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2:35 PM ET, March 5, 2014


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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.
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.
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
No Easy Way Out of Ukraine Crisis
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
House committee resolution urges sanctions against Russia
Discussion: Politico
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.
Fox News:
Issa, Cummings clash at hearing after ex-IRS official Lerner takes 5th  —  A House hearing on the IRS targeting scandal rapidly broke down into a heated and deeply personal argument between a top Democrat and Republican, moments after former IRS official Lois Lerner once again invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to testify.
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
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Probe: Did the CIA spy on the U.S. Senate?  —  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 into the CIA's secret detention …
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 …
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate rejects Obama nominee who defended cop killer  —  The Senate voted 47-52 Wednesday to reject controversial nominee Debo Adegbile as an assistant attorney general.  —  Seven Democrats voted against moving forward with President Obama's nomination of Adegbile, which the Fraternal Order …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate blocks Obama's DOJ nominee
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid escalates feud with Koch brothers
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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 …
Pope Francis Suggests Support For Civil Unions
Discussion: Feed RSS, Advocate and Eschaton
Israel Defense Forces / IDF Blog:
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.
Dan Williams / Reuters:
Israel says seized Gaza-bound rocket shipment from Iran
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Right Turn
Tyler Cowen / Marginal REVOLUTION:
The new Paul Ryan report on poverty and safety net programs  —  I read much of the document last night, here are a few comments:  —  1. The so-called “war on poverty” has gone better than most of this document would appear to suggest, although this ends up being acknowledged in the appendix on poverty measures.
Peter Weber / The Week:
Watch The Daily Show ask Fox News why the poor shouldn't eat seafood  —  On Tuesday night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart focused on Republican opposition to food stamps.  The stated reason for opposing aid to the hungry is food stamp fraud, Stewart noted, before indulging in a little bit of light debunking.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 …
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.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Refusing to Photograph a Gay Wedding Isn't Hateful  —  Some opposition to same-sex marriage is rooted in bigotry and some isn't.  Assuming otherwise is itself prejudice rooted in ignorance.  —  Remember the New Mexico photographer who got sued after declining to photograph a lesbian couple's wedding …
Discussion: Crooked Timber
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Don Feder / American Thinker:
Vladimir Putin isn't the Easter Bunny.  On the other hand, he isn't Joseph Stalin.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Ryan to Iowa as he keeps 2016 ‘options open’
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
In rare mailing, Romney backs Iowa's Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate
Discussion: Politico and Roll Call
Yahoo! News:
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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed
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Mark S. Mellman / The Hill:
Max support for minimum wage
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Media Matters Launches ‘Mythopedia’ Fact Check Tool Ahead Of CPAC
Denise Gellene / New York Times:
Sherwin B. Nuland, ‘How We Die’ Author, Dies at 83
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Kinky Friedman makes Texas runoff
Discussion: The Reaction