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12:05 PM 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: Capital New York and Politicker
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 …
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
Guinness Withdraws Sponsorship of St. Patrick's Day Parade  —  Guinness USA has dropped its sponsorship of the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York, joining protests of a ban on public expression of gay pride.  —  “Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
House Republican leaders craft their vision for an alternative to health-care law  —  House Republican leaders are adopting an agreed-upon conservative approach to fixing the nation's health-care system, in part to draw an election-year contrast with President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Robert Shrum / The Daily Beast:
Democrats Must Run on Obamacare in November
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The politics of hopelessness
Discussion: The Week
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
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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
News Anchor Warns Russia Could Blast US Into ‘Radioactive Dust’
Discussion: The Week and Associated Press
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
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 and VodkaPundit
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 …
Newsmax Wires /
Joe Scarborough Gets Rave Reviews in New Hampshire, Hints at 2016 Bid
Discussion: Mediaite, National Review and Politico
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.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama executive order expands Russia-related sanctions  —  President Barack Obama has expanded sanctions related to Russia's involvement in Ukraine, on Monday signing an executive order targeting seven Russian government officials and using an existing order to sanction four Ukrainians, including the country's former president.
Discussion: ABC News
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Mississippi Will Drug Test Welfare Recipients And Kick Them Out After Two Positive Results  —  Last week, Mississippi's state Senate passed a bill to drug test some welfare recipients after it passed the House earlier this year.  It's now waiting for a signature from Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who praised its passage.
Topeka Capital-Journal:
jan.biles@cjonline.comsteve.fry@cjonlin  —  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
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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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama's Policy Is Put to the Test as Crises Challenge Caution
Discussion: Hot Air and The Reaction
Taylor Ellis / LGBTQ Nation:
Arkansas high school censors yearbook profile of gay student's coming out
Discussion: Liberaland
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Low-Wage Workers Are Finding Poverty Harder to Escape
Discussion: Gawker and Daily Kos
Los Angeles Times:
Earthquake: 4.4 quake strikes Los Angeles; no damage, injuries reported
Discussion: National Review and PopWatch
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
As U.S. Looks for Terror Links in Plane Case, Malaysia Rejects Extensive Help
Discussion: Guardian and The Week
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
NRA opposition may sink Obama's surgeon general nominee
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science
Discussion: The Switch
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Age of Individualism