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What Russia Is Plotting, and Hoyer's 'Experimentation'—THE EDGE Sponsored by Comcast NBC Universal

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia of helping incite protests in eastern Ukraine, and it looks increasingly likely that Russia will try to seize territory there. House Republicans want the Pentagon to reexamine the number of U.S. troops in Europe because of Russia's aggression. Democrats are promoting the Paycheck Fairness Act on women's pay equality, but new research shows that economic mobility might be an even bigger issue for women. Steny Hoyer made some strange comments about pot and "the trying thereof." And Rob Ford is trying to figure out what to do with 10,000 Easter eggs.


KERRY ACCUSES RUSSIA OF PLOTTING MILITARY ACTION IN UKRAINE: The secretary of State said Russian agents have been the "catalyst" behind unrest in several eastern cities. Ukraine security forces cleared protesters in one city, but armed pro-Moscow separatists are still occupying government buildings in two others. (Mohammed/Grove, Reuters)


WHY AN INVASION LOOKS LIKELY: The chain of events in several eastern Ukraine cities looks suspiciously similar to what happened in Crimea. (Max Fisher, Vox)

HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT MORE TROOPS IN EUROPE: Led by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, Republicans are pushing for the U.S. to raise its profile in Europe as a counter to Russian aggression toward Ukraine. (Jordain Carney, NJ)

HOUSE DEMOCRATS PUSH FOR ACTION ON PAY EQUALITY: Democrats are criticizing House Republicans for not taking up the Paycheck Fairness Act, and are looking to use their positions on pay equality, the minimum wage, unemployment insurance, and immigration reform to appeal to middle-class voters in November. (Berman/Lillis, The Hill)

WHY IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE PAY GAP: New research from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that while women are working and earning much more than they did 30-plus years ago, they're still making less than men did at that time. And women born into the lowest income group are more likely to stay there than men. (Matt Berman, NJ)

COMCAST PROMISES FASTER INTERNET: The company said that if the Federal Communications Commission approves its merger with Time Warner Cable, it will be able to "upgrade Time Warner Cable's network and make additional investments in its own infrastructure," resulting in faster Internet speeds for its customers. (Brendan Sasso, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend a memorial ceremony for the victims of the Fort Hood shooting. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet at 2 p.m. with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman at the State Department. Democratic Reps. Adam Smith and Elijah Cummings will talk at 9:40 a.m. about "Republicans' continuing effort to turn the tragic attack in Benghazi, which took place more than a year and half ago, into a scandal." Education Secretary Arne Duncan will discuss "Race to the Top" grants with Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and others at 10:45 a.m. and 12:40 p.m.


STENY HOYER ON POT: Has the House minority whip ever smoked marijuana? Hoyer responded esoterically: "The use thereof, or the trying thereof, inhaling or not.… Experimentation." A spokeswoman later said the answer was no, Hoyer had never tried it. (Elahe Izadi, NJ)

ROB FORD'S 10,000 EASTER EGGS: The Toronto mayor was told no politicians were invited to an Easter parade, but he had already bought 10,000 Easter eggs. (Connor Simpson, The Wire)

THE KISSING CONGRESSMAN'S CONSEQUENCES: Rep. Vance McAllister "ruined my life," says his former staffer's husband. And a handful of Republicans are already lining up to replace him. (Frates/Devine, CNN)

IS USAID A BUNCH OF SPIES? Technically, no, but Sen. Patrick Leahy said the agency's plot to undermine the Cuban government by developing its own version of Twitter taints the public's view of USAID employees. (Brian Resnick, NJ)


BROTHERLY LOVE BETWEEN HILLARY PACS: Considering the close connection between pro-Hillary Clinton super PACs, it's appropriate that identical twins Dan and Evan Wessel work for Correct the Record and Ready for Hillary. (Alex Seitz-Wald, NJ)


CHRISTIE'S UNCOMFORTABLE ROAST: At a celebrity roast celebrating former New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne's 90th birthday, the comedians ended up making fun of Chris Christie. It was awkward. Watch the video. (Tom Kludt, TPM)

HOW DEEP IS MH370'S BLACK-BOX SIGNAL? Beacon signals were last received from about 15,000 feet underwater. That's roughly five lengths of the world's tallest building, plus the testing depth of a Seawolf-class submarine. (WaPo)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Following news that the White House considered banning selfies with the president, Jimmy Fallon reports that Joe Biden is also banned from planking. (Reena Flores, NJ)

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