OBAMA AGENDA: Obama and Castro will meet again
Obama is nearing a decision on whether to remove Cuba's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. The New York Times has the latest.
"The last time President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met face-to-face was in December 2013 — for a three-second handshake during Nelson Mandela's memorial service," writes NBC News. "The two now could now cross paths again at the two-day Summit of the Americas in Panama, an encounter rife with opportunity and symbolism given the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations announced at the end of last year."
Chuck Schumer is getting pressure from both sides on Iran after he issued a statement supporting a bill that could hamper the nuclear deal.
OFF TO THE RACES: Ready for takeoff
CLINTON: The big news of the day: She's expected to announce her presidential bid as early as Sunday.
Bloomberg reports from the NRA conference and finds gun advocates eager to defeat her.
The Wall Street Journal looks at the liberals who think she's too far to the right.
Bill Clinton is not happy with an NYT story that paints him as frail.
BUSH: The New York Times does a deep dive into the relationship between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, writing that their presidential rivalry "is now consuming their hometown with talk of unchecked ambition and political backstabbing."
He's hoping to shore up support at the NRA conference, with an emphasis on his 2005 signing of Florida's Stand Your Ground law.
GRAHAM: Lindsey Graham is on a mission, and it's to take down Rand Paul.
PAUL: NBC's Andrew Rafferty writes that Rand Paul may be haunted by his father's words.
Rand Paul wasn't invited to the NRA conference. The Wall Street Journal explains why.
RUBIO: POLITICO takes a close look at his tax plan and how it puts him at odds with other conservatives.
WALKER: Bloomberg reports: "On the same day that President Barack Obama said that Governor Scott Walker should “bone up” on foreign policy, the soon-to-be Republican presidential candidate was in a full day of national security briefings, part of his intensive behind-the-scenes preparation to run for commander in chief."
The Des Moines Register wraps yesterday's Family Leader regional summit.
The Washington Post explains why Arthur Laffer is such an influencer of GOP candidates.
And around the country…
OHIO: “If Ted Strickland wins a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2016, he would, at age 75, be the oldest freshman ever elected to the chamber by popular vote. The Ohio Democrat would also arrive in Washington with something else unusual for a freshman senator: He's already collecting a congressional pension,” National Journal writes. “The pension is a benefit accrued during two separate stints in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1993 to 1995, and from 1997 to 2007. And Strickland began collecting pension payments in 2008 while serving as Ohio's governor, according to financial documents filed during his governorship.”
*** Friday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with criminal defense attorney John Burris, SC state Rep. David Mack, MSNBC.com’s Beth Fouhy, and Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte.