OFF TO THE RACES: Trump, interrupted
NBC's Ali Vitali and Andrew Rafferty wrap last night's Trump rally in Vermont, where Bernie Sanders supporters disrupted the proceedings despite screenings at the door. (Trump at once point suggested that security staffers confiscate the coats of the dissenters.)
Reince Priebus says he's "100 percent" confident that he can rally support for Trump or Cruz if either is the GOP nominee.
BUSH: He's out with a new plan to reform welfare, including a rollback of food stamp and TANF programs in favor of government grants to states to help address poverty. He previewed some of the plan in the Wall Street Journal.
The Washington Post does a deep dive into Bush's decision to eliminate affirmative action while serving as Florida's governor.
He repeatedly declined to commit to endorsing Trump if he's the GOP nominee.
CLINTON: She writes in a Boston Globe op-ed that it's "a make or break moment for Supreme Court appointments." MORE: "As president (and a lawyer and former law professor), I’ll appoint justices who will protect the constitutional principles of liberty and equality for all, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or political viewpoint; make sure the scales of justice aren’t tipped away from individuals toward corporations and special interests; and protect citizens’ right to vote, rather than billionaires’ right to buy elections."
She unveiled new details about her paid family leave plan.
"The State Department’s internal watchdog found that the department gave “inaccurate and incomplete” answers to groups seeking access to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s records," the Wall Street Journal writes. "State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, in a report released Thursday, faulted the department for repeatedly falling short of its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, the law that allows public access to government records."
The New York Times delves through a trove of documents from 15 years ago detailing Bill Clinton's conversations with Tony Blair.
Bill Clinton said he has no comment on Trump's attacks on his past transgressions.
CARSON: He caused a little embarrassment Thursday when he asked a class of fifth graders "who's the worst student?" -- and they singled a classmate out.
FIORINA: She says the media "plays right along" with Trump.
PAUL: He announced that he has more than 1,000 precinct captains for the Iowa caucuses.
RUBIO: He's out with a new ad in which he answers questions about his love of football and pokes fun at his lunge for water during his 2013 State of the Union response.
TRUMP: He went there on the whole thing about Rubio's shoes, saying "You won't see me wearing them."
As Barack Obama was urging gun reforms at a televised town hall, Donald Trump said he would eliminate gun-free school zones.
Notes the Wall Street Journal: "Every GOP presidential candidate’s health-policy platform begins with repealing the law, but for most, that’s also where it ends, at least for now. Questions about how they would pull back a law that’s largely been implemented—and what, if anything, they would enact in its place—have gone largely unanswered in a primary contest dominated by national-security issues. Among the 12 candidates still in the GOP race, only two, ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, have posted health plans, and both use broad brush-strokes."
OBAMA AGENDA: Obama’s warning shot to Sanders?
NBCNews.com wraps the president's town hall on guns. "Obama also noted that first lady Michelle Obama told him she herself would want a shotgun or a rifle for protection if she lived in an isolated area. He said: 'She was absolutely right.' But he said that his series of executive actions announced this week were not meant to infringe law-abiding Americans from owning guns. The intent, he said, was instead 'to keep guns out of the hands of those who would try to do others harm or try to do themselves harm.'"
In an op-ed in the New York Times, the president writes: "A national crisis like this demands a national response. Reducing gun violence will be hard. It’s clear that common-sense gun reform won’t happen during this Congress. It won’t happen during my presidency. Still, there are steps we can take now to save lives. And all of us — at every level of government, in the private sector and as citizens — have to do our part." MORE: "Even as I continue to take every action possible as president, I will also take every action I can as a citizen. I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform. "
Politico: “Obama's 2016 gun terms might leave Sanders without White House support.”
The New York Times, with the big picture on how a promised new economic era for China hasn't worked out as planned.
*** Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: Joining Andrea Mitchell today at 12p – actress and creator of HBO’s “Girls” Lena Dunham and World Cup Champion soccer star Abby Wambach on the trail in New Hampshire for Hillary Clinton; NBC’s Chuck Todd; the Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee; plus Forbes columnist Gordon Chang.