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What Happened When a Journalist Was Abducted in Ukraine—THE EDGE

By Kaveh Waddell (@kavehewaddell)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The conflict in Gaza probably won't end anytime soon, according Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Lawmakers proposed bipartisan legislation to fix the VA, calling for a $17 billion investment. An appeals court struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Virginia. D.C. lawyers and police are still scrambling to make sense of the end of a ban on handguns.

 

TOP NEWS

NO END IN SIGHT IN GAZA. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated in a televised speech that the Israeli operation in Gaza is unlikely to wind down anytime soon, even as Secretary of State John Kerry attempts to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. (Kershner and Hubbard, New York Times)

BIPARTISAN VA FIX PROPOSED. The legislation will provide $17 billion to Veterans Affairs, much of which would be used to increase veterans' access to private health care outside of VA facilities. It also calls for "hiring more clinicians, leasing more VA facilities, and making it easier to fire VA staffers." (Jordain Carney, National Journal)

VIRGINIA SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN STRUCK DOWN. A federal appeals court has ruled that a 2006 ban violates the 14th Amendment, rendering similar bans in North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia—also members of the 4th Circuit—unconstitutional as well. Defendants have 21 days to file a motion for a stay. (Markus Schmidt, Richmond Times-Dispatch)

 

D.C. STILL MAKING SENSE OF END OF HANDGUN BAN. After a federal judge struck down a citywide ban on carrying handguns in public, D.C. police and city lawyers are trying to understand the implications of the ruling. (Williams and Marimow, Washington Post)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: At 10 a.m., the House Budget Committee will hold a hearing on the "costs of inaction" on climate change. Also at 10 a.m., the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on the status of P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran. At the same time, the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the security situation in Iraq and Syria. The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on oversight of immigration services at 10 a.m. as well. At 2 p.m., the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the nuclear negotiations with Iran. And at 2:30 p.m., the Joint Economic Committee will hold a hearing on increasing economic opportunity for African-Americans.

TOP LINES

TAKEN CAPTIVE IN UKRAINE. The account of a journalist abducted by Ukrainian forces reveals fighters' hatred, confusion, and boredom. (Stepan Kravchenko, Bloomberg)

THE SARAH PALIN CHANNEL. It's real. And for just 96 cents more than Netflix per month, it can be on your TV! Come for the punditry; stay for "a behind-the-scenes look at the Governor's kitchen garden." (Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic)

 

IS HOUSING HEALTH CARE? New York continues to debate whether Medicaid dollars can be spent toward health care; providing housing to the homeless reduces health-care costs, the outgoing New York State commissioner of health argued. (Amanda Aronczyk, NPR)

ISIS FLAGS OVER EUROPE. Anti-Semitism is rearing its ugly head in Europe, where shouts of "Death to the Jews" rang out over a government-approved rally in the Netherlands. (Nadette de Visser, The Daily Beast)

TOP READ

'WHAT I'VE LEFT UNSAID.' Michel Martin, host of NPR's "Tell Me More," on balancing career and family as a woman of color. (National Journal)

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PRISONS ARE EXPENSIVE. This interactive map shows the cost of prisons in 40 U.S. states in a study and each state's prison budget overage. You'll see a lot of numbers in the billions—that's billions with a b. (David Breston)

JOHN OLIVER ON U.S. NUKES. "Nuclear weapons are basically like America's t-rex arms. They're essentially useless and you are plenty scary enough without them." (Mauro Whiteman, National Journal)

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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."

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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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