OBAMA AGENDA: Announcing a change to hostage policy
“The White House will announce changes to the administration's hostage policy review on Wednesday—a multi-month examination of how the government operates in situations when Americans abroad are being held hostage by terrorist organizations,” NBC’s Halimah Abdullah reports.
Five families whose children were held captive in Syria secretly joined forces in the hopes of saving ‘the five men and women from Islamist extremists when it seemed that the U.S. government had abandoned the cause,” the New Yorker reports.
Per the New York Times: New documents provided by Edward Snowden detail how terrorism suspects are targeted in drone strikes and how strikes can go wrong.
Also from the Times: “Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, anti-government fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims,” according to a study from New America, a Washington research center.
With a deadline fast approaching, nuclear negotiations with Iran are getting increasingly complicated after the country’s top leader says he rejects a long-term freeze on nuclear research and ban inspectors, the AP writes.
CONGRESS: Obama gets trade win
“The Senate is preparing to hand President Barack Obama a major victory with final passage of "fast track" authority to negotiate trade deals,” the AP writes.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is pushing another vote on gun control, Politico reports. And Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and GOP Sen. Pat Toomey are also looking to revive gun-control legislation, the Washington Post writes.
One year after the shocking loss of then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the impacts are still being felt on Capitol Hill, the Hill reports.
OFF TO THE RACES: Jindal’s big moment
BUSH: “When does Jeb Bush allow religion to influence his politics? When he's not in New Hampshire,” National Journal writes.
CHRISTIE: “Chris Christie is in the final stages of preparing his 2016 presidential bid, with a formal announcement possible as soon as next week,” Politico reports.
CLINTON: “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said racism in America is "far from finished" and called the Confederate flag "a symbol of our nation's racist past" during a discussion at a church near last year's violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri,” one of us wrote.
Democratic fundraisers told CNN they believe the Democratic fundraiser is on track to raise $30 million when the fundraising period ends next week.
And Politico reports on more staffing shakeups at the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at some of the history the Clintons have with the Confederate flag while in Arkansas.
GRAHAM: The South Carolina senator told NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell that the church service at Emanuel AME in Charleston changed his mind on the Confederate flag. “I don't know how I would ever go back into that church and be able to justify denying their request to remove the flag,” he said.
JINDAL: The Louisiana governor is expected to announce his 2016 bid today. Per the Washington Post: “If Jindal does get into the race as expected, he will be the first Indian-American to ever be a serious candidate for president. But at this point, his chances of winning the GOP nomination seem extraordinarily low.”
KASICH: He is heading to Iowa today “to show respect,” he told the Des Moines Register.
RUBIO: Per the Alaska Dispatch News: His campaign logo is being redone to include Alaska, according to Art Hackney, a political consultant in the state.
WALKER: As Walker looks to begin a national campaign, Republicans in Wisconsin are in revolt, the New York Times reports.
He plans to sign two new laws to expand the rights of gun owners on Wednesday, the Washington Post writes.
And around the country…
Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan says she will not challenge Sen. Richard Burr in 2016, Roll Call reports.
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell is calling for the removal of a statue of Jefferson Davis displayed in the state capitol.
*** Wednesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with Law Professor at USC Jody Armour regarding the meaning of the Confederate battle flag from the Civil War until modern day, NBC News Foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin about the new hostage negotiating policy announced by President Obama, and NBC News Correspondent Stephanie Gosk about latest on the manhunt for two fugitives who escaped the Clinton Correction facility in NY.
*** Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell will interview Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Fmr. FBI profiler Candice DeLong, GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and NBC’s Stephanie Gosk and Ron Mott. We will also carry President Obama’s announcement that the government will no longer prosecute families of Americans being held hostage overseas who pay ransoms to secure the release of their loved ones.
*** Wednesday’s “Live with Thomas Roberts” line-up: Charleston Shooting: Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Fmr. SC GOP Chair Katon Dawson Pres. Obama’s Hostage Announcement: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Jack Jacobs Manhunt: Criminal Justice Prof. Eugene O’Donnell, criminal profiler Pat Brown, Retired U.S. Marshal John Cuff.