March 2, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday warned Russia against its military incursion into Ukraine, saying the United States could respond with visa bans, trade penalties, and a boycott of the next G8 summit to be held in Sochi, Russia, in June if Russia does not withdraw its forces. On Face the Nation, Kerry called Russia's deployment of troops to Crimea an "incredible act of aggression," adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin had acted out of "weakness and out of a certain kind of desperation."

"It is really a stunning, willful choice by President Putin to invade another country," Kerry said. "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext."

The U.S., France, Britain, and Canada have already announced they will sit out upcoming preparatory talks ahead of the G8 summit. Jon Terbush

10:55 a.m. ET

If this 2008 clip of Donald Trump gushing over Hillary Clinton's huge potential is any indication, not even he knew he'd someday be trying to convince American voters she'd be a "disaster" for the country. During an interview with NY1 eight years ago, Trump said Clinton was "going to go down" in history "at a minimum as a great senator," but he had an inkling "her history [was] far from being over." "I think she is a great wife to a president and I think Bill Clinton was a great president. You know, you look at the country then, the economy was doing great," Trump said, going on to call the then-New York senator "a great woman."

Perhaps even more surprising was Trump's sadness at how Clinton was "roughed up" in the 2008 election. "I'm not knocking the other side — you know, you want to win a battle so if it gets a little bit nasty, it is politics, and politics is a tough game. But I thought she was perhaps unnecessarily roughed up," Trump said.

Which begs the question: What would 2008 Trump have to say about someone calling Clinton a "nasty woman"? Catch a glimpse of the Trump that was, below. Becca Stanek

10:42 a.m. ET

Donald Trump appeared at the Trump National Doral Miami on Tuesday to boast that 80 percent of the resort's employees are Hispanic. As he was making his way through the press afterward, though, Trump was bombarded with questions about rigged elections.

"Do you still think the election is going to be stolen from you?" someone can be heard asking in a clip captured by CNN's Jeremy Diamond. "Ask Obama," Trump replies. "Tell him to look at his tape when he was running eight years ago."

The Daily Caller appears to have posted the video Trump is talking about over the weekend. During a campaign stop at Kent State University in Ohio in 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama was asked, "I would just like to know what you can say to reassure us that this election will not be rigged or stolen?"

"Well, I can tell you what, it helps in Ohio that we got Democrats in charge of the machines," Obama said to applause. Obama added after a pause: "Look, I come from Chicago, so I want to be honest, it's not as if it's just Republicans who have monkeyed around with elections in the past. Sometimes, Democrats have, too."

Last week, Obama claimed that there is "no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America's elections." Jeva Lange

10:28 a.m. ET
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Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway finally answered the question that's likely been on the tips of millions of Americans' tongues during the Republican candidate's many tweetstorms: "Can't you delete his Twitter account?" In an interview with CNN's Dana Bash, Conway said that people "will seriously say that" to her — just in time for Bash to admit that was one of her prepared questions. "It's not for me to take away a grown man's Twitter account," Conway said.

But put in the full context of the interview, it's clear Conway isn't conceding to Trump so much as picking her battles. Conway recounted how she has tried to artfully steer Trump away from making comments at his rallies that aren't exactly helpful to his campaign. "I told him yesterday, on the plane, 'You and I are going to fight for the next 17 days.' And he said, 'Why?' And I said, 'Because I know you're going to win. And that comment you just made sounds like you think you're going to lose. And we're going to argue about it until you win.'"

Trump's response? According to Conway: "Okay, honey, then we'll win."

For more on how Conway fights her battles with — and for — Trump, head over to CNN. Becca Stanek

10:03 a.m. ET

Pizza is not happy. At least that is what animal welfare advocates are saying as they band together to protest the living conditions of "the world's saddest polar bear," which is housed in an aquarium in a shopping mall in China, The New York Times reports. "Animals deserve so much better than being enclosed in a glass box, with very little in it, to attract shoppers. It shows a complete lack of regard for their welfare," said Hu Chunmei of the Endangered Species Fund.

It isn't uncommon in China for malls to have "zoos," an attraction that brings in physical customers during an age when online shopping is booming. The Grandview Mall in Guangdong Province, where Pizza the polar bear lives, also houses arctic wolves and beluga whales.

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Pizza has shown signs of distress in his enclosure, and 48 organizations signed an open letter to the province's governor insisting that something be done. Yorkshire Wildlife Park in England has even offered to take Pizza in, although Grandview Mall declined.

The mall management claims Pizza has adapted to his living conditions, and accused those who disagree of following the agenda of foreigners. "They say, 'You are using a Western point of view' in order to oppose us," Qin Xiaona of the Capital Animal Welfare Association said. "But we can't forget that we have a tradition in China of 'respecting heaven, caring for animals.'" Jeva Lange

9:45 a.m. ET

Samantha Bee sat down with "fellow nasty woman" Madeleine Albright in Monday night's episode of Full Frontal, in the hopes that the first female secretary of state could help her figure out why everyone is so hung up on Hillary Clinton's gender. After playing a montage of people criticizing everything from Clinton's voice to her facial expressions, Bee asked Albright, "So, does playing into her womanness help Hillary, or does reminding people that she's a woman hurt her chances of winning the election?"

Albright wasn't quite sure, but she did have a theory for why men like Donald Trump are so afraid of powerful women. "I think we're seen in whatever previous relationship they have had, like the third-grade teacher that told Johnny to be nicer — or Donald," Albright said.

As for Bee's question about whether this "pulsing cancer of misogyny" ever goes away, Albright deferred to woman leaders across the globe. Watch everyone from the president of Croatia to the prime minister of Norway counsel Bee on the difficulties of leading while female, below. Becca Stanek

9:29 a.m. ET

There was a big, green, gaping lawn visible at Tim Kaine's rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday, where Hillary Clinton's vice presidential candidate didn't exactly draw massive crowds:

In a raspy, campaign trail-worn voice, Kaine still managed to work up enthusiasm for the few who turned out. "You really are a checkmate state," he said. "That's more than a battleground state … If we win for Hillary here, it's over. She's going to be president." Still, as CNN noted, Kaine was very much suffering from a case of the Mondays:

Admittedly, vice presidents don't have the same draw as the tops of their tickets. But for comparison, Mike Pence also hosted a rally on Monday:

This much is good news for Kaine, at least: Clinton leads in the Sunshine State by as many as 5 points. Jeva Lange

9:05 a.m. ET
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The Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians meet for the first game of the 2016 World Series on Tuesday at Progressive Field in Ohio, with the two teams carrying a combined 176-year championship drought.

The Cubs have widely been considered World Series favorites since Opening Day, and are headed by GM Theo Epstein, who assembled the also curse-breaking 2004 Boston Red Sox. In the other dugout is Indians manager Terry Francona, another fixture of the 2004 Red Sox; he will be tasked with outmaneuvering Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Playoff-tested leftie Jon Lester will lead off on the mound for the Cubs, while the Indians will start their ace, Corey Kluber.

"The baseball gods are really happy right now," said Indians first baseman Mike Napoli of the World Series matchup between the two long-suffering teams. "I wanted the Cubs to win [the NLCS], just because I knew how cool it would be to be a part of it. I think it's going to be a special World Series. There's two droughts, and there's going to be a winner."

The first pitch is at 8:08 p.m. ET on FOX, with streaming options on Sling TV and postseason.TV. Jeva Lange

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