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12:15 PM 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
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 …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
How to Punish Putin  —  Ignore him.  He's running a regional power and isn't half as smart as Cold Warriors think.  —  Here are the real lessons of the crisis in Ukraine: Russia is not a great power, and Vladimir Putin is hardly the master grand strategist that many American Cold Warriors have been weirdly eager to believe.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Why Putin Doesn't Respect Us  —  Just as we've turned the coverage of politics into sports, we're doing the same with geopolitics.  There is much nonsense being written about how Vladimir Putin showed how he is “tougher” than Barack Obama and how Obama now needs to demonstrate his manhood.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Peter Baker / New York Times:
No Easy Way Out of Ukraine Crisis
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Ranking Dem Flips Out At IRS Hearing After Issa Cuts His Mic  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) had looked forward to Wednesday.  —  The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee planned to haul former IRS official Lois Lerner back before the committee.
Jay Sekulow / Fox News:
Four questions Lois Lerner must answer about IRS scandal
Discussion: Scared Monkeys   Lois Lerner Refuses to Testify on the IRS Scandal
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Lois Lerner fears for her life if she testifies at Wednesday's oversight hearing
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Employees Face New Inquiry Amid Clashes on Detention Program  —  WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency's attempt to keep secret the details of a defunct detention and interrogation program has escalated a battle between the agency and members of Congress and led to an investigation …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Probe sought of CIA conduct in Senate study of secret detention program  —  WASHINGTON — The CIA Inspector General's Office has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of malfeasance at the spy agency in connection with a yet-to-be released Senate Intelligence Committee report …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Congress Probes Why Spies Got Putin's Invasion Wrong
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Yahoo! News
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Texas G.O.P. Beats Back Challengers From Right  —  McALLEN, Tex. — Establishment Republican leaders on Tuesday defeated challenges from the right in a statewide primary election as conservatives inspired by Senator Ted Cruz largely failed to topple mainstream incumbents, and a race for lieutenant governor headed for a runoff.
John Cornyn crushes Steve Stockman; Ralph Hall forced into runoff
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Pope Francis Suggests Support For Civil Unions  —  CREDIT: Catholic Church of England and Wales  —  In an interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis appeared to support governments that recognize civil unions to provide non-traditional couples with access to benefits:
Discussion: Feed RSS and Eschaton
Brandon Rittiman / KUSA-TV:
Hickenlooper quietly comes out for same-sex marriage
Elisabetta Povoledo / New York Times:
A New Magazine for Fans of the Vatican's Biggest Star
Discussion: The Week and
Washington Post:
Support for same-sex marriage hits new high; half say Constitution guarantees right  —  Half of all Americans believe that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll in which a large majority also said businesses should not be able …
Natalie Villacorta / Politico:
Barbara Bush cancels New York Times  —  Former first lady Barbara Bush says that The New York Times will do “anything to make news” and she has canceled her subscription.  —  During an interview that aired Wednesday on Fox, the former first lady was asked if she had seen Times columnist …
Israel Defense Forces / IDF Blog:
Breaking News: IDF Intercepts Iranian Shipment of Missiles to Terrorist Organizations in Gaza  —  The IDF intercepted an attempt to smuggle an Iranian shipment of advanced weaponry intended for terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.  The operation took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
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 …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Media Matters Launches ‘Mythopedia’ Fact Check Tool Ahead Of CPAC  —  Media Matters for America is releasing a sort of Wikipedia for conservative misinformation.  —  The site, Mythopedia, which was shared with TPM ahead of its release, is meant to be an online compendium of truths and lies pedaled by conservatives.
Mark S. Mellman / The Hill:
Max support for minimum wage  —  One need look no further than the minimum wage to find evidence that Republicans are wildly out of touch.  —  A year ago, every single Republican member of the House voted against increasing the minimum wage.  More recently, Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
Al Jazeera America at Six Months: Some New Advertisers, Few Viewers  —  Serious Cable News Network Is on the Right Path, Buyers Say  —  Al Jazeera America is averaging less than half its predecessor's audience  —  How to Make Credible Green Marketing Claims
Discussion: Politico and
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed  —  Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper is scheduled to be put to death on March 19.  He has written us a letter that, he acknowledges, “could be my final statement on earth.”  It is well worth your time.
Discussion: Black Youth Project
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Peter Weber / The Week:
Watch The Daily Show ask Fox News why the poor shouldn't eat seafood
Discussion: The Raw Story
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Refusing to Photograph a Gay Wedding Isn't Hateful
Discussion: Crooked Timber
James Hohmann / Politico:
Scott Brown denies tweet he's running
Balazs Koranyi / Reuters:
Putin among Nobel Peace nominees but Ukraine might figure too
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Denise Gellene / New York Times:
Sherwin B. Nuland, ‘How We Die’ Author, Dies at 83
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Discussion: Bloomberg View
New York Times:
A Standoff of Lawyers Veils Madoff's Ties to JPMorgan Chase
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid escalates feud with Koch brothers
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Kinky Friedman makes Texas runoff
Discussion: The Reaction