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A Crash Course on Crimea—THE EDGE Brought to You by FixMedicareNow.org and the AMA

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Clinton Presidential Library released about 5,000 pages of previously withheld documents from the Clinton administration. Armed men have seized two airports in Ukraine's Crimea region, and Russia denies it was involved. Viktor Yanukovych said from Moscow that he is still the rightful Ukrainian president and that he only left the country for security reasons. Democrats have a serious contender in the race for Mississippi's open Senate seat. And a video posted on YouTube by an activist group shows a rare glimpse of Supreme Court proceedings.

 

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CLINTON LIBRARY RELEASES 5,000 PAGES OF DOCUMENTS: The documents were withheld during the Clinton administration and include some of Hillary Clinton's communications as first lady. Some of the documents show advice the president received on framing the U.S.'s role in Rwanda, on addressing the racial divide during the O.J. Simpson trial, and on speaking about the arrest of Ted Kaczynski. (Eyder Peralta, NPR)

ARMED MEN SEIZE CRIMEAN AIRPORTS; RUSSIA DENIES INVOLVEMENT: Ukraine has accused Russia of sending troops to take control of two airports in Crimea. Armed men carrying Russian navy flags arrived at the Simferopol airport but declined to say who they were and wore no insignia, and Russia said its Black Sea naval fleet was not involved. (Christian Fraser, BBC News)

YANUKOVYCH: 'NOBODY DEPOSED ME.' The ousted (but ostensibly not deposed) Ukrainian president told reporters today that he was still the legitimate president of the country and that he had only gone to Russia because of threats to his life. He said Ukraine had been taken over by nationalist thugs. (Steven Lee Myers, NYT)

 

DEMOCRATS GET HIGH-PROFILE MISSISSIPPI SENATE CANDIDATE: Former Rep. Travis Childers will announce his Senate campaign for the open seat in Mississippi, hoping to take advantage of division among Republicans in the state. The Blue Dog Democrat has shown an ability to attract conservative support despite his party affiliation. (Josh Kraushaar, NJ)

NSA CHIEF SUGGESTS LIMITED PHONE-DATA COLLECTION: NSA Director Keith Alexander it might be possible to only collect phone data that is somehow related to terrorism. But in order to do that, the U.S. needs to "come up with a capability that just gets those that are predicated on a terrorist communication." (Jordain Carney, NJ)

HOUSE TO VOTE ON $0 OBAMACARE FEE: The bill, which will come up next week, would eliminate the individual mandate penalty through the rest of this year. Companies have already had their fee waived through 2015, or through 2016 for companies with 50 to 99 employees. The bill is unlikely to make it through the Senate if passed in the House. (Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill)

THE WEEKEND IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will talk about the uprising in Ukraine and the U.S.'s role in Afghanistan on CBS's Face the Nation. Actor Ben Affleck will talk about his testimony at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing and other attempts to raise awareness about the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo on ABC's This Week. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa will talk about transparency in the IRS on Fox News Sunday. Former Sen. Rick Santorum will talk about the tea-party movement on CNN's State of the Union. Sens. Claire McCaskill and Saxby Chambliss will talk about the proposed Defense budget cuts on NBC's Meet the Press.

 

TOP LINES

THE 15 TOP SENATE RACES: Most of the Senate seats that are likely to flip parties are currently held by Democrats. No. 1: retiring Sen. Tim Johnson's seat in South Dakota. (Shepard/Sobel, NJ)

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CRIMEA: As Ukraine's political turmoil peaks in the Crimea region, let's start with where it is: the northern coast of the Black Sea. (Marina Koren, NJ)

LIKE 'AMERICAN HUSTLE'? THEN YOU'LL LOVE THIS CANDIDATE: Former Republican Sen. Larry Pressler, who is now running as an independent, is airing a TV ad with FBI footage of himself turning down a bribe. He plans to attract attention from American Hustle fans by airing it during the Academy Awards. (Alex Roarty, NJ)

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THE MORDOR COAL MINE: A fire at a coal mine in Australia is still burning after three weeks, and looks a lot like "Mount Doom" of Lord of the Rings. (Zoe Schlanger, Newsweek)

MIKE PARKER, 'GODFATHER OF HELVETICA,' DIES AT 84: Parker popularized Helvetica (National Journal's online font of choice) by overseeing its development in linotype machines. (Elizabeth Landau, CNN)

TOP READ

OBAMA WILL NEVER END THE WAR ON TERROR: "What began as one horrific attack 13 years ago and a simple, 60-word Authorization for the Use of Military Force three days later has morphed all but unnoticed into a war with no name or parameters," and it will not end with the close of Obama's second term. (Hirsh/Oliphant, NJ)

TOP VIEWS

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said she had never heard a single example of people's religious liberty being denied. Stephen Colbert calls on her to have faith that it has happened. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

YOUTUBE VIDEO APPEARS TO SHOW SUPREME COURT PROCEEDINGS: A video posted by 99 Rise, a group that supports tougher campaign finance laws, shows a protester standing and speaking during what seems to be oral arguments from 2013. (Mario Trujillo, The Hill)

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

Excellent!"

Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "

Michael, Executive Director

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