PM NOTE - Drone Strikes, Immigration Irritation and 'Barely a Fart' from Rick Perry

White House: Drone Strikes on US Terror Suspects 'Legal,' 'Ethical,' 'Wise' - The White House today defended the use of targeted drone strikes against U.S. citizens abroad suspected of high-level terrorist activity, but declined to detail the criteria for ordering such an attack. (Mary Bruce)

QOTD: "It's not a serious story guys.. …its not a burp, it's barely a fart." - California Gov. Jerry Brown on Texas Gov. Rick Perry's ad telling entrepreneurs in the Golden State to come build their businesses in his state.

Immigration: The Issue of the Day - The House Judiciary Committee held Congress' first hearing on immigration reform this afternoon. Outside of Congress House Majority Leader Eric gave his own two-cents on the issue, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is set to speak about border security in El Paso, Texas tonight.

Read about that when it happens here: (Sarah Parnass & Chris Good)

Republicans used the hearing to push for a position short of establishing a pathway to citizenship in immigration reform but without issuing mass deportation either. (Arlette Saenz)

Cantor, on the other hand, attempted to project a softer Republican tone on immigration during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute. For children of illegal immigrants - the DREAMers - Cantor said there must be a path to citizenship. (Emily Deruy)

Univision and Yahoo! News invited both sides to chat about the immigration debate earlier today. It's too late to participate, but you can read what went on. (Jordan Fabian & Liz Goodwin)

Both sides still have a ways to go until Republicans and Democrats agree on an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. House Speaker John Boehner today praised the ongoing efforts of two bipartisan groups of congressional lawmakers, but he emphasized that an effective overhaul of the nation's immigration laws (like all things in Congress) will take time to work out. (John Parkinson)

And in news of other partisan divides…

Stalling on the Sequester - President Obama is asking Congress for a short-term package of spending cuts and tax revenue to head off deep across-the-board budget cuts set to kick in March 1. (Mary Bruce)

GOP Blasts Obama's Deficit Reduction Proposals as 'Last Thing Americans Need' - Republicans criticized President Obama's call today for a short-term deficit reduction package of spending cuts and tax revenue to postpone the deep automatic cuts known as sequestration that would begin the first week of March if a deficit cutting deal is not reached. (Jilian Fama)

What do Flo Rida, Coldplay and the Swedish House Mafia have in common? Marco Rubio

Rock Out with Rubio - Wondering what tunes Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is listening to these days? Well the young Florida senator has taken to Spotify, the popular music streaming service, to share his current go-to songs. (Arlette Saenz)

Christie on Weight Struggle: 'Of Course I Care About It' - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie revealed more about coping with his weight today, just after he joined in on the fat jokes Monday night during an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman." (Shushannah Walshe)

Mass. Senate Race to Get Token Republican? - Massachusetts Republicans got a glimmer of hope this morning after days of rejections from heavy-hitting politicians weighing possible runs in the state's upcoming special election. Republican state Rep. Dan Winslow said today he is forming an exploratory committee for the U.S. Senate seat vacated when John Kerry went to head the State Department. (Shushannah Walshe & Elizabeth Hartfield)

Politician Tweets Made And Regretted - Mr. Senator, step away from the iPhone.Like many members of the public, some politicians have regretted remarks posted to social media. #twitterworldproblems (Anjuli Sastry)

Ron Paul Clarifies 'By the Sword' Tweet on Sniper's Death - Ron Paul is blaming foreign wars for the death of ex-Navy sniper Chris Kyle at a Texas gun range. (Chris Good)

A GOP Mess In Massachusetts (The Note) - So, who exactly is left to run for the GOP in the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts? (Michael Falcone)

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