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* Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will meet with President Obama on Tuesday to discuss immigration reform. McCain is the lead Republican in a bipartisan Senate group working to reach an accord on a reform proposal. Graham is also a member of the group. The meeting comes on the heels of complaints by McCain and other Republicans that the president had not been reaching out enough to the Republicans in the bipartisan group.

* There were little or no signs of progress Monday toward averting the deep spending cuts known as the sequester, which are set to begin kicking in Friday. Obama urged governors he met with to lobby their states' congressional delegations to pass an acceptable plan to avert the sequester, while Republican Governors Association Chairman Bobby Jindal told reporters that the president has been trying to "scare" Americans about the impact of the sequester. Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, GOP leaders added to a chorus of Republicans expressing skepticism about the White House's warnings.

* A Senate Judiciary Committee vote on a proposed ban on assault-style weapons could occur as soon as Thursday. The committee released a list of four bills it plans to consider, including the proposed ban, which has met with opposition from members of both parties but which might still advance from the committee on a party line vote. The list of bills could change, and Republicans could delay the meeting, so a vote is not a certainty. Overall, the bill would probably face a tough time passing the Senate, let alone the GOP-controlled House.

* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says the GOP "would be wise, whomever it is, to nominate a governor" for president in 2016.


* Former surgeon general C. Everett Coop has died at age 96.

* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) isn't being invited to CPAC.

* Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), arguably Ashley Judd's biggest supporter in the Bluegrass State, said he would "be surprised" if the actress doesn't challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in 2014.

* Massachusetts Reps. Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch have agreed to six debates in the race for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State John Kerry's old Senate seat. Three will be general issue debates, while the other three will each be focused on specific issues: Jobs & the economy, domestic policy and foreign policy.

* Over on the Republican side in the Bay State, state Rep. Dan Winslow's campaign announced Sunday that he has collected 25,000 signatures in his effort to get on the Republican primary ballot. Candidates must submit 10,000 valid signatures by Feb. 27 to get on the ballot.


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