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A Declaration of Hague and What Women Want (On the Dance Floor)—THE EDGE Brought to You by APTA

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March 24, 2014

By Dustin Volz (@dnvolz)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama and his G-7 friends agreed to move their next gathering out of Russia as part of a growing list of maneuvers to punish Vladimir Putin for annexing Ukraine. Sochi is out, Brussels is in. The Malaysia Airlines saga appears to be over, with a crash in the Indian Ocean being the missing jet's most likely end. D.C.'s terrible, no good, very bad winter trudges along without concern for the calendar, as snow appears likely Tuesday morning. And genius researchers have finally cracked the code for what gyrations will best attract a woman's attention on the dance floor.


NEXT G-7 SUMMIT IN BRUSSELS: "This group came together because of shared beliefs and shared responsibilities. Russia's actions in recent weeks are not consistent with them. Under these circumstances, we will not participate in the planned Sochi summit. We will suspend our participation in the G-8 until Russia changes course and the environment comes back to where the G-8 is able to have a meaningful discussion and will meet again in G-7 format at the same time as planned, in June 2014, in Brussels, to discuss the broad agenda we have together," the leaders' declaration said. (G-7)


THE G-8 IS DONE: Today's declaration means Russia is a Super Friend of the global industrialized nations no more. A year ago, everything was so different: The G-8 was whole and no one wore ties. We have photos to prove it. (Matt Berman, NJ)

RUSSIA: WE DON'T LIKE YOU, EITHER: "If our Western partners believe the format has exhausted itself, we don't cling to this format. We don't believe it will be a big problem if it doesn't convene," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in The Hague. (Reuters)

MALAYSIA AIRLINES JET WENT DOWN IN INDIAN OCEAN: The country's prime minister offered the first real definitive information about what happened to Flight MH370 more than two weeks after its quixotic disappearance, citing new analysis of satellite data that put it too far from any potential landing site. (WSJ)

FLIGHT MH370'S DEMISE IN ONE GRAPHIC: The story, as we know it, from start to finish. (WaPo)

MORE SNOW AHEAD FOR THE WINTER THAT NEVER ENDED: There's a 70 percent chance of snow Tuesday morning, decrees Capital Weather Gang, with more flakes possible in the afternoon. Cold temps are a certainty, making Saturday's sunshine seem like a distant memory. (Jason Samenow, WaPo)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments concerning Obamacare's contraception mandate, with three different rulings looking most likely. Obama continues his overseas efforts to isolate Russia. Joe Biden is in Nashua, N.H., with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. The House and Senate are both in session.

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PREPARE TO GET WEINER'D AGAIN: Anthony Weiner--the former Democratic representative, hapless New York mayoral candidate, and "incorrigible sexter"--begins a monthly column for Business Insider this Friday. (Lucia Graves, NJ)

NETFLIX SHARES ARE CRATERING: News that Apple is working with Comcast on a new streaming TV service is creating panic among the investors that brought you Frank Underwood. (Matt Phillips, Quartz)

MARCO RUBIO HOPES TO GOOGLE, UBER HIS WAY TO THE YOUTH VOTE: The potential 2016 presidential candidate is positioning himself as an advocate for consumer-friendly tech issues after a push last year on immigration reform fizzled. (Volz, NJ)

FIVE FORMER MADOFF EMPLOYEES CONVICTED: Prosecutors nailed them with conspiracy charges and helping Bernie Madoff prop up the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. (MJ Lee, Politico)


HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE PUTIN? The Russian boogeyman has bedeviled three consecutive presidents, each of whom tried a different approach but ultimately misjudged him time and time again. (Peter Baker, NYT)

DEMOCRATS REALLY DON'T LIKE NATE SILVER: How times have changed. The Fox's latest projections for 2014 have the GOP eking out a majority in the Senate, leading Democratic operatives to question the data hound's wizardry over polling data. (Alex Roarty, NJ)


THE WEEKEND'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Medical weed earns its first television ad, while American news media chronicles the "tit for tat" sanction wars. Time to alarm the FCC censors. (Reena Flores, NJ)

HOW TO DANCE YOUR WAY TO A WOMAN'S HEART: It might be a bit creepy, but this 15-second animation quickly demos the "male dance moves that catch a woman's eye" as identified by evolutionary biologists. Proof this is real: Wonkblog broke down the science behind the study in typical, hilarious fashion. Wonderland Ballroom will never be the same.
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