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Why Senate Democrats Are Going Broke—THE EDGE Sponsored by Comcast NBC Universal

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The National Security Agency knew about the "Heartbleed" bug for years and used it to gather intelligence, according to two sources who spoke to Bloomberg. Democratic Senate candidates in key races have been forced to spend more on ads than their Republican opponents because of aggressive spending from conservative outside groups. Florida insiders expect former Gov. Jeb Bush to run for president. Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter want Social Security cards to include photographs. And among Washington nonprofits, a heavy majority have male CEOs, who tend to be paid more than their female counterparts.

TOP NEWS

NSA KNEW ABOUT HEARTBLEED BUG, USED IT FOR INTELLIGENCE GATHERING: The agency used the bug to get passwords and other data that served national security interests, but in doing so, it left millions of Internet users vulnerable to attacks by hackers. (Michael Riley, Bloomberg)

 

SENATE DEMOCRATS PLAY DEFENSE AGAINST OUTSIDE SPENDING: Some of the most competitive Senate races show Democrats spending heavily to fend off attacks from groups like Americans for Prosperity, according to numbers released today. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, for example, barely broke even on fundraising and campaign spending in the first quarter of the year, while challenger Dan Sullivan continued to stockpile cash. (Nicholas Confessore, NYT)

FLORIDA INSIDERS EXPECT BUSH TO RUN IN 2016: A Tampa Bay Times poll among 120 political insiders shows that 75 percent believe former Gov. Jeb Bush will enter the presidential race, while only 33 percent think Sen. Marco Rubio will. More than 80 percent think Rubio will decide not to run if Bush does. (Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times)

BURWELL TO REPLACE SEBELIUS: President Obama introduced Sylvia Mathews Burwell and praised Kathleen Sebelius's tenure as Health and Human Services secretary, saying "her team and HHS turned the corner" after the initial struggles with HealthCare.gov. It's not clear whether Burwell will face much resistance from Republicans in the confirmation process. (Baker/Ritger, NJ)

U.S. INVOLVED 120 NATIONS IN RESPONSE TO 2012 CYBERATTACK: During a cyberattack on American banks, believed to be launched by Iran, the U.S. got 120 countries to "sever the traffic locally and to remove the malicious computer code from the servers around the world being used as springboards for the attacks." The response provided a template for how the U.S. can respond to foreign cyberattacks. (Ellen Nakashima, WaPo)

THE WEEKEND IN ONE PARAGRAPH: On NBC's Meet the Press, Sen. Edward Markey, author Doris Kearns Goodwin, and others will talk about the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago. On CBS's Face the Nation, Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Elijah Cummings will talk about Sebelius's resignation. Sen. Rand Paul, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power will be on ABC's This Week. On Fox News Sunday, Sens. Tim Scott and Sheldon Whitehouse, who serve on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, will talk about Burwell's nomination to be HHS secretary.

TOP LINES

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SHOE-THROWING: Hillary Clinton was hardly the first to dodge a shoe. You may remember George W. Bush's quick reaction in Iraq in 2008. (Catalina Camia, USAT)

WHY SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS COULD HAVE PHOTOS ON THEM: Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter have both endorsed the idea of including photos on Social Security cards in order to mitigate confusion over photo voter-ID laws. (Justin Sink, The Hill)

PATENT-TROLL KING LOSES ALLIES: Intellectual Ventures, widely considered a textbook example of a patent troll, lost its cash backing from Apple and Intel. (Dustin Volz, NJ)

TOP READS

WHY WASHINGTON WOMEN MAKE LESS AS CEOs: A National Journal salary survey of nonprofit CEOs in Washington shows that women made up only 22 percent of CEOs and were generally paid less than men. (Shane Goldmacher, NJ)

HOW CONGRESS GOT ITS BOOZE: Washington's only current distillery pays homage to George Cassiday, the man who let members of Congress break the Prohibition amendment they supported. (Emma Roller, NJ)

TOP VIEWS

INTERACTIVE: VISUALIZING MEN AND WOMEN'S PAY: The blue circles are men and the yellow circles are women. The yellow circles are not very big. The giant one is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Brian McGill, NJ)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Jon Stewart sees a trend in the number of campaign ads featuring Republicans shooting a print-out of the Affordable Care Act. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

THE STORY BEHIND THAT DESKTOP PHOTO OF A HILLSIDE: The Windows XP desktop background photo of a verdant field and a brilliant blue sky, it turns out, was not Photoshopped. There was actually a field in Napa Valley that looked like that. (Lily Hay Newman, Slate)

CHERRY BLOSSOMS: Check 'em out. (Brian Resnick, NJ)

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