Morning Must Reads: February 7

In the news: Winter Olympics begin in Sochi; Russia claims U.S. is meddling over Ukraine; Immigration reform going nowhere fast ; Sen. Max Baucus confirmed as ambassador to China; Jay Leno's final "Tonight" show

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • Russia Claims U.S. Meddling Over Ukraine [NYT]
  • “The largest and most expensive Winter Olympic Games in history likely will be remembered for palm trees, reminders of Cold War tensions between the United States and Russia and high-flying flips in new events that offer X Games thrills…Spectators—near and far—will get their first glimpse of that vision during Friday’s Opening Ceremony.” [USA Today]
  • “A week after signaling that House Republicans would pursue an overhaul of immigration laws, Speaker John A. Boehner declared Thursday that his caucus is unlikely to move forward until President Obama gains their trust.” [WashPost]
    • 5 Reasons Immigration Reform Is Going Nowhere Fast [TIME]
  • Why Democrats Will Win on Unemployment Insurance [National Journal]
  • “The Senate voted 96-0 Thursday to confirm Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) as U.S. ambassador to China.” [Hill]
  • House Republicans Get Debt Ceiling Giggles [TIME]
  • New Guilty Verdict Could Be Bad News For SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen [TIME]
  • Apple Repurchases $14 Billion of Own Shares in Two Weeks [WSJ]
  • Vice President Joe Biden Not High on Marijuana Legalization [TIME]
    • “On drug sentencing, a growing number of Republicans are ready to shed the party’s law-and-order image in favor of reform.” [Slate]
  • Chris Christie’s Loss is [Someone's] Gain [Politico Mag]
  • The final Tonight show with Jay Leno [NBC]
    • Jay Leno Says Goodbye to the Tonight Show, Probably for Real This Time [TIME]