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A Game Changer in Syria, and Why Pandora Can’t Get No Satisfaction—THE EDGE

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Russia hinted at getting involved in what it calls Ukraine's "civil war," and it blamed Ukraine's government for not taking care of separatist protests. A federal court ordered the Justice Department to release parts of a memo offering legal justification for the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki. National Intelligence Director James Clapper ordered most employees not to talk to the press. The U.S. is considering supplying Syrian rebels with antiaircraft missiles that could turn the tide of Syria's war or backfire terribly. The Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow in TV broadcasters' case against Aereo. Pandora is facing a lawsuit over its use of pre-1972 songs it didn't pay for, and Americans want to save money but are having trouble actually doing it.

 

TOP NEWS

RUSSIA BLAMES UKRAINE FOR DIVISION, THREATENS TO INTERVENE: Despite warnings from Vice President Joe Biden, who is in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov offered a not-so-subtle justification for a possible invasion of eastern Ukraine: "There has been a surge in appeals to Russia to save them from this outrage. We are being put into an extremely complex position." (Englund/Booth, WaPo)

COURT ORDERS U.S. TO RELEASE MEMO ON AL-AWLAKI KILLING: The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an earlier ruling and will require the Justice Department to disclose parts of a document that legally justify the U.S.'s targeted killing of al-Awlaki, an American citizen. (Benjamin Weiser, NYT)

INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS BARRED FROM TALKING TO PRESS: The Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy revealed Monday that Clapper issued a directive ordering employees not to talk to the press. The directive is meant to "mitigate risks of unauthorized disclosure of intelligence-related matters that may result from such contacts" but does not discriminate between classified and unclassified material. (Julian Hattem, The Hill)

 

U.S. WEIGHS SUPPLYING 'GAME-CHANGER' WEAPONS IN SYRIA: Sending Syrian rebels shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles could turn the tide in a civil war that seems to be favoring Bashar al-Assad's regime. But doing so would be a great risk, especially if the weapons end up in the hands of terrorists who want to shoot down a civilian airliner. (Michael Crowley, Time)

SUPREME COURT TO DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF TV: The Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow in a case in which broadcasters say Aereo, an online TV service, is undermining their entire industry. (Brendan Sasso, NJ)

OBAMA CHOOSES CLINTON LAWYER AS WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL: President Obama chose W. Neil Eggleston as the next White House counsel. Eggleston worked as a lawyer during the Clinton administration and represented Clinton during the investigation into his affair with Monica Lewinsky. (Justin Sink, The Hill)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will speak to victims' families and first responders of the March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will speak at 3 p.m. about the state of the U.S. housing market. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will talk about climate change with Mayor Marty Walsh before throwing out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game. The House and Senate are not in session.

 

TOP LINES

WHILE PANDORA GENTLY WEEPS: The music industry sued Pandora last week for not paying royalties on pre-1972 songs due to a quirk in the federal copyright system. (Dustin Volz, NJ)

GOOGLE GLASS OWNERS: DON'T BUY IT … YET: Those who have gotten their hands on the limited number of Google's most intriguing product say it's not worth the $1,500 price tag. (Brown/Ryan, NJ)

AMERICANS SAY THEY LOVE SAVING MONEY: But they're not actually saving very much. Just another sign of a slow economic recovery. (Matt Vasilogambros, NJ)

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WHY DON'T WE BELIEVE IN THE BIG BANG? About 99.9 percent of the members of the National Academies of Sciences believe the universe started with the Big Bang, but most Americans aren't so sure. (Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic)

TOP READ

THE GOP'S COLLEGE PROBLEM: In the race for Georgia's open Senate seat, David Perdue's comments about a "high school graduate" without a college degree reveal an important divide in the party. (Alex Roarty, NJ)

TOP VIEWS

MAPPING BOSTON MARATHONERS: Runners in the Boston Marathon comes from all over the country, but some states are more enthusiastic than others. Despite the distance, an Alaskan is more than twice as likely to participate as a West Virginian. (Niraj Chokshi, WaPo)

MAPPING TEEN MOMS: After breaking down teen pregnancy by state, a geographic trend becomes clear: The South has a lot of teen moms. (German Lopez, Vox)

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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