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3:02 AM ET, March 5, 2014


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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Compares Russia Moves To Nazi Aggression  —  Clinton draws a parallel between the Russian government's issuing passports in Ukraine and pre-World War II actions taken by Germany.  The comments are Clinton's first since Putin's troops entered Ukraine on Saturday.  —  Olivier Douliery / MCT
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
Putin's Press Conference Proved Merkel Right: He's Lost His Mind  —  In Sunday's New York Times, Peter Baker reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had tried talking some sense into Vladimir Putin.  The Russian leader has an affinity for the Germans and Merkel especially …
Long Beach Press-Telegram:
Hillary Clinton compares Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine to Adolf Hitler's in Nazi Germany  —  (Photo by Brittany Murray/Long Beach Press Telegram)  —  LONG BEACH >> Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday compared recent actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Politico
Fox News:
Putin's claim of no Russian troops in Crimea stuns Kerry  —  In a somewhat stunning press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that none of his troops had moved into Crimea — a statement that stunned U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.  —  When informed by a reporter of Putin's claim …
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Wife says Alan Grayson shoved her during domestic incident  —  Judge issues temporary injunction after wife's allegations against U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando.  —  A judge has granted a temporary protective injunction against U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, after his wife filed paperwork accusing …
John Cornyn crushes Steve Stockman; Ralph Hall forced into runoff  —  Two pillars of the Republican establishment crushed their tea party-inspired primary challengers in Texas on Tuesday, while another Bush catapulted toward statewide office.  But the kick-off to the 2014 primary season …
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Good Riddance to Steve Stockman, the Grifter Congressman Who Ran for Senate
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
Chipotle Warns It Might Stop Serving Guacamole If Climate Change Gets Worse  —  This Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, photo, shows the door on a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Robinson Township, Pa  —  It's your choice, America.  Fix the climate, or the guac gets it.  —  Chipotle Inc. is warning investors …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Hillary Clinton's Strengths: Record at State, Toughness, Honesty  —  But Benghazi Seen as Top Negative  —  If she runs for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton would bring a number of potential strengths to the race, from her tenure as secretary of state to her perceived toughness and honesty.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The GOP's Obamacare repeal dilemma, in one quote  —  The other day I noted that Thom Tillis, the expected GOP candidate for Senate in North Carolina, has been struggling to explain his stance on Obamacare — he knows repeal is a non-starter because the goals of Obamacare remain popular, but isn't willing to embrace any alternatives.
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.
Bill Bush / The Columbus Dispatch:
Boy points finger like gun, gets suspended  —  A Columbus principal suspended a student for three days last week after the child pointed a “lookalike firearm” at another student in class and pretended to shoot.  —  The boy's age?  10. The “level 2 lookalike firearm” cited in his suspension letter?
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Michele Bachmann Is Disappointed That American Jews ‘Sold Out’ By Supporting Obama  —  Michele Bachmann is deeply disappointed with the American Jewish community for supporting President Barack Obama, whose policies she believes will reduce Israel to “rubble.”
David Weigel / Slate:
Why Obama Got Russia Wrong (and Romney Got It Right)  —  To peer into the conservative media and blogosphere as it covers Russa's invasion of Crimea is to risk a fatal dose of schadenfreude.  There are reports about how Sarah Palin totally called that Putin would invade Ukraine …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Lindsey Graham Blames Russian Invasion on Obama Reaction to Benghazi  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took to Twitter this afternoon to connect the Russian invasion into Ukraine's Crimean peninsula to the Obama administration's response to the 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya that left four Americans dead.
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Lindsey Graham Blames Benghazi For Ukraine Crisis
The White House:
Remarks by the President Announcing the FY2015 Budget  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody.  I'm here at Powell Elementary School, and just had a chance to see some of the outstanding students here.  And I thought it was appropriate for me to say a few words …
Why didn't the U.S. know sooner?  —  Despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's history as a tough-as-nails leader bent on restoring Russia's sphere of influence, the U.S. intelligence community failed to read the signs when it came to Ukraine.  —  That has members of Congress asking …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Brett Barrouquere / Associated Press:
Ky. to Use Outside Counsel in Gay-Marriage Case  —  Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state will hire outside attorneys to appeal a judge's decision granting legal recognition to same-sex couples married in other states and countries.  —  Beshear's announcement on Tuesday came moments …
Associated Press:
Bush Wins Texas GOP Land Commissioner Nomination  —  George P. Bush took the first step toward continuing his family's political dynasty Tuesday, shaking off an under-funded primary challenger and securing the Republican nomination for the little-known but powerful post of Texas land commissioner.
Discussion: Politico
Dan Merica / CNN:
D.C. council votes to ease marijuana laws  —  Washington (CNN) - The District of Columbia Council voted to significantly ease marijuana laws in the nation's capital on Tuesday.  —  By a near unanimous vote, the council decided to lessen penalties for public and private consumption of marijuana …
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Group Close to Obama Says It Erred on Donation
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
A Former Police Diver Claims Other Officers Racially Taunted Him
Discussion: ABC News
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
White House Suggests Social Security Cuts Remain ‘On The Table’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
LSD, Reconsidered for Therapy
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Raw Story
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Fake Outrage in the Kentucky Senate Race
 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Cook /
Congressional Democrats Face Uphill Battle in Midterms
Discussion: Prairie Weather
James Mann / The New Republic:
The Obama administration's rhetoric on Russia is accomplishing nothing
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Jenny Jarvie / The New Republic:
Trigger Happy  —  The “trigger warning” has spread from blogs to college classes.
Discussion: Shakesville and The Agonist
Anna Silman / Vulture:
Let's Talk About Those Creepy Rural Mardi Gras Pictures on True Detective
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family deported
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Man Accidentally Shoots 12-Year-Old Driving By His House, Immediately Shoots Self
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel and ThinkProgress