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8:55 AM ET, March 17, 2014


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Seth / GLAAD:
Guinness drops sponsorship of anti-LGBT NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade  —  Guinness today announced that the beer company would drop its sponsorship of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade due to the parade's discriminatory rule that prohibits LGBT families and organizations from participating.
Jack Pickell / Boston Globe:
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will not participate in South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade  —  Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has released a statement announcing he will not participate in the annual South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade: … Late Saturday night, Walsh tried in vain to reach …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mashable and The Moderate Voice
Burgess Everett / Politico:
U.S. rejects Crimea vote as invalid
Discussion: CNN
Crimeans Choose to Join Russia in Vote, Exit Poll Shows
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.
Adam Taylor / WorldViews:
Russian TV host: Russia is the only country with capability to turn U.S. into ‘radioactive ashes’  —  With the world waiting for the official results of Crimea's referendum on leaving Ukraine and joining Russia, news anchor Dmitry Kiselyov took to the Rossiya 1 news channel to put the situation …
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
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Paul Ryan's Irish Amnesia
Discussion: National Review and The Mahablog
New York Times:
Pilot Spoke to Air Controllers After Shutoff of Data System  —  SEPANG, Malaysia — A signaling system was disabled on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet before a pilot spoke to Malaysian air traffic control without hinting at any trouble, a senior Malaysian official said Sunday …
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Liberaland
Doyle Murphy / NY Daily News:
Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. ‘on the edge of death’  —  The anti-gay Kansas preacher who courted notoriety by picketing the funerals of gays and U.S. soldiers is living out his last days in a hospice care facility near his Topeka church.  —  Westboro Baptist Church member …
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
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: Betsy's Page
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.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Age of Individualism  —  IN the future, it seems, there will be only one “ism” — Individualism — and its rule will never end.  As for religion, it shall decline; as for marriage, it shall be postponed; as for ideologies, they shall be rejected; as for patriotism, it shall be abandoned; as for strangers, they shall be distrusted.
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: American Thinker
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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
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William J. Broad / New York Times:
Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science
Discussion: The Switch
Sarah Aarthun / CNN:
‘Tonight Show’ favorite David Brenner dies at 78
Discussion: The Jawa Report and The Raw Story
Laura Hancock / Casper Star-Tribune:
‘The Death Sentence of AIDS:’ Newly minted Wyoming lawmaker stands by controversial book
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Carole Cadwalladr / Guardian:
Scarlett Johansson interview: ‘I would way rather not have middle ground’
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
McCain Compares Russia To A Gas Station