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Morning Must Reads: March 7

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In the News: CPAC's 2016 Preview, Russia and Crimea solidify ties, University of California struggling with diversity, Unemployment rate at 6.7%

  • US employers sadd 175K jobs; unemployment rises to 6.7 percent [TIME]
  • CPAC gives Republicans a 2016 Preview [TIME]
  • “Russia and Crimea moved to solidify ties Friday as pro-Russia parties in Crimea planned campaigns for a referendum on splitting from Ukraine and Moscow enthusiastically greeted a visiting Crimean delegation.” [Washington Post]
  • “Nineteen House members sent a letter to Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Thursday pushing for “better inclusion of LGBT individuals” in the agency’s workplace programs. Other offices, led by Sen. Jeff Merkley, are preparing a letter from House and Senate members urging Obama to sign an executive order to ban federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers.” [BuzzFeed]
  • Rep. Darrell Issa apologizes to Rep. Elijah Cummings over handling of hearing [LA Times]
  • “Over the past week, a half-dozen Washington Republicans have described [Floridian candidate David] Jolly’s campaign against Democrat Alex Sink as a Keystone Cops operation, marked by inept fundraising, top advisers stationed hundreds of miles away from the district in the state capital and the poor optics of a just-divorced, 41-year-old candidate accompanied on the campaign trail by a girlfriend 14 years his junior. The sources would speak only on condition of anonymity.” [Politico]
  • “With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on race-conscious college-admissions policies, University of California officials say they still struggle to meet diversity goals for their university system 18 years after state voters banned affirmative action.” [WSJ]
  • Army’s top prosecutor for sex crimes accused of sexual assault [CBS News]
  • Justice considers probe of Senate staffers in dispute over torture report [TIME]
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