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A 'Nixonian' CIA, and a UI Deal—THE EDGE Brought to You by the National Retail Federation

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Senate negotiators have reached a deal on a plan for an unemployment insurance bill. Russia called for military exercises in several locations near its border with Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry said it would be irresponsible for the U.S. not to approve International Monetary Fund reforms along with its aid package to Ukraine, and stocks dropped throughout the day as investors worried about political stability in Crimea. The search for the missing Malaysian airliner widened after news that the plane may have continued flying for about four hours after it first lost contact. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner called the allegations of the CIA hacking into Senate Intelligence Committee computers "almost Nixonian." And John Boehner invited Pope Francis to speak to Congress.

 

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SENATORS AGREE TO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DEAL: The deal would extend for five months unemployment insurance for those out of work at least six months, but the plan faces opposition in the House. The bill would be paid for by extending user fees and by allowing employers to reduce pension payments. (Sarah Mimms, NJ)

RUSSIA MASSING MILITARY FORCES AT UKRAINIAN BORDER: Moscow ordered military operations involving at least 10,000 soldiers in the Belgorod, Kursk, and Rostov regions near Ukraine, despite continued warnings from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Russia could face sanctions from the European Union. (Myers/Smale, NYT)

KERRY CALLS FOR IMF REFORM WITH UKRAINE AID: A Senate bill would include U.S. approval of IMF reforms along with an aid package to Ukraine, and the secretary of State said it would send the wrong message to not "follow through" with the reforms, which have been delayed by U.S. inaction. Democrats have had trouble getting Republicans to sign on to the action, but GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham indicated that he would push for its support. (Stacy Kaper, NJ)

 

A BAD DAY FOR STOCKS AS INVESTORS WORRY ABOUT CHINA, UKRAINE: China's economy has shown signs of a slowdown, and Ukraine is still mired in uncertainty, including what the U.S.'s role will be if Russia continues to be aggressive. The Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 both dropped nearly 1.5 percent. (Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY)

SENSENBRENNER: CIA SPYING IS 'ALMOST NIXONIAN.' The Wisconsin Republican, who helped author the Patriot Act following 9/11, wrote a letter to Deputy Attorney General James Cole saying the CIA's actions are "a gross violation of the constitutional principles of separation of powers." (Dustin Volz, NJ)

INVESTIGATORS SUSPECT FLIGHT CONTINUED FOR HOURS; SEARCH WIDENED: Malaysian flight MH370 may have stayed in the air for four hours after losing contact at 1:30 a.m. local time on Saturday, but investigators are still undecided whether the plane turned around, which means that after six days, it could be anywhere from Beijing to southwestern Australia. (Andy Pasztor, WSJ)

U.S. HAS 'INDICATION' IT CRASHED IN INDIAN OCEAN: The USS Kidd will search the area, but will take about 24 hours to get there. The main focus of the search remains in the South China Sea. (Martha Raddatz, ABC News)

 

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in London. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak at 1 p.m. at the National Association of Women Judges' midyear meeting. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will speak at noon at the National Association of State Boards of Education's Legislative Policy Forum, and at 4 p.m. at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Conference. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will testify at 10 a.m. at a House Appropriations Committee Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the Agriculture budget. The House and Senate are in session.

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BOEHNER INVITES THE POPE TO CONGRESS: It's probably a good idea to have him around, considering that 69 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Pope Francis and only 34 percent believe their member of Congress deserves another term. (Matt Berman, NJ)

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SULZBERGER: NEW YORK TIMES IS NOT FOR SALE. The publisher said there's a plan to groom six members of the Ochs-Sulzberger family's fifth generation to lead the paper in the future. (Michael Calderone, HuffPo)

7 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE U.S. IN AFGHANISTAN: Starting with how many troops will stay there and what they'll do after combat operations officially end this year. (Sara Sorcher, NJ)

WHY MITCH ALBOM IS AN ISSUE IN A MICHIGAN PRIMARY: Albom got involved when a 101-year-old woman was evicted from her home in Detroit by a law firm headed by the Republican challenger to Rep. Kerry Bentivolio. (Tim Murphy, Mother Jones)

TOP READS

A BOOZY RETURN TO POLITICS: Former South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel spent time in prison on a cocaine conviction, and is now considering a run for the U.S. Senate. He's already getting his name out there with a reality TV show. (Sarah Mimms, NJ)

WHY RICK REILLY COULDN'T SURVIVE NATE SILVER: Readers have come to expect the rigorousness of Silver's FiveThirtyEight, and Reilly's been mailing it in for years. (Josh Levin, Slate)

TOP VIEW

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Jimmy Fallon reveals Vladimir Putin's kickstarter page raising funds for a new Cold War. Donate $10 and receive a shirtless picture of the Russian president on a horse. (Reena Flores, NJ)

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