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Returning From Afghanistan; Learning How to Be a Millenial—THE EDGE

By Kaveh Waddell (@kavehewaddell)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama seems to be placing blame for the plane crash that killed almost 300 on pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, but is also holding Russia responsible. The Israeli operation in Gaza is progressing toward its stated goal, but the Israeli prime minister told the army to prepare for a "significantly" wider campaign. Elizabeth Warren spoke at a progressive conference today, leaving the audience enraptured. And recent political moves "pulled the rug out" from an extension of emergency unemployment benefits.

 

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FINGERS POINTED IN PLANE CRASH. President Obama is hinting at the involvement of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine in yesterday's crash, but said that he would hold Russia responsible as well. He called for an unhindered international investigation of what happened in eastern Ukraine. (Shear, Sengupta, and Tavernise, New York Times)

ISRAELI OPERATION COULD ESCALATE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israeli forces to prepare for a "significantly" wider campaign in Gaza. The army is making quick progress toward its official goal of destroying Hamas tunnels, after which the future of the operation will likely be decided. (Barzak and Heller, AP)

LIBERALS 'PINE' FOR ELIZABETH WARREN. Democrats' "heads might be with Hillary Clinton, but their hearts are decidedly with Elizabeth Warren." The senator from Massachusetts lit up an audience at a progressive conference on Thursday. (Katie Glueck, Politico)

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IMPERILED. House Republicans "pulled the rug out" from under senators who have been working to renew emergency unemployment benefits by using their proposed funding sources for the bill to temporarily fund the Highway Trust Fund. (Sarah Mimms, National Journal)

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LEARNING HOW TO BE A MILLENNIAL. Young veterans returning from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq offer a fresh take on their millennial peers who stole headlines while they were overseas. (Rob Kunzig, The Atlantic)

TOP AIDS RESEARCHERS WENT DOWN WITH MH17. A leading HIV researcher and his assistant were among the hundred or so passengers headed to an AIDS conference in Australia when their plane went down in Eastern Ukraine. (Kent Sepkowitz, The Daily Beast)

WHY WEREN'T PLANES AVOIDING UKRAINE? There's a robust international mechanism for keeping commercial airliners out of harm's way—so why were planes still flying over restive eastern Ukraine? (Alex Davies and Jordan Golson, Wired)

 

TGI FRIDAY'S GONE WRONG. One intrepid reporter's quest to test the limits of TGI Friday's new bottomless appetizer menu turned the restaurant into her own personal hell. Some of the best reporting on mozzarella sticks you will ever read. (Caity Weaver, Gawker)

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TWO PATHS FORWARD FOR HAITI. A human-rights attorney and a government official have different visions for the future of their country: justice and tourism, respectively. (Samiha Shafy, Der Spiegel)

TOP VIEWS

CHART: FRIENDS & ENEMIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST. This chart shows a very simplified version of the complicated relationships between states in the Middle East: Red indicates enemies, green means friends, and yellow means "it's complicated." (Keating and Kirk, Slate)

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