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GOP Plots a Hipster Coup—THE EDGE Brought to You by the U.S. Chamber Foundation's Aviation Summit

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The U.S. announced sanctions against 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials, and the E.U. is expected to announce sanctions against 21 officials Tuesday. Navy SEALS took control of a hijacked oil tanker that the Libyan government was unable to seize. Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, who recently served eight years in prison, will run for Congress. Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson will run for reelection in his heavily conservative Minnesota district. Scientists made a major discovery regarding the Big Bang and the expansion of the universe. And Republicans are conspicuously aiming for the youth vote in a new TV ad featuring a young man who appears to be the ultimate hipster.

TOP NEWS

U.S. HITS RUSSIANS WITH SANCTIONS: The Obama administration froze assets and blocked transactions for seven Russians and four Ukrainians, including ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The E.U. also is expected to announce sanctions on 21 people. The move was not surprising and may not stop Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is expected to speak Tuesday about possibly annexing Crimea. (Jordain Carney, NJ)

 

… AND PUTIN SANCTIONS ON ARE THE TABLE: White House press secretary Jay Carney wouldn't say why the Russian president was excluded from this round of sanctions, but said "there will be additional costs imposed on Russia, if Russia does not change direction" on Ukraine. (Justin Sink, The Hill)

NAVY SEALS SEIZE HIJACKED OIL TANKER: In a "Captain Phillips"-style move, the U.S. stepped in after the Libyan government was unable to take control of the ship, which had been hijacked earlier this year by three armed Libyans. The country has dealt with violence and political upheaval since its civil war in 2011. (Jordain Carney, NJ)

FORMER GOVERNOR/CONVICT EDWARDS TO RUN FOR CONGRESS: Edwards was released from prison three years ago after serving eight years for racketeering, fraud, and extortion. "I acknowledge there are good reasons I should not run. But there are better reasons why I should," Edwards said. (Catalina Camia, USA TODAY)

PETERSON SEEKS REELECTION IN MINNESOTA: Republicans hoped to see Peterson retire, knowing his district is conservative and that any other Democrat would struggle to win the seat. But Peterson will seek at least another two years, saying there's work left to be done implementing the recently passed farm bill. (Rachel Stassen-Berger, Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS IN PLANE DISAPPEARANCE INDICATES CAREFUL PLANNING: Experts say whoever turned off the plane's transponder did so at precisely the right time so that Malaysian and Vietnamese controllers would assume the plane was the other's responsibility, indicating "meticulous planning." (Govindasamy/Hepher, Reuters)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will award 24 Army veterans the Medal of Honor for valor during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will participate in The Atlantic's Economy Summit at 9 a.m. The Senate will meet for a pro forma session at 10:30 a.m. and the House will meet for a pro forma session at 1 p.m.

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TOP LINES

WINNING THE HIPSTER VOTE: A GOP ad shows that tortoiseshell glasses could be the key to winning over young voters. (Lucia Graves, NJ)

6 BAD SIGNS FOR DEMOCRATS IN THE MIDTERMS: It all starts with turnout, which we saw in Florida's special election last week. (Philip Bump, The Wire)

THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY BATTLE OVER LGBT RIGHTS AND BEER: You may have noticed that New York's and Boston's parades weren't sponsored by Sam Adams, Guinness, or Heineken. It started with an LGBT group's float being rejected. (Emma Roller, NJ)

MH370'S CONNECTION TO MALAYSIAN POLITICS: We don't know much about chief pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah, but once it came out that he supported opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, wild political theories were, unfortunately, inevitable. (William Dobson, Slate)

TOP READS

A LANDMARK BIG BANG DISCOVERY: Scientists have found the first direct evidence of "gravitational jiggles," possibly proving the Inflationary Universe theory. If it's corroborated, the discovery is "worth a Nobel," said one scientist. (Michael Lemonick, Time)

THE FLAWED NARRATIVE OF THE CASH STOCKPILE: After new data showed that companies weren't hoarding cash as much as previously thought, few journalists caught on. (Ben Casselman, FiveThirtyEight)

TOP VIEWS

NOW THAT'S HOW YOU COVER AN EARTHQUAKE: When a 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck Los Angeles this morning, the anchors at KTLA reacted quickly … by ducking underneath their news desk. No injuries or damage was reported. (Brian Resnick, NJ)

5 CHARTS THAT EXPLAIN THE WEB: Since its birth in 1989, the World Wide Web has grown to nearly 2.7 billion users, and the way we use it has evolved even in just the past few years. (Ryan/Stamm, NJ)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: The U.S. has said it will not recognize Crimea's vote to leave Ukraine, which Seth Myers says is appropriate, considering most Americans wouldn't recognize Crimea on a map. (Reena Flores, NJ)
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