5) The White House is seeking to reassure Muslims
ahead of congressional hearings into homegrown Islamic terrorism.
4) Former Ambassador to Luxembourg Ann Wagner
(R) is laying the online groundwork
for a potential statewide campaign in Missouri. Meanwhile, former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack
(D) has taken concrete steps
in the past two months toward preparing for a campaign for Congress next year.
3) The Obama administration is looking at
tapping the nation's oil reserves as rising gas prices continue to dominate the news, upstaging last Friday's jobs report.
2) The administration is also heaping praise
on outgoing Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman
(R), signaling the potential general election threat they perceive he poses.
1) Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
(R) focused on jobs
in a speech in New Hampshire over the weekend, only briefly defending the health care plan he signed into law in Massachusetts that many view as an albatross. Meanwhile, do Barbour
also have to worry about their records on health care?
Bonus item: The Senate is not the only place with high profile retirement announcements in the news. Citing medical issues, Phil Collins
is bidding the music business adieu