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OBAMA AGENDA: “A once in a lifetime opportunity”

In an interview with Tom Friedman, Obama said that the Iran deal is "a once in a lifetime opportunity" and that America is powerful enough to take risks. "The doctrine is: We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities.”

And he called the nuclear deal "our best bet by far" to ensure that Iran doesn't get a weapon.

The Wall Street Journal writes that Obama's next battle is facing skeptics of the Iran deal in Congress, where Republicans are planning an April 14 vote on a sanctions bill.

Pope Francis says he backs the Iran framework.

On NBC's Meet the Press, Netanyahu said the deal could provoke an arms race.

Two amicus briefs urge the Supreme Court to look to examples abroad as it mulls the right to same-sex marriage.

OFF TO THE RACES: Jeb listed himself as “Hispanic” on 2009 voter-registration application

BUSH: From over the weekend, the New York Times looks into the idea of Bush's inevitability -- and how it might not be the slam dunk backers have painted it to be.

Wait, what? "In a 2009 voter-registration application, obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Mr. Bush marked Hispanic in the field labeled 'race/ethnicity,'" writes the New York Times.

CLINTON: In POLITICO, Todd Purdum writes that Hillary Clinton's brothers have been an embarrassment to her before -- a phenomenon not uncommon for past presidents.

PAUL: The Wall Street Journal notes that Rand Paul's greatest challenge will be distancing himself from his father's less palatable positions despite having grown up as a footsoldier in Ron Paul's campaigns.

The Associated Press writes that Paul has "an approach to politics that is often downbeat and usually dour, which just might work in a nation deeply frustrated with Washington."

The Washington Post writes that Paul "is a candidate who has turned fuzzy, having trimmed his positions and rhetoric so much that it’s unclear what kind of Republican he will present himself as when he takes the stage."

JINDAL: He won't make a decision on a presidential run until June, he said on NBC's Meet the Press.

WALKER: In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "In an age when most potential presidential contenders are millionaires, Walker may end up being the closest thing to a middle-class presidential candidate that voters will see in 2016."

And around the country...

FLORIDA: POLITICO notes that the 26th district in Florida is becoming a major battleground.

OHIO: Ted Strickland is leading Rob Portman 48 - 39 percent, per a new Quinnipiac poll.


*** Monday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Sen. Ben Cardin, the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Fmr. State Department Senior Advisor Vali Nasr, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and NBC’s Ron Mott and Charles Hadlock.