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The Edge

Obama Warns Ukraine, Another Shot at Net Neutrality, Rubio Doesn’t Like Art History—THE EDGE

photo of Jack Fitzpatrick
February 19, 2014

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama threatened consequences if the Ukrainian government does not exercise restraint against protesters. The Federal Communications Commission will enact new net-neutrality rules after its original ones were struck down by a federal court. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a multibillion-dollar loan guarantee to build nuclear reactors. The exodus from Congress isn't really much of an exodus. And Edward Snowden action figures are available for only $99.


OBAMA CONDEMNS VIOLENCE IN UKRAINE; U.S. WEIGHS SANCTIONS: President Obama urged the Ukrainian government to exercise restraint against protesters, and Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. could introduce sanctions. Officials said a decision on that could come later today. (Tapper/Cohen, CNN)


FCC WILL ENACT NEW NET-NEUTRALITY RULES: After a court struck down the FCC's original rules on net neutrality, the commission plans to introduce new rules that bypass the fight over whether broadband providers can be classified as "common carriers." (Brendan Sasso, NJ)

DEATH TOLL RISES AS H1N1 MAKES COMEBACK: Five years after its first breakout in 2009, the "swine flu" has caused a sharp increase in flu-related deaths so far this year. (Ariana Eunjung Cha, WaPo)

FORMER CONGRESSMAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN ZIMBABWE: Former Rep. Mel Reynolds was accused of possessing pornography and overstaying his visa. A lawyer had advised Reynolds to plead guilty. (Gillian Gotora, Associated Press)

ENERGY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES LOANS FOR NUCLEAR REACTORS: Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the department will guarantee billions of dollars in loans for nuclear reactors to be built in the U.S. (Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The White House will hold an event at 3:30 p.m. on strengthening the patent system, with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker participating. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will speak at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Transportation Summit. Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver remarks at 2 p.m. at the National Security Division Awards Ceremony. The House and Senate are not in session.


PANDORA KNOWS WHOM YOU VOTE FOR: The music-streaming service can tell with 75 to 80 percent accuracy how people will vote, based on their location and music preferences, and they're giving that information to political advertisers. (Alex Brown, NJ)

AN EDWARD SNOWDEN ACTION FIGURE FOR ONLY $99? That's right, and you can even make him friends with a miniature Julian Assange. (Dustin Volz, NJ)

THE ART-HISTORY WAR CONTINUES: Sen. Marco Rubio called President Obama "pathetic" for apologizing to an art-history professor in a handwritten note. (Justin Sink, The Hill)


THE WOES OF WALL STREET: Why do two young bankers refer to their workplaces as "Azkaban"? There are three main reasons. (Kevin Roose, The Atlantic)

NO, THERE'S NOT AN 'EXODUS' FROM CONGRESS: Scores of lawmakers have announced their retirements, but is it really an exodus if many are seeking other positions inside the Beltway? (Nathan Gonzales, Roll Call)


WHAT CITIES DO FOR THE ECONOMY, IN ONE MAP: A map illustrating the country's gross domestic product shows just how much cities contribute. (Chris Cillizza, WaPo)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Jon Stewart isn't buying Sen. Bob Corker's argument over the United Auto Workers vote. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)
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