-- Also coming this week: The Senate's report on CIA torture, however heavily redacted it may be, and a possible deal on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which is likely to be a midway point between the Senate-passed reauthorization and termination, which Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) backs.
-- The Obama administration will announce new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement agencies. Agents will be barred from considering gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity when opening new cases. The new policies, to be announced today by Attorney General Eric Holder, will only cover state and local officers when they are participating in federal law enforcement task forces. (Washington Post)
-- The U.S. said it was unaware of talks between a South African humanitarian relief group and Yemeni militants before Special Forces units raided an al Qaeda camp on Friday, when two hostages were killed. The humanitarian group had apparently secured the release of one of the hostages, Pierre Korkie, a native South African. U.S. intelligence agencies said they believed the militants were going to kill American hostage Luke Somers the next day, making the raid necessary. (Associated Press)
-- Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday he thinks a nuclear deal with Iran will be reached in three or four months, before the self-imposed June 30 deadline. Kerry's appearance at the Saban Forum was preceded by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who took credit for blocking what Israel saw as a bad deal between the P5+1 and Iran. (Washington Post) Israel carried out airstrikes on Syrian government positions near Damascus on Sunday, apparently targeting both the main international airport and a smaller airport in Dimas. (Washington Post)
-- Republicans will hold at least 246 seats in the 114th Congress, tying the post-World War II high during Harry Truman's administration after runoffs in Louisiana on Saturday. Arizona's 2nd district is the only outstanding race; Air Force veteran Martha McSally (R) leads Rep. Ron Barber (D) by just 161 votes, with a recount pending. If McSally wins, she would be the 247th Republican, the largest number since 1931, during the Hoover administration. (Associated Press)
-- Front Pages: WaPo leads with a look at the forthcoming fight on climate rules, most of which will play out in the states (see below). NYT reports on 6 Guantanamo detainees being resettled in Uruguay. USA Today banner: "Gitmo release draws backlash." WSJ leads with banks urging businesses to move their money elsewhere. LA Times: "Fewer pass state bar exam."
National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.
-- WH'16: Ready for Hillary? Several registered Democrats in Iowa reported receiving a "lengthy message-testing poll" about Hillary Clinton over the last few days. The poll also asked about Vice President Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). (Bleeding Heartland) Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will take part in a forum hosted by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in Des Moines in January. (Des Moines Register)
-- Louisiana: Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) easily swept aside Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) in a Saturday runoff, giving Republicans their 8th pickup of the year. Cassidy won 56 percent to 44 percent. Physician Ralph Abraham (R) easily defeated Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo (D) in the 5th district runoff, where Rep. Vance McAllister (R) finished far behind in the November primary. Former Bobby Jindal advisor Garret Graves (R) cruised past former Gov. Edwin Edwards (D) to take Cassidy's open 6th district. (Washington Post, New Orleans Times-Picayune) Landrieu improved on her 2002 runoff performance in just 7 of 64 parishes, according to Greg Giroux's tally.
-- Kansas: New campaign reports show Democrats spent money trying to elect venture capitalist Greg Orman (I), despite insisting they were staying out of the race against Sen. Pat Roberts (R). Senate Majority PAC sent $1.5 million to two outside groups that backed Orman, according to new FEC documents. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated another $1 million to a pro-Orman group, too. (Kansas City Star) Roberts won by almost 11 points.
-- Wyoming: A state legislative committee will vote next week on a Medicaid expansion plan backed by Gov. Matt Mead (R). The Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee, meeting before the full legislature convenes next year, will consider the so-called SHARE plan, along with an alternative that looks more like Indiana's modified Medicaid expansion. (Casper Star-Tribune) Mead said last week he would back a plan to expand Medicaid. (Washington Post)
-- Wisconsin: State lawmakers are considering changes to the "John Doe" law after two investigations into Gov. Scott Walker's (R) campaign. Republicans who back the changes say they want additional layers of judicial review to avoid "prosecutions run amok." The John Doe law allows a prosecutor, under the supervision of a judge, to investigate whether a crime has been committed, and by whom. One of the two investigations into old Walker campaigns is still ongoing. (Associated Press)
-- Illinois: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) formally kicked off his bid for a second term Saturday at a film studio on the West Side, pledging to bring high-speed internet to every neighborhood in the city. He's already raised more than $10 million; he faces Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who has support from the state SEIU, Alderman Bob Fioretti and and seven other minor candidates in the February 24 election. If no candidate scores a majority, the top two finishers head to an April 7 runoff. (Chicago Sun-Times)
DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.
