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Benghazi News and the Best State for Working Moms—THE EDGE Sponsored by Comcast NBC Universal

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing towns to start meeting with religious prayers. A new midterm poll has more bad news for Democrats in the House and Senate. Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel announced he will resign immediately. Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina will head the new House select committee investigating the State Department's response to the 2012 attack in Benghazi. It sounds strange, but the U.S. could use an ambassador to the North Pole. Oregon is considered the best state for working moms. And a multimillionaire vineyard owner who likes making parodies of music videos could be a window into the future of super PACs.

 

TOP NEWS

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS PRAYERS AT TOWN MEETINGS: Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his opinion that, as long as the prayers don't "denigrate nonbelievers or religious minorities, threaten damnation or preach conversion," town officials in Greece, N.Y., can start meetings with a ceremonial prayer. (Adam Liptak, NYT)

HOUSE TO ADVANCE BILL ENDING MASS NSA SURVEILLANCE: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a markup of a bill that would end the government's ability to collect mass amounts of phone metadata. (Dustin Volz, NJ)

GOWDY TO LEAD BENGHAZI COMMITTEE: House Speaker John Boehner named Gowdy the head of the new select committee investigating the Benghazi attack, saying Gowdy is "as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come." White House press secretary Jay Carney would not directly say whether the White House will cooperate with the investigation. (Elahe Izadi, NJ)

 

MIDTERM POLL: THINGS STILL LOOK BAD FOR DEMOCRATS: A USA Today/Pew Research Center poll shows voters leaning toward Republicans even more than they did in 2010. And, unsurprisingly, at least some of this is a reaction to President Obama's lack of popularity. (Page/Breitman, USAT)

TARGET CEO RESIGNS; THIS CHART SHOWS WHY: The aftermath of Target's giant data breach is not going over well, and it shows in the company's quarterly sales. (Volz/Stamm, NJ)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Secretary of State John Kerry will meet at 1:30 p.m. with E.U. High Representative Catherine Ashton and at 2:30 p.m. with former Secretary James Baker. Vice President Joe Biden will speak at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will present New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter, Chiara de Blasio, with an award for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day at 1:45 p.m.

TOP LINES

6 LESSONS LEARNED AT THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER: The Christie fat jokes are getting old, Joe Biden is hilarious, and Major Garrett and George Condon won the night. (Chris Cillizza, WaPo)

 

WHY WE NEED AN AMBASSADOR TO THE NORTH POLE: We may not spend much time up there, but 20 federal agencies are involved in Arctic policy. It would be smart to consolidate under one ambassador. (Marina Koren, NJ)

WHAT IF WE TOOK OUT FOOD MORTGAGES? If we viewed our food purchases as an investment rather than a product, it would be economically disastrous. So why do we do it with housing? (Josh Barro, NYT)

THE BEST AND WORST STATES FOR WORKING MOMS: Oregon is as progressive as ever on this list, followed by the District of Columbia. Louisiana and Mississippi, meanwhile, don't fare very well. (Matt Vasilogambros, NJ)

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TOP READ

BLURRED VINES AND THE AGE OF THE MINI SUPER PAC: John Jordan, a multimillionaire with the unbridled enthusiasm of Michael Scott, is the future of super PACs. (Shane Goldmacher, NJ)

TOP VIEWS

WASHINGTON POST'S ELECTION LAB: The paper foresees Republicans winning control of the Senate and easily keeping the House. (WaPo)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Jimmy Fallon shows photos from #NerdProm, including king and queen Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham. (Reena Flores, NJ)

DON'T MISS TODAY'S TOP STORIES

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

Michael, Executive Director

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

Great way to keep up with Washington"

Ray, Professor of Economics

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