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March 2nd, 2012
05:27 AM ET

Read and Run: Your must-read links for Friday, March 2nd

Here are the six must-read links for your morning:

1- CNN’s write on the ongoing crisis in Syria, “Britain’s prime minister warns of ‘a day of reckoning’ for Syrian regime,” that describes how aid workers have been given permission to evacuate the wounded and deliver supplies to Homs today.  The article also features a compelling video interview about the violence inHoms between Anderson Cooper and the Syrian activist known as “Danny.”

2- “For Obama and Netanyahu, Wariness on Iran Will Dominate Talks,” by The New York Times’ Ethan Bronner. In this article, Bronner outlines the various points of contention aboutIran that will be weighed during Monday’s meeting between the two leaders.

3- “Severe storms possible Friday in Ohio Valley, portions of South” by CNN’s wire staff. The article details the threat of tornadoes and severe weather Friday in areas of theMidwest that were devastated by storms previously in the week.

4- “Why I’m leaving the Senate” by Senator Olympia Snowe. In this op-ed for The Washington Post, Snowe writes that the “Senate is not living up to what the Founding Fathers envisioned.” She argues that there is a “critical need to engender public support for the political center, for our democracy to flourish and to find solutions that unite rather than divide us.”

5- “Financial Crisis Amnesia” by US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. In this op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Geither argues that “the failure to modernize the financial oversight system sooner” is the most important reason why the recession has been so severe. Geithner cautions against forgetting “the lessons of the crisis and the damage it caused to millions of Americans.”

6- Politico’s article about Andrew Brietbart’s death “Andrew Breitbart’s new-media message.” In this piece, Keach Hagey and Kenneth Vogel write that Brietbart’s legacy “will come down to the way he showed a modern generation of conservatives how to harness the power of new media, as both a trumpet to mobilize followers and a club to bludgeon opponents.”

Watch "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" for more on these top stories this morning at 7am Eastern.

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