OBAMA AGENDA: Iran negotiations hit a snag?
Negotiations with Iran are hitting a major snag over the issue of U.N. sanctions, writes the Wall Street Journal.
Obama called Netanyahu to congratulate him on his victory last night, but he had some tough words for the prime minister too.
Netanyahu backed away from his comments about a Palestinian state in an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, saying "I don't want a one-state solution. I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution."
David Petraeus says that the Islamic State isn't the biggest problem in Iraq -- it's Shiite militias, some backed by Iran.
CONGRESS: McConnell’s full-court press to stop Obama’s climate-change regulations
The New York Times looks at Mitch McConnell's efforts to block Obama's climate change agenda.
"Whether the issue is immigration or federal budgets, Republicans keep learning a bitter lesson: Their sizable and near-historic congressional majority doesn't necessarily mean they can govern," writes the AP. "House Republican leaders confronted that truth again this week when fiscal conservatives unexpectedly blocked a leadership plan for the new federal budget."
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OFF TO THE RACES: The zero-sum moment
David Brooks writes about the "zero-sum moment" globally, as voters are hunkered down and likely to elect pugnacious fighters and familiar faces at a time of insecurity.
USA Today crunches the numbers and finds that political ads overwhelm news content on local broadcasts.
BIDEN: POLITICO Magazine argues that the press should be covering Biden more closely.
CLINTON: Breaking from Reuters yesterday: "Despite Hillary Clinton promise, charity did not disclose donors"
And from the Wall Street Journal: "The Clinton Foundation swore off donations from foreign governments when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. That didn’t stop the foundation from raising millions of dollars from foreigners with connections to their home governments, a review of foundation disclosures shows."
The New York Times writes that Netanyahu's win makes life more difficult for Hillary Clinton, who's facing a divided Democratic Jewish community.
O'MALLEY: The Washington Post reports on the hefty resources that O'Malley has poured into Iowa -- and asks if they may pay off.
Kicking off a two-day swing through Iowa, O’Malley pens this op-ed in the Des Moines Register calling for re-instating Glass-Steagall: “Seven years after the Wall Street meltdown, Americans are still experiencing the fallout... Now, we have a responsibility to correct the mistakes of our more recent past to prevent another crash. To do that, we must acknowledge that — while it addressed inherent flaws in the financial system — the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act did not go far enough. The most serious structural reform we can make is reinstating the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act that kept commercial banks separate from investment banks.”
PERRY: Questioned about a new staffer who once asked if God would want a female president, Perry stressed that "my views are the ones that matter."
TRUMP: In an interview with NH1's Paul Steinhauser, he said "I'm a very capable person who knows how to make this country rich."
WALKER: In South Carolina, he got positive reviews as a "fresh face" this week.
*** Friday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with The Daily Beast’s Jonathan Alter about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s back track on the two state solution in the Mid-East, Clarion Ledger Reporter These Apel about the man founding hanging from a tree in Mississippi, and CEO of Ekso Bionics Nathan Harding about his new product that helps disabled veterans walk: Wearable Robot as part of our ongoing series: Born in the USA.
*** Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Peter Alexander fills in for Andrea and will interview NBC’s Ron Allen and Gabe Guttierez, we’ll have more reaction to Andrea’s interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Campaign to end the Israel Occupation Executive Director Yousef Munayyer, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, AP’s Julie Pace, and NBC News Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss will talk about giving Prince Charles and Camilla a tour around DC.