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The Most Botched House Race of 2014 Is … —THE EDGE

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: A European court ruled that Internet users have the right to delete Google links to embarrassing material. Lakhdar Brahimi will step down as the international envoy to Syria after failing to get Bashar al-Assad's government to agree to a peace deal. Russia is taking its beef with the U.S. to space. Rep. John Conyers might be kept off his August primary ballot. The White House does not support giving ransom money to Boko Haram. And archaeological divers might have found the Santa Maria.


EUROPEANS HAVE A RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN: A European court ruled that Google must allow people to delete old, embarrassing links from searches. But that doesn't mean the same right will come to the U.S. (Dustin Volz, NJ)


INTERNATIONAL ENVOY TO SYRIA TO QUIT: Like his predecessor, Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi failed to make any progress on a peace deal. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was disappointed, issuing a statement blaming the Syrian government for not working with Brahimi "to end the country's profound misery." (Eyder Peralta, NPR)

RUSSIA WANTS TO BLOCK U.S. SATELLITE LAUNCHES: In response to U.S. economic sanctions, Russia is cutting off sales of a rocket used for American satellite launches. (Alex Brown, NJ)

JOHN CONYERS MIGHT NOT MAKE THE BALLOT: Conyers is one of the longest-tenured active House members, but he might not even make the ballot in his Michigan district after most of his petition signatures were ruled invalid. The county clerk is expected to announce today whether he made it. (Marion A. Walker, Detroit Free Press)

WHITE HOUSE: NO RANSOM FOR BOKO HARAM: Jay Carney said it's up to Nigeria to take the lead, but that the U.S. does not support any concessions in return for the kidnapped Nigerian girls. (Justin Sink, The Hill)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will hold an 11:30 a.m. press conference with Turkish officials. President Obama and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will talk about infrastructure at 3:25 p.m. at the Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown, N.Y. Vice President Joe Biden will speak at 1:30 p.m. about infrastructure at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Rail Complex.


GLENN GREENWALD'S BOOK IS VERY GLENN GREENWALD: Greenwald has received the most attention of any journalist covering Edward Snowden's leaks, including Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras, partly because he doesn't hold back. His new book is the same way. (Emily Bazelon, Slate)

THE MOST BOTCHED HOUSE RACE OF 2014: Don't read this if you're a Democrat looking for good midterm news. But the party has really bungled a golden swing-seat opportunity down in Florida. (NJ)

COLUMBUS'S SHIP DISCOVERED: A team of archaeological investigators is pretty sure it has found the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus's ship that sank after he made it to Haiti. (David Keys, The Independent)

CONSERVATIVES DO NOT LIKE #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS: Rush Limbaugh called it "absolutely pathetic." And he's got company. (Caitlin MacNeal, TPM)


A 58-YEAR-OLD DISCOVERS HE ISN'T A CITIZEN: Mario Hernandez has lived in the U.S. since 1965. He served in the Vietnam War and voted in every election since 1976. Then he found out he had never been an American citizen. (Lizette Alvarez, NYT)

THE INTERNET WAS NEVER 'NEUTRAL' IN THE FIRST PLACE: Opponents of the FCC's net-neutrality proposal act like there's never been a cost for faster Internet speeds, but even the worst-case scenario won't create Internet inequality—only expand it. (Sasso, NJ)


INTERACTIVE MAP: AMERICA'S FAVORITE NBA TEAMS: In an interactive map, The Upshot proves that the Lakers are the Yankees of basketball. (NYT)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES ON MONICA LEWINSKY: Stephen Colbert is sure Hillary Clinton planned for Monica Lewinsky to get back in the news, just like she planned to have a shoe thrown at her, and he has photographic evidence. (Reena Flores, NJ)

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