TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Rep. Trey Radel pleaded guilty today to cocaine possession, but gave no indication of plans to resign his seat. Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 recipients, including Bill Clinton and Oprah, as two possible 2016 hopefuls looked on. Jeh Johnson got one step closer to becoming the next secretary of DHS, George W. Bush brings all of us closer to his inner artist, and Canadians explain why they love Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
TREY RADEL PLEADS GUILTY, GETS ONE YEAR OF PROBATION: The freshman Florida Republican told the D.C. Superior Court that he has "hit rock bottom, and I realize I need help." There's no word yet whether Radel, 37, plans to resign from office for being caught purchasing cocaine from an undercover cop, but we may get an answer late tonight. Radel reportedly will hold a press conference in Cape Coral, Fla., at 10:30 p.m. (Alexander/Fahrenthold, WaPo)
HOSPITAL BEDS WERE AVAILABLE NEAR DEEDS TRAGEDY: Officials said that at least three hospitals near Bath County had room for the son of Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds the day before he apparently stabbed his father in the face and chest before shooting and killing himself. (Vozzella/Pershing, WaPo)
SWEET 16 EARN PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM: Obama honored former President Clinton and Oprah Winfrey along with a slew of lesser-knowns with the Presidential Medal of Freedom today at a East Room ceremony. Other honorees included Ben Bradlee, Gloria Steinem, and former Sen. Richard Lugar, as well as posthumous awards for Sen. Daniel Inouye, Sally Ride, and civil-rights activist Bayard Rustin. (Jennifer Epstein, Politico)
HSGAC OK'S JEH JOHNSON'S DHS NOMINATION: Johnson was sent through the Senate committee today by a voice vote, though both Rand Paul and John McCain had their votes against added to the record. McCain had previously sparred with Johnson on border-security issues. Johnson is still widely expected to earn confirmation from the full Senate. (Jordain Carney, NJ)
TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The House will vote on the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, which would expedite the federal review process for natural-gas pipeline permit applications. The Senate Banking Committee is expected to meet in Dirksen 538 to vote on the nomination of Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve Board. The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a full committee hearing on government surveillance in Dirksen 226. John Kerry will deliver remarks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong at the closing plenary session of the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange.
'DEMOCRATIC TRIUMPH' IN ILLINOIS: BuzzFeed gets an exclusive interview with Gov. Pat Quinn as he prepares to sign the state's marriage-equality bill into law. (Tony Maverick, BuzzFeed)
HELP! I LOST MY INSURANCE: Answering your essential questions about your health insurance post-Obamacare. (Jonathan Cohn, TNR)
TITANS OF TECH: Is the sun setting on everyone's favorite capitalists? (The Economist)
NO MORE MR. NICE GUY: Canadians are secretly proud of the Rob Ford scandal. Americans have been talking about Canada for weeks, after all. (Dahlia Lithwick, Slate)
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: Americans like Obamacare where they can get it. And all these states happen to be controlled by Democrats. (John Cassidy, New Yorker)
STORY TIME FOR GROWN UPS: Get to know the authors nominated for the prestigious National Book Awards before the winners are announced tonight. (NPR Staff, NPR)
WHY TORONTO FELL FOR TOM FORD: A Canadian journalist explains how Mayor Rob Ford came to be. "A city that once clung earnestly to Peter Ustinov's description of it as "New York run by the Swiss" went out and elected a mayor who married Sarah Palin's politics to Silvio Berlusconi's sense decency and restraint." (Ivor Tossell, NJ)
MYSTERY OF THE DISAPPEARING IMMIGRANTS: Thousands of longtime U.S. residents are being deported for minor crimes without an opportunity to plead their case. (Steve Patrick Ercolani, The Atlantic)
LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Canada can be thankful that Toronto's City Council has finally stripped Rob Ford of his powers; Obama blows off the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address; and the Dow Jones hit a new high yesterday—great news for the top five percent! (Reena Flores, NJ)
LATE-NIGHT BONUS: BUSH 43 CONFIDES 'I AM A PAINTER' TO LENO: The former president shows off some of his favorite Rembrandt-inspired works while resisting an opportunity to dig Obama. Stay classy, W. (Matt Berman, NJ)