The refugee crisis: The number of migrants and refugees at the camp in Idomeni, a Greek village near the country’s border with Macedonia, is growing each day. Macedonia has constructed a razor-wire fence there to keep people from entering, but some have tried to break through. Simon Shuster at TIME has this harrowing dispatch from Macedonia on recent attempts. “We are tired of waiting for these stupid decisions from Europe,” one refugee told him. “Each time we protest in the camp, nobody listens to us. So we will move the borders ourselves.”
A pilot imprisoned in Russia: The AP reports President Obama has asked Vladimir Putin to release a Ukrainian pilot being held in a Russian prison. Nadezhda Savchenko was part of Ukrainian forces fighting against pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine in June 2014 when she was captured, and last week began a hunger strike.
Lawmakers react to SCOTUS nomination: Within moments of Obama’s announcement that he’d picked Judge Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia, top Republicans reiterated their vow to ignore the nomination. Russell has more on this here.
Bring on the green: Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny made his annual visit to Washington this week, and together with Obama held up what looks to be a disco ball full of shamrock:
"We are braided together in so many ways, America and Ireland. We’ve been for centuries, through history and bloodline. We’ve waged war side by side. We’ve waged peace side by side. We are family and we are friends." —President Obama during today's St. Patrick's Day celebration at the White House with the Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny 🇮🇪🇺🇸 ☘☘☘
News from this afternoon here