-- House Republicans had no clear path to funding DHS as of late Sunday other than giving up their efforts to block President Obama's executive actions on immigration. A clean funding bill would attract most, if not all, Democratic votes, though that would open Speaker John Boehner up to heat from his right flank. (Washington Post) House Democratic aides say Speaker John Boehner promised them a vote on the Senate-passed DHS funding bill this week. Boehner's office denied any such promise was made. (National Journal)
-- Boehner allies worry members of the conservative Freedom Caucus could call for a vote to "vacate the chair," the only way to remove a sitting Speaker. Thirty or more Republicans could vote to oust Boehner, putting his fate in Democratic hands. But Democrats say they're not likely to vote to kick Boehner out, given the precedent that would set. (Washington Post)
-- President Obama will sit down for an interview with Reuters this afternoon, and national security adviser Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power address AIPAC to make the administration's case for a nuclear deal with Iran. Netanyahu, who arrived in Washington on Sunday, also speaks to AIPAC today before addressing Congress on Tuesday. (Washington Post, New York Times)
-- The Justice Department will issue a report criticizing police in Ferguson, Mo., for making discriminatory traffic stops of African American residents that helped foster the thorny relationship between the department and the community. The report criticizes the police department for disproportionately ticketing and arresting African Americans, in part to help balance the city's budget through fines. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said he's considering a citizen-led board to oversee the police force. (New York Times)
-- Watch the Ice: The federal government will open on a two-hour delay, and school systems in Alexandria and D.C. are opening late, too. Arlington, Montgomery and Prince George's County schools are closed today. Full list of closings and delays here. Temperatures will rise above freezing this morning as the fog burns off, with highs topping out around 40 degrees. We're back to a wintry mix tomorrow. (Capital Weather Gang)
-- Front Pages: WaPo leads with Boehner's DHS funding conundrum. NYT reports on Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to hammer out a nuclear deal with Iran (see below). WSJ leads with Netanyahu's visit to the U.S., and the LA Times leads with the state GOP's acceptance of a gay Republican group.
White House 2016: The long, strange road to Pennsylvania Ave.
-- Clinton: Hillary Clinton and her close advisors are telling donors she'll formally become a candidate in April, in order to allow her to start raising real money. John Podesta is among those pushing her to get in earlier. Clinton has been meeting with policy experts to help her craft a message, and Huma Abedin is holding private meetings with eventual supporters. (Wall Street Journal)
-- Bush: The talking points former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will use to tout his own record: He cut taxes by $19 billion, fought the teacher's unions to reform education, ended Affirmative Action and cut state jobs. Bush talked up his record in private meetings with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins and RedState editor Erick Erickson. (Washington Post) Bush's campaign said he won't sign any "no new taxes" pledges if and when he decides to run. (Reuters) Bush will be in Las Vegas today to chat with local Republicans. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
-- Walker: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's PAC has hired former RNC deputy chief of staff Wells Griffith and Danny O'Driscoll, who directed Wisconsin operations for Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign. (Time)
-- Perry: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has hired Targeted Victory and co-founder Michael Beach to handle data and analytics for his 2016 bid. Beach will be working almost full time with Perry's team.
National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.
-- Arizona: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over an independent panel that redrew Arizona's district lines in 2012. Republicans in the state legislature have sued the Independent Redistricting Commission, in hopes of reclaiming the right to redraw district boundary lines. The commission was establishing in 2000 through a ballot measure, but the legislature contends the Constitution gives them the power to redraw district boundaries. (Arizona Republic) One of the most politically significant, if overlooked, cases of the term.
-- Missouri: Funeral services for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (R), who killed himself last week, are scheduled for Tuesday. Former Sen. Jack Danforth (R) will deliver the eulogy, and he's expected to address a whisper campaign and an early radio ad against Schweich. Calls for state GOP chairman John Hancock's resignation are expected to begin after the funeral. (Kansas City Star) There is more to this story, for sure.
