EARLIER ON THE FIX:
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
CPAC Day One Roundup: Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Mitt Romney and Arizona Sen. John McCain are not conservatives, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul suggested McCain’s GOP is “stale and moss-covered,” and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio went anti-47 percent. And don’t look for former Florida governor Jeb Bush on the straw poll. Former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint, meanwhile, will address the conference this evening.
Christie’s Non-Presence: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he wished New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were invited to the conservative confab.
Assault Weapons Ban Advances: The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a proposed assault weapons ban to consideration by the full Senate — but not before a heated exchange between Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Back To The Hill: President Obama’s third day of meetings this week with lawmakers on Capitol Hill brought him together for sessions with Senate Republicans and House Democrats. Senate Republicans seemed upbeat after their meeting.
Biden’s Office Apologizes: Vice President Biden’s office apologized to a University Of Maryland student after a member of the vice president’s staff forced the college rerpoter to delete photos of an event.
Thanks But No Thanks: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he’s too busy to travel to the Vatican with Biden next week.
Clinton Leads Christie: Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton (D) leads Christie 47 percent to 42 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll of Pennsylvania voters. Clinton leads Rubio and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) by wider margins in the survey.
More Markey Momentum: The Massachusetts Service Employees International Union endorsed Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in another setback for Rep. Stephen Lynch’s chances in the Democratic Senate primary.
THE FIX MIX:
March Madness? How about Math Madness.