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10:55 AM ET, March 17, 2014

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New York Times:
Amid Mayoral Missteps, Irish Eyes Are Rolling in New York City  —  He wants to close schools for the Chinese New Year, has pledged fealty to an Israeli political group, sprinkles Spanish and Italian phrases into his speeches and speaks frequently of his wife's Caribbean heritage.
Discussion: Politicker
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Reuters:
Guinness pulls out of New York's St Patrick's Day parade over gay rights
Discussion: Liberaland and susiemadrak.com
Yahoo! News:
MH370 flew as low as 1,500m to avoid detection, says paper  —  The Malaysian Insider - 11 hrs ago  —  As the search for the missing flight MH370 enters its 10th day with few clues as to its whereabouts, the New Straits Times said today the Boeing 777-200ER dropped 5,000 feet (1,500m) to evade commercial radar detection.
Discussion: Liberaland, Hot Air and Telegraph
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
That Old-Time Whistle  —  There are many negative things you can say about Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and the G.O.P.'s de facto intellectual leader.  But you have to admit that he's a very articulate guy, an expert at sounding as if he knows what he's talking about.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Prairie Weather
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Agence France-Presse:
State TV says Russia could turn US to ‘radioactive ash’  —  Moscow (AFP) - A leading anchor on Russian state television on Sunday described Russia as the only country capable of turning the United States into “radioactive ash”, in an incendiary comment at the height of tensions over the Crimea referendum.
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
News Anchor Warns Russia Could Blast US Into ‘Radioactive Dust’  —  An influential Russian news anchor reminded any viewers not already convinced of the nation's nuclear might that Russia is “the only country in the world capable of turning the U.S.A. into radioactive dust.”
Discussion: Associated Press and The Week
Evan Feinberg / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
We're young, but we aren't stupid  —  The White House is desperate to sign up Nevada's Millennials for Obamacare.  With the March 31 enrollment deadline closing fast, the latest figures show that only 22 percent of the state's Obamacare sign-ups are between ages 18 and 34.
Discussion: Althouse, Betsy's Page and VodkaPundit
Robert Shrum / The Daily Beast:
Democrats Must Run on Obamacare in November  —  In light of their loss in Florida's special election, Democrats need to adopt a new political approach and emphasize the popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  —  In the wake of Democrat Alex Sink's narrow loss in the special congressional election …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The politics of hopelessness
Discussion: The Week
Edward P. Lazear / Wall Street Journal:
The Hidden Rot in the Jobs Numbers  —  Hours worked are declining, resulting in the equivalent of a net loss of 100,000 jobs since September.  —  Most commentators viewed the February jobs report released on March 7 as good news, indicating that the labor market is on a favorable growth path.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
CIA suspends chief of Iran operations over workplace issues  —  Veteran officer Jonathan Bank is placed on leave amid a rebellion against his management style, current and former officials say.  —  Inside CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. (Saul Loeb / AFP-Getty Images)
Los Angeles Times:
Earthquake: 4.4 quake strikes Los Angeles; no damage, injuries reported  —  This map shows the approximate epicenter of Monday morning's quake near Westwood.  (Bing Maps)  —  A shallow, magnitude-4.4 earthquake was reported Monday morning five miles from Westwood, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Discussion: National Review and PopWatch
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
CNN Host Speculates Whether Malaysia Jet's Disappearance Was ‘Supernatural’ (VIDEO)  —  Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been missing for so long that CNN is speculating whether its disappearance had something to do with the “supernatural.”  —  After a commercial airline pilot had trouble explaining …
Topeka Capital-Journal:
jan.biles@cjonline.comsteve.fry@cjonlin e.com  —  Pastor Fred Waldron Phelps Sr., founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, is a patient at a hospice with unspecified health problems, a church spokesman confirmed Sunday.  —  That contrasts with Feb. 14 when church spokesman Steve Drain twice told …
Discussion: The Week and Guardian
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Low-Wage Workers Are Finding Poverty Harder to Escape  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — At 7 in the morning, they are already lined up — poultry plant workers, housekeepers, discount store clerks — to ask for help paying their heating bills or feeding their families.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Crimeans overwhelmingly vote for secession  —  SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.  The United States and Europe condemned the ballot …
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Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Wyoming GOP lawmaker: Promiscuous gays weaponizing AIDS for a ‘national suicide’  —  A newly apportioned state Republican representative in Wyoming is standing by claims he made at the height of the AIDS panic in a book entitled The Death Sentence of AIDS: Vital Information For You and Your Family's Health and Safety.
Discussion: Liberaland and Booman Tribune
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Laura Hancock / Casper Star-Tribune:
‘The Death Sentence of AIDS:’ Newly minted Wyoming lawmaker stands by controversial book
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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