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Feinstein Erupts, CIA Ducks for Cover—THE EDGE Brought to You by the National Retail Federation

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee and violating the Constitution, but agency Director John Brennan swiftly denied the allegations. Authorities say the disappearance of a Malaysian jet is probably not linked to two passengers who boarded with stolen passports. Florida's 13th Congressional District is holding its special election--widely considered a bellwether for other House races around the country--to replace the late Rep. Bill Young, and it looks like a toss-up between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly. A strong majority of Republicans under 30 years old supports same-sex marriage. And in unfortunate food and drink news, more people are drinking Blue Moon and bacon is getting expensive.

 

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FEINSTEIN: CIA VIOLATED CONSTITUTION. The Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman said the agency "may well have violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution, including the speech and debate clause" by accessing committee computer files as its staffers worked on a report on the CIA's interrogation tactics. (Dustin Volz, NJ)

BRENNAN: NO, WE DIDN'T. The CIA director told NBC's Andrea Mitchell the CIA never spied on the committee. "We are not in any way trying to thwart the [Senate Intelligence Committee] report's progress [or] release," Brennan said. "As far as the allegations of the CIA hacking into computers, nothing could be further from the truth." (Volz, NJ)

STOLEN PASSPORTS NOT LIKELY A TERRORISM ISSUE IN MISSING JET: Authorities say the two Iranians who boarded the now-missing airplane with stolen passports did not seem to have any connections to terrorists. One was a 19-year-old hoping to migrate to Germany. (Fuller/Perlez, NYT)

 

NATION WATCHES BELLWETHER FLORIDA ELECTION: Today's special election to replace the late Rep. Bill Young holds national implications. Democrats can't afford to lose one of the House's few toss-up districts, and if they win, party leaders will argue that the anti-Obamacare climate isn't all that bad. (Alexandra Jaffe, The Hill)

'SHADOW CAMPAIGN' LEADER: CLINTON ADVISER ASKED FOR CAMPAIGN HELP IN 2008. Jeffrey Thompson, who pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiracy charges relating to campaign finance violations connected to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign, said Hillary Clinton adviser Minyon Moore asked him to fund efforts in four states and Puerto Rico. (Gold/Helderman, WaPo)

PAUL: CRUZ NEEDS 'A REREADING OF REAGAN.' The Rand Paul-Ted Cruz feud continues as the possible 2016 presidential contenders argue over whose foreign policy positions are more similar to Ronald Reagan's. (Aaron Blake, WaPo)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will speak at 11:35 a.m. at the National Congress of American Indians' 2014 Executive Council Winter Session-Legislative Summit. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will testify at 10 a.m. at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal minimum wage. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will testify at 10:30 a.m. at a Senate Budget Committee hearing about President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget. Secretary of State John Kerry will testify at 10:30 a.m. at a House Appropriations Committee State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the State Department budget, and at 2:30 p.m. at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the International Affairs budget. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify at 10 a.m. at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Health and Human Services budget. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will testify at 2 p.m. at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the Veterans Affairs budget. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will testify at 2 p.m. at a House Appropriations Committee House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the Transportation budget.

 

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TOP LINES

YOUNG REPUBLICANS SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGE: Pew found that 61 percent of Republicans under 30 support same-sex marriage, which is nearly as high as the percentage of Democrats of all ages who support it. (Denver Nicks, Time)

BACON IS GETTING EXPENSIVE: Partly because of rising grain and feed prices, but also because of a virus called porcine epidemic diarrhea. Maybe it's time to cut down on the BLTs. (Elahe Izadi, NJ)

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BUT BLUE MOON IS DOING WELL: Americans are drinking more than twice as much Blue Moon beer as they were in 2008. Michelob Light, meanwhile, is not so popular. See the U.S. growth rates for major beers, in one graph. (Roberto Ferdman, Quartz)

TOP READS

LIFE AS A RETAIL WORKER: After losing his first job, a former reporter learns what it's like to get paid $10 an hour, plus a bonus of a free pair of socks. (Joseph Williams, The Atlantic)

STUART SCOTT'S BATTLE WITH CANCER: The ESPN anchor has mostly worked through three bouts with cancer since 2007 and doesn't even want to know his prognosis. (Richard Sandomir, NYT)

HAS THE U.S. FALLEN BEHIND ON DRONES? The U.S. is the world leader in producing drones, but as regulators debate when and how they can be used, farmers, miners, filmmakers, and others have put them to commercial use in other countries. (Jack Nicas, WSJ)

TOP VIEW

OBAMA ON 'BETWEEN TWO FERNS': "What does it feel like to be the last black president?" (Brian Resnick, NJ)

HOW MONEY EQUALS ACCESS IN CONGRESS, IN ONE GRAPH: An experiment shows that campaign contributors are more than three times as likely to meet a member of Congress than a constituent is. (Christopher Ingraham, WaPo)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Sam I Am responds to Sarah Palin's use of his speech at CPAC. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

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Great way to keep up with Washington"

Ray, Professor of Economics

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