OBAMA AGENDA: Hack attack
The Wall Street Journal: "Hackers claiming to be aligned with the Islamic State extremist group took control of the U.S. Central Command’s primary Twitter and YouTube accounts Monday, posting office phone numbers of top military officers and what they said were confidential military documents. Officials said no military networks were compromised and no classified material released, but the incident embarrassed the Pentagon. It exposed the military’s social media accounts—an increasingly important public face of the armed forces—as a potential security weakness."
"As Israel solemnly buried the four Jews killed here on Friday and President François Hollande of France paid tribute to the three police officers who died in last week’s terrorist attacks, the French Parliament was set on Tuesday to vote on renewing the mandate of its forces supporting the military campaign against Islamic extremists in Iraq," reports the New York Times.
The Washington Post notes that the terror attacks in France have left an opening for far-right groups in Europe who have called for tighter immigration laws.
NBC's Chris Jansing: "In a victory for progressive Democrats, Treasury Department nominee Antonio Weiss has taken himself out of contention for the third-ranking spot at the agency, NBC News confirms."
Writes the New York Times of AG nominee Loretta Lynch: "[W]hile Ms. Lynch shares Mr. Holder’s views on issues such as the strained relations between the police and minorities, her friends and colleagues describe someone cautious and comfortable staying in the background who sees her role as that of a traditional prosecutor and not a civil rights advocate."
CONGRESS: Keystone measure advances in Senate
NBC's Andrew Rafferty and Frank Thorp V report that the Senate advanced a measure approving the Keystone XL pipeline Monday night.
Writes the AP: " Democrats plan to use Senate consideration of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to get Republicans on the record about climate change and to resurrect parts of a bipartisan energy efficiency bill doomed by pipeline politics last year. But Republicans readied additions of their own, such as lifting a ban on crude oil exports."
"Several influential Republicans want to use a filibuster-proof budget procedure to overhaul the corporate tax code — rather than wield it as a weapon against Obamacare, as conservatives are demanding," POLITICO reports.
OFF TO THE RACES: Mitt works the phones
McClatchy writes that, going into 2016, "evangelical Christian voters face a crucial test to maintain even their limited influence."
CHRISTIE: Dallas moneyman Ray Washburne is joining Christie’s team.
CRUZ: NBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell writes that Ted Cruz suggested that Mitt Romney and other establishment-favored GOP White House hopefuls are running to the "mushy middle."
HUCKABEE: Mike Huckabee in USA Today: "When our president is absent from the battle for the very soul of civilization, then the American people must take up the slack.
PATAKI: The former New York governor tells the Associated Press he's "more inclined to get involved" with a 2016 bid because the stakes are high.
ROMNEY: From the Washington Post: "Mitt Romney is moving quickly to reassemble his national political network, calling former aides, donors and other supporters over the weekend and on Monday in a concerted push to signal his seriousness about possibly launching a 2016 presidential campaign." MORE: "Romney has worked the phones over the past few days, calling an array of key allies to discuss his potential 2016 campaign. Among them was Ryan, whom Romney phoned over the weekend to inform him personally of his plans to probably run. Ryan was encouraging, people with knowledge of the calls said. Other Republicans with whom Romney spoke recently include Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) and Rob Portman (Ohio), former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, Hewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman, former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, former Missouri senator Jim Talent and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah)."
Writes POLITICO: “In meetings with and individual calls to donors, supporters and former staffers, Romney is making it clear that he is likely to run, putting his time frame for a decision at “weeks, not months.”
Romney would have a home-field advantage over Bush in New Hampshire, notes the Boston Globe.
RYAN: SCOOP from NBC's Alex Moe: Paul Ryan tells NBC News "I have decided that I am not going to run for president in 2016."
Around the country:
CALIFORNIA: Kamala Harris is expected to announce a Senate bid Tuesday.
And Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is out.
MAINE: Gov. Paul LePage says he’s “considering” a run against Angus King.
MISSOURI: Claire McCaskill won't run for governor in 2016.
*** Tuesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) will discuss the DHS funding fight and Centcom hack attack, and Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, joins us to talk about the inaugural college playoff championship game.
*** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Sen. Richard Burr, Fmr. Rep. Martin Frost, Fmr. Rep. Tom Davis, Cyber security expert Hemu Nigam, the Washington Post’s Dan Balz, USA Today’s Susan Page, NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin, Ron Allen and Pete Williams.