Morning Must Reads: February 28

In the News: Ukrainian President Holds Press Conference in Russia, Clinton Library Releasing Documents, Obama partnering with more Tech Companies, and Yellen on Bitcoin

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  • Armed men take positions at two airports in Crimea [NYT]
  • 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.” [Politico]


Ousted Ukrainian President Speaks at Press Conference in Russia [Associated Press]

  • “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.” [Washington Post]
  • Software firms donate $400 million to Obama’s tech-education initiative [The Hill]
  • Joe Biden in Winter [Politico Magazine]
  • Rare Supreme Court outburst video Shows inside the High Court [NYT]
  • “Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said the central bank doesn’t have the authority to regulate bitcoin.“The Federal Reserve simply does not have authority to supervise or regulate bitcoin in any way,” Ms. Yellen said Thursday in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee. “This is a payment innovation that is taking place entirely outside the banking industry and to the best of my knowledge there is no intersection at all” between bitcoin and banks that the Fed can oversee.” [WSJ]
  • “Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is looking for senators who would allow her military sexual-assault bill to pass even if they don’t vote for it directly. The New York Democrat’s controversial bill—which would take away commanders’ power to decide which sexual-assault cases are prosecuted—has been granted a vote by leaders of both parties and could come to the floor as soon as next week. Gillibrand has 55 publicly declared supporters for her legislation, and if she could convince 60 members to vote yes on a procedural vote to take up her bill, it could pass with a simple majority using the votes she already has racked up.” [National Journal]
  • A Call to Arms on Vermont Heroin Epidemic [NYT]
  • ICYMI: Watch Obama and Biden jog around the White House for ‘Let’s Move’
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collioure
collioure

@fitty_three  

Well, whaddaya know, we do have some tools to adjust his behavior.

Now freeze his personal bank accounts . . .

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

It's official: Genealogists have traced JLaw's ancestry to that of Gerald Ford.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, I bought the final season of The Outer Limits (newer ones) yesterday. We're going to start watching them shortly. Some of them were pretty good.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn

I don't remember the Indian head but I do remember that carrier signal and the flat line.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh The poor man's Twilight Zone.  It was cool in a quirky sort of way.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Russia tightens its stranglehold on Ukraine and Crimea - GOP makes sure it undermines any effort we can do (not that we can, but I digress).

Putin sure have some real friends in the 'wingers.

sacredh
sacredh

@MrObvious, they're blinded by his anti-gay policies. It's a bromance. 

sacredh
sacredh

OT, but we're taking our cat in tomorrow to have him put to sleep. The vet said it was time. It will be 7 years to the day since our dog Abbey died.

sacredh
sacredh

Ziggy died in March two years after Abbey. I don't think I like March anymore.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh  

So sorry to hear. Pets are one of best and most reliable happinesses.

sacredh
sacredh

@TyPollard, I have to admit, I'm not nearly as attached to the cat as I have been to our dogs. There's just something about dogs. But thank you.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh @TyPollard  

I watched an interesting movie last night called "Dean Spanley"

It's about a Vicar that waxes poetic about his previous life as a dog after drinking a special wine.

He agrees with you about cats as do I.

sacredh
sacredh

To be fair, most people knew how Son of God turned out. Spoiler alert.

sacredh
sacredh

I just won my own little war. I was out doing our neighbor's driveway and our driveway and the MIL kept raising up a window and telling me to hurry up and bring the Sunday paper in. I kept yelling that I'd get it when I was finisihed. She did it three times and I kept telling her that I'd  get it when I was done. It's 22 and windy. My electric bills are enormous. On the fourth time, I pulled my pants down and mooned her. The road plow going by blew his horn a few times.

sacredh
sacredh

@collioure, thank you. I didn't spread my cheeks. I do have my standards.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Weeeel, it's pretty much all over but the huffing and the puffing and turning red with apoplexy.

As expected, NATO is showing the strain of membership beholden to Russian gas, the Russians are cementing their hold in Crimea, and have officially sucked it into the Federation.  

Having no cards to play, we're probably going to kick them out of the G8 which will hoit Vlads' feelings, but with a stolen Super Bowl ring, and a couple countries, he don't care.

He's flopped it on the table and the West just doesn't measure up.


A word of waring to the hypocrites: Don't blame Obama for this. It's a function of the Proximity and Power law of geopolitics, just like the Cuban Missile Crisis.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@fitty_three  

I'm just glad the Republicans are presenting a unified front in the best interest of the United States as is our tradition, said the sarcastic unsurprised poster.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TyPollard

From one sarcastically unsurprised poster to another, I wholeheartedly agree, or would, if Cheney hadn't swiped the damned thing already.