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9:45 AM ET, March 17, 2014

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Reuters:
Guinness pulls out of New York's St Patrick's Day parade over gay rights  —  Famous Irish brewer withdraws sponsorship over ban on LGBT marchers after Boston mayor also skipped his city's event  —  Guinness has pulled out of New York's St Patrick's Day parade because gay and lesbian groups …
Discussion: Liberaland and susiemadrak.com
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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
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: Prairie Weather
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Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Paul Ryan's Irish Amnesia
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
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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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: Washington Post
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)
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Joe Scarborough for President?  Sure, Why Not?  —  The MSNBC host has Beltway buzz for his flirtation with the 2016 presidential race.  Republican primary voters may be a different story.  —  NASHUA, N.H.—In the end, Joe Scarborough's name wasn't on the ballot for the presidential straw poll …
CNN:
Ukraine crisis: Early results show Crimea votes to join Russia  —  Ukraine's Crimea region votes  —  Perevalnoye, Ukraine (CNN) — Preliminary results in Sunday's referendum on whether Ukraine's Crimea region should join Russia or become an independent state show overwhelming support for Russia.
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Associated Press:
Crimeans overwhelmingly vote for secession
Bloomberg:
Crimeans Choose to Join Russia in Vote, Exit Poll Shows
Burgess Everett / Politico:
U.S. rejects Crimea vote as invalid
Discussion: CNN
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
NRA opposition may sink Obama's surgeon general nominee  —  Senate Democratic leaders are trying to determine whether Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy has enough support.  As some pro-gun Democrats break with the president, the White House declines to push for a vote.
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
Much depends on Ginsburg  —  The 81-year-old Supreme Court justice should retire this summer to ensure Obama can choose a like-minded successor.  —  President Obama greets Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before his State of the Union address in January.  (Michael Reynolds / EPA / January 28, 2014)
Discussion: Althouse and American Thinker
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: Betsy's Page and VodkaPundit
Hemant Mehta / Friendly Atheist:
Fred Phelps, Founder of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church, is on the ‘Edge of Death’  —  You know Fred Phelps.  You loathe Fred Phelps.  You despise everything he stands for, like his family members' infamous protests at soldiers' funerals with their awful “God Hates Fags” signs.
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Sarah Aarthun / CNN:
‘Tonight Show’ favorite David Brenner dies at 78
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Carole Cadwalladr / Guardian:
Scarlett Johansson interview: ‘I would way rather not have middle ground’
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav