-- Washington Post's Paul Kane picks it up from there: Will Republicans and some Democrats (looking at you, Sen. Ron Wyden) use this week to roll out the much-anticipated legislation to create fast-track rules for pending trade deals? If so, expect Senate Finance to move quickly with the legislation. Then it's up to Senate leaders (who will go first) and House leaders to time floor votes.
-- The Senate must act quickly on the House-passed permanent doc fix.
-- Speaking of the Senate, we'd love to be flies on the wall late Monday afternoon in Harry Reid's Capitol office for the first Democratic leadership huddle since the Nevadan announced he would retire at the end of 2016 and his trio of lieutenants -- Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and Patty Murray -- engaged in a delicate dance over who gets seats No 2 and No 3 come 2017.
-- A more sober issue: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up chairman Bob Corker's (R-Tenn.) legislation Tuesday to set up Congressional review of some aspects of a pending nuclear pact with Iran.
-- Finally, kudos to Kevin McCarthy for re-starting the traditional pen-and-pad pressers by the House majority leader after a three-plus-year absence when Eric cantor nixed the decades-long tradition after a bunch of bad outings in late 2011 and 2012. McCarthy holds his first pen-and-pad Monday; the events will be semi-regular, rather than weekly.
-- Hillary Clinton: The People's Champion. The Post's Anne Gearan on Clinton's pledge to "earn your vote": "The studied understatement was intentional, an attempt to answer critics who wrote off her 2008 campaign as a nervy juggernaut of ambition and guile. This time, Clinton seems to be saying, the campaign is about voters and not about her." Clinton resigned from the board of the family foundation on Sunday evening.
-- She'll hold two days of events in Iowa this week, starting in Monticello on Tuesday. She won't hold her first major rally until the end of May, marking the end of a series of small-scale events patterned after the listening tour she embarked upon when running for a Senate seat 15 years ago. (Washington Post) Clinton's announcement tweet, sent at 3:27 p.m. Eastern Time, had been viewed 12 million times as of midnight.
-- RT @BrianStelter: "15 minutes into Clinton's campaign launch -- only U.S. Twitter trend higher than 'Hillary Clinton' is '#WhyImNotVotingForHillary.'" // RT @PhilipRucker: "The only place we see Bill Clinton on the Hillary launch website is in archive photos on her bio page. #backstageadviser."
-- But lo! Enter Marco Rubio, who will announce his presidential campaign this evening in Miami. Rubio will announce in front of Freedom Tower, the site where the federal government once processed Cuban immigrants fleeing the Castro regime. He'll head to Boston for a fundraiser Thursday before attending a presidential forum for Republican candidates in Nashua, N.H., on Friday. Rubio's fundraising goal by the time the primaries roll around: $50 million. Since winning a city commission seat in West Miami at age 26, Rubio has never lost an election. (Washington Post)
-- "Monday’s event will be the first Miami presidential kick off since Bob Graham’s in 2004." (Miami Herald) Don't miss this long, deeply-reported look back at how Rubio got here, from the Tampa Bay Times's Alex Leary.
-- A secret non-profit group tied to Rubio's new super PAC, Conservative Solutions Project Inc., commissioned a deeply-reported 270-page political research document on early-state primary voters, prepared by a firm on Rubio's payroll. PAC spokesman Jeff Sadosky said the two groups were related, but that they are separate and distinct entities. The research on early state voters, drafted by Optimus Consulting, was published, so anyone -- including Rubio's campaign -- can use it for free. (National Journal)
-- The Democracy Alliance, the liberal version of the Koch brothers' network, is preparing to pour tens of millions of dollars into efforts to win state legislative seats ahead of redistricting after the 2020 elections. The five-year plan, called 2020 Vision, will be the hot topic at this week's private Democracy Alliance conference in San Francisco. The plan also recommends donors back groups like the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center and the State Innovation Exchange, groups that lobby for liberal policies in the states. (Washington Post)
-- Reid's Take: There may be no single part of politics in which Republicans dominate more than they have in state legislatures. The timing of the 2010 GOP wave gave Republicans the chance to draw their own legislative districts in dozens of states, putting Democrats in a terrible position as they struggle to climb back even in states their presidential nominee will carry easily. Smart move by the Democracy Alliance, but are they too late?
-- Every week, our friends at Facebook give us a peek behind the curtain at the political news stories that generated the most buzz. We usually bring them to you Friday, but here's a special Monday edition of last week's stories:
-- 10. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says businesses should be able to turn away gay customers. 9. Ohio state Rep. Ron Hood proposes measure to allow anyone over 21 to carry a concealed weapon. 8. Former Vice President Dick Cheney says President Obama wants "to take America down." 7. 148 people killed in Al-Shabab attack on Kenya university. 6. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signs bill banning second-trimester abortion procedure.
-- 5. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found guilty on all 30 federal counts in Boston Marathon bombing trial. 4. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announces presidential bid. 3. Kansas legislature passes bill tightening restrictions on how welfare recipients can spend government assistance. 2. John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden. 1. South Carolina police officer charged with murder after video of shooting death becomes public.
In The States
-- Florida: State CFO Jeff Atwater (R) is telling supporters and friends he will not run for Rubio's seat in 2016, after visiting with the NRSC and putting together parts of a campaign team earlier this year. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R) is gearing up for a run. So is Rep. Ron DeSantis (R), who would play the role of the tea party contender. (Tampa Bay Times)
-- Illinois: Rep. Bill Foster (D) won't run against Sen. Mark Kirk (R) in 2016, another sign Democrats are clearing the field for Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D). Duckworth campaigned with another one-time would-be rival, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D), in Rockford and Rock Island last week. Rep. Robin Kelly (D) is the only other big-name Dem considering a bid. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell headlined a fundraiser for Kirk on Sunday at the Westin Chicago North Shore. (Chicago Sun-Times)
-- Oregon: Smart take from Oregon native Nathan Gonzales: "Until there is a credible challenger, any talk about [Sen. Ron] Wyden losing a primary should be dismissed," despite progressive groups saber-rattling over trade. "This isn’t the first time Wyden has been at odds with his party’s base. Some of his past health care proposals and stances on the environment have stirred liberal criticism. But that’s a long way from him being defeated for re-election." (Roll Call) And/but: The division within the Democratic Party over trade is real. Just watch what happens when TPA hits the Senate floor.
-- President Obama attends a meeting of leaders of American Jewish organizations this afternoon in the Roosevelt Room, along with National Security adviser Susan Rice. Later, he'll do interviews with local news anchors from Columbus, Harrisburg, Madison, Portland and Sioux Falls to talk about the economy. He'll meet with Jewish community leaders again this evening.
-- Vice President Biden delivers remarks at a green jobs conference at the Washington Hilton this afternoon. Tomorrow, he'll address the University of Notre Dame Leaders Symposium at the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown.
-- The House meets at 2 p.m. today, with votes postponed until 6:30. They'll consider six measures under suspension, including one measure to clarify the application of the Expedited Funds Availability Act to residents in American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands, a bill sponsored by Rep. Amata Radewagen (R-American Samoa), owner of the best name in Congress today (We covered her when she was a member of the RNC).
-- The Senate meets at 2 p.m. before proceeding to executive session at 5 p.m. to consider a U.S. District Court nominee. They'll take a roll call vote at about 5:30 p.m.
-- Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine has submitted his letter of resignation to the Capitol Police Board, though it's not clear if the board will accept. On the job since late 2012, Dine has frustrated both rank-and-file officers and the board that supervises the department. (Roll Call)
-- The Metropolitan Police Department will lead the investigation into a man who shot himself on the West Front on Saturday, Dine said. Law enforcement officers who responded did not fire their weapons, and a bomb squad didn't find any hazardous materials in the man's belongings. (Roll Call)
Business, Politics and the Business of Politics
-- CBS News political director John Dickerson will replace retiring "Face the Nation" anchor Bob Schieffer, the show announced Sunday. Dickerson's got a long connection to the show: His mother Nancy was CBS's first female Washington correspondent, and she worked as an assistant producer on "Face." (Washington Post, Politico)
-- We're going off the grid for a few days. Back Thursday, have a good week.