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CONGRESS: Is Ryan a go? Or a no?

The New York Times looks at Paul Ryan's deliberations, with a Janesville dateline.

Writes the AP: "Across the Sunday talk shows, members of the Freedom Caucus that helped drive Speaker John Boehner toward retirement said they could swing behind Ryan in the wide-open race for a successor. That is what Boehner and his allies want, too. But the fragile, theoretical consensus falls apart over just how the speaker should wield power."

OBAMA AGENDA: Hillary’s private email server was a “mistake”

From his 60 Minutes interview: Obama said that while Clinton's use of a private email server was a "mistake," it did not pose a national security issue.

What he said on Syria: "President Obama indicated in an interview with “60 Minutes” that he isn’t mulling over any major changes to his approach to Syria following the failure of his administration’s plan to train more than 5,000 moderate rebels and the unexpected emergence of Russia as a major military player in the conflict."

Iranian TV reports that Washington Post correspondent has been convicted in an espionage trial.

OFF TO THE RACES: Hillary catches another Benghazi committee break

The big picture, from the Washington Post's Weigel: "The pattern of crowning the nominee has been broken."

Likely a big part of Tuesday's debate in Las Vegas: What is Obama's legacy?

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says that she's been disinvited from the first Democratic debate after saying she thinks there should be more such contests.

BIDEN: What kind of impact would he have on the other Democrats in the race if he decides to jump in? Dante Chinni crunches the numbers.

CLINTON: From CNN over the weekend: "A former investigator with the House Select Committee on Benghazi is accusing the Republican-led panel of carrying out a politically motivated investigation targeting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton instead of the thorough and objective fact-finding mission it was set up to pursue. Maj. Bradley Podliska, an intelligence officer in the Air Force Reserve who describes himself as a conservative Republican, told CNN that the committee trained its sights almost exclusively on Clinton after the revelation last March that she used a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. That new focus flipped a broad-based probe of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, into what Podliska described as "a partisan investigation."

NBC News spoke to Podliska's lawyer, who said that he will file a formal complaint against the committee next month.

The New York Times outlines how much the focus of the Benghazi committee has shifted towards Clinton's email problem.

The AP looks at her advantage over other Democrats in Nevada.

POLITICO Mag asks some smart folks out there how Clinton could lose.

RUBIO: The New York Times looks at the Conservative Solutions Project, which is paying for his ads -- and doesn't have to disclose its donors.

SANDERS: In an interview with one of us(!), he made the argument for his "consistency" on issues compared to Hillary Clinton.

He said he's open to taking "another look" at the issue of liability protections for gun manufacturers.

TRUMP: He said of his concealed weapons permit: "I feel much better being armed."

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