Morning Must Reads: March 21

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

In the news: EU signs Ukraine agreement after Russia annexes Crimea; The 2014 midterm elections; How where we live deepens the nation's political divide; Japan's nuclear reawakening; March Madness; What's prettier in print

  • “EU leaders have signed an agreement on closer relations with Ukraine, in a show of support following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.” [BBC]
    • “President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he has ordered increased sanctions on Russian officials and authorized sanctions on the country’s economy that could be implemented later…” [TIME]
  • Republicans Are Celebrating Too Soon [National Journal]
    • “President Barack Obama told Democratic donors that Democrats tend to ‘get clobbered’ in midterm elections, and in order to win in November they need to turn out the vote.” [Politico]
  • City vs. Country: How Where We Live Deepens the Nation’s Political Divide [WSJ]
  • ” To power his plans for Japan’s economic revival, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could soon return his nation to nuclear power for the first time since the Fukushima accident three years ago. But before he can, he will need the consent of the remote towns like this one that host Japan’s idled nuclear plants.” [NYT]
  • TIME interviews Rick Santorum
  • Prettier in print
  • March Madness Begins With a Bang: Comebacks, Upsets and Buzzer Beaters [TIME]
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