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* President Obama will make his first trip to Israel as president next month. According to Israeli media, Obama is scheduled to arrive March 20.

* Obama called on Congress on Tuesday to pass a small package of spending cuts and tax changes to delay the start next month of deep cuts in domestic and defense spending known as the sequester.

* House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) sought to draw a road map for Republicans in a 30-minute speech in which he remarked: “Over the next two years, the House majority will pursue an agenda based on a shared vision of creating the conditions for health, happiness and prosperity for more Americans and their families." The speech earned him some praise from an unlikely source: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

* Next week, Obama will honor the six Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers and administrators who were killed trying to protect students during the mass shooting there last December. They will posthumously receive the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal.


* Obama's head speechwriter, Jon Favreau, is leaving his position at the White House. He may do some screenwriting.

* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) might get a Republican challenger. Atlantic City lawyer, talk show host and conservative activist Seth Grossman is considering running against him. Grossman would not be expected to pose a serious threat to the governor, if he runs.

* Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will speak at CPAC next month.

* Democratic strategist Travis Lowe is joining the firm Three Point Media. Lowe headed up the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's independent expenditure program last cycle.


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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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