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The Edge

A Bad Start to the Syria Conference, and Why John McCain is Rooting for the Broncos —THE EDGE

January 22, 2014

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Secretary of State John Kerry urged that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be removed from power, but the U.N.-hosted peace conference got off to a rough start as Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon had a heated exchange. A commission recommended expanded early voting and online registration in elections. Verizon said it received more than 320,000 government requests for users' data in 2013. And Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona called Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman a "loudmouth" and said he will root for the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.


SYRIA PEACE CONFERENCE STARTS OFF ON WRONG FOOT: Moallem went on a 30-minute diatribe at the start of the peace conference, calling Syrian insurgents evil. When Ban Ki-Moon tried to hold him to the time limit for his speech, Moallem responded, "You live in New York, I live in Syria." Kerry urged that Assad be excluded from a transitional government to end the country's civil war. (Gordon/Barnard, NYT)


COMMISSION CALLS FOR MORE EARLY VOTING, ONLINE REGISTRATION: There are political and technological fixes to some of the U.S.'s election problems, according to a presidential commission, which recommended expanded early voting and online registration. (Scott Wilson, WaPo)

VERIZON REPORT REVEALS 320,000 DATA REQUESTS: Verizon said it received 321,545 government requests for users' data in 2013, far more than other companies like Google. (Brendan Sasso, NJ)

ENVIRONMENTALISTS BLAME OBAMA AS PART OF KEYSTONE PROJECT OPENS: The less controversial southern portion of the Keystone pipeline began delivering oil Wednesday, a development that the Sierra Club and other environmental groups saw as a failure by the Obama administration. (Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill)

UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT MEETS WITH PROTESTERS AFTER THREE DEATHS: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich called antigovernment protesters "terrorists," but he met with three opposition leaders after three people were killed when violence escalated Tuesday night. (Balmforth/Polityuk, Reuters)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Vice President Joe Biden will make the opening remarks at the Families USA conference at 9 a.m. Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in the International Conference on Syria in Montreux and Davos, Switzerland. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will speak at 1 p.m. about the Democratic agenda and curbing the tea party's influence at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress. The House and Senate are not in session.


WHAT BOB McDONNELL'S INDICTMENT TELLS US ABOUT MONEY: Considering that Janet Yellen can't get away with wearing a dress twice and that Sarah Palin got a $150,000 makeover in 2008, can we really be surprised by the accusations against the McDonnell family? (Matt Berman, NJ)

WHITE HOUSE TAKES ON COLLEGE SEXUAL ASSAULTS: President Obama created a task force to draw make recommendations on what can be done to stop sexual assaults on college campuses. (Matt Vasilogambros, NJ)

13 CHARTS ON ROE V. WADE: One the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, a lot has changed in abortion rights. (Sarah Kliff, WaPo)

THE MISSING PIECE OF 'MITT': The upcoming documentary on Mitt Romney's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns doesn't explain the dramatic tension between the candid and canned versions of Romney. (Brian Resnick, NJ)

JOHN McCAIN ON RICHARD SHERMAN: McCain will root for the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, partly because Sherman is a "loudmouth." (Tom Kludt, TPM)

HOW TO LAND A SPACESHIP ON A COMET: Scientists want to land a probe on a comet millions of miles away. It's a pretty simple plan. (Alex Brown, NJ)


WHAT IF YOUR AUTONOMOUS CAR WON'T LET YOU GET DOUGHNUTS? Is it convenient or creepy if an autonomous car tracks your movements and uses information from your Facebook activities? (Patrick Lin, The Atlantic)

YOUNG TRANSGENDER PEOPLE FIND A LIFELINE IN YOUTUBE: Transgender teens who feel isolated have used YouTube as a kind of public diary. (Emily Alpert Reyes, LA Times)


'.TECH,' '.BLOG,' '.NINJA,' AND THE FUTURE OF DOMAIN NAMES IN ONE GRAPH: Google, Amazon, and others have started claiming new domain names in an online landgrab. (Leo Mirani, Quartz)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Russia might be the reigning champ of homophobia in Sochi, but the U.S. is stepping up its game. (Reena Flores, NJ)

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