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Planet Hillary’s Super PAC, a Martian Jelly Doughnut, and Huckabee’s Views on Libido —THE EDGE

January 23, 2014

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Hillary Clinton now has the biggest liberal super PAC backing her for president in 2016. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring asked a federal court to strike down the state's gay-marriage ban, a reversal of his position while in the state Senate. Ukrainian protesters have established at least a temporary truce with police. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Democrats insult women by assuming they "cannot control their libido." Scientists spotted what looks like a jelly doughnut on Mars. And New York Times Magazine chose a strange way to feature Clinton on its cover.


BIGGEST LIBERAL SUPER PAC STARTS FUNDRAISING FOR CLINTON: Priorities USA Action, which supported the Obama campaign over Clinton in 2008, has aligned itself with Clinton before she has even announced her candidacy. It's a high-profile endorsement for Clinton, as the committee seeks donations in the millions of dollars. (Nicholas Confessore, NYT)


VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL SIDES AGAINST GAY-MARRIAGE BAN: Herring said the state's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, and he filed a petition asking a federal court to strike it down. "I believe the freedom to marry is a fundamental right, and I intend to ensure that Virginia is on the right side of history and the right side of the law," Herring said at a press conference. (Laura Vozzella, WaPo)

HOW HERRING REVERSED HIS VIEWS: As a state senator in 2006, Herring supported a voter referendum on the state's same-sex-marriage ban, and he explicitly said he believed marriage should be between a man and a woman. (Matt Berman, NJ)

UKRAINIAN PROTESTERS CALL TEMPORARY TRUCE: As they wait for President Viktor Yanukovich to meet their demands, Ukrainian protesters agreed to a truce with police until later today. Yanukovich agreed to meet former boxer Vitaly Klitschko and other opposition leaders. The truce may continue, depending on the outcome of the meeting. (Balmforth/Polityuk, Reuters)

HUCKABEE SAYS DEMOCRATS ASSUME WOMEN 'CANNOT CONTROL THEIR LIBIDO': Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee provided fodder for Democrats while speaking at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting. Huckabee said Democrats were insulting women by providing "a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government." (Cameron Joseph, The Hill)

MARTIAN 'JELLY DOUGHNUT ROCK' CONFUSES SCIENTISTS: The Mars rover Opportunity took a shot of a mysterious rock that looks somewhat like a jelly doughnut. Opportunity's principal investigator said it "appeared--it just plain appeared at that spot." (Meeri Kim, WaPo)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Secretary of State John Kerry attends the International Conference on Syria in Montreux and Davos, Switzerland. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Randy Johnson participate in a discussion at 1:30 p.m. on the economic case for passing immigration reform. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will speak at 10:30 a.m. at the RNC's winter meeting on "Building to Victory." The Senate is in session, but the House is not.


POPE FRANCIS SAYS THE INTERNET IS 'A GIFT FROM GOD': In a statement, the pope threw his influence behind the idea that social media can unite people, calling it "rich in humanity." (Brian Resnick, NJ)

12 REASONS IOWA IS SO GREAT: Its political appeal is obvious, but there's also a great Starbucks in Des Moines. (Chris Cillizza, WaPo)

VENTURE CAPITALISTS' FAVORITE STATES: California dominated venture capital funding last year, unsurprisingly. But why can't Massachusetts at least come close? (John McDuling, Quartz)

NO, CLIMATE CHANGE ISN'T WAKING BEARS FROM HIBERNATION: Several winter bear-sightings in California led to the hypothesis that the animals were awakened by the state's unseasonably warm weather. False, says a local biologist. (Tim McDonnell, MoJo)


HOW HITLER'S TOILET ENDED UP IN NEW JERSEY: And the even stranger story of why it is so famous. (Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic)

WHICH JOBS WILL THE ROBOTS TAKE? Data-entry keyers and watch repairers are in trouble. Occupational therapists don't have to worry. (Derek Thompson, The Atlantic)

THE HISTORY OF THE CIA'S SECRET PRISON IN POLAND: The CIA's prison in Poland may have been the most important interrogation site for accused 9/11 conspirators. (Adam Goldman, WaPo)


LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Several high-level Air Force officers were caught trying to cheat on a standardized test. Stephen Colbert thinks they've found out how to beat the Chinese. (Reena Flores, NJ)

GETTING THE 'PLANET HILLARY' MEMES OVER WITH: New York Times Magazine's odd Hillary Clinton cover is bound to inspire spin-offs. Let's get them out of the way. (Reid/Bump, The Wire)

PHOTOS FROM MARS: Some of the photographs captured by Mars rovers look eerily similar to Earth's deserts. (Jordan Teicher, Slate)
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