Morning Must Reads: February 24

In the news: Ukraine issues arrest warrant for ousted president; Egypt's government resigns; El Chapo arrested; Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the army to its smallest force since pre-WWII

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

  • “The new government of Ukraine issued an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych on Monday to face charges of ‘mass murder of peaceful civilians,’ a reference to the 88 Ukrainians killed by riot police and in street clashes over the last week.” [WashPost]
  • “Egypt’s government has resigned, the prime minister said on Monday, a step likely to pave the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic U.S. ally gripped by political strife.” [Reuters]
  • What The Arrest Of ‘El Chapo’ Means For Mexico [TIME]
  • “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted after the terror attacks of 2001.” [NYT]
  • “When you go to all this trouble to cover the uninsured, is it really that unreasonable to ask how many uninsured people Obamacare has covered so far? The answer, apparently, is: Yes. It’s unreasonable.” [Politico]
  • “As members of Congress return Monday from their week-long President’s Day recess, their work is done. In the last two months, Congress has cleared the annual budget and debt ceiling hurdles. They’ve finally passed a farm bill and a defense reauthorization bill. There is no reason to expect anything more that is substantive until elections this November.” [TIME]
  • In the DeMint Era at Heritage, a Shift From Policy to Politics [NYT]
  • Supreme Court EPA Regulation Case Test Limits, Balance of Power [Roll Call]
  • “Netflix Inc. has agreed to pay Comcast Corp. to ensure Netflix movies and television shows stream smoothly to Comcast customers, a landmark pact that could set a precedent for Netflix’s dealings with other broadband providers…” [WSJ]
  • “Jim Messina, the former campaign manager to President Barack Obama who spent two decades in politics out of the public eye, is increasingly stepping out from the shadows—and onto other Democrats’ toes.” [Politico]