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12:20 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 …
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  —  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
Russian stocks, ruble rebound as Putin breaks silence on Ukraine  —  (Reuters) - Russian assets rebounded on Tuesday as President Vladimir Putin said he would only use force in neighbouring Ukraine as a last resort.  —  The mood on the markets was calmer after panic selling on Monday …
Discussion: Liberaland
Simon Shuster / TIME:
4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine
Zbigniew Brzezinski / Washington Post:
What is to be done? Putin's aggression in Ukraine needs a response
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman Thinks Putin Is Being “Demonized” In The U.S.
Discussion: Althouse
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
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 …
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 …
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 and Shakesville
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
Yahoo! News:
Sam Brownback: The possible GOP presidential contender no one's talking about  —  You won't see Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback taking high profile trips to Iowa, South Carolina or New Hampshire.  He's not on the star-studded speech lineup at the Conservative Political Action Conference this year.
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
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.
Discussion: Right Wing News
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The case against televising oral arguments.  —  This columnist is keenly interested in the U.S. Supreme Court, but we've never had much of an opinion on the oft-debated question of whether the court should videotape or televise its oral arguments.  Had you pressed us, we'd probably …
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 …
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 …
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Budget Would Expand Low-Income Tax Break
Discussion: Washington Post
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Misreading Putin, and history
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Bloomberg View:
Paul Ryan's War on Poverty
Discussion: TaxVox
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
The Cliches of “Leadership” and “Resolve”
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
No, American Weakness Didn't Encourage Putin to Invade Ukraine
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Discussion: Hot Air
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iran Executes Two for ‘Perversion’
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Steve King: Being Gay Is ‘Self-Professed Behavior’ That Can't Be ‘Independently Verified’
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Keurig Will Use DRM In New Coffee Maker To Lock Out Refill Market
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