Morning Must Reads: March 4

In the news: the crisis in Ukraine; Obama's budget; another ObamaCare delay

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

  • “President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Tuesday described the crisis in Ukraine as the result of an ‘unconstitutional coup,’ and said that Russia reserved right to use force as ‘a last resort.'” [NYT]
    • “The Obama administration pledged $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine and offered to provide technical support to the country’s central bank and finance ministry…The financial assistance marked the first concrete American support offered to Ukraine since opposition forces overthrew pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych last month.” [WSJ]
    • Obama’s Menu of Small Options For Big Russian Problem [TIME]
  • Obama Budget Proposal: Tie Tax Hike for Rich to Cuts for Poor [TIME]
  • “The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, easing election pressure on Democrats. As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.” [Hill]
  • “The American people trust Democrats more than Republicans on some of the key issues of the day, but that has not translated into any political advantage in the battle for control of the House and Senate in this year’s midterm elections, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.” [WashPost]
  • Obama to Israel—Time is Running Out [Bloomberg]
  • “The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending.” [AP]
  • Inside the New Arms Race to Control Bandwidth on the Battlefield [Wired]