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The Edge

Good News for Keystone, Robot Valets, Stop Pitying D.C.’s Darling Owl—THE EDGE

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: A State Department report on the Keystone XL pipeline has concluded that the project would have a minimal effect on the climate. President Obama indicated support for immigration reform that provides a path to legal status but not citizenship, similar to what John Boehner outlined on Thursday. A Ukrainian protester says he was kidnapped and crucified before being released by his captors after a week. Capitol police took Michael Grimm's threat seriously enough to investigate. And Washington's favorite owl's bus strike was a long time coming.


KEYSTONE PIPELINE TAKES ANOTHER STEP FORWARD WITH ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT: A State Department report on the Keystone XL pipeline concludes that the pipeline won't significantly increase carbon emissions from Canadian oil sands. Obama has said he would consider the report's findings before deciding whether to approve the project. (Ben Geman, NJ)


OBAMA MIGHT SUPPORT IMMIGRATION DEAL WITHOUT PATH TO CITIZENSHIP: The president indicated in an interview this morning that he might support an immigration-reform bill that offers undocumented immigrants a path to legal status, but not citizenship. That seems to match with House Speaker John Boehner's comments about future reforms. (Aaron Blake, WaPo)

BUT NOT ALL REPUBLICANS ARE ON BOARD: Obama might side with Boehner's immigration principles, but Boehner's party was divided when he spoke about them at their retreat on Thursday. (Russell Berman, The Hill)

UKRAINE PROTESTER SAYS CAPTORS CRUCIFIED HIM: Ukrainian opposition activist Dmytro Bulatov, who went missing on Jan. 22, says his captors nailed him to a cross and cut off a piece of his ear before releasing him a week later. (CBS News)

NJ'S NEW TECH EDGE: Obama has chosen the NSA's next director, the tech world is waiting to see what FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler does about an appeals court's ruling against net neutrality, and 911 texts should be available by the end of the year. Tech Edge, National Journal's new morning tipsheet, rounds up the best coverage of technology policy. Sign up here, and view today's issue here.

THE WEEKEND IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Fox will air Bill O'Reilly's interview with Obama during its Super Bowl pregame show at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will talk about Edward Snowden on NBC's "Meet the Press." Paul Ryan will talk about the president's State of the Union address and immigration reform on ABC's "This Week." Majority Leader Eric Cantor will talk about immigration reform on CBS's "Face the Nation." Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be on CNN's "State of the Union." "Fox News Sunday" will host NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell, Denver Broncos Vice President and former quarterback John Elway, and former NFL quarterback Archie Manning.

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WHITE MEN ARE EVERYWHERE: Only 31 percent of the U.S. population is white and male, but white men make up a strong majority of the guests on Sunday news shows. (Matt Berman, NJ)

CAPITOL POLICE LOOKED INTO GRIMM'S BALCONY THREAT: Police investigated Rep. Michael Grimm's threat to a reporter that he would throw him off a balcony, but closed the case because there was no complainant. (Eric Lach, TPM)

MEXICO'S OLYMPIC SKI TEAM IS A 55-YEAR-OLD IN A MARIACHI SUIT: The mariachi suit is actually a flamboyantly designed racing suit, but that doesn't make Alpine skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe any less interesting. (John Metcalfe, The Atlantic Cities)

THE CITY IS A TERRIBLE PLACE FOR A SNOWY OWL: Hopefully the owl that was hit by a bus in downtown D.C. learned its lesson. (Brian Resnick, NJ)


DRIVERLESS CARS IN 2020: Driving might be fun sometimes, but without a person at the wheel, the car of the future could be safer and more efficient. (Alex Brown, NJ)

VIOLIN WAS "AN EXTRAORDINARY ART THEFT": A 1715 violin valued in the "high seven figures" was stolen, and a Milwaukee police chief said it's not "just any other crime." (Kozinn/Yaccino, NYT)


A VISUALIZED HISTORY OF THE MINIMUM WAGE: The inflation-adjusted minimum wage peaked in 1968. It was $1.60 per hour, which was worth $10.71 in 2013. (CNN Money)
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