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Obama Urges Renewed Peace Talks: President Obama made an appeal for renewed peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians on Thursday, as he continued his Middle East trip. He was also heckled at one point.
Reid Moves Ahead On Gun Control: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to start the process tonight of beginning the debate over proposed new gun control measures. The package will include provisions for universal background checks on gun purchases. Reid has set the debate over guns as the first item of business when the Senate returns from its recess next month.
DNC Debt Rises: The Democratic National Committee’s debt level stood at $21.9 million at the end of February, an increase from the $20.6 million it was carrying in late November, after the election. What’s more, the DNC’s cash on hand total has been reduced since late November, meaning the committee is spending more than it’s taking in, but isn’t spending that cash to pay off its debt.
CR Heads To Obama’s Desk: The House approved a stopgap spending measure to keep the government funded through the end of the fiscal year. The House also passed Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint. Ten Republicans voted against it.
Hillary leads Rubio, Bush on Home Turf: Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton (D) leads former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) 51 percent to 40 percent in a Qunnipiac University poll of Sunshine State voters. Clinton leads Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) 52 percent to 41 percent. All three are viewed as potential 2016 presidential contenders.
Republicans Form Oppo Group: A trio of Republican operatives will lead a new group called America Rising, a conservative opposition research effort. Former Mitt Romney campaign manager Matt Rhodes will lead the effort. He’ll be joined by Joe Pounder and Tim Miller, two Republican National Committee staffers.
Bachmann Has Harsh Words for Obamacare: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Obamacare would “literally” kill women, children and senior citizens.
Not Going To Do It: Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) ruled out a primary challenge against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R). But he didn’t rule out supporting another challenger.
THE FIX MIX:
You snooze, you lose — literally.