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America's Inferior Sunscreen, and Where Is Ukraine?—THE EDGE Sponsored by Comcast NBC Universal

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Ukraine's prime minister accused Russia of planning to send troops across its eastern border as the new government deals with unrest in several cities. A recent poll shows people who can't find Ukraine on a map are more likely to favor American military intervention there. The Supreme Court declined to take up a case on the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's phone metadata program and another case over a wedding-photography company that wouldn't photograph a same-sex wedding. Senate Democrats want two federal agencies to stop e-cigarette companies from claiming they can help people quit smoking. And Americans have been missing out on better sunscreen for years as ingredients wait for approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

 

TOP NEWS

UKRAINE ACCUSES RUSSIA OF PLANNING TO INVADE: Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said separatist violence in eastern cities including Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk are part of Russia's plan to "cross the border and seize the country's territory, which we will not allow." (Lally/Englund, WaPo)

BUT WHERE IS UKRAINE? It sounds like an unnecessary question, but only one in six Americans can find it on a map, and the worse they are at locating it, the more they favor American military intervention. (WaPo)

SUPREME COURT PASSES ON NSA REVIEW: President Obama and Congress have vowed to reform the agency's bulk collection of phone metadata, but the high court declined to take on the case following a lower court's ruling that the program was "almost Orwellian" and likely violates the Fourth Amendment. (Dustin Volz, NJ)

 

ALSO WON'T TAKE UP FREE-SPEECH CASE: A New Mexico photography company refused to photograph a same-sex wedding because of its owners' religious beliefs and argued its right to free speech defended it against claims that it broke a state antidiscrimination law. The case received national attention when Arizona's Legislature passed a bill, which was ultimately vetoed, that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to anyone based on religious beliefs. A New Mexico Supreme Court ruling against the company will stand. (Lawrence Hurley, Reuters)

SENATE DEMOCRATS CALL FOR E-CIGARETTE CRACKDOWN: Sen. Barbara Boxer and others called on the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission to use existing regulations to stop e-cigarette companies from saying the product could help people quit smoking, while FDA prepares other related regulations. (Benjamin Goad, The Hill)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Attorney General Eric Holder will testify at 10 a.m. at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department oversight. Secretary of State John Kerry and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will speak at 3:30 p.m. at the annual meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will take part in an 8 a.m. National Journal forum titled "The Next America: Points of Leverage."

TOP LINES

POLL: THINGS STILL LOOKING BAD FOR DEMOCRATS: It's not as if you thought Democrats were going to win back the House, but the new Associated Press-GFK poll adds another cloud to their midterm horizon. (Chris Cillizza, WaPo)

 

THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE SUNSCREEN: Europeans have been using them for years, but an FDA backlog has kept superior sunscreen ingredients out of the hands of American consumers. (Sophie Novack, NJ)

REPLACING ROBOTS WITH HUMANS: Toyota is scaling back automation in some factories in order to enhance workers' understanding of how the factories work and to find ways to operate more efficiently. (Max Nisen, Quartz)

PEET'S COFFEE COMES TO D.C.: Its first Washington coffee shop opens at a former Caribou Coffee today, and it plans for another 22 locations in the next few months. (Abha Bhattarai, WaPo)

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TOP READS

CHRISTIE 'MAKES ENEMIES AND KEEPS THEM': Former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, who inspired Gov. Chris Christie to become a politician, says he's not sure if he'd endorse Christie for president, saying, "He doesn't always try to persuade you with reason. He makes you feel that your life's going to be very unhappy if you don't do what he says." (Ryan Lizza, New Yorker)

INFLATION IS WORSE FOR THE POOR: Considering that lower-income groups spend more on things like college tuition, housing, and cigarettes, "the poorest fifth of households have experienced an annual rate of inflation that's about two-tenths of a percentage point higher than the population as a whole." (Ben Casselman, FiveThirtyEight)

DO STUDENTS STILL HAVE FREE SPEECH? Students' First Amendment rights seem to have been a casualty in the battle against cyberbullying. (David Wheeler, The Atlantic)

TOP VIEWS

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: SNL takes a shot at Fox News's use of charts, and makes a pie chart … out of pie. (Reena Flores, NJ)

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

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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. "

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