Cute – DC Bound Kids Lobby for White House Tour - http://abcn.ws/ZgO2yo
Underperforming – DC’s snow storm was a bust.
Overperforming – Rand Paul’s Filibusters is At Six Hours and Going Strong – He’s alluded at least three times to Alice in Wonderland, listened to a reading of William Travis’s letter – “victory or death” – at the Alamo, which fell 117 years ago today, and said he doesn’t really think President Obama is going to order the death of some guy sitting in a cafe.
But Rand Paul doesn’t want any president to have the power to ice lonely cafe-going American citizens. So, with the help of six Republicans and one Democrat (although Ron Wyden said he’ll eventually support Brennan), Paul has been talking. Since 10:47.
Mr. Smith would be proud. That’s how most Americans probably view a filibuster: Jimmy Stewart as Mr. Smith reading aloud for hours and hours in pursuit of righting some wrong.
The wrong for Rand Paul is the Obama administration’s targeted killing program – the use of drones to bomb suspected terrorists in foreign lands – is Constitutional. His concern hit a new level Monday when his office released a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder explaining that the administration feels it has the ability, in the extremely unlikely situation, to kill Americans on U.S. soil to avert an imminent terror attack. More than that, he sees no geographic or temporal limit to the war on terror. More on Paul and the very weighty issues of the 5th Amendment, executive privlege and secrecy - http://abcn.ws/12uxwSW
More on what Attorney General Eric Holder said about the potential for the “targeted killing” of Americans in America at a hearing on Capitol Hill today – http://abcn.ws/WvkQsp
Bipartisanship! It’s What’s for Dinner - Per Devin Dwyer: ”Tonight Obama will host a dinner party for a small group of 11 GOP senators, aides to several participants confirmed. Among the guests expected at the table are Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.
“After a first term marred by gridlock with Republicans on core fiscal issues, the invite signals a new attempt to break the partisan impasse on taxes and spending cuts. The overture also suggests Obama wants to salvage prospects for his other top agenda items, including an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system and a compromise on gun control.
“Administration officials said tonight’s meal will take place at the Jefferson Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House, and will be closed to the press. The list of guests was compiled by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina at Obama’s request, an official told ABC News.
“Meantime, the president has requested separate meetings next week with all House and Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill, officials said. The request was submitted by White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.”
Full report from Dwyer, Sunlen Miller and John Parkinson – http://abcn.ws/WuUh6J
Yahoo!’s Olivier Knox reports diners tonight could, but probably won’t eat a $1,776.00 prix fixe meal. http://yhoo.it/YNVQH8
Still Waiting for Their Obama Date? Senate Women - http://abcn.ws/WT9xuD (Alexandra Dukakis)
House Passes Six-Month Stopgap Bill to Fund Government-The House voted today to pass the continuing resolution and fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, making a shutdown later this month doubtful.http://abcn.ws/13FWCxA (John Parkinson)
‘Snowquester’: The DC Disaster That Wasn’t-Washington, D.C. was even more unproductive than usual this morning, with local schools, the federal government and offices that follow OMB’s guidance on weather warnings taking the day off in preparation for up to a foot of snow.Too bad the snow never came. http://abcn.ws/XTvdEI (Sarah Parnass)
FAA to Close 173 Control Towers at Small Airports-The federal government will close down 173 small airport towers next month, according to an industry association.http://abcn.ws/VH5G23 (Chris Good)
Sequester at Home: Medicare Cuts Mean Tough Choices for Colo. Hospitals-As federal employees are contemplating smaller paychecks this week, administrators at rural hospitals are struggling just to keep their balance sheets in the black, thanks to the sequester. http://abcn.ws/XTs3k5(Sarah Parnass)
US May Have Wasted $8 Billion in Effort to Rebuild Iraq-Almost 10 years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an accounting of the $60 billion the U.S. spent to help rebuild the country has determined that at least $8 billion of it may have been wasted, a figure equal to 15 percent of the funds the U.S. dedicated to the effort. http://abcn.ws/10gnUd4 (Luis Martinez)
Hugo Chávez Death: Fixing the US -Venezuela Relationship Won’t Be Easy-The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez removes one of the United States’ foremost geopolitical foes from Latin America, sparking hope among U.S. officials that could lead to improved relations in the region. But it won’t be easy.http://abcn.ws/10g5ysM (Jordan Fabian)
Ashley Judd Weighs Senate Bid as McConnell Does Harlem Shake-Actress Ashley Judd is “seriously considering” running for Senate, according to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. http://abcn.ws/W5sgjA (Jilian Fama)
The Menendez Prostitution ‘Scandal’: How It Happened-New Jersey Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez is demanding an investigation into the political operatives who may have been behind an elaborate plot to embroil him in an international sex scandal.http://abcn.ws/13Gw1kg (RHONDA SCHWARTZ, BRIAN ROSS and NED BERKOWITZ)
‘The Nintendo Medal’? New Military Award for Drone Pilots Draws Hill Protest-The Pentagon’s newest military honor, symbolized by a two-inch bronze medallion, has sparked fierce debate over the nation’s growing corps of drone pilots and cyberwarriors and how to commend their service, which happens far from an actual battlefield.http://abcn.ws/Zfxabh (Devin Dwyer)