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10:45 PM ET, March 4, 2014


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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Compares Russia Moves To Nazi Aggression  —  Clinton compared the Russian government's issuing passports in Ukraine to pre-World War II actions taken by Germany, two fundraiser guests say.  Her first comments since Putin's troops entered Ukraine on Saturday.  —  Olivier Douliery / MCT
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 as Texas votes  —  Texas Sen. John Cornyn easily won his Republican Senate primary Tuesday, crushing firebrand challenger Rep. Steve Stockman on a Tuesday that was shaping up to be good for the GOP establishment.  —  As the kick-off of the 2014 primary season …
Discussion: ABC News, 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.”
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
A Former Police Diver Claims Other Officers Racially Taunted Him
Discussion: Colorlines and 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
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Congressional Democrats Face Uphill Battle in Midterms
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook In Talks To Acquire Drone Maker Titan Aerospace