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U.S., ISRAEL RELATIONS ON EDGE OVER NETANYAHU SPEECH Secretary of State John Kerry moved to defuse some of the tension over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's impending speech to Congress Tuesday against the Iran nuclear deal. In a tale of two messages, President Obama plans to detail his support of the Iran nuclear deal this afternoon in an interview with Reuters before Netanyahu can give his speech against it tomorrow. [Christina Wilkie, HuffPost]
LAPD CAUGHT ON VIDEO SHOOTING HOMELESS MAN TO DEATH The man was allegedly in a fight with the police over a weapon. [Kelly Chen, HuffPost]
IRAQ ATTEMPTING TO RECAPTURE TIKRIT FROM ISIS "Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants." [AP]
HILLARY CLINTON MAY HAVE A LAUNCH DATE The presumptive Democratic nominee is telling donors she plans to officially launch her campaign in April. [WSJ]
BEHIND THE ONE-WEEK EXTENSION IN THE DHS SHUTDOWN DRAMA "The House of Representatives voted Friday night to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, so they can come back and have the same fight in a week … Some rank-and-file members acknowledged that a short-term funding fix would do little to affect the end game and that they would still face the same choice in one week." [Elise Foley and Sabrina Siddiqui, HuffPost]
DOJ REPORT TO DETAIL RACIAL BIAS IN FERGUSON POLICE TRAFFIC STOPS "According to several officials who have been briefed on the report’s conclusions, the report criticizes the city for disproportionately ticketing and arresting African-Americans and relying on the fines to balance the city’s budget. The report, which is expected to be released as early as this week, will force Ferguson officials to either negotiate a settlement with the Justice Department or face being sued by it on civil rights charges." [NYT]
DALLAS EBOLA NURSE SUES HOSPITAL Nina Pham has sued Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital over failing to properly train her to deal with a deadly virus she still has lasting aftereffects from. [Reuters]
THOUSANDS MARCH IN RUSSIA AFTER OPPOSITION LEADER'S KILLING "For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans … While the killing of Nemtsov has shaken the Russian opposition, which sees the Kremlin as responsible, it is unclear whether his death will be enough to invigorate the beleaguered movement. Despite the Ukraine conflict and Russia's economic crisis, support for President Vladimir Putin has been above 80 percent in the past year." [AP]
TRAIL TO THE CHIEF: THE CPAC EFFECT EDITION Scott Walker, Rand Paul and Ben Carson had quite the CPAC showing. [Jason Linkins and Lauren Weber, HuffPost]
ISIS RELEASES MESSAGE ASKING FOLLOWERS TO TARGET TWITTER FOUNDER, EMPLOYEES Unhappy with Twitter's actions to remove radical jihadi propaganda from the site, ISIS asked its supporters to eliminate Twitter's founder Jack Dorsey as well as Twitter employees. [Buzzfeed]
WILLIAM SHATNER HITS BACK AFTER MEDIA UPROAR FOR MISSING LEONARD NIMOY'S FUNERAL The 83-year-old took to Twitter to defend himself for not attending the funeral of his famous "Star Trek" costar. [HuffPost]
TAYLOR SWIFT CALLS OUT THE SEXIST CRITICS When asked for the zillionth time about her relationship status (fyi, she said she'll be a single cat lady. Go Taylor!). [HuffPost]
THE NEW CARLY RAE JEPSEN SONG ISN'T QUITE 'CALL ME MAYBE' But it's already stuck in our heads. [Vulture]
IKEA NOW HAS FURNITURE THAT CHARGES YOUR PHONE WIRELESSLY Clearly they know their post-college target demo. [WSJ]
A PHOTOGRAPHER FOLLOWED AROUND ELDERLY WOMEN IN NYC And yes, they're obviously cooler than you. [HuffPost]
AMERICA'S FIRST DRUG DEALER "For his system to work, [Arnold] Rothstein had to invent the modern drug gang. There had been gangs in