Morning Must Reads: March 19

Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

In the news: NSA capable of recording '100 percent' of a foreign country’s telephone calls; President Putin snatches Crimea away from Ukraine; ObamaCare-related premiums may skyrocket in some parts of the country; Data from a flight simulator taken from the home of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's pilot was deleted

  • “The decision by President Vladimir V. Putin to snatch Crimea away from Ukraine, celebrated in a defiant treaty-signing ceremony in the Kremlin on Tuesday, threatens to usher in a new, more dangerous era.” [NYT]
    • “Ironic that the West’s strategic interest of bolstering NATO’s credibility through intervention in Kosovo may also be undermined by the events in Ukraine…” [TIME]
    • “This Russian army, in short, is not the one that proved so feeble in Afghanistan. ” [David Ignatius]
  • “The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording ‘100 percent’ of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place…” [WashPost]
  • “Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration.” [Hill]
    • “Here’s the dirty secret about the House Republicans’ efforts to replace Obamacare: They haven’t even decided if they will hold a vote.” [Politico]
  • “Inside the Republican Database Behind David Jolly’s Upset Victory [National Journal]
  • “Malaysian investigators have found that some data from a flight simulator taken from the home of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s pilot was deleted.” [WSJ]
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