White House: Nuclear Summit Ends With 2014 Deadline
• "The world leaders attending President Barack Obama's nuclear security summit agreed to secure all loose nuclear material by 2014," The Hill reports. "The agreement gave the administration a final victory in its two-day gathering, which focused on the growing nuclear threat."
• White House ethics adviser Norm Eisen is Obama's nominee for ambassador to the Czech Republic, the Washington Post reports.
• "Top White House officials last week pressed the chief executive officers of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to stop lobbying against a financial-regulatory bill advancing in Congress, according to people who attended the meeting," Bloomberg News reports.
Supreme Court: Obama Will Meet With Senate Leaders
• "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; and Judiciary ranking member Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., have been invited to" an "April 21 meeting at the White House" to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy with Obama, NationalJournal.com reports.
• "Democratic senators are urging" Obama "to abandon any hope of winning broad Republican support for his upcoming Supreme Court pick -- and to nominate, instead, a dominant liberal voice who will counteract the current conservative majority," Politico reports.
• "Senate Republicans on Tuesday warned" Obama "he'll face serious opposition to his Supreme Court nomination if he uses a landmark campaign finance case as a litmus test for a nominee," The Hill reports.
• Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., "two senators with significant legal backgrounds who have been mentioned as possible Supreme Court nominees, took themselves out of the running Tuesday," The Hill reports.
• Read NationalJournal.com's blog on the confirmation process, The Ninth Justice, for the latest news.
Politics: Democrat Wins Year's First House Election
• Florida Democrat Ted Deutch "won the nation's first congressional election of 2010, allowing his party to retain the overwhelmingly Democratic Palm Beach-Broward District 19 seat that 'fire-breathing liberal' Robert Wexler represented for 13 years," the Palm Beach Post reports.
• "Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has tapped Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) to lead his outreach to Members ahead of his prospective 2012 White House campaign," Roll Call (subscription) reports.
• "Former New York Republican Gov. George E. Pataki has decided not to mount an election challenge against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand this fall," the Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports. "Instead, he said in an interview Tuesday that he would create a new national organization aimed at building support to repeal the recently enacted health-care overhaul."
Congress: Republicans Call Financial Regulation Bill A Bailout
• "After weeks of playing defense, congressional Republican leaders on Tuesday fired back at the White House on financial regulatory reform, calling it another bailout bill," The Hill reports.
• "The Senate Ethics Committee dismissed a request to investigate the failure of senators to report holds they place on bills and nominations, a step that critics said Tuesday underscores how toothless the law designed to end secret holds is," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports.
Economy: Lincoln Offers Tough Derivatives Measure
• Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., "said she would offer a package that would require all but a few deals to go through market-stabilizing clearinghouses and empower regulators to order swaps to trade on regulated marketplaces," Reuters reports.
• "U.S. Treasury Department efforts to avert foreclosures are helping few troubled borrowers and sending mixed signals to lenders, said the chairwoman of a congressional panel overseeing the U.S. financial bailout," Bloomberg News reports.
World: U.S. Supports Kyrgyzstan Coup
• "The United States said" today "it was prepared to help Kyrgyzstan's new rulers, putting pressure on ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who hinted he may go into exile," Reuters reports.
• "A powerful earthquake in west China killed at least 400 people, injured 10,000 and left many others buried under debris" today, "Chinese state media reported," the New York Times reports.
• Obama "will attend the funeral of his Polish counterpart Lech Kaczynski, killed in an air crash in western Russia on Saturday," BBC News reports.
National Security: NSA Advocates Returning Fire On Cyber Attacks
• "The U.S. must fire back against cyber attacks swiftly and strongly and should act to counter or disable a threat even when the identity of the attacker is unknown, the director of the National Security Agency told Congress," AP reports.
• "Although military and congressional leaders insisted it wasn't necessary, the Senate gave final approval Monday to a bill intended to reassure Tricare beneficiaries that national health care reform won't require them to buy additional health insurance or to pay a penalty if they do not," Military Times reports.
Health Care: Maternal Death Rate Falls, Journal Says
• "The rate at which women die in childbirth or soon after delivery has fallen by about 40 percent since 1980," the Washington Post reports. "The rate differs greatly between countries and regions, with the best- and worst-performing nations differing by a factor of about 400, according to a study in the Lancet, a European medical journal."
Energy & Environment: Senate Will Hold Hearing On Coal Explosion
• "The coal explosion that killed 29 workers last week will come under scrutiny in the Senate in two weeks when a congressional committee holds a hearing on the accident," the Wall Street Journal reports.
• Interior Secretary Ken Salazar "reaffirmed Tuesday that the president never considered drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before announcing an energy development plan last month," NationalJournal.com reports.
• "A recent decision by international lenders to underwrite a new South African power plant is setting off a fight among interest groups and Members of Congress, who are at odds over whether the coal-fired facility will help -- or pollute -- the developing nation," Roll Call (subscription) reports.
• "Efforts to limit the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases has emerged as a major battleground in the climate debate," Politico reports.
Transportation: Toyota Halts Sales of Lexus SUV
• "Toyota quickly suspended sales of its 2010 Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicle on Tuesday after Consumer Reports magazine warned buyers that the model had a dangerous handling problem that could lead to a rollover and possibly 'serious injury or death,'" the New York Times reports.
Technology: Broadcasters Will Tout Mobile Digital TV Before Congress
• "Broadcasters hope to build a U.S. viewership in the hundreds of millions for their newest technology -- mobile digital television -- but for now they're focused on a much smaller audience: the 535 members of Congress," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports. The Open Mobile Video Coalition, made up of several TV networks and 860 television outlets, is planning a technology demonstration next month to introduce mobile DTV's capabilities to lawmakers and staffers.
• The Federal Communications Commission "has the authority to accomplish the central goals in its sweeping broadband plan unveiled last month despite a recent federal appeals court decision that has raised questions about its legal role on Internet issues, the AT&T's head of regulatory affairs Bob Quinn said Tuesday," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports.
• "Twitter Inc. launched its long-awaited advertising system, marking the four-year-old company's first significant attempt to turn its so-called microblogging service into a profitable business," the Wall Street Journal reports.
Lobbying: Former Congressmen Unveil Blue Dog Nonprofit
• "Six Democratic lobbyists with deep ties to the Blue Dog Coalition, including" former Reps. Bud Cramer of Alabama and Charlie Stenholm of Texas, "unveiled Tuesday a new nonprofit called the Blue Dog Research Forum," Roll Call (subscription) reports.
• "Broadband and Web service companies are beefing up their lobbying forces in Washington as the multibillion-dollar battle over Internet regulations gathers momentum," The Hill reports.
• "Well before Justice John Paul Stevens officially announced his retirement, staffers for the anti-abortion-rights group Americans United for Life were compiling dossiers on his prospective replacements," Roll Call (subscription) reports.
• "The retirement of Andy Stern, one of America's most powerful union leaders, will send ripples through the divided labor movement, setting the stage for new leaders and new directions for the nation's largest union and the movement as a whole," Politico reports.
Commentary: A Win For Everybody?
• In Earlybird's Pundits & Editorials section, Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza takes on USA Today and makes the case for a new fee on carry-on bags.
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