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You’re Not as Politically Engaged as You Think—THE EDGE Sponsored by Comcast NBC Universal

 

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

 

 

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Republican side of the committee investigating the terrorist attack in Benghazi has been filled out, but Democrats are still debating whether to boycott the committee. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Crimea, which did not go over well with the Ukrainian government. Mitt Romney said he supports a rise in the minimum wage. President Obama warned wealthy donors that if Democrats do poorly in the midterms, it could interfere with his last two years in the White House and beyond. The White House's solar panels have returned decades after being removed, and Dr. Dre probably won't actually end up being a billionaire, even though Apple is about to spend $3.2 billion to buy his company.

 

 

TOP NEWS

REPUBLICANS HAVE CHOSEN THEIR BENGHAZI INVESTIGATORS: House Speaker John Boehner called on Democrats to "treat this tragedy with the proper respect and appoint members so that we can finally, on a bipartisan basis, get answers, provide accountability, and help deliver justice." (Izadi/Mimms, NJ)

PUTIN: CRIMEA LOYAL TO 'HISTORICAL TRUTH' OF BEING RUSSIAN: Ukraine's government was not happy about the visit, saying it was a "gross violation" of the country's sovereignty. Kiev also said 20 people had died in a security operation in eastern Ukraine. (Daniel Sandford, BBC News)

 

ROMNEY SUPPORTS A MINIMUM-WAGE INCREASE; WHY? For starters, he's not running for office, so he can say whatever he wants. Second, about half of the GOP base actually supports an increase, too. (Aaron Blake, WaPo)

 

 

OBAMA: THINGS COULD GET EVEN UGLIER AFTER 2014: The president said if Democrats lose the Senate, it will not only hurt his agenda in his last two years in office, but also lead to a "downward spiral" of cynicism among voters. (Zachary A. Goldfarb, WaPo)

 

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THE WHITE HOUSE'S SOLAR PANELS ARE BACK: They were originally installed by Jimmy Carter's administration in 1979, but were taken down when Ronald Reagan moved in. Now, they're a symbol of Obama's "all of the above" energy policy. (Emma Roller, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: On Fox News Sunday, Reps. Trey Gowdy and Xavier Becerra will talk about the committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Sen. Marco Rubio will be on ABC's This Week. On CBS's Face the Nation, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Rep. Mike Rogers will talk about the latest developments in Ukraine, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren will discuss her book.

 

TOP LINES

QUIZ: HOW POLITICALLY ENGAGED ARE YOU? Don't feel bad if you're not considered very engaged. Only 1 percent of Americans are really politically active. (Matt Vasilogambros, NJ)

WHO WILL WIN IN 2016? IT DOESN'T MATTER: Most Americans think an increase in people volunteering in their communities would be more valuable than electing a president who agrees with them on major issues. (Nancy Cook, NJ)

DR. DRE PROBABLY WON'T ACTUALLY BE A BILLIONAIRE: Apple is reportedly interested in buying Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, but check your math before you start calling him a billionaire. Considering he owns about 27.5 percent of the company, he's likely to max out at $880 million in personal wealth. (Mark DeCambre, Quartz)

 

HOW MUCH OIL WILL WE PRODUCE IN 2020? IT'S ANYONE'S GUESS: According to the Energy Information Agency, we really don't know how much oil the U.S. will produce in the future--not even later this decade. (Ben Casselman, FiveThirtyEight)

TOP READ

WHY GOWDY IS THE PERFECT BENGHAZI PROSECUTOR: The South Carolina Republican treats hearings like trials, and he's a particularly aggressive prosecutor. (Dave Weigel, Slate)

TOP VIEWS

1960s PROTESTS IN PHOTOS: Draft-card burnings, fights in the streets, and Allen Ginsberg with a "Pot Is Fun" poster. (David Rosenberg, Slate)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES: NEW YORK CHOOSES A STATE SNACK: New York state legislators face a tough question: What exactly is a "snack"? (Reena Flores, NJ)

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Excellent!"

Rick, Executive Director for Policy

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

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

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

Michael, Executive Director

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