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Why Republicans Love Uber—THE EDGE

By Kaveh Waddell (@kavehewaddell)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: A federal appeals court heard opening arguments in six same-sex marriage cases. D.C. will vote on pot legalization in November; Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland promised to block the move. Russian troops are gathered at the Ukrainian border and NATO is warning that it could launch a ground assault. And at 5 p.m. today, President Obama will speak at a press conference at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

 

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APPEALS COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS IN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CASES. Six cases from four different states are in front of a three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit. All six of the cases were originally heard in lower courts, where judges affirmed gay rights. (Maya Srikrishnan, L.A. Times)

D.C. WILL VOTE ON POT IN NOVEMBER. The Board of Elections voted unanimously to put legalization on the November ballot. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., has promised to block the legislation, should it pass, but Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., vowed to fight any such attempt from Congress. (Hannah Hess, Roll Call)

RUSSIA LASHES OUT. About 20,000 "combat-ready" Russian troops have amassed at the Ukrainian border, raising fears among NATO countries of an invasion. And Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his government will restrict food imports from countries that have placed sanctions on Russia. (Zhdannikov and Tsvetkova, Reuters)

 

IN IRAQ, STRANDED ON A MOUNTAINTOP. Tens of thousands of Iraqi Yazidis—adherents of a religion that blends Islam, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism—are trapped on Mt. Sinjar in northern Iraq by ISIS forces. More than a dozen have already died of thirst. (Loveday Morris, Washington Post)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: At 11:20 a.m., Obama will deliver remarks at the signing of the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.

TOP LINES

COUNTING THE DEAD. Both sides of the Israeli-Gaza conflict use the number of civilians killed in the Gaza Strip for political ends, so what they consider a civilian casualty really matters. (Jodi Rudoren, New York Times)

THE MAGIC OF 'DOT COM.' In the 1990s, adding ".com" to the end of a company name gave that company's stock prices a lasting boost. But in the mid-2000s, companies got the same effect by shedding the .com from their names. Appearances matter. (Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic)

 

WHAT'S MISSING IN COVERAGE OF THE UKRAINIAN CRISIS. American and Russian media are covering the crisis in Ukraine quite differently, understandably, but few are making an effort to present the full picture. (Gilbert Doctorow, The Nation)

THE GOP LOVES UBER. Republicans launched a "Save Uber" campaign by email today, putting on a tech-friendly face. The official statement from the ride-sharing company: "Everyone loves Uber!" (Dustin Volz, National Journal)

TOP READ

TWELVE OUTDATED STEPS. Alcoholics Anonymous uses the now-ubiquitous 12-step program to help men and women overcome addictions, but the method is entirely unsupported by science. (Rebecca Ruiz, Aeon)

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8 BILLION AND COUNTING. An animated graph shows the history of population growth and median age by continent, and how the next 50 years will shift the status quo. (The Economist)

ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS. Hillary Clinton had to face some really hard choices on the Colbert Report last night. (Mauro Whiteman, National Journal)

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