Morning Must Reads: March 20

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

In the news: European leaders consider Russian sanctions; What Pakistan knew about Bin Laden; Markets respond to Janet Yellen's first meeting as Federal Reserve chairwoman; Boehner raises doubts on extending unemploymnent insurance; Bernie Madoff speaks; March Madness

  • “European leaders hold critical talks on Thursday about how to tighten the screws on Russia following its seizure of Crimea, how to support Ukraine’s stricken economy and how best to wean themselves off Russian oil and gas in years to come.” [Reuters]
    • “For President Barack Obama, Russia’s aggressive annexation of Crimea is testing central tenets of his foreign policy philosophy: his belief in the power of direct diplomacy, his preference for using economic sanctions as punishment and his inclination to proceed cautiously in order to avoid creating larger long-term problems.” [AP]
  • What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden [NYT]
  • “Investors bristled after Janet Yellen emerged from her first meeting as Federal Reserve chairwoman with some unsettling signals about the central bank’s outlook for short-term interest rates.” [WSJ]
    • Markets Need Janet Yellen to Kick Them in the Pants [TIME]
  • “House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) sought to raise doubts Wednesday about a new bipartisan deal to extend federal unemployment insurance, citing the concerns of state officials responsible for paying out benefits to out-of-work Americans.” [WashPost]
  • Bernie Madoff Speaks: Politics, Remorse and Wall Street [Politico]
  • “Australian authorities said Thursday they had found ‘credible’ evidence in satellite imagery of what may be debris from the Malaysia Airlines plane that has been missing for almost two weeks.” [TIME]
  • The Game That Saved March Madness [SI]
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