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OBAMA AGENDA: New AUMF coming “in a matter of days”

As Luke Russert noted yesterday, John Boehner says he expects a new authorization of military force (AUMF) from the White House "in a matter of days."

The AP reminds us that it will be a tough fight: "Several Democrats will be reluctant to approve new war powers unless there is a clear deadline or some way to pay for the military operation. Some Republicans, strong foes of the president, will object to giving Obama the authority."

Chinese leaders aren't happy with Obama's public greeting of the Dalai Lama yesterday.

The Washington Post’s lede on Obama's prayer breakfast remarks yesterday: "President Obama has never been one to go easy on America."

We covered the story here.

CONGRESS: The power of “no”

Democrats are using the power of "no" to flummox the GOP now that the president's party is in the minority, writes the New York Times.

Republicans failed to get their DHS funding bill through for a third time Thursday as Democrats objected to immigration add-ons.

NBC political unit intern Teddy Amenabar does a deep dive into trade policy -- which could be a rare spot of bipartisan cooperation.

And aide to Rep. Aaron Schock has resigned after reports revealed his racially-charged Facebook posts.

OFF TO THE RACES: The “donor advisers”

The New York Times offers a glimpse into the world of "donor advisers" and the role they're playing in helping 2016 candidates stack up cash.

CHRISTIE: The International Business Times first wrote yesterday that federal investigators are "pursuing allegations the governor and his staff broke the law when they quashed grand jury indictments against Christie supporters."

The Bergen Record: "Federal prosecutors have demanded that the Port Authority turn over records related to the personal travel of the agency’s former chairman, David Samson, as well as his relationship with Newark Liberty International Airport’s largest carrier, United Airlines, according to multiple sources, a development that opens yet another line of inquiry in what has become a sprawling criminal investigation."

CLINTON: The New York Times: "Mandy Grunwald, an adviser to the Clintons for over two decades and a top strategist to Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, is expected to serve as a senior adviser for communications to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s all-but-certain presidential bid."

PAUL: The Des Moines Register talks to Rand Paul about competing Iowa factions here, and the Kentucky Republican "expressed strong confidence" in strategist A.J. Spiker.

PERRY: The ex-governor, asked a question about Sen. Ted Cruz, answered by touting his executive experience and adding: "It’s one of the selling points, if you will, to the American people as they decide who’s going to follow Barack Obama,” he said. “I think they’re going to make a rather radical shift, away from a young, untested United States senator whose policies have really failed.”

And around the country...

KANSAS: Gov. Sam Brownback has put forward a risky pension-bond strategy in the face of the state's growing deficit.

TENNESSEE: NBC's Perry Bacon Jr. reports on how a Koch-backed group helped kill a popular Republican governor's Medicaid expansion plan.


*** Friday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: MSNBC's Alex Witt, filling in for Tamron Hall, interviews economic expert Zachary Karabell about the latest job numbers; host of the Catholic Guy on Sirius XM Radio Lino Rulli regarding the Pope addressing Congress; Deadline Hollywood reporter Dominic Patten about Sony Executive Amy Pascal stepping down as co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment’ and Democratic Committeewoman of Ferguson Township Patricia Bynes about a new a new device Ferguson police are testing that makes their service weapons "less lethal

*** Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Jordanian Foreign Minister Mohammad Momani, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Richard Engel, Keir Simmons and Tom Costello, Bloomberg Editor Jeanne Cummings and Charlie Ebersol, Producer, CEO of The Company and creator of “6 Certified”