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No Siberian Spring Break—THE EDGE Brought to You by the U.S. Chamber Foundation's Aviation Summit

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama announced tougher economic sanctions on Russia, which responded with its own sanctions on nine U.S. lawmakers. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called for an investigation into how the CIA's internal "Panetta" review got onto the Senate Intelligence Committee's computer network. A study shows that the long-term unemployed may still be in trouble even after they get jobs. A New Jersey man admitted stealing more than $460,000 in quarters. And nothing can keep Rep. John Lewis down when he's listening to Pharrell.


OBAMA ANNOUNCES TOUGHER RUSSIA SANCTIONS: After the Russian Duma approved Russia's annexation of Crimea, the U.S. followed up with sanctions on 20 Russian officials and St. Petersburg-based Rossiya Bank. Obama said the tougher sanctions were "not our preferred option" because they could affect the global economy. (Vasilogambros/Resnick, NJ)


RUSSIA RESPONDS WITH ITS OWN SANCTIONS: Nine U.S. lawmakers were sanctioned, and most said they were honored. Sen. John McCain issued a sarcastic statement lamenting that he would have to cancel his spring-break trip to Siberia, while others started a "#SanctionedByPutin" hashtag on Twitter. (Steven Dennis, Roll Call)

REID CALLS FOR REVIEW IN CIA, INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE DISPUTE: The Senate majority leader called for Senate Sargeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer to conduct a forensic search into the accusations between the agency and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein accused the CIA of searching the committee's computers for the agency's internal review of its interrogation program, while the CIA has accused the committee of illicitly obtaining the review in the first place. (Jeremy Herb, The Hill)

STUDY: LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT DOESN'T END WITH A JOB: Researchers found that the long-term unemployed are more likely to leave the labor force even after they've gotten a new job. There are 3.8 million Americans who have been out of work at least 27 weeks, and those workers are more than twice as likely to leave a new job after 15 months. (Catherine Hollander, NJ)

NO JAIL TIME FOR GENERAL IN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT TRIAL: Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was reprimanded and fined $20,000 in a plea deal in which he was not convicted on sexual assault charges but admitted to mistreating a captain with whom he had an affair. (Richard Oppel Jr., NYT)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Vice President Joe Biden will speak at 10 a.m. at the National Association of Community Health Centers' 2014 Policy & Issues Forum. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Assistant Education Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon will speak at 10 a.m. about access to preschools and reducing unfair school-discipline practices. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti will speak at 1 p.m. about raising the federal minimum wage. The House will meet at 10 a.m. for a pro forma session, and the Senate will meet at 9 a.m. for a pro forma session.

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DEVAL PATRICK FOR PRESIDENT? The Massachusetts governor has already said he won't run in 2016, but President Obama said he would make a good presidential candidate someday. (Catalina Camia, USA TODAY)

POLITICIANS' FIRST TWEETS: While some politicians, like Hillary Clinton, knew what they were doing from the start, others, like Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, were obviously confused. Davis's first tweet was, "@" (Izadi/Roller, NJ)

HOW ILLEGAL IS YOUR MARCH MADNESS BRACKET? When online gambling was legalized at the federal level in 2011, it didn't include sports betting. So if you're putting money on your bracket, you might have something to worry about, besides Duke. (Alex Brown, NJ)

HOW TO STEAL $460,000 IN QUARTERS: A New Jersey public works inspector admitted to using a master key to Ridgewood Village Hall, where he stole about 1.8 million quarters. (Noah Rayman, Time)


WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH FOUNDER DIES: Fred Phelps, patriarch of what the Southern Poverty Law Center called a "family-based cult" known for its views against gay people and many other groups, died at 84. (Adam Bernstein, WaPo)

THE OVERPROTECTED KID: The excessive supervision of children raises the question of what playgrounds should be like. Does a more dangerous playground help raise more independent kids? (Hanna Rosin, The Atlantic)

A TRILLION SMELLS: An experiment shows that our capacity to identify smells is much greater than originally thought. (Meeri Kim, WaPo)


JOHN LEWIS DANCES TO PHARRELL'S 'HAPPY': The Georgia Democrat proclaims that nothing can keep him down. (Andrew Kaczynski, BuzzFeed)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: President Obama predicts Michigan State will beat Louisville in the NCAA championship game. Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, went with Air Bud over the New York Knicks. (Reena Flores, NJ)

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