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What Lewinsky’s Vanity Fair Story Is Really About—THE EDGE Sponsored by Comcast NBC Universal

 

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

 

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Eastern Ukraine separatists ignored Russian President Vladimir Putin's (possibly disingenuous) request to delay their Sunday vote on whether Donetsk should break away from the Ukrainian government. After some amendments, a bill that would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone metadata got support from typically pro-NSA Reps. Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger. House Speaker John Boehner isn't calling on the National Republican Congressional Committee to stop sending fundraising emails about the select committee investigating Benghazi. Turnout isn't really the ultimate decider of midterm elections, and NASA is now taking pictures of the sun every 12 seconds.

TOP NEWS

SEPARATISTS IGNORE PUTIN'S 'REQUEST' TO DELAY SELF-RULE VOTE: Putin asked the Donetsk separatist group to delay its referendum, but he might have already known they would go ahead with it and simply wanted to distance himself in order to avoid further sanctions. (Robinson/Baczynska, Reuters)

MAJOR NSA SUPPORTERS PULL A 180 ON SPYING PROGRAM: Rogers and Ruppersberger, two vocal supporters of the NSA's surveillance practices, voted in the House Intelligence Committee to support a bill that would essentially end the agency's most controversial practice. Privacy advocates have complained the bill is too watered down after being amended. (Dustin Volz, NJ)

 

REPUBLICANS TO FUTURE HHS SECRETARY: GOOD LUCK WITH THAT: Sylvia Mathews Burwell's Senate confirmation hearing was simultaneously cordial and ominous. Sen. John McCain has likened her future job to serving as captain of the Titanic. (Arit John, The Wire)

BOEHNER AVOIDS QUESTIONS ON NRCC BENGHAZI FUNDRAISING EMAILS: The NRCC fundraised off the new select committee investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, which committee head Trey Gowdy asked them not to do. But Boehner is not calling on the NRCC to stop sending the emails. (Russell Berman, The Hill)

 

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will speak about energy efficiency at 9:55 a.m. at a Wal-Mart in California. Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in a 10 a.m. Twitter chat with the Young African Leaders Initiative Network. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will participate in an 11:15 a.m. event inducting 12,000 19th-century Chinese railroad workers into the Labor Hall of Honor. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Sen. Michael Bennet, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will participate in a 9:40 a.m. Teach to Lead roundtable discussion.

 

TOP LINES

HOW MUCH DOES TURNOUT ACTUALLY MATTER IN MIDTERMS? We keep hearing it's all about turnout, but better turnout wouldn't have changed things for Democrats in 2010. (Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight)

LEWINSKY'S VANITY FAIR STORY ISN'T REALLY ABOUT THE CLINTONS: Despite the talk about the political repercussions of the Lewinsky affair resurfacing, the piece is more negative toward '90s feminists than the Clintons. (Emma Roller, NJ)

THE NFL DRAFT STARTS TONIGHT; LOOK FOR BIG HANDS: Undersized quarterbacks like Russell Wilson can overcome their shortness if they have unusually large hands. (Toni Monkovic, NYT)

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TOP READ

GEITHNER ON THE 'MESSINESS' OF TARP: The former Treasury secretary reveals in his forthcoming book that he tried on several occasions to resign. (Andrew Ross Sorkin, NYT)

TOP VIEWS

A NEGRO LEAGUE LEGEND ON BASEBALL TODAY (AND OBAMA'S PITCHING): "He's a basketball player, not a baseball player. He's all right though." (Brown/Flores, NJ)

HOW NASA PHOTOGRAPHS THE SUN: It turns out they choose the colors randomly. (Brian Resnick, NJ)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT JABS AT ROB FORD'S REHAB TRIP: The Toronto mayor says rehab was great and that it reminded him of a football camp he attended as a child. He'll probably be back next year, says Conan O'Brien. (Reena Flores, NJ)

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

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

Michael, Executive Director

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

Great way to keep up with Washington"

Ray, Professor of Economics

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