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Snowden Turns the Tables—THE EDGE Brought to you by the National Retail Federation

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as part of an investigation into its chairman, David Samson, an ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Washington businessman Jeffrey Thompson was charged with funneling $2 million in illegal campaign contributions and has reached a deal to plead guilty. Dozens of planes and ships continue to search for the Malaysian airliner missing since early Saturday. Edward Snowden said at South by Southwest that the NSA is harming national security "more than anything." Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he does not believe Russia will give up control of Crimea. A hedge fund manager who bet $1 billion against Herbalife spent more than $100,000 lobbying to have it investigated. And the U.S. lost $105 million making pennies and nickels last year.

 

TOP NEWS

PROSECUTORS ISSUE SUBPOENA FOR RECORDS TIED TO CHRISTIE ALLY: Prosecutors are investigating possible conflicts of interest but would not say if it was directly connected to the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Samson and his law firm were under increased scrutiny following the "Bridgegate" scandal, and news reports have detailed how his law firm represented clients doing business with the Port Authority. (Rashbaum/Zernike, NYT)

SNOWDEN: NSA HURTS NATIONAL SECURITY: The former NSA contractor said via video stream at South by Southwest that NSA Director Keith Alexander and former Director Michael Hayden have harmed the U.S.'s national security "more than anything." (Dustin Volz, NJ)

THOMPSON CHARGED IN 'SHADOW CAMPAIGN' CONSPIRACY: Prosecutors today said Gray knew of Thompson's plan to subvert campaign laws and that he referred to Thompson as "Uncle Earl" to keep Thompson's support a secret. Court papers filed today signaled that Thompson had reached a plea deal. He is charged with "one count each of conspiring to break federal and local campaign finance laws during a six-year period through illegal conduit contributions and off-the-books spending, totaling more than $2 million." (WaPo)

 

10 COUNTRIES SEARCH FOR MALAYSIAN JET IN 'UNPRECEDENTED MYSTERY': The search continued for a third day after a Malaysian airliner on its way to Beijing disappeared with 239 people on board. Theories have been raised suggesting a bomb or failed hijacking could have occurred, and authorities are investigating an apparent case of two stolen passports. (Danubrata/Linh, Reuters)

OBAMA SCRAPS MEDICARE CHANGES: The Obama administration will not go forward with a proposal to allow insurers to limit which drugs they cover under Medicare, which would have saved money but allowed seniors to be denied necessary medications. (Sam Baker, NJ)

PAUL TO TAKE ANTI-NSA MESSAGE TO BERKELEY: Hot off his victory in the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, Sen. Rand Paul will continue criticizing the NSA's spying activities, preparing for a 2016 presidential run, and trying to win over younger voters in a notoriously liberal setting. (Shane Goldmacher, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will participate in events in the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will testify at 4 p.m. at a House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the DHS budget. The House and Senate are in session.

 

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TOP LINES

GATES: CRIMEA BELONGS TO RUSSIA NOW. The former Defense secretary said Russia believes it is taking back its own territory: "I do not believe that Crimea will slip out of Russia's hands." (Jordain Carney, NJ)

PENNIES AND NICKELS COST US $105 MILLION IN 2013: The U.S. Mint has been losing money on the production of the two smallest coins since 2006. (Christopher Ingraham, WaPo)

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NASA ASKS FOR HELP ON ASTEROIDS: The agency plans to use a crowdsourcing project to track asteroids that could come close to Earth. (Alex Brown, NJ)

'THE UPSHOT' TO REPLACE FIVETHIRTYEIGHT AT NEW YORK TIMES: Former Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt will lead the site's next data-driven feature. (John McDuling, NYT)

TOP READS

LANZA'S FATHER SEARCHES FOR ANSWERS: Peter Lanza, father of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza, gives a rare interview. "How much do I beat up on myself about the fact that he's my son? A lot." (Andrew Solomon, New Yorker)

THE HERBALIFE WAR: After a $1 billion short on Herbalife's stock, a hedge fund manager lobbied furiously to have the company investigated. (NYT)

USING A 3D PRINTER … AND MAKING AN AMORPHOUS BLOB: A test run of the Solidoodle 4 shows that 3D printers aren't easy to use. (Seth Stevenson, Slate)

TOP VIEW

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: At CPAC, Donald Trump called Jimmy Carter "the late, great Jimmy Carter." Jimmy Fallon reports the Trump apologized, saying Carter wasn't really that great. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

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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

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

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

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