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Not Coincidence: Consecutive Airline Crashes Aren’t Unusual—THE EDGE

By Kaveh Waddell (@kavehewaddell)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Reports show that Russian troops near the border with Ukraine have started to fire into Ukrainian territory. Israeli lawmakers rejected an American peace deal; five Palestinians were killed in protests in the West Bank. The House voted overwhelmingly to require President Obama to consult Congress before any "sustained combat role" in Iraq; a White House aide said a Republican move toward impeachment shouldn't be ruled out.

 

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ESCALATION IN UKRAINE. Russian troops and heavy weapons appeared to assemble at the border with Ukraine and begin firing into Ukrainian territory, according to American and Ukrainian officials. De-escalation seems less likely than before. (Herszenhorn and Gordon, New York Times)

PEACE DEAL REJECTED; DEATHS IN THE WEST BANK. Five Palestinians were killed in the West Bank in large-scale protests against the Israeli offensive in Gaza. And the Israeli security Cabinet refused an American cease-fire proposal. (Al-Jazeera)

DEFIANCE FROM HOUSE REPUBLICANS. The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution that would require President Obama to seek congressional authorization for any "sustained combat role" in Iraq. The measure is unlikely to succeed in the Senate. Also, a White House aide said it would be "foolish to discount the possibility" that Republicans will consider impeachment. (Zengerle/Holland, Reuters)

 

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND: Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Nancy Pelosi will appear on CNN's State of the Union. Fox News Sunday will feature Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor. And Rep. Paul Ryan will speak on NBC's Meet the Press.

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COINCIDENCE? One would assume that three deadly airliner crashes in the past week is nothing more than a painful, shocking fluke. But clusters of airline accidents are actually not unusual. (Alison Gee, BBC)

THE GENDER GAP IN IMMIGRATION. Young girls, especially from Honduras, are making the treacherous journey from Central America to the U.S. on their own in much greater numbers than they were last year, according to new data. (Krogstad, Gonzalez-Barrera, Lopez; Pew Research Center)

WEED AND RAND PAUL. The senator from Kentucky filed a new amendment that would protect states with medical-marijuana legislation. This isn't his first move toward marijuana reform. (Lucia Graves, National Journal)

 

WHO DARES STAND UP TO PUTIN? The rebel commander in Ukraine that some have accused of shooting down MH17 wants the Russian president to make a choice: Send in troops to to take over eastern Ukraine, or risk making this story "the personal tragedy of Putin." (Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast)

TODAY IN WORLD DOMINATION. Facebook's market cap is within striking distance of IBM's as it leaves huge brands like Coca-Cola, Bank of America, Amazon.com, and AT&T in the dust. (Matt Phillips, Quartz)

TOP READ

PREDATORY LOANS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS. A retailer offers easy loans to service members with bad or no credit, then aggressively sues them in Virginia courts (to take advantage of legal loopholes) if they miss a payment. Many are still paying settlements. (Paul Kiel, ProPublica)

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A BEAUTIFUL REFRESHER COURSE IN WORLD HISTORY. An interactive documentary takes viewers through the history of World War I with 10 historians from 10 countries. (The Guardian)

READY FOR VADER. Darth Vader is more popular than any potential 2016 presidential candidate among Americans. (Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post) So Jimmy Fallon wants to know if he'll consider a run for the Oval Office. (Mauro Whiteman, National Journal)

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