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- "Iran and a group of six world powers completed a deal on Sunday that will temporarily freeze much of Tehran's nuclear program starting next Monday, Jan. 20, in exchange for limited relief from Western economic sanctions." The Obama administration "hailed the temporary agreement as an important step that would halt many of Iran's nuclear efforts, giving international negotiators time to pursue a more comprehensive and durable agreement that would roll back much of Iran's program and ensure that it could be used only for peaceful purposes." But the agreement faces "heavy criticism from some ... lawmakers, who have threatened to approve further sanctions despite ... Obama's promise of a veto." (New York Times)
- The White House says President Obama "will announce on Jan. 17 the results of his review of National Security Agency surveillance programs." (AP)
- The Supreme Court on Monday will hear arguments "in a politically charged dispute" over Obama's recess appointments. (AP)
- Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey "say they will 'aggressively' press on with their investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal" after last Friday's "release of thousands of pages of documents showing key members" of Gov. Chris Christie's (R) "inner circle were copied in on e-mails about the controversy as far back as September." (Newark Star-Ledger)
- In AZ-02, former talk-radio host Ed Martin (R) "has dropped out of the race," leaving 2012 nominee Martha McSally (R), "who is favored to win the GOP nomination, with one primary challenger." (Arizona Republic)
- In IA-03, former state Sen. Staci Appel (D) raised "over" $260,000 in the fourth quarter of last year. (Des Moines Register)
- In AR GOV, former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) raised "over" $445,000 in the fourth quarter, spent "approximately" $150,000 and has $1.3 million cash on hand. (KATV-TV)
- In CT GOV, state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R) raised "more than" $134,000 in 2013, while 2010 nominee Tom Foley (R) raised $131,000. (Hartford Courant)
- In GA GOV, a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll of RVs, conducted Jan. 6-9 by Abt SRBI, shows Gov. Nathan Deal (R) leading state Sen. Jason Carter (D), 50-39%. (release)
- In MD GOV, real estate broker Larry Hogan (R) "plans to formally launch his campaign ... on Jan. 21 at an Annapolis-area crab house, he said Saturday." (Washington Post)
- In SC GOV, Gov. Nikki Haley (R) raised "more than" $757,000 in the fourth quarter and has "more than" $3.7 million cash on hand. 2010 nominee/state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) raised "nearly" $459,000 in the fourth quarter and has "about" $1.4 million cash on hand. (Columbia State)
- In TX GOV, political commentator Lisa Fritsch (R) launched "a new cable ad" over the weekend telling "Republican voters that she's 'not your father's conservative.' ... The campaign is declining to say how much they are spending on airing the ad, but are saying it will be shown in all major media markets." (Dallas Morning News)
- "Kicking off his reelection bid with a speech to supporters Saturday," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) "didn't receive a standing ovation when he mentioned a rise in public school test scores or a decline in unemployment. But when he apologized for the 'pain and suffering' caused by his 2010 campaign, hundreds of backers leapt to their feet and chanted, 'Four more years!'" (Washington Post)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Two battleground House districts in Arizona are seeing about $1 million in outside spending between them -- in January. With AFP blasting advertising at vulnerable Democrats ($650,000 over three weeks in AZ-01 and AZ-02 this month) and House Majority PAC ($200,000 for one week) feeling compelled to challenge on the airwaves there, as the Democratic super PAC did last month in West Virginia, we're already seeing the first salvos of a free-spending year.
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- Reps. John Mica (R-FL) and Robert Brady (D-PA) "are calling for investigations into Federal Election Commission computer security and operational breakdowns" after "Chinese hackers crashed the FEC's computer information technology systems in October just as the federal government shut down." (Center for Public Integrity)
- "CNN exclusive: Feds investigating Christie's use of Sandy relief funds" (CNN)
- "If, for some reason, it's not true, the man has put his political career completely at risk if it turns out there is some evidence that he knew about it." -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), on Christie (ABC News)
- "Chris Christie Expected in Florida to Campaign for Rick Scott" (National Journal)
- "With an optimism that defied the downpour that drenched much of his inaugural ceremony," Terry McAuliffe (D) "took the oath as Virginia's 72nd governor Saturday, pledging to seek equal opportunity for all Virginians and pursuing common political ground." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- "Hillary's Hit List" (The Hill)
- Former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) "must report Monday to begin serving a three-year sentence on convictions on public corruption and money laundering charges." (AP)
- "Transcript: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' Interview With NPR" (NPR News)
- "Three weeks after an ethics panel ruled he misspent thousands in taxpayer funds and violated nearly a dozen state laws," Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr (R) "has resigned effective Feb. 1." (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
- "Arkansas politicians turn out for Coon Supper" (KATV-TV)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Today's weather, from the National Weather Service:
- The House returns at noon, and the Senate is back at 2 p.m.
- Oral arguments in the recess-appointments case, NLRB v. Noel Canning. (Supreme Court, 10 a.m.)
- Men's hoops: U-Va. travels to Durham to take on No. 16 Duke. (ESPN, 7 p.m.)
- The Wizards are in Chicago to play the Bulls. (Comcast SportsNet, 8 p.m.)
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- We received two responses to Friday's question (why Bill Clinton lost the 1980 AR GOV race). The hint implied the answer was an increase in car-registration fees, but many of our readers also replied that Arkansans' anger over the escape of Cuban refugees from Fort Chaffee played a role. We accepted both responses.
- The winner is Fergus Cullen, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Who won the 1964 Republican New Hampshire presidential primary – by write ins?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Why Members of Congress Are Sending Their Staffers Home
- Lobbyists Are Making A Political Comeback
- You're Welcome for the Recovery, Say the Nation's Politicians
- Reid to Republicans: You Want an Offset? Here's Your Offset.
- Kirsten Gillibrand Struggling in Her Fight Over Military Sexual Assault
"The impediments to consensus are well known; ideology, personal political ambition, partisanship or score-settling. ... What is hard is having the humility to admit that each of us has allowed these impediments to influence our decisions. And even more challenging is having the foresight to put them aside for the greater good." -- McAuliffe, in his inaugural address (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
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Adam Wollner, Editor