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* Brennan Confirmed: A day after Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul's marathon filibuster, John Brennan was confirmed by the Senate to be the next director of the CIA. And Paul said he was satisfied with the Obama administration's response to his question about its drone program.

* Table For Three: President Obama's GOP charm offensive continued Thursday over lunch with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). A White House official said Obama had a "constructive discussion" with the two. Ryan thanked Obama for hosting a "frank discussion."

* New Polling On Guns: A new Quinnipiac University poll illustrates why the consensus on Capitol Hill is that a measure requiring universal background checks on gun purchases stands a better chance of passage than a ban on assault weapons. The poll shows nearly nine in 10 voters (88 percent) support universal background checks, while 54 percent support an assault weapons ban. Voters are split when it comes to who they trust to do a better job handling gun policy, with 44 percent saying Congressional Republicans and 42 percent saying Obama.

* Never Too Early... Patriot Super PAC is up in Iowa with a very, very small $4,300 ad buy hitting Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), a potential 2016 presidential candidate, over the issue of taxes.

* Speaking Of 2016 ... The Quinnipiac University survey shows that former secretary of state Hillary Clinton (D) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) are their party's top prospects for the presidential race.

* Coming Soon: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the committee's internal review of the 2012 election will be released on March 18. He also signaled proposed changes to the debate process.

* That's Colbert With a Hard T: Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch's first TV ad in South Carolina's 1st District special election focuses on her business experience.


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