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Obamacare No Longer Between Two Ferns—THE EDGE Brought to you by APTA

March 27, 2014

By Matt Berman (@Mr_Berman) and Dustin Volz (@dnvolz)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Congress got work done. Obama met with the pope, and later announced that more than the expected 6 million people have signed up for Obamacare. Chris Christie's office finds Christie wasn't responsible for Bridgegate, and Google decided it really wants to get into the stop-motion video business.

TOP NEWS

CONGRESS GETS BUSY-ISH: An unemployment-insurance extension proposal advanced in the Senate with 10 Republican votes, but it still has a long way to go. The House surprisingly passed a "doc fix" by voice vote. The House and Senate both passed similar Ukraine bills, but now have to reconcile the differences before an aid package gets to President Obama. (NJ)

 

'ADMIRER' MEETS POPE: Obama met Pope Francis at the Vatican early this morning. The president, who called himself a "great admirer" of the pope, brought the pope a bunch of seeds. (Mark Memmott, NPR)

CHRISTIE'S OFFICE RELEASES REPORT CLEARING CHRISTIE: The six big takeaways from the governor's office's Bridgegate report. (Resnick/Vasilogambros, NJ)

OBAMA OUTLINES NSA REFORM PLAN: The program will continue in its current form until Congress can pass the president's plan, or something similar. (Brendan Sasso, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Senate is in session, the House is out. Obama is in Saudi Arabia.

TOP LINES

YEAR OF RECORD CORPORATE PROFITS: 2013 brought in a soaring $1.68 trillion in after-tax profit for American companies, but workers are still suffering. (Tim Fernholz, Quartz)

DIVORCE RATES ARE RISING. BLAME BABY BOOMERS: Yet another reason for members of the Greatest Generation to be disappointed with their offspring. (Christopher Ingraham, WaPo)

IT ISN'T JUST YOUR STREET:The U.S. just had its worst pothole season in recent memory. (Dena Levitz, Atlantic Cities)

TOP READS

WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION COMES TO WHITE MEN: The ageism men of a certain age are feeling in Silicon Valley sounds all too familiar to America's female workers. (Ann Friedman, New York Magazine)

GUNS ARE SAFE. TIME TO PROTECT OUR KNIFE RIGHTS: Conservatives may have already won the battle over gun rights. Now they're turning their attention to blade freedoms. (James Oliphant, NJ)

HOW TO COOK A RAT: A D.C. resident gets immersed in competitive muskrat cuisine. (Troy Andrews, Modern Farmer)

TOP VIEWS

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Jon Stewart reviews the Hobby Lobby case, and while he's familiar with Jesus he can't seem to remember the details of the New Testament. (Reena Flores, NJ)

SARAH PALIN'S NEW SHOW HAS AN AWFUL THEME SONG: Worse than Nickelback? Yes. The music video proudly features NASCAR, wrestling, and guns. (Adam Weinstein, Gawker)

HOW TO EXPLAIN GOVERNMENT SPYING TO YOUR KIDS: A new Google video covers how the company responds to government requests for user data, with the handy help of cute stop-motion toys. (Volz, NJ)

PROOF THIS WINTER WAS THE WORST: A scary time-lapse video confirms what we already knew: Living in D.C. this winter was brutal, as 30.3 inches of snow fell on us--double the average. (Marina Koren, NJ)

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