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Putin's 'Rocky IV' Moment in Ukraine—THE EDGE Brought to You by and the AMA

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February 26, 2014

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered surprise military readiness exercises near the country's border with Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry warned him to be careful about his actions following Ukraine's political upheaval. House Speaker John Boehner made no promises when it came to taking any action on Rep. Dave Camp's tax-reform plan. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he worries attacks like the bombing at the Boston Marathon could be a "sign of the future." And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has very little support among Republicans for a presidential run in 2016, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has overwhelming support among Democrats.


JUDGE STRIKES DOWN TEXAS BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Judge Orlando L. Garcia of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled that the state's law restricting marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the U.S. Constitution. Garcia wrote in his opinion, "Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution." (Manny Fernandez, NYT)


PUTIN ORDERS SURPRISE MILITARY EXERCISES NEAR UKRAINE: About 150,000 Russian troops participated in a test of combat readiness. The timing of the drills may demonstrate Putin's displeasure with Ukraine's recent political upheaval: "Since pro-Western protesters in Ukraine overthrew President Viktor Yanukovych last weekend, Russia has recalled its ambassador from Kiev, suspended a $15 billion bailout package and threatened to raise natural gas prices and impose trade sanctions." (Lukas Alpert, WSJ)

KERRY WARNS RUSSIA: 'THIS IS NOT ROCKY IV.' The secretary of State warned Russia to "be very careful" about its actions in Ukraine and that the U.S. does not want a "continuation of the Cold War." (Carrie Dann, NBC News)

BOEHNER DOWNPLAYS TAX-REFORM PLAN: When asked if Republicans would adopt the tax-reform proposal by Republican Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the House speaker replied, "You're getting a little bit ahead of yourself." Camp's proposal would simplify the tax code and cut the top income-tax rate from 39.6 percent to 25 percent. (Berman/Becker, The Hill)

DHS SECRETARY SAYS BOSTON BOMBING COULD BE 'SIGN OF THE FUTURE': Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he worries about attacks like the one at last year's Boston Marathon, saying that "those threats are harder to detect," at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing. Johnson emphasized the importance of collaborating with state and local officials to prevent those attacks. (Jordain Carney, NJ)

MONIZ DEFENDS 'ALL OF THE ABOVE' ENERGY POLICY: The Energy secretary said the Obama administration's policy expanding oil and gas production is climate-friendly, despite taking criticism from environmentalists. (Ben Geman, NJ)

MORE REPUBLICANS DON'T WANT CHRISTIE TO RUN IN 2016: In a recent poll, 41 percent of Republicans said they did not want the New Jersey governor to run for president, while only 31 percent said they did want him to run. (Marina Koren, NJ)

MOST DEMOCRATS WANT CLINTON TO RUN: Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has support for eight out of 10 Democrats to run for president, according to the same poll. (Dalia Sussman, NYT)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will speak about the White House's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative for young minority men. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will testify at 10 a.m. at a Senate Banking Committee hearing. Secretary of State John Kerry will speak at 11:30 a.m. on the release of the State Department's annual Human Rights Report.


RAND PAUL IS THE EARLY REPUBLICAN FRONT-RUNNER: The Kentucky Republican may scare the party's establishment, but he's doing the most to broaden its appeal. (Josh Kraushaar, NJ)

CAN TSA EMPLOYEES ACCEPT A D.C. LICENSE AS IDENTIFICATION? Yes, but apparently at least one TSA agent in Phoenix didn't think so. (Aaron Davis, WaPo)

EMPLOYERS WANT TO SEE YOUR SAT SCORE: And there are many, many problems with that. The first is that it's a ridiculous standard for hiring. (Philip Bump, The Wire)


WHY THERE WILL BE ANOTHER TRAYVON: "We may wish that we were finished with the race project, but much remains to be done in education, housing, voting rights, criminal justice, and employment. The way to make that progress is not by ignoring racial bias, endorsing a color-blind approach or focusing on people's intentions." (Rinku Sen, Al Jazeera)

A BUSINESS ETHICIST WATCHES "THE WOLF OF WALL STREET": The controversial film is actually one of the hardest-hitting critiques of Wall Street ever made. (John Paul Rollert, The Atlantic)


LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Ukraine's political situation could have very real implications for the U.S., and fortunately, the media is focusing on the most important thing: the 2014 midterms. (Reena Flores, NJ)

MAPPING GAY MARRIAGE: Ten years ago, Massachusetts became the first state to allow gay marriage. Now, it's one of 17. A state-by-state breakdown of who can marry whom where. (Mimms/McGill, NJ)

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