By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The U.S. may launch a drone strike against an American citizen who allegedly coordinated attacks with al-Qaida. House Republicans will meet tonight to try to finalize a debt-limit plan. The Syrian government and opposition can't agree on a starting point to the second round of peace talks. Senate Democrats called on other convenience stores to follow CVS's example and stop selling cigarettes. North Korea uninvited the U.S. from visiting Pyongyang. The NFL prepares for an openly gay player. And Mark Zuckerberg donated more to charities than any other American last year.
U.S. MAY USE DRONE STRIKE ON AMERICAN CITIZEN: The Obama administration is considering launching a drone strike on an American citizen living overseas who has allegedly coordinated attacks against Americans. The Justice Department must first build a case against the man, who is suspected of working with al-Qaida. Multiple officials say the man lives in a country that does not allow U.S. military action on its soil. (Jordain Carney, NJ)
REPUBLICANS MEET TO FINALIZE DEBT-LIMIT PLAN: House leadership will meet tonight to ask members to support a proposal raising the debt limit. House Speaker John Boehner's top option would link the deal to the restoration of recently cut military benefits. If no deal is struck by Wednesday, the House will not meet again until just a few days before the Feb. 27 deadline to raise the debt ceiling. (Costa/Kane, WaPo)
ROUND 2 OF SYRIA PEACE TALKS ARE OFF TO A ROCKY START: An international mediator met with the Syrian government and opposition separately after a cease-fire violation. The new round of discussions are meant to focus on stopping violence and setting up a transitional government, but government supporters insist that President Bashar al-Assad stay in power, and the opposition insists that he should be excluded from the transitional government. (Oweis/Karouny, Reuters)
SENATE DEMOCRATS WANT OTHER STORES TO FOLLOW CVS'S LEAD ON CIGARETTES: Eight senators say they would like other convenience stores to voluntarily stop selling cigarettes. "We recognize the legality of selling and profiting from tobacco products, however we also believe that you are in a position to have a major positive impact on public health," they wrote in a letter to Walgreen's, Rite Aid, and others. (Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call)
FRATERNITY LEADER JOINS RACE TO REPLACE WAXMAN: Elan Carr, leader of the prominent Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi and Los Angeles deputy district attorney, is the first Republican to enter the race for Henry Waxman's seat. State Sen. Ted Lieu and former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel are the two Democrats currently running. (Emily Cahn, Roll Call)
NORTH KOREA UNINVITES U.S. ENVOY: North Korea rescinded an invitation to U.S. envoy Robert King to visit Pyongyang. King wanted to discuss the release of U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae, and a spokesman said the White House was "deeply disappointed." (Reuters)
TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will speak about meeting with French President Francois Hollande at 9 a.m. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies at 10 a.m. at a House Financial Services Committee hearing. National Intelligence Director James Clapper and Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, testify at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing at 9:30 a.m. Office of Personnel and Management Director Katherine Archuleta, OPM Inspector General Patrick McFarland, and others testify at 10 a.m. at a House Oversight Committee hearing on security clearance issues in the September Navy Yard shooting. The House and Senate are in session.
MARK ZUCKERBERG IS AMERICA'S MOST GENEROUS PERSON: The Facebook CEO topped last year's list of the country's biggest donors, having given nearly $1 billion in Facebook stock. (Melanie Hicken, CNN)
OBAMA, BEYONCE, BATHHOUSES AND OTHER GREAT RUMORS: The reportedly rumored possible forthcoming Washington Post report on the president and Beyonce tops off a long list of incredible rumors about Obama. (Brian Resnick, NJ)
HOW MUCH HAS OBAMA SHRUNK THE FEDERAL WORKFORCE? More than Ronald Reagan, but less than Bill Clinton and nowhere close to Harry Truman. (Tim Fernholz, Quartz)
THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS CUP OF TEA: To drink it, simply climb Mount Hua to 7,087 feet and find the temple. (Ella Morton, Slate)
IS THE NFL READY FOR MICHAEL SAM? The Missouri defensive lineman publicly came out as gay on Sunday. Will teams see him as the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year, or as a distraction? (Ian Crouch, New Yorker)
WHY NEW GROCERY STORES WON'T ERADICATE "FOOD DESERTS": A study in Philadelphia added to the evidence that obesity and poor nutrition can't simply be fixed with new supermarkets. (Kevin Drum, Mother Jones)
LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: David Letterman is concerned about the problems with Sochi's hotels, like the fact that they might not have enough snacks. (Reena Flores, NJ)BEST GIFS OF REACTIONS TO OLYMPIC RESULTS: U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner is clearly saying, "That's bull----," as she sees her score. Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, refused to lose his cool when his country won in team ice skating. (Caitlin Dewey, WaPo)