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Parsing January's Jobs Report—THE EDGE Brought to You by the National Retail Federation

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The economy added 175,000 jobs in February, better than the 150,000 most economists expected. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he "cannot ignore calls for help" from Russia supporters in Crimea, and continued to say Ukraine's new government is illegitimate. Texas Gov. Rick Perry got the crowd fired up at the Conservative Political Action Conference by calling for a "rebellion on the battlefield of ideas." A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows strong support for the Keystone XL pipeline. And China plans to reduce pollution in major cities by building more coal-fired power plants in the western half of the country, where many of its ethnic minorities are.

 

TOP NEWS

SURPRISING JOB GROWTH IN ICY FEBRUARY: The economy added 175,000 jobs despite a third month of bad weather. The unemployment rose slightly to 6.7 percent as more people reentered the workforce. And the positive numbers reinforce the Federal Reserve's plan to continue tapering off its bond-buying program. (Lucia Mutikani, Reuters)

UP-AND-DOWN REPORTS MASK SLOW, STEADY GROWTH: The past few months have shown wild swings in job growth from month to month. But don't get too excited about February's promising report. When analyzing the last few months as a whole, the volatile up-and-down pattern looks more like several months of slow growth. (Catherine Hollander, NJ)

PUTIN: 'RUSSIA CANNOT IGNORE CALLS FOR HELP' FROM CRIMEA. A day after President Obama approved sanctions against Russia, Putin said the new Ukrainian government has made "absolutely illegitimate decisions" in Crimea. Putin said he and Obama, after speaking on the phone Thursday, are still far apart on the issue. (DeYoung/Gearan, NYT)

 

PERRY CALLS FOR 'REBELLION' AT CPAC: The Texas governor praised red-state governors for economic growth, giving shout-outs to Louisiana's Bobby Jindal, South Carolina's Nikki Haley, Florida's Rick Scott, and Wisconsin's Scott Walker. (Ashley Killough, CNN)

POLL: OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR KEYSTONE XL. An ABC News/Washington Post shows that 65 percent of Americans support building the Keystone XL pipeline, even though nearly half say it could pose a significant risk to the environment. (Eilperin/Clement, WaPo)

THE WEEKEND IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Conservative Political Action Conference continues Saturday. Former Vice President Dick Cheney talks to CBS's Face the Nation about Russia's aggression in Ukraine. Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul talk to ABC's This Week. Paul will also be on Fox News Sunday, along with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York talks to NBC's Meet the Press about Pope Francis's first year in the Vatican.

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TOP LINES

TOP GRAPHS FROM THE JOBS REPORT: Some of the most interesting statistics from today's jobs report show how much the weather slowed down job growth in February. (Matt Phillips, Quartz)

WHY OBAMA ISN'T DRAWING RED LINES ON UKRAINE: The president learned from his threats on Syria that it's better to be vague than it is to create clear boundaries and then have to back them up. (Lucia Graves, NJ)

POLL: MILLENNIALS ARE MORE INDEPENDENT, BUT STILL LIBERAL: Half of millennials consider themselves independent, compared with 38 percent in 2004, but they still lean toward the Democratic Party and hold more liberal political views. (Catalina Camia, USA TODAY)

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2 MILLION NORTH KOREANS HAVE CELL PHONES: But it's not undermining the government's overwhelming control and censorship. (Alex Brown, NJ)

TOP READS

PUTIN'S 21st-CENTURY PROBLEM: Considering the wide array of nonmilitary options the U.S. has to punish Russia, it seems Putin doesn't understand that he lives in an interdependent world. (George Condon, NJ)

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE FUTURE OF TV: It includes personal subscriptions, better remotes, a constant stream of new channels, and availability on multiple devices. (Zachary Seward, Quartz)

TOP VIEWS

CHINA'S PLAN TO PUSH POLLUTION WESTWARD: China will build more coal plants in the west, increasing pollution in areas with higher concentrations of ethnic minorities. (Whiteaker/Tribou, Bloomberg)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Jon Stewart questions Putin's statement about buying military uniforms in a store. (Reena Flores, NJ)

DON'T MISS TODAY'S TOP STORIES

Chock full of usable information on today's issues."

Michael, Executive Director

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy , Director of Communications

Great way to keep up with Washington"

Ray, Professor of Economics

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