moving car then himself immediately after, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family deported  —  Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum.  They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children.
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Mitt Romney Was Right About Russia  —  In the course of the last presidential campaign, Mitt Romney made a comment about America's number one “geopolitical foe,” which Romney claimed was Russia.  He was mocked by the president and many liberal commentators.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Rothman: MSNBC's Most Embarrassing Mockery of Romney's Russia Warnings
Jenny Jarvie / The New Republic:
Trigger Happy  —  The “trigger warning” has spread from blogs to college classes.  Can it be stopped?  —  The headline above would, if some readers had their way, include a “trigger warning”—a disclaimer to alert you that this article contains potentially traumatic subject matter.
Discussion: Shakesville and The Agonist
John Cheves / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Beshear: Ky. will appeal federal judge's ruling in same-sex marriage case without Conway  —  FRANKFORT — Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday said he will appeal a federal judge's order requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bob Corker / Wall Street Journal:
Bob Corker: Now the Auto Union Wants to Muzzle Public Officials  —  The United Auto Workers demand a do-over for a vote the union lost—and want critics like me silenced.  —  Picture an election where an entity is given nearly unfettered access to voters for two years and then is allowed …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
Obama gets lecture on peace talks from Netanyahu in White House meeting
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israel Matzav
Anna Silman / Vulture:
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Discussion: Balloon Juice
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
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Yahoo! News:
Sam Brownback: The possible GOP presidential contender no one's talking about
Discussion: ABC News
Alyssa Brown / Gallup:
Michelle Obama Maintains Positive Image
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Misreading Putin, and history
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Green group accuses GOP of ‘environmental racism’
Discussion: American Thinker and Shakesville
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
The Cliches of “Leadership” and “Resolve”
Washington Post:
Poll: Democrats' advantage on key issues is not translating to a midterm-election edge