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The Latest From Ukraine: Russia Seizes Ferry Terminal—THE EDGE Brought to You by the National Retail Federation

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March 3, 2014

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Russian forces have taken control of a ferry terminal in Crimea and told nearby Ukrainian military units to switch allegiances. President Obama said the U.S. is considering a series of steps to isolate Russia, and members of Congress can institute economic sanctions and take other steps on its own. Rep. Paul Ryan released a report criticizing the government's antipoverty programs, saying they have accomplished little in the 50-year War on Poverty. And Democrats unveiled a plan pinpointing 16 House seats they want to take from Republicans.

TOP NEWS

RUSSIA EXPANDS CONTROL OF CRIMEA: Russian forces took control of a ferry terminal and gave Ukrainian military units in the area an ultimatum to switch allegiances by 5 a.m. Tuesday. (WaPo)

 

WHAT CAN CONGRESS DO? Economic sanctions against Russia are on the table, and more Russian officials could be added to the "Magnitsky List," which bars them from traveling in the U.S. and freezes their American bank accounts. Other options are available, and unlike with pushing sanctions on Iran, Congress hasn't gotten any veto threats from President Obama. (Elahe Izadi, NJ)

RYAN'S REPORT CRITICIZES ANTIPOVERTY MEASURES: The report called the federal government's 92 antipoverty programs form "duplicative" and counterproductive, and said much of the 50-year-old War on Poverty has actually hurt the poor. (Billy House, NJ)

DEMOCRATS NAME TOP HOUSE REPUBLICAN TARGETS: And it only goes to show how difficult it will be for Democrats to win back the House. The party is aiming to defeat Republicans in 16 seats, but the retirement of several Democratic incumbents will things even harder for them. (Scott Bland, NJ)

BOEHNER PLANS TO RUN FOR SPEAKER AGAIN: The retirement of several close friends and John Boehner's purchase of a condo in Florida drove speculation that he might retire, but he has already filed for reelection and confirmed that he wants to be speaker for the next two years. (Russell Berman, The Hill)

SNOWSTORM DELAYS SENATE VOTES: A vote to limit debate on the nomination of Debo Adegbile as assistant attorney general will be pushed back to Wednesday. (Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The White House will release its 2015 budget plan. Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell will participate in a news conference on the budget at 12:45 p.m. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with members of Ukraine's new government. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will present the Energy Department's annual budget request to Congress at 2:30 p.m. Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Albio Sires will speak at 8 a.m., and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will speak at 1 p.m., at the 2014 National Bike Summit.

TOP LINES

WHY OBAMA'S BUDGET MATTERS EVEN LESS THIS YEAR: First, because Congress has already set spending levels for 2015. (Lori Montgomery, WaPo)

WHY LUPITA NYONG'O'S OSCARS SPEECH WAS THE BEST: Many award winners express humility in relation to other actors, but Nyong'o put the entire movie industry in perspective. (Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic)

WHAT BITCOIN COULD LEARN FROM CHILE … AND BASKETS: Bitcoin's biggest downside is that it attracts speculators rather than serving as a medium of exchange. Why not make electronic currencies inflation-proof by tying them to "basket" aggregates of consumers' purchases? (Tim Fernholz, Quartz)

A SUPREME COURT TEETH-WHITENING CASE: The North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners argues that only dentists should be allowed to whiten teeth. (AP)

TOP READS

KARZAI EXPLAINS ANGER TOWARD U.S.: Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the U.S. has not acted in Afghanistan's best interests during its 12-year war. (Kevin Sieff, WaPo)

THE PROMISE OF 'PATRIOT DOLLARS': An idea to give every American a $25 tax credit for political donations--essentially a voucher that lets everyone be a campaign donor--is a popular solution to the challenge of money in politics. (Mark Schmitt, The Week)

TOP VIEWS

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Russian President Vladimir Putin may just be taking us closer to another Cold War for the sake of Throwback Thursday. (Reena Flores, NJ)

MORE PHOTOS OF A PARTIALLY FROZEN NIAGARA FALLS: Nearly two months after a partially frozen Niagara Falls was photographed, it's still really cold outside. (NBC News)

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