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Will Anyone Challenge Hillary?—THE EDGE

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Ukraine is launching a military operation to regain control of cities in its eastern region, and the White House voiced support for the move. The Republican National Committee is suing the IRS over documents requested in a Freedom of Information request. The Census Bureau's next report on health care will use different questions, making it difficult to measure the effects of the Affordable Care Act in its first year. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley hasn't said if he'll run for president, but he thinks someone should challenge Hillary Clinton in a Democratic primary. And lime prices have quadrupled in the last few months.


UKRAINE LAUNCHES COUNTEROFFENSIVE: President Oleksandr Turchynov said a military operation began in the Donetsk region, and Ukraine launched a build-up of troops near the eastern city of Izyum. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Ukraine was on the verge of a civil war. (Anthony Faiola, WaPo)


RNC SUES IRS: The RNC sued the IRS—on tax day, appropriately—saying it illegally withheld documents relating to whether the agency targeted conservative organizations. (Justin Sink, The Hill)

CENSUS CHANGE WILL INTERFERE WITH OBAMACARE DATA: The Census Bureau is changing its questions about health insurance coverage, and the lack of continuity will make it difficult to tell which yearly changes are due to Obamacare and which are due to the change of survey questions. (Robert Pear, NYT)

NO CONGRESSIONAL REMATCH IN ST. PETERSBURG: Alex Sink, a Democrat who lost to now-Rep. David Jolly in a March special election that many called a national bellwether, said she will not challenge Jolly again in November. National Democrats had pushed Sink to run again after she lost by only 2 percentage points. (Curtis Krueger, Tampa Bay Times)

OBAMA GRANTS CLEMENCY IN RARE CASE: Obama has only granted clemency to 61 people in his five years in office. For comparison, Bill Clinton commuted 459 people's sentences in his eight years in the White House. In this case, Obama shortened the sentence of a man who was given an extra three and a half years in prison due to a typographical error. (Peter Baker, NYT)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will hold a 3:35 p.m. event on jobs-driven skills training at Community College of Allegheny County in Oakdale, Pa. Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen will speak at 12:25 p.m. at the Economic Club of New York. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx continues his "Commit to the Future" bus tour on transportation development through Friday. The Friends of D.C. Emancipation Day will hold the 2014 Emancipation Day Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue at 10 a.m.

Yesterday's Edge misspelled Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's name.


ONE YEAR AFTER THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING: Vice President Joe Biden spoke in Boston about the anniversary of last year's bombing: "You have become the face of America's resolve, not unlike what happened in 9/11 ... for the whole world to see." (Ellement/Finucane, Boston Globe)

O'MALLEY: SOMEONE SHOULD CHALLENGE CLINTON: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley didn't necessarily mean he should be the one to do it, but he hasn't ruled out a run, and he thinks someone should compete with Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination. (Peter Nicholas, WSJ)

LIME PRICES HAVE QUADRUPLED: In just a few months, the price of a 40-pound carton of limes has jumped from $25 to $100 because of heavy rains and a citrus disease in Mexico, and cartel extortion has only exacerbated the problem. (Elahe Izadi, NJ)

THE DEATH OF THE SHOPPING MALL: It's too early to say for sure, but it looks like a higher portion of the country's population is moving to urban areas. The decline of the shopping mall shows this might be at the expense of the suburbs. (John McDuling, Quartz)


CUOMO'S FRENEMIES: New York Democrats thought Gov. Andrew Cuomo would be a true progressive. Now, they say his budget, in which he "chose inequality over progress," is the last straw. (Alex Seitz-Wald, NJ)

PENNSYLVANIA'S GUBERNATORIAL FRACKING BATTLE: Gov. Tom Corbett has presided over Pennsylvania's natural-gas boom, but Democrats will argue he hasn't taken advantage of that production to help the public. Why not impose a tax on drillers that supports public education? (Geman/Plautz, NJ)

CANADIAN CORN: It used to be too cold for Canadian farmers to grow corn. Now, with warmer temperatures and longer growing seasons, the Corn Belt has moved north. (Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg)


LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: David Letterman reports that, after being kicked out of the G-8, Vladimir Putin will miss out on the free G-8 tote bag. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

THE MOST AND LEAST RELIGIOUSLY DIVERSE COUNTRIES: North America is pretty diverse, but not as much as East Asia or West Africa. (Max Fisher, Vox)

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