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1:50 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.
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 …
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 …
Garry Kasparov / Politico:
Vladimir Putin and the Lessons of 1938  —  He's not Hitler.  But we've got to stop him all the same.  —  It's been a busy few weeks for Vladimir Putin.  In the last month, the Russian president has hosted the Olympic Games, invaded a neighboring country and massed troops along its border.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
US Sanctions On Russia Freeze Top Officials' Assets
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
New York Times:
As U.S. Looks for Terror Links in Plane Case, Malaysia Rejects Extensive Help
Discussion: Guardian and The Week
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
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
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 and Hullabaloo
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 and National Review
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
First on CNN: Battle over pledge in Brown-Shaheen Senate fight  —  (CNN) - A war of words is erupting in New Hampshire over a pledge from Massachusetts.  —  The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Monday criticized former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who's now taking steps to launch …
Discussion: The Hill
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Scott Brown pans ‘self-serving’ pledge
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: Hot Air and Telegraph
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)
Fritz Klug /
Poll has Gary Peters leading Terri Lynn Land in US Senate race  —  A new poll has U.S. Rep Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, leading former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.  —  If the election were held now, 39.7 percent of the people asked would vote for Peters and 36.7 percent for Land …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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.
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Kyiv Post:
Declaring victory, Crimean and Russian officials pledge fast integration
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Taylor Ellis / LGBTQ Nation:
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