-- President Obama meets Prince William this morning in the Oval Office before meeting a group of middle school students participating in a coding event for Computer Science Education Week. This afternoon, Obama sits down with Stephen Colbert at George Washington University for an interview for one of Colbert's last shows.
-- Vice President Biden will meet William and hang out with the coding kids this morning. This afternoon, he'll deliver remarks to foster children at an event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where he'll be joined by his daughter, Ashley.
-- The House will be back Tuesday.
-- The Senate returns at 2 p.m. today with first votes postponed until 5:30. They'll vote to confirm nominees to serve on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the National Labor Relations Board and ARPA-E, all of whom reached cloture on Thursday.
-- Former President George W. Bush and his advisors will support former intelligence officials in challenging the assertions of the Senate's report on CIA torture practices. Those intelligence officials have reassured Bush and his team they did not deceive them. Former top CIA officials George Tenet, Michael Hayden and John McLaughlin are organizing the defense of the interrogation program. (New York Times) Jose Rodriguez, the CIA agent who ran the program, wrote this weekend that some of the same critics were urging the agency to be as harsh as necessary in the wake of Sept. 11. (Washington Post)
-- Hey, friends of Ron Bonjean: Here's a hint on the special guest at this year's Christmas party.
B1: Business, politics and the business of politics
-- New statistics released Monday show the Japanese economy contracted by 1.9 percent in the third quarter, an even sharper drop than initially reported. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek a mandate for more economic reforms in snap elections to be held on Sunday. Polls suggest Abe's Liberal Democratic Party is likely to maintain or even increase their majority. (Washington Post)
-- Oil, gas and coal lobbyists pitched dozens of state legislators at an ALEC meeting last week on model bills that would help states block or delay new EPA environmental rules. The measures could be used to delay the federal rulemaking process and to lay the foundation for new lawsuits. Americans for Prosperity has already started advertising in two dozen Republican-held House districts, urging lawmakers to oppose tax breaks for wind energy firms. (Washington Post)
-- Stock futures are mixed before the bell today after markets rose Friday. Asian markets closed higher today, but most European markets are trading lower. (CNN)
C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.
-- In case you missed this weekend's Peter Baker/Amy Chozick look at oral histories of Bill Clinton's presidency, released last month by the Mill Center at the University of Virginia, even some of Clinton's closest allies doubted his ability to be president. Hillary Clinton told him not to run in 1988, even though he thought it would be good for his career. Clinton fumed to his friend Peter Edelman then-Sen. Al Gore (D-Tenn.) was spreading rumors about his infidelity. Future HHS Secretary Donna Shalala told Alice Rivlin Clinton's "woman problem" would keep him from ever being president.
-- Shalala also tried to tell Hillary Clinton their health care push was headed for disaster. "[S]he told me I was just jealous that I wasn’t in charge and that was why I was complaining," Shalala told Edelman. Some in the Clinton economic team called Hillary Clinton's health care team "the Bolsheviks." A fascinating look into the Clinton administration from the New York Times.
C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work
-- Presidents of 36 private colleges and universities receive pay packages worth more than $1 million, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education's latest survey. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson made $7.1 million in 2012, the highest salary in the country. Twenty-eight college presidents, all of whom run religious schools, receive no pay. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Georgetown President John DeGioia made $1,292,786 in 2012. George Washington University President Steven Knapp made $1,263,034. Full list here.
-- Headline of the Day: "Chlorine gas sickens 19 at furries convention." One attendee, on the convention: "It's kind of weird, but it's not weird here." Yes, there's a photo. (Associated Press)
Attn Matt Drudge: Things conservatives will get outraged by today.
-- Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) is pushing to include a waiver in the continuing resolution that would allow school districts to opt out of federal guidelines requiring more fruit and vegetables in school lunches for a year if those districts lose money on the meal programs. Similar language stalled this summer after First Lady Michelle Obama lobbied hard for her lunch program. (Associated Press)
Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today
-- House Appropriations Committee chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) are pushing a rider that would block D.C.'s marijuana legalization, which passed by a wide margin this November. The White House has said it "strongly opposes" any efforts to interfere with D.C. law. (National Journal) Your author wonders if we can get a full week of bipartisan outrage over policy riders.