By Kaveh Waddell (@kavehewaddell)
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa issued a subpoena for a top Obama aide. The House Appropriations Committee concluded that the president's request for border-security funds is too high. John Kerry is trying to resolve an election crisis in Afghanistan. Israel won't accept a U.S. offer to broker a cease-fire in Gaza. And CDC revealed that it mishandled dangerous pathogens five separate times in the last decade.
DARRELL ISSA SUBPOENAS TOP OBAMA POLITICAL AIDE. Issa wants to question David Simas, the director of the White House's Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, about possible "illegal use of taxpayer funds" by the office. (Shane Goldmacher, National Journal)
OBAMA'S REQUEST FOR BORDER SECURITY FUNDS 'TOO MUCH MONEY.' House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers said the president's $3.7 billion request will be reduced. (David Lawder, Reuters)
KERRY TRIES TO STRIKE DEAL IN AFGHANISTAN. After an election marked by fraud left two candidates claiming victory and one threatening to form a "parallel government," Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kabul to try to broker an agreement. (Al-Jazeera)
ISRAEL WON'T BACK DOWN. After President Obama reached out to try to arrange a cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struck a defiant tone. "No international pressure will prevent us from striking the terrorists who are attacking us," Netanyahu said. (Kershner, Akram, and Gladstone, New York Times)
CDC IMPROPERLY SENT DANGEROUS PATHOGENS. In the past 10 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent dangerous pathogens—including anthrax and H1N1, commonly known as swine flu—to other laboratories in an unsafe manner five separate times. This is not comforting. (Sun and Dennis, Washington Post)
WHO TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND. Attorney General Eric Holder will appear on ABC's This Week. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will speak on NBC's Meet the Press. CBS's Face the Nation has quite the lineup: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Maen Rashid Areikat, the Palestinian envoy in Washington; Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry; and Reps. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Lamar Smith, R-Texas. Netanyahu will also appear on CNN's State of the Union, alongside Sen. John McCain and several others.
WHAT LIFE'S LIKE WHEN YOU CAN'T CONTROL YOUR VOICE. We intuitively learn a lot from a person's voice. What happens when a disorder robs them of it? (Emily Mullin, The Atlantic)
THE WORLD'S BIGGEST CITIES ARE CHANGING. By 2030, African and Asian cities will dominate the list of the largest metropolises in the world by population, according to a U.N. report. Tokyo will hang on to the top spot, but the likes of New York and São Paulo will drop out, replaced by cities like Lagos and Dhaka. (Adam Pasick, Quartz)
WEALTH CORRUPTS. As people become richer, they are "more likely to feel entitled, to become meaner and be more likely to exploit others, even to cheat." (Anne Manne, The Guardian)
LEBRON'S DECISION MAKES POLITICAL WAVES. "A spokesman for Florida Gov. Rick Scott's campaign blasted an email Friday afternoon of a photo featuring his opponent, Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, and James with a caption at the top reading: 'What do these guys have in common? They both ran away.' " (Adam Wollner, National Journal)
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON A BREAKUP. "Research shows that the discomfort people experience when looking at a picture of their ex shows up in the insular cortex: the same brain area that's active when you strike a nerve in your tooth, which scientists say is the most extreme physical pain you can feel." (Drake Baer, Nerve)
RETURN OF THE GUV. Edwin Edwards, a former Louisiana governor who's running for Congress, is a cheeky old-school politician. "In 1991, he pointed out his only similarity with his gubernatorial opponent, former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke: 'We are both wizards under the sheets.' " (Eric Benson, National Journal)
CHART: NEW HAMPSHIRE IS BEHIND ROMNEY. The University of New Hampshire added Mitt Romney to a list of potential Republican candidates and then asked likely GOP voters whom they'd vote for in the primary election. Even though Romney has indicated he won't run, it seems like voters just don't want to believe him. (Dave Weigel, Slate)
PLAY OF THE DAY: Rick Perry considered not greeting Obama when the president arrived in Texas to address the immigration crisis, but then the Texas governor came up with a better way to send the president a message. (Mauro Whiteman, National Journal)