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‘Heartbleed’ Helplessness, and a CIA Playlist—THE EDGE Sponsored by Comcast NBC Universal

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Senate Democrats failed, unsurprisingly, to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act on women's pay equality but vowed to keep the issue in the spotlight. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the most detailed data ever about Medicare payments, showing that a relatively small number of doctors received millions of dollars each. Britain's practice of revoking citizenship has raised questions about whether it is connected to American drone attacks and other antiterrorism measures. Security experts say there's nothing average Internet users can do to protect themselves from the "Heartbleed" bug that exposes their data to hackers. A new study shows that Mississippi has the worst-run elections in the country, and recently revealed details of a Senate Intelligence Committee report show that, for interrogations, the CIA's music of choice was the Red Hot Chili Peppers, blasted at high volume on an endless loop.

 

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PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT BLOCKED: The bill needed 60 votes to advance in the Senate but got only 53. Sen. Barbara Mikulski vowed to "continue the battle" for women's pay equality. Republicans have argued the bill is redundant because it is already illegal for employers to discriminate based on gender. (Elahe Izadi, NJ)

SMALL FRACTION OF DOCTORS GET BILLIONS FROM MEDICARE PAYMENTS: The top 100 doctors received $610 million in 2012, including one Florida doctor who received $21 million, according to newly released data. (Abelson/Cohen, NYT)

BRITONS DEBATE PRACTICE OF REVOKING CITIZENSHIP: There have been multiple cases in which people were killed in American drone strikes shortly after being stripped of their British citizenship. Officials say the actions were not coordinated, but "the sequence of events effectively allowed the British authorities to sidestep questions about due process under British law." (Katrin Bennhold, NYT)

 

EXPERTS: USERS CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT 'HEARTBLEED' BUG: Security experts say it's up to the administrators of websites that use the affected encryption technology to fix their software. How severe is the bug? Cryptologist Bruce Schneider says, "On a scale of 1 to 11, it's about an 11." (Jim Finkle, Reuters)

REPUBLICANS WORRY COMCAST WILL DISCRIMINATE AGAINST CONSERVATIVE CONTENT: Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that Comcast already has the incentive and ability to discriminate against conservative viewpoints, citing "the well-known political leanings of NBC," and that the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable would only make it worse. (Brendan Sasso, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will speak in Austin, Texas, at a Civil Rights Summit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers CEO Fadi Chehade and others will testify at 9 a.m. at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on whether the Commerce Department should give up oversight of ICANN. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur will testify at 9:30 a.m. at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the security of the U.S. electric grid.

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WHEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS GET BITCOINS: When Robocoin CEO Jordan Kelley and cofounder John Russell set up a bitcoin kiosk in the Capitol, Rep. Jared Polis became the proud owner of .02 bitcoin. (Dustin Volz, NJ)

 

MISSISSIPPI HAS ELECTION PROBLEMS: Based on a composite of voting-wait time, turnout, and other factors, Mississippi ran America's worst elections in 2012, by a long shot. (Brian Resnick, NJ)

SO DOES TENNESSEE, IF YOU ASK THE U.N.: In 2012, the U.N. sent 44 election monitors there in response to complaints from civil-rights groups over the state's voter-ID law. Now, Tennessee wants to keep the U.N. out. (Emma Roller, NJ)

THE CIA LIKES THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: The Senate Intelligence Committee's executive summary of a report on CIA interrogation tactics shows that, among other things, the agency blasted songs by the Red Hot Chili Peppers on an endless loop. (Matt Vasilogambros, NJ)

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THE KISSING CONGRESSMAN'S CAMERA INVESTIGATION: Rep. Vance McAllister of Louisiana asked the FBI to investigate the release of security video that showed him kissing a staffer. His chief of staff called it a "serious breach" of security and a "grave concern." (Abby Ohlheiser, The Wire)

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN McNAMARA AND RUMSFELD: In Errol Morris's The Fog of War, Robert McNamara expresses regret about the Vietnam War. In The Unknown Known, Donald Rumsfeld "sidesteps any self-doubt or criticism," writes the publisher of McNamara's memoir. (Peter Osnos, The Atlantic)

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LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Stephen Colbert fully supports military intervention in Ukraine, regardless of where Ukraine is. (Reena Flores, NJ)

WHY RUSSIAN GAS MATTERS, IN ONE MAP: It's exported to much of Europe, which means when Ukraine temporarily shut off the spigot, it got everyone's attention. (Steve LeVine, Quartz)

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

Excellent!"

Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "

Michael, Executive Director

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