-- Florida: State CFO Jeff Atwater (R) was in D.C. over the weekend meeting with the NRSC about a possible 2016 Senate bid, in case Sen. Marco Rubio (R) runs for president. He tweeted a photo of himself meeting with Florida residents hanging out at CPAC on Thursday. (New York Times)
-- New York: Democrats have selected city councilman Vincent Gentile (D) to run for the open seat left by former Rep. Michael Grimm (R) in the May 5 special election. Gentile represents Brooklyn on the city council, and he represented a part of Staten Island in the state Senate. He'll face Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan (R). (Staten Island Advance) Gentile said Sunday he'll make an issue out of Donovan's handling of the Eric Garner grand jury. (New York Daily News)
-- Virginia: Libertarian and tea party activists are battling with centrist conservatives for control of the state Republican Party, a rift that has observers worried about the party's ability to compete in statewide elections. The conservative coalition that runs the state party at the moment is considering holding a convention to nominate a presidential candidate, rather than a primary. Republicans haven't won a statewide election in Virginia since 2009, though they control eight of 11 Congressional districts and the General Assembly. (Washington Post)
DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.
-- President Obama meets with members of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing this morning in the Roosevelt Room to hear their recommendations. This afternoon, he'll meet with the Technology CEO Council for a chat on trade, cybersecurity, immigration and tax reform.
-- Vice President Biden leaves Washington this morning for two days of meetings with Central American leaders. He arrives in Guatemala City this afternoon, where he'll sit down with Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and El Salvador President Sanchez Ceren. He'll address a gathering of private sector representatives this evening.
-- The House meets at noon, with first votes postponed until 6:30 p.m. They'll consider a veterans care bill and a measure allowing the Secretary of the VA to claw back bonuses and awards paid to some of the agency's staffers, both under suspension of the rules.
-- The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. to resume consideration of the DHS appropriations bill. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will file cloture on a motion to take the previously-passed funding bill to conference, a motion that Democrats will block. That vote is expected at 5:30 p.m.
-- Secretary of State John Kerry is back in Switzerland for nuclear talks with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif. Meetings this week in Montreux will be the eighth time this year that Kerry and Zarif have met. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Ali Akbar Salehi, director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, will also be in Montreux. (New York Times)
-- All You Need To Know About King v. Burwell: Supreme Court justices will interpret a six-word phrase within the Affordable Care Act -- "an Exchange established by the state" -- to determine whether people living in states that didn't establish their own exchange are eligible for subsidies. The Treasury Department official responsible for making the changes in the tax code under the ACA didn't realize there was more than one way to read that six-word phrase until she saw a BNA article. Treasury ultimately adopted the broader reading of the law because, they reasoned, that was Congress's intent. (Washington Post)
B1: Business, politics and the business of politics
-- MGM Resorts says it's on track to open a $1.2 billion casino with 3,600 slot machines and 140 gaming tables at National Harbor by 2016. By Memorial Day, there will be nine cranes working on the 23-acre site. The casino will eventually create 4,000 jobs. (Washington Post)
-- Stock futures are flat this morning after the Dow dropped 81 points on Friday. Asian markets closed higher on Monday, but European markets are trading lower. (CNN)
C1: Take time to digest the long reads
-- Hillary Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu have known each other since she hosted him at the White House as First Lady. But their relationship is complicated: During a 2010 call, Clinton criticized Netanyahu for announcing a plan to build new settlements while Vice President Joe Biden was in Israel, a move that embarrassed the U.S. Clinton spoke for 43 of the 45 minutes they were on the phone. They call each other by their first names, though they are not personal friends. (Washington Post)
-- Eric Braverman, CEO of the Clinton Foundation, quit his $395,000-a-year job last month amid infighting between old Clinton hands. Braverman's predecessor, Bruce Lindsey, questioned his initiatives, aimed at reforming the billion-dollar organization, directly to Bill Clinton. Others complained when Braverman hired a media relations director, a move seen as promoting himself. And donors were troubled when Braverman invested $250 million of the foundation's money, an endowment, with Summit Rock Advisers, where Chelsea Clinton's best friend is the managing director. (Politico)
Attn Matt Drudge: What outrages conservatives today
-- The Daily Beast on Friday retracted a story from a college columnist who said Gov. Scott Walker (R) had removed language in his budget that required universities to report sexual assaults on campus. Walker's budget removed the language at the request of the University of Wisconsin, which said it was redundant. Other language upholding the federal Cleary Act remains in effect. (Daily Beast, TownHall) That's two strikes for botched Walker coverage in recent weeks.
Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today
-- The first call for a Senate nuclear option came from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) this weekend on "Meet the Press." McCarthy said Mitch McConnell should use the nuclear option to move the DHS funding bill. But McCarthy loved Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) 13-hour filibuster of CIA director John Brennan's nomination back in 2013. (Huffington Post)