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OFF TO THE RACES: Florida, Florida, Florida

Today’s big event in Florida, previewed by the Palm Beach Post: “Seven Republican presidential candidates — including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has suggested he might concede Florida’s expensive 2016 primary to home-state hopefuls Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio — will visit Disney World Tuesday to talk about jobs and the economy at a forum hosted by Gov. Rick Scott.” (Note: Rubio is now missing the event due to Senate votes)

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “One casualty of the 2015 legislative session was a GOP-supported bill that would have allowed political parties to end Nevada’s presidential caucus system and switch to a secret-ballot primary… Republicans had argued that the change would preserve the state’s early role in the presidential selection process and boost voter participation. The change would have weakened the influence of grass-roots party activists who are more motivated to turn out for precinct caucuses and in recent years have gained control of the state Republican Party.”

Democrats are vying for an endorsement from the American Federation of Teachers, writes the New York Times.

BUSH: The New York Times writes that Jeb Bush is having a tough time securing support from his brother’s former allies. “A sampling conducted largely by email of about 120 people who worked for George W. Bush — from cabinet secretaries to foreign policy advisers to advance aides — found about 25 who said they were supporting his younger brother. Fifty others said they were neutral or supporting another candidate, while the rest did not respond, apparently passing up a chance to declare allegiance to the next Bush candidacy.”

Don’t miss this big New York Mag piece on Jeb Bush: “[I]t’s easiest to understand Jeb if one looks at him through the prism of Florida and, even more specifically, Miami. It explains his sensibilities (bicultural), his politics (particularly his views on immigration), his business dealings (especially their seedier side), and, perhaps most critically, his confidence in the face of lackluster polls and butterfingered fumbling.”

CLINTON: “Hillary Clinton’s allies are working to win over unenthusiastic rich liberals by pitting her against the Koch brothers and prospective GOP rivals rather than more progressive Democrats, according to a draft of a secret memo obtained by POLITICO.”

PAUL: The AP: “The Kentucky senator has aggressively tried to raise money around his effort to curtail the surveillance powers of the National Security Agency, emailing supporters and posting messages on social media imploring people to "celebrate this victory" with their cash. In doing so, he's exacerbated the perception among some of the GOP's most generous donors that his positions on foreign policy make him an unacceptable choice for the White House.”

CONGRESS: NSA fight drags on

Here’s how the path forward on the USA Freedom Act is likely to pan out, via the New York Times.

The Washington Post writes that irritation with Rand Paul is getting even more pronounced in the Senate after further delays in addressing the surveillance issue.

More, from The Hill: “Senate Republicans came under growing pressure on Monday to restore just-expired parts of the Patriot Act as soon as possible. The White House and House Republicans both piled on, scolding the Senate GOP for not quickly passing the USA Freedom Act, a bill reforming the National Security Agency’s spying programs that was overwhelmingly approved by the House.”


The Wall Street Journal: “Top-level Obama administration envoys met secretly last week for the first time with Yemen’s Houthi rebels and pressed for a cease-fire in their country and the release of Americans detained by the group, according to U.S. and Arab officials.”

From NBC’s Tom Costello: “The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration was reassigned Monday after an internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security found security failures at dozens of the nation's busiest airports. The breaches allowed undercover investigators to smuggle weapons, fake explosives and other contraband through numerous checkpoints.”

POLITICO’s Michael Grunwald talks to Trade Rep. Michael Froman: “T he public debate has focused on the adequacy of TPP’s environmental and labor safeguards, its potential to feather the nests of well-connected pharmaceutical, software and finance interests, and the secrecy of its negotiations. But the heart of the deal is an effort by the twelve participating countries to phase out tariffs and other export barriers for more than 11,000 categories of commodities, and Froman is frustrated that isn’t getting more attention.


*** Tuesday on News Nation with Tamron Hall: Today on News Nation, Tamron Hall speaks with Security expert Bruce Schneier about the head of the TSA Melvin Carraway being reassigned after a damaging security failure report, MSNBC Military Analyst Col. Jack Jacobs about today’s medal of honor ceremony, and Sirius XM radio host and Editor at Large Huffington Post Gay Voices Michelangelo Signorile about the Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair magazine interview.

*** Tuesday on Andrea Mitchell Reports: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell will interview Rep. Adam Schiff, Fmr. RNC Chairman Michael Steele, the Washington Post’s Anne Gearan, Jonathan Capehart and Chris Cillizza and NBC’s Sarah Dallof.

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