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NSA’s Secret Time Machine—THE EDGE Brought to You by the U.S. Chamber Foundation's Aviation Summit

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: An NSA program collects every call in a foreign country, but we don't know which one. Russia moved toward annexing Crimea, and while Ukraine's government said they would not recognize the region's future status as part of Russia, officials vowed to improve relations with Moscow. A Defense Department report says the September Navy Yard shooting could have been prevented. Illinois's primary elections are today, and private equity manager Bruce Rauner's bid for the Republican nomination could set up a competitive race in November. "Super PAC" is officially a word, according to Merriam-Webster. And the White House has a serious problem: Its pastry chef is planning to leave for a new job.

TOP NEWS

NSA PROGRAM COLLECTS EVERY CALL IN AN ENTIRE COUNTRY: A top-secret program called MYSTIC allowed agents to use a "time machine" tool to rewind and play back any phone conversation in the last 30 days for any call in an undisclosed country. Long story short, the program may violate President Obama's promise that the government is "not spying on ordinary people who don't threaten our national security." (Dustin Volz, NJ)

 

OBAMA WEIGHS OPTIONS AFTER RUSSIA MOVES TO ANNEX CRIMEA: Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a defiant speech this morning, saying the West acted in a "rude, irresponsible and unprofessional" way, and kicked off the process of annexing Crimea. Now, lawmakers including Sens. Bob Corker and John McCain say the sanctions announced Monday aren't enough. (Tom Curry, NBC News)

UKRAINIAN LEADERS LOOK TO REPAIR TIES WITH RUSSIA: Following Putin's speech, Ukraine's new government said the country would not join NATO and vowed to ease tensions with Russia, but still maintained that Crimea is part of Ukraine. (Anthony Faiola, WaPo)

REVIEW: NAVY YARD SHOOTING COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. A six-month Defense Department review of the shooting that killed 12 people last year found that there were "missed opportunities" that could have prevented it. The shooter received multiple treatments for psychological issues before the rampage, red flags that should have come up in a background check, the report said. (Matt Vasilogambros, NJ)

U.S. CLOSES SYRIAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON: Four years into Syria's civil war, the Obama administration determined it was "unacceptable" for President Bashar al-Assad's regime to continue diplomatic operations in the U.S. (Jordain Carney, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. after a closed meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will speak at 9:50 a.m. on parental engagement efforts in schools in Los Angeles. The House Natural Resource Committee is holding a hearing at 10 a.m. on California's water crisis. The House and Senate are not in session.

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4 THINGS TO WATCH IN ILLINOIS'S PRIMARIES: In addition to the Republican gubernatorial primary, keep an eye on attorney and former Miss America Erika Harold, who has gained national attention from conservatives in her race against incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis for the Republican nomination. (Sean Sullivan, WaPo)

PRIEBUS: WHAT GENDER GAP? The Republican National Committee chairman said the party doesn't really have a problem with women voters. But only 44 percent of women supported Mitt Romney in 2012. (Alex Roarty, NJ)

'SUPER PAC' IS OFFICIALLY A WORD: Merriam-Webster determined that "independent expenditure-only committee" was probably not going to catch on. (Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity)

MH370 THEORIES ABOUND IN CONGRESS: The missing plane could be used in the future as a weapon, said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul. Or it could be at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, said Rep. Mike Rogers. (Sarah Mimms, NJ)

WHITE HOUSE PASTRY CHEF IS QUITTING: Bill Yosses will move to New York to teach children and adults about eating healthy. "It's a bittersweet decision," he said. Pun intended? (Marian Burros, NYT)

TOP READ

WHO BENEFITS FROM A MINIMUM-WAGE INCREASE? More people than ever before, judging by the more than 50 percent of minimum-wage workers who are financially supporting themselves. (Ben Casselman, FiveThirtyEight)

TOP VIEWS

FROM UKRAINE TO RUSSIA, IN PHOTOS: As Crimea leaves Ukraine for Russia, what really changes? For starters, flags, signs, and currencies. (Marina Koren, NJ)

ECONOMIC MOBILITY, EXPLAINED IN 2 GRAPHS: Compared to their parents, police officers make much more money and librarians make much less. (Quoctrung Bui, NPR)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Ninety-six percent of Crimean voters supported joining Russia. "Even Kim Jong-un was like, 'Yeah, right,'" says Jimmy Fallon. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

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