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OBAMA AGENDA: Obama’s Selma speech

Here's the NBC News main story on Obama's address in Selma, and here's full coverage.

The Wall Street Journal looks at how the Clinton email controversy is testing Obama's relationship with her team.

The Washington Post takes an interesting look at anti-Americanism in Russia today, including data that 80 percent of Russians have a negative view of the U.S.

Mitch McConnell is still promising that there is be no government shutdown or default over the debt ceiling.

Republicans are telling Iranian leaders that any deal Obama signs with them won't last after he's out of office.

The Washington Post reports that the Islamic State “appears to be starting to fray from within” amid rising tensions between rival factions.

OFF TO THE RACES: On Saturday’s Ag Summit

From Leigh Ann Caldwell, dateline Des Moines, profiles Ag Summit chief Bruce Rastetter: "So maybe Rastetter is not a "kingmaker," but he is influential enough in Republican circles to entice most of the likely presidential candidates to spend valuable time reading up on nutrition labeling, biotechnology and trade restrictions.

BUSH: From one of us(!), a first look at some of the data from our NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll: "Forty-nine percent of potential GOP primary voters say they could see themselves supporting Bush, the former Florida governor whose father and brother served as president, versus 42 percent who say they could not back him."

Pro-Common Core ads are hitting the airwaves in Iowa, notes the New York Times.

CLINTON: "[T]he Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has accepted tens of millions of dollars in donations from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Algeria and Brunei — all of which the State Department has faulted over their records on sex discrimination and other human-rights issues." reports the New York Times.

ICYMI: Barack Obama said that he is "glad" that Clinton asked for the release of the emails.

Republicans are not letting up on their criticism of Clinton's private account.

Could experience be a negative for Hillary Clinton? The Washington Post: "Instead of a fresh chapter in which Clinton came into her own, her time as the country’s top diplomat now threatens to remind voters of what some people dislike about her — a tendency toward secrecy and defensiveness, along with the whiff of scandal that clouded the presidency of her husband, Bill Clinton."

Clinton debated going to Selma but ultimately chose CGI instead, writes the New York Times.

GRAHAM: Lindsey Graham says he has never sent an email.

O'MALLEY: He wouldn't answer questions about Hillary Clinton during a swing through New Hampshire.

PAUL: State Republicans have given a preliminary greenlight to Rand Paul's request to hold a presidential caucus in 2016 instead of a primary, reports the Courier-Journal.

The Wall Street Journal looks at the odd-couple relationship between Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

PERRY: Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune writes that politicos aren't counting out Rick Perry just yet.

WALKER: He'll sign the right-to-work bill today.

And around the country...

MARYLAND: Rep. Donna Edwards is expected to announce her Senate bid on Tuesday, writes the Washington Post.

PROGRAMMING NOTES.

*** Monday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald and Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky about the latest on the controversy surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of her private email account while in office, Defense attorney Jon Sheldon about The Boston Bomber trial, NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin about Boko Haram saying they stand in allegiance with ISIS, and Nadine Noky, founder of Lady Brigade – a company that provides patriotic clothing to women veterans as part of our on-going series: Born in the USA.

*** Monday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Rep. Adam Schiff, Fmr. RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Democratic strategist James Carville, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Ruth Marcus, Fmr. NTSB Investigator Greg Feith and NBC’s Ron Allen, Rehema Ellis and Joe Fryer.

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