MEET PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NOMINEE Merrick Garland, a federal appeals judge in Washington, D.C., is widely considered to be a centrist candidate who is held in high regard across the political spectrum. Here's how he was chosen after being passed over twice. And while GOP leaders have insisted they will not consider the nominee, many Republicans up for reelection have said they are open to meeting with Garland. [Cristian Farias, HuffPost]
FOX NEWS CANCELS GOP PRIMARY DEBATE After Donald Trump and John Kasich said they would be unable to attend. [Michael Calderone, HuffPost]
BRAZIL IN TURMOIL OVER PERCEIVED PRESIDENTIAL SHIELDING "Protests erupted in Brazilian cities on Wednesday after President Dilma Rousseff named her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva chief of staff and a taped telephone conversation fed opposition claims the appointment was meant to shield Lula from prosecution." [Reuters]
SEAWORLD ANNOUNCES END OF ORCA PROGRAM The theme park announced in a major shift that the company will stop breeding orcas. [Kate Sheppard, HuffPost]
ISRAEL'S TOP CONCERN IN SYRIA: IRAN "The Israeli government’s priority is clear: to stop the rise of Iran as a regional power following last year’s nuclear deal and the lifting of international sanctions on Tehran. It is an approach that has increasingly aligned Israel with the anti-Iranian, Sunni Muslim camp led by Saudi Arabia." [WSJ | Paywall]
'OUT HERE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM' "The dangerous culture of male entitlement and sexual hostility hiding within America's national parks and forests." [Kathryn Joyce, HuffPost]
THE BIG TV NETWORKS ARE HAVING A BAD YEAR Almost everything lost viewership except for "The 100" -- and if you're not watching it, you should be (we are recent converts ourselves). [Vulture]
THEY CAUGHT ONE OF THE GUYS BEHIND THE MASSIVE CELEB NUDE PHOTO LEAK "One man partly responsible for hacking the accounts of more than 100 people, including over a dozen celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer." [HuffPost]
CAN PRESIDENT BARTLET SAVE US FROM 2016? If you watch "Two Cathedrals" when you need a pick-me-up, then do we have some good news for you: Josh Malina, who starred on "The West Wing" for four seasons, just launched a podcast about the show. [Vulture]
MICHELLE OBAMA MADE IT OFFICIAL: SHE'S NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT Pour one out. [Variety]
DON'T LIE You want Nike's self-lacing shoe as much as the next guy. [HuffPost]
CHANGING HOW DOCTORS TREAT HEROIN ADDICTION "The Senate health committee on Wednesday passed a measure that would dramatically expand access to a key treatment in the effort to slow the heroin epidemic." [HuffPost]
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~ Bowe Bergdahl's defense team just dropped a wealth of information about the sergeant.
~ Donald Trump warns of potential "riots" if he doesn't get the nomination.
~ People would take issue with Hillary Clinton speaking quietly too.
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~ The New Republic asks if an Israeli national symbol could be a fake.
~ How to Spring-ify your home.
~ Frank Sinatra Jr. has died. He was 72.
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~ In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the last prevalent remaining Irish slur here in the U.S.
~ Someone answered the question of what Disney princesses would look like in Renaissance paintings.
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~ Could Greece become a "refugee prison?"
~ An MIT study is lending hope to the idea that Alzheimer's patients could eventually access memories thought to be "lost."
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