Morning Must Reads: February 27

In the News: Armed men seize government headquarters in Crimea, Ukraine President makes appeals to Russia, First Lady and FDA announcing new nutrition labels, Obama launching initiative for young minorities, Jan Brewer vetoed controversial bill

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

  • “The residents of Crimea, a region of southern Ukraine, woke up on Thursday to find their country’s flag over the regional parliament replaced with the Russian tricolor. Overnight, dozens of gunmen had seized the building, taking advantage of the power vacuum that has emerged in Ukraine since last week’s revolution ousted the ruling government.” [TIME]
  • “Viktor F. Yanukovych, the ousted president of Ukraine, declared on Thursday that he remained the lawful president of the country and appealed to Russia to “secure my personal safety from the actions of extremists.” Russian news agencies reported that he had already arrived in Russia, but officials did not immediately confirm that.” [NYT]
  • Protest leaders pick activists for ‘government of unity’ in Ukraine [WSJ]
  • The First Lady and the Food and Drug Administration will announce an overhaul of  nutrition labels on Thursday, the fourth anniversary of the ‘Let’s Move’ campaign. The new labels will stress calories, sugar, and serving sizes in an effort to fight obesity. [USA Today]
  • President Obama will launch a new initiative aimed at providing more opportunities for young minority men [TIME]
  • “Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed a controversial bill Wednesday that would have allowed businesses in the state to deny service to gays and lesbians if they felt that serving them would violate their religious rights.” [Washington Post]
  • What Jan Brewer’s gay bill veto means for Arizona—and the country [National Journal]
  • “A headline from The Week declared, “There is nothing Christian about Arizona’s anti-gay bill.” It would be more accurate to say that there was nothing anti-gay about Arizona’s anti-gay bill.The legislation consisted of minor clarifications of the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which has been on the books for 15 years and is modeled on the federal act that passed with big bipartisan majorities in the 1990s and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.” [Politico Magazine]
  • Hillary Clinton Defends Obamacare [Politico]
  • “Sen. Rand Paul is trying to block the nomination of President Obama’s surgeon general nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy, over what he calls “serious concerns” about Murthy’s leadership in a group that promotes ObamaCare and gun control. Paul, R-Ky., told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a letter that he objects to Murthy’s nomination because he questions Murthy’s ability to impartially serve as “America’s Doctor.” The letter marks an escalation in a simmering fight over the nominee, for a post that is typically not so controversial.” [Fox News]
  • Cruz angers colleagues again [CNN]

 

This week’s TIME: What’s prettier in print

 

 

743 comments
sacredh
sacredh

O/U 2 on feb 28 MMR?

sacredh
sacredh

I'm right on the edge of becoming historical.

sacredh
sacredh

F'n North Korean hackers coming over here and messing up my morning fun.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

I watched the video and thought, the previous veep wouldn't make it past the Rose Garden.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

I'm hitting up all the Swampland writers (and TIME Politics) on twitter.  We'll see where it goes...

fitty_three
fitty_three

We're homeless waifs, diving in the Dumpsters Of Time;~)

sacredh
sacredh

It was the best of TIME. It was the worst of TIME.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

'Didn't work on the phone either.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Good Morning, tribe!  LyveFrye is dead!

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

God will toast your heart on a stick if you go back more than 4,000 years!

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

Yes he would. They would have had open heart surgery stations along the route every 100 yards.

sacredh
sacredh

@DonQuixotic

See what they made me did?:

  • Clinton library to release previously sealed records: “About 4,000 to 5,000 pages will be put online at 1 P.M. Friday, with paper copies becoming simultaneously available at the library in Little Rock, the spokeswoman said. More releases are expected in the next couple of weeks.”
  • ]“Conservative activists said Thursday that they will continue to press for additional legal protections for private businesses that deny service to gay men and lesbians, saying that a defeat in Arizona this week is only a minor setback and that religious-liberty legislation is the best way to stave off a rapid shift in favor of gay rights.”
  • Software firms donate $400 million to Obama’s tech-education initiative
  • Joe Biden in Winter
  • Rare Supreme Court outburst Shows inside the High Court



Robbert5
Robbert5

@DonQuixotic It looks like all new posts of today don't load the comments section.  Maybe they got sick and tired of us or more precise our resident trolls.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@roknsteve  

Hi Rockin'

Is the storm controversially doing more harm than good?

What do the polls say?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@roknsteve  

And now we live off its rotted corpse. 

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Robbert5 @DonQuixotic  

I think it's just a LifeFyre bug due to the embedded videos, since comments seem to still work on articles without them.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@roknsteve @fitty_three 

"Fectchez la vache! "

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

I'm actually laughing at Time's coverage and @roknsteve's whining (just kidding rockin') about it.

And of course, I'm volunteering to pitch in chicken hawk winger style.  i'm serious.  I'm going to make sacrifices to be right there spiritually speaking!

You atheist, you, doubting my spiritual sacrifice!:)