MSNBC Drops Pat Buchanan

In today's link roundup: The conservative commentator has parted ways with his longtime network. Plus: Why the music industry is plagued by early death.

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Pat Buchanan (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

MSNBC lets Pat Buchanan go: Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, who had been suspended from MSNBC for the past four months, won't be coming back. The network said Thursday that it had decided to part ways with the former GOP presidential candidate after 10 years. We can't say we'll miss his commentary.

Why the music industry is plagued by early death: In a piece for Time, Touré unpacks the message that Whitney Houston's death should send to other artists.

Obama to speak at black-history-museum ground breaking: President Obama will speak at the official ground breaking next week for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the Los Angles Times reports. He is expected to be joined at the Feb. 22 ceremony by former first lady Laura Bush and by actress and director Phylicia Rashad.

How to unite blacks and gays for marriage equality: No conversation about marriage -- anyone's marriage -- should happen without considering how African Americans have dealt for years with their own marital crisis, Maya Rupert writes in an opinion piece for the Washington Post.

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