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The Edge

Earth Day’s Silent Treatment, and Mitt Romney’s $10,000 Bet on Bob McDonnell—THE EDGE

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Supreme Court ruled that states can ban affirmative action in universities' admissions practices. During today's arguments over online TV service Aereo, the justices seemed critical of the company but wary about declaring its actions illegal. Rep. Paul Ryan will meet with the Congressional Black Caucus about his comments last month on the "tailspin of cultures" in inner cities. Mitt Romney gave $10,000 to former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell's legal fund. The Bush family is changing its legacy through hipster activities like painting and wearing colorful socks, and Republican members of Congress haven't talked about Earth Day since 2010.


SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF MICHIGAN'S AFFIRMATIVE-ACTION BAN: A federal appeals court had previously ruled that Michigan's constitutional amendment barring universities from considering racial preferences unfairly targeted minorities. But the high court overturned that decision by a 6 to 2 vote, with Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting. (Barnes/Branigin, WaPo)


SUPREME COURT JUSTICES ON THE FENCE ABOUT AEREO: "This is really hard for me," Sotomayor said, largely summing up how today's arguments went. The justices were critical of Aereo's business, but worried that a ruling against the online TV service could harm other services like "cloud" storage. (Brendan Sasso, NJ)

RYAN TO MEET WITH BLACK CAUCUS ON POVERTY: Rep. Gwen Moore, a member of the caucus who serves with Paul Ryan on the House Budget Committee, said the group will challenge the assumptions Ryan expressed about poverty last month when he mentioned "generations of men not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work." (Mike Lillis, The Hill)

ROMNEY GAVE $10,000 TO McDONNELL DEFENSE FUND: Romney made the donation to show support for McDonnell, who endorsed him at a critical time in 2012 and was a vocal campaign surrogate. McDonnell's Restoration Fund collected $11,400 last year, a "tiny fraction of what the McDonnells will need to pay their attorneys." (Philip Rucker, WaPo)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will be in Japan and will have dinner with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will participate in a 10:45 a.m. event on reducing black-lung risks among miners. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will speak at 6 p.m. at the NAFTANEXT Summit in Chicago. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak at 11 a.m. at a Justice Department event on diversity and inclusion. The House and Senate are not in session.


RANKING THE GOP'S TOUGHEST CAMPAIGN ADS: Is it tougher to shoot a printed copy of Obamacare or to knock an Obama bobblehead off the top of a fence post? (Philip Bump, The Wire)

PLANET EARTH IS BLUE, AND I'M FAMOUS ON YOUTUBE: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is a YouTube star for all the right reasons: going to space, recording a YouTube cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," and doing cool science experiments. (Alex Brown, NJ)

HOW SOCKS AND PAINTINGS FIXED THE BUSHES' LEGACY: Neither Bush was considered cool during his presidency, but both have recently used hipster hobbies to become more likable. (Lucia Graves, NJ)

POLL: ONE IN FOUR SKEPTICAL OF GLOBAL WARMING: Results were heavily divided between genders: "Sixty percent of concerned global-warming believers are women, and 66 percent of skeptics are men." (Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill)


CANADA'S MIDDLE CLASS HAS SURPASSED OURS: Overall economic growth is strong in the U.S., but it benefits a small portion of Americans. While the wealthiest Americans are, on average, the world's richest class, our bottom tenth, twentieth, and even thirtieth percentiles are poorer than those in many European countries. (Leonhardt/Quealey, NYT)

LEARNING PARTISANSHIP AT 18: Voters tend to become more loyal to a party when they enter the electorate at age 18, and that affiliation tends to stick with them for decades. (Dan Hopkins, FiveThirtyEight)


'HAPPY EARTH DAY,' SAID THE DEMOCRAT: Republicans in Congress haven't mentioned Earth Day a single time, in the congressional record, since 2010. Democrats? They'll talk about Earth Day in November and December. (Bell/McGill, NJ)

BRIAN WILLIAMS DOES 'GIN AND JUICE': The NBC Nightly News anchor puts on a great performance, with the help of Jimmy Fallon's video editors. (David Haglund, Slate)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Jon Stewart gives Ukraine's pro-Russian separatists credit for doing awesome donuts on a stolen Ukrainian tank. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

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