OBAMA AGENDA: Another big overseas trip coming up
"President Obama departs Tuesday for a week-long, four-nation tour of Asia, where he and his top aides will be less focused on any big policy announcements than on reassuring jittery allies that America remains committed to bolstering its security and economic ties to the region," writes the Washington Post.
Meanwhile "U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Ukraine's acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk during a visit to Kiev on Tuesday," Reuters reports.
A runoff is likely in the Afghan presidential race, the New York Times reports.
The new health care law "is challenging the traditional calculus about government benefits and political impact," writes Jonathan Martin of the New York Times.
Common Core educational standards are splitting the Republican party, writes the New York Times. "A once little-known set of national educational standards introduced in 44 states and the District of Columbia with the overwhelming support of Republican governors, the Common Core has incited intense resistance on the right and prompted some in the party to reverse field and join colleagues who believe it will lead to a federal takeover of schools."
On Friday, the State Department announced that federal agencies will get more time to review the controversial Keystone pipeline before a decision is made.
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens believes politics should be a factor in retirement decisions. "It’s an appropriate thing to think about your successor, not only in this job,” Stevens said on whether to take into account which president will choose a successor," he told ABC News.
"Top Senate backers of an unemployment extension say there’s still hope for a deal and are working to set up a meeting with Speaker John A. Boehner," Roll Call writes.
OFF TO THE RACES: The Dems’ midterm turnout problem
Over the weekend, the Washington Post's Dan Balz took a long look at Democrats' attempts to battle their turnout woes.
(As we’ve seen, that Obama coalition turns out in droves for the president, but not so much when he’s not on the ballot.)
The New York Times runs a story with this headline: “Jeb Bush’s Rush to Make Money May Be Hurdle.” From the article: “Mr. Bush left public office seven years ago with a net worth of $1.3 million and an unapologetic determination to expand his wealth, telling friends that his finances had suffered during his time in government. But his efforts to capitalize on his résumé and reputation have thrust him into situations that may prove challenging to explain should he mount a Republican campaign for the White House. Records and interviews show, for example, that Mr. Bush participated in the fevered, last-ditch efforts to prop up Lehman Brothers, a Wall Street bank weighed down by toxic mortgage-backed securities. As a paid adviser to the company in the summer of 2008, he met with Carlos Slim Helú, a Mexican billionaire, as Lehman sought to persuade Mr. Slim to make a sizable investment in the firm, emails show.”
The AP: "The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday."
"Wary of being on the losing side of the gender gap, Republican candidates are working to repel Democratic efforts to portray GOP policy on abortion, equal-pay laws and other matters as harmful to women," writes the Wall Street Journal.
CONNECTICUT: The Boston Globe editorial board lauds Ted Kennedy Jr's decision to start small with a state senate run.
GEORGIA: The Hill checks in on the weekend's Georgia Senate primary debate. "The debate, held near Augusta, Ga., appeared to feature no major gaffes by any candidate, although it was notable for Broun's attacks on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Gingrey's explicit promise to serve only one term in the Senate if he cannot fully repeal ObamaCare."
"As the vitriol among Republican contenders for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat intensifies, the party’s heavyweights are taking behind-the-scenes steps to boost the eventual nominee amid concerns that the bruising contest could help a Democrat win the seat," writes the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
LOUISIANA: Embattled Rep. Vance McAllister has had a predictably poor fundraising quarter, but he has personal wealth to pour into his re-election race, writes the Times-Picayune.
MASSACHUSETTS: USA Today profiles Sen. Elizabeth Warren. "It is not possible for a corporation to break the law without someone inside the corporation breaking the law. If we want real deterrence in the system, it has to be that individuals are held accountable whenever they break the law," she told the paper.
WEST VIRGINIA: The Wall Street Journal dives into the West Virginia Senate race, comparing the Democratic contender to North Dakota's incumbent. "Mrs. Tennant, West Virginia's secretary of state, is hoping Ms. Heitkamp's strategy of energetically meeting thousands of individual voters, focusing on state issues and being willing to criticize President Barack Obama on energy policy will produce similar results for her in November."
*** Monday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Chuck Todd interviews NBC’s Jim Maceda, Bill Neely, Ron Mott, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and Georgia State Senator Jason Carter.