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First Read's Morning Clips

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day

OFF TO THE RACES: Santorum’s big day

Stu Rothenberg offers his solutions to the GOP's debate problem.

Remember that controversial marriage pledge from the Family Leader in 2012? The group's leader says there are no plans right now to ask candidates to sign it in 2016, per the Des Moines Register.

Buzzfeed's Rosie Gray profiles Miriam Adelson. "[F]or those competing for Adelson cash, she’s just as important as her husband. The Adelsons make their giving decisions together. When Sheldon Adelson meets with prospective recipients, Miriam Adelson is often there, too."

CHRISTIE: He'll head to five states next month as he gets ready for his presidential launch, writes the Washington Post.

CLINTON: NBC's Perry Bacon Jr. on why Hillary Clinton can campaign in listen-only mode. The New York Times, on Clinton's listen-and-learn strategy. "Mrs. Clinton lacks some of the extraordinary gifts for connection and empathy that her husband possesses, and the round-table events that have characterized her early campaign can feel stage-managed. But even these settings are producing revealing moments, as Mrs. Clinton finds herself far from the world of international diplomacy and scrambling to re-educate herself about the nation she hopes to lead."

POLITICO notes how Democrats up and down the ballot are counting on a "Hillary effect" in 2016.

Here's the AP on WJC, LLC, the entity the Clintons appeared to use as "a 'pass-through' company designed to channel payments to the former president."

FIORINA: Carly Fiorina's superPAC has opened its first South Carolina office in Greenville.

SANDERS: Via NBC's Andrew Rafferty, at his big debut in Vermont, Bernie Sanders told the crowd: "This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders. It is not about Hillary Clinton. It is not about Jeb Bush or anyone else. This campaign is about the needs of the American people, and the ideas and proposals that effectively address those needs. As someone who has never run a negative political ad in his life, my campaign will be not be driven by political gossip or reckless personal attacks."

The Burlington Free Press gives him a full-cover spread.

The top New Hampshire staffer for the Draft Warren effort has jumped to Team Bernie, writes the Boston Globe.

SANTORUM: The AP reports on his longshot chances even after being one of the last men standing in 2012.

And around the country...

ARIZONA: Democrats got their candidate to challenge John McCain: Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.

OBAMA AGENDA: Obama’s latest immigration setback

Here's Reuters on the latest setback for Obama's immigration actions. "President Barack Obama's plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation was dealt another setback on Tuesday when a U.S. appeals court refused to lift a block put in place by 26 states that argued Obama overstepped his authority. By a 2-1 vote that could pave the way to a Supreme Court ruling, the judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that Obama's executive action should remain on hold pending further judicial proceedings."

The Washington Post: "Barack Obama rose to prominence as a politician who could deliver broad, sweeping speeches with universal themes, and he has leveraged the opportunities of the digital age to maximum political advantage. But often, this now means speaking narrowly to his base voters or to groups disconnected from the mainstream political process."

He urged lawmakers yesterday not to let surveillance programs lapse, but his pleas are likely falling on deaf ears.

The Washington Post delves into Ash Carter's remarks on Iraq and notes that the president hasn't always had an easy time dealing with his Defense Secretaries.

CONGRESS: Measuring Elizabeth Warren’s effectiveness

National Journal asks: Is Elizabeth Warren an effective senator

The Hill writes that GOP senators have proposed a bill for over-the-counter birth control.


*** Wednesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with NY Times Sports Contributor and Author: Eight World Cups: My Journey Through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer George Vecsey about the FIFA soccer officials arrested on corruption charges, Attorney and Contributor Raul Reyes about the latest on an appeals court rules against President Obama on his immigration program, Criminal Defense Attorney John Burris about the agreement between the city of Cleveland hand the Justice Department over allegations of misconduct by the city's police department, and 17 year inventor Raymond Wang who won $75,000 at Intel science fair for inventing a system to keep germs from spreading on airplanes

*** Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports from Columbia, SC. She’ll interview Rep. Mark Sanford, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Anne Gearan, the AP’s Julie Pace, msnbc’s Joy Reid, NBC’s Luke Russert, Gabe Gutierrez and UT Center for Mexican American Studies professor Victoria DeFrancesco Soto.