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Both Parties Are Losing the War on Age—THE EDGE

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The White House announced new sanctions on Russian officials and businesses, but Republican lawmakers said they weren't enough. Rep. Michael Grimm turned himself in to the FBI and will be charged on 20 counts relating to alleged fraud at a restaurant he operated. Comcast agreed to a deal in which it would give up millions of subscribers in order to placate concerns about its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. Rep. Vance McAllister announced he will not seek reelection. President Obama's ugly polling numbers could spell trouble for Senate Democrats defending their seats in red states. And Ukraine is undertaking a "one-of-a-kind engineering project" to cover up what remains of the nuclear reactor in Chernobyl.

TOP NEWS

U.S. ANNOUNCES MORE RUSSIA SANCTIONS: The Obama administration ordered travel bans and asset freezes on seven Russian officials, as well as asset freezes on 17 Russian companies. One of the officials sanctioned is Igor Sechin, president of the government-owned Rosneft oil company and an adviser to President Vladimir Putin. (Baker/Landler, NYT)

 

'JUST A SLAP ON THE WRIST': Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Bob Corker called the sanctions "tepid" and "insufficient." (Shabad/Wong, The Hill)

GRIMM INDICTED, SURRENDERS TO FBI: He'll be charged on 20 counts relating to a restaurant he operated, called Healthalicious, that allegedly hid from tax officials more than $1 million in receipts and that could be connected to Grimm's 2010 campaign fundraising. (Kane/Goldman, WaPo)

COMCAST-CHARTER DEAL AIMED AT WINNING APPROVAL OF MERGER: Charter Communications agreed to pay $7.3 billion for 1.4 million subscribers in a deal that will leave Comcast with less than 30 percent of the U.S. residential cable or satellite TV market, making its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable more palatable to regulators. (Baker/Chatterjee, Reuters)

'KISSING CONGRESSMAN' TO CALL IT QUITS: Vance McAllister will finish out his term, but won't seek reelection after a leaked video showed him kissing a staffer. (Izadi/Mimms, NJ)

SUPREME COURT WEIGHS CELL-PHONE PRIVACY: In Riley v. California and U.S. v. Wurie, the Court will hear arguments tomorrow on whether the police should be able to search your cell phone without a warrant. (Dustin Volz, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Obama will participate in an electric-vehicle viewing event and then speak to U.S. troops in Manila, Philippines, before traveling back to the United States. Secretary of State John Kerry will speak at 1:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Council's tribute to NATO and the E.U. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak at 9 a.m. in London at the Ukraine Forum on Asset Recovery. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will speak with faith leaders at 11:45 a.m. in a teleconference on "the moral imperative of raising the minimum wage." Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will testify at 2:30 p.m. at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on federal energy investments. The U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon continues until Thursday on the west front of the Capitol.

TOP LINES

POLL SHOWS BAD NEWS FOR DEMOCRATS: Obama is particularly unpopular among noncollege, older white voters in red states where Democrats are trying to defend their Senate seats. (Ronald Brownstein, NJ)

WHY DONALD STERLING IS WORSE THAN CLIVEN BUNDY: It's tempting to compare one to the other. But Bundy is a rancher who got his 15 minutes of fame, and Sterling is an influential millionaire who has a history of similarly racist speech. (Matt Berman, NJ)

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S TEETH WEREN'T WOODEN: Some of them were actually human teeth. Just not his human teeth. (Michael Beschloss, NYT)

TOP READS

'SOVIET RADIATION IS THE BEST RADIATION IN THE WORLD': Ukraine is building a massive arch to cover the exploded nuclear reactor in Chernobyl. After 28 years, some of the people working on the project still have fresh memories of the explosion. (Fountain/Daniels, NYT)

HOW TRUCKING STOPPED BEING A MIDDLE-CLASS JOB: Thanks to the cost of gas, tolls, and health care, Miguel Tigre isn't even thinking about retirement. "The way things are going, I'm going to die before that." (Lydia Depillis, WaPo)

TOP VIEWS

THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC AGE PROBLEM, GRAPHED: Democrats might be the party of young people, but they're also the party of old lawmakers. And neither party has many young, enthusiastic voters. (Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Obama met a robot while he was in Japan and became acquainted with our future robo-overlords. (Reena Flores, NJ)

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