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Normal Twitter in Turkey, Secret Twitter in Cuba, and How to Dodge Space Junk—THE EDGE

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify a controversial report on the CIA's harsh interrogation measures during the Bush administration. The U.S. government created a scaled-down version of Twitter in Cuba that ended in 2012, according to an Associated Press investigation. Turkey's government lifted its two-week-old ban on Twitter. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he has no plans to bring up gun-control legislation after Wednesday's shooting at Fort Hood. And George W. Bush will unveil a painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday.


SENATE COMMITTEE VOTES TO DECLASSIFY INTERROGATION REPORT: The Intelligence Committee voted 11-3 to declassify portions of its report on waterboarding and other interrogation tactics. The report "exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein. (Miller/Goldman, WaPo)


CUBA'S SHORT-LIVED TWITTER: US AID created a text-messaging system in Cuba called ZunZuneo to undermine the government, and it may have violated Spanish privacy laws in trying to hide the system's connection to the U.S. government. (AP)

SPEAKING OF TWITTER INCITING UNREST: Turkey's government lifted its Twitter ban after the country's constitutional court ruled that it blocked freedom of expression. Access to Twitter was blocked starting on March 21 "in the run-up to local elections last Sunday to stem a stream of leaked wiretapped recordings of senior officials that had appeared on the site." (Ozbilgin/Coskun, Reuters)

MOZILLA CEO RESIGNS: Brendan Eich, who became CEO just last week, resigned after protests over his opposition to gay marriage. The protests peaked with OkCupid directing users to use another browser if they visited the site using Mozilla's Firefox. The site may have even recommended a nonexistent browser called Internet Exploder. (Dustin Volz, NJ)

REID: NO PLANS FOR GUN-CONTROL BILL AFTER FORT HOOD: The Senate majority leader lamented the lack of background checks for people buying guns, noting that shooter Ivan Lopez had a history of mental illness, but said he does not plan to bring up background-check legislation because it doesn't have enough votes. (Alexander Bolton, The Hill)

LATE OBAMACARE DEADLINE IS APRIL 15: Those who were "in line" for an insurance plan but couldn't get one by Monday's deadline have 12 days left to sign up, administration officials announced. (Clara Ritger, NJ)

HHS: SAME-SEX COUPLES ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICARE: The Health and Human Services Department clarified that after the Supreme Court's 2013 ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, Medicare can recognize same-sex couples as eligible for the program. (Sophie Novack, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Rep. John Sarbanes will hold a conference call at noon about the Supreme Court's ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC. The Labor Department will release its jobs report at 8:30 a.m. The House and Senate are in session.


BUSH'S PUTIN PAINTING: George W. Bush will debut 24 paintings at his inaugural art show, including one of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Justin Sink, The Hill)

WHAT SANDRA BULLOCK SHOULD HAVE DONE: There are three steps to dodging space junk. The third step, unsurprisingly, is to get out of the way. (Alex Brown, NJ)

FREE OUTDOOR WI-FI IN D.C.: Will be available in NoMa on a few streets north of Union Station. Here's a map of where it's available. (Lori Aratani, WaPo)

NORTH KOREA NEEDS BETTER DRONES: It keeps sending small, poorly constructed drones to spy on South Korea, but they never make it back without crashing. (Alex Brown, NJ)


WHEN OBAMA LEARNED OF THE FORT HOOD SHOOTING: Washington Post reporter David Nakamura gives his account of President Obama's reaction to Wednesday's shooting. (Nakamura, WaPo)

LIFE ON ENCELADUS? Scientists say one of Saturn's moons has a sea of water the size of Lake Superior and is even more likely to harbor life than Mars. (Kenneth Chang, NYT)


VISUALIZING THE MOST DANGEROUS TORNADO AREAS: Tornado season has begun, which is especially bad for Oklahoma City, according to this map. (John Metcalfe, Atlantic Cities)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Vladimir Putin, played by Jimmy Fallon, gives Sarah Palin a call. (Reena Flores, NJ)

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