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From One Dingell to Another—THE EDGE Brought to You by the American Medical Association

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February 25, 2014

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delayed a vote on a bill to raise the federal minimum wage. Vice President Joe Biden is considering running for president in 2016, regardless of Hillary Clinton's plans. Democratic strategist Deborah Dingell plans to announce on Friday that she will run to replace her husband, retiring Rep. John Dingell. The bellwether Florida special election to replace Rep. Bill Young is practically neck and neck, according to a recent poll. Arizona's bill allowing businesses to refuse to serve gays on religious grounds is likely to be vetoed. And "Got Milk?" is no more, so get ready for "Milk Life."


REID DELAYS MINIMUM-WAGE VOTE: Although raising the minimum wage has been a major point in the party's agenda in 2014, a bill setting the standard at $10.10 per hour did not have full support among Senate Democrats. The bill is scheduled to come up after the March recess, which ends March 24, and Reid said he will take action on the bill even if some Democrats don't support it. (Alexander Bolton, The Hill)


DEBORAH DINGELL PLANS TO RUN TO REPLACE HUSBAND: The Democratic strategist plans to announce by the end of the week that she will seek to replace her husband, Rep. John Dingell, who announced Monday that he will retire at the end of this year. (Kane/Sullivan, WaPo)

BIDEN WOULD CONSIDER CHALLENGING CLINTON IN 2016: Vice President Joe Biden said on ABC's This Week that he is "uniquely qualified" to be president and that he wouldn't bow out to make way for Hillary Clinton. Still, he said he was unsure if he'll run: "I absolutely have not said no. It's as likely that I don't run. I just truly haven't made up my mind." (Marshall Cohen, CBS News)

POLL SHOWS FLORIDA SPECIAL ELECTION TOO CLOSE TO CALL: A poll commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which backs Republican David Jolly, shows Jolly with a 44-42 lead over Democrat Alex sink, which is within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. Republicans in the district have sent in slightly more absentee ballots than Democrats so far, but not by as wide a margin as either side expected. (Scott Bland, NJ)

ARIZONA ANTIGAY BILL UNLIKELY TO GET GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE: Gov. Jan Brewer does not see the state bill--which would let businesses refuse service to gay customers--as a priority for the state and will probably veto it, an adviser said. Businesses and lawmakers, including Apple and Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, have urged Brewer to veto the bill. (Vaughn Hillyard, NBC News)

HERE'S WHY BREWER WILL VETO IT: Brewer has demonstrated a willingness to go with the political flow on issues that attract national attention. In 2010, she helped Arizona take a leading role in the "self-deportation" movement. (Dustin Volz, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will speak at 2 p.m. in Minneapolis about investing to create jobs as part of his "President's Year of Action." Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will testify at 10 a.m. at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing. Reps. Jim Gerlach, Tom Rice, Diane Black, and Ron DeSantis will testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Enforcing the President's Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws." Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will speak at ARPA-Energy's Energy Innovation Summit at 9:35 a.m. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will speak at 5 p.m. at the first-ever Morton Meetings, which celebrate the legacy of Azie Taylor Morton, the department's first African-American treasurer.


WHY BITCOIN USERS DON'T WANT A BAILOUT: Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox went offline Monday night, losing about $350 million in bitcoins. But the people who lost their fortunes say they don't want a bailout. (Matt Berman, NJ)

THE NECESSARY DEMISE OF 'GOT MILK': The famous tagline, apparently, was not actually selling milk. Get ready for the "Milk Life" campaign. (Rachel Feltman, Quartz)

RAND PAUL'S PLAN FOR THE 'WAR ON WOMEN': By harping on Bill Clinton and Woody Allen, the Kentucky Republican is trying to turn the tables on Democrats. (Matt Berman, NJ)


HOW EASY DO WE WANT TECHNOLOGY TO BE? The more convenient our tools are, the weaker we become. Some common consumer products even go out of their way to make things harder, just to give us something to do. (Tim Wu, New Yorker)

THE HATE-GROUP RECESSION: The number of hate groups in the U.S. declined by 7 percent in 2013, as many were demoralized by the 2012 reelection of President Obama. (Kate Pickert, Time)


LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Jon Stewart sums up the grand success of the Sochi Winter Olympics: "Hey, some people went down a hill and nobody blew up!" (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

ANGELA MERKEL'S SHADOW-PUPPET MUSTACHE: The newest entry to the "Unfortunate Photo-Op Hall of Fame." (Joshua Keating, Slate)

WHERE THE GOOD JOBS WILL GO: In maps of projected overall job growth--and the projected share of creative-class jobs--things are looking up for D.C. (Richard Florida, The Atlantic Cities)

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