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Our Failed Putin Policies (and Paintings), and the Justice Department’s Newest Target—THE EDGE

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: U.S. employers added 192,000 jobs in March, while the unemployment rate remained constant at 6.7 percent. About 10.5 million remain unemployed. A federal court ruled that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state. The U.S. is taking a break on peace talks in the Middle East, blaming Israeli and Palestinian officials for not taking "constructive steps." High-speed trading will face new Justice Department scrutiny. And it's becoming clear that the U.S.'s Russia policies have failed over the last 20 years, but it's hard to know what to do about Vladimir Putin's unpredictability going forward.

TOP NEWS

192,000 JOBS ADDED: And the unemployment rate remained 6.7 percent. Today's jobs report showed less job growth than expected, but it revised January's and February's reports to show more growth in those months. (Matt Berman, NJ)

 

THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS BACK: March's job growth finally makes up for the 8.8 million private-sector jobs that were lost in the recession. But total payrolls are still 400,000 below their mark in January 2008 due to cuts in the number of government workers. (Ben Casselman, FiveThirtyEight)

OHIO WILL RECOGNIZE OUT-OF-STATE SAME-SEX MARRIAGES: A federal judge ruled that while the state can ban same-sex marriages within its own borders, it has to recognize marriages from other states. It's similar to a ruling in Kentucky that was stayed as Gov. Steve Beshear appeals. (Mimms/McGill, NJ)

U.S. TAKES A BREAK ON MIDDLE EAST PEACE TALKS: The U.S. is "reassessing a year-long effort to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians in light of 'unhelpful' actions by both sides this week." Secretary of State John Kerry said both Israeli and Palestinian leaders are "unwilling to take constructive steps in order to be able to move forward." (Gearan/Booth, WaPo)

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATES HIGH-FREQUENCY TRADING: Attorney General Eric Holder told a House committee the Justice Department is looking into whether traders are violating insider-trading laws by essentially "rigging" the market—as author Michael Lewis has claimed—with high-speed trading technology. (Peter Schroeder, The Hill)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Rep. John Carter and former Army Vice Chief of Staff Peter Chiarelli will talk about the shooting at Fort Hood, and Sen. Claire McCaskill will talk about GM CEO Mary Barra's congressional testimony on ABC's This Week. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will talk about the shooting, and author Michael Lewis will talk about his book on high-frequency traders on NBC's Meet the Press. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul will talk about the shooting and White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer will talk about Obamacare reaching 7 million sign-ups on CBS's Face the Nation. McCaul and Sen. Tim Kaine will talk about the shooting on Fox News Sunday. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be on CNN's State of the Union.

TOP LINES

PUTIN PAINTING UNVEILED: George W. Bush's painting of Putin may not have been perfect, but it was recognizable. And apparently it was meant to capture the soul of a man who likes big dogs. (Brian Resnick, NJ)

THE LEAST OBESE CITY IN AMERICA IS … Boulder, Colo., thanks to its residents' love for outdoor activities. (Emma Roller, NJ)

MAPPING STARBUCKS PREFERENCES: It's not surprising iced coffees are more popular in the South and Southwest, but why are they so popular in Boston? (Roberto Ferdman, Quartz)

'DO YOU THINK PRESIDENT OBAMA KNOWS YOU BY NAME?' And other unusual questions from Politico Magazine's survey sent to members of the White House Correspondents' Association. (Erik Wemple, WaPo)

TOP READS

FROM RUSSIA, WITH ANIMOSITY: Did the Clinton and Bush administrations inadvertently encourage Russia's mistrust of the West? Did Obama have a rosy view of Putin early in his first term? It's not entirely clear, but the U.S. has certainly made mistakes in its relationship with the Russian president. (Michael Hirsh, NJ)

REMEMBERING ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS: The Associated Press photographer was killed in Afghanistan, a country to which she was particularly committed. (Aryn Baker, Time)

TOP VIEWS

CHURCH AND STATE, MAPPED: The Washington Post makes an interactive map out of the Secular Coalition for America's grades for how much religion influenced House lawmakers' votes. (Christopher Ingraham, WaPo)

GREENLAND'S ICEBERGS: Are very cool. Look at Simon Harsent's photographs. (Jordan Teicher, Slate)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Stephen Colbert reports on how McCutcheon v. FEC affects politicians' itemized corruption receipts. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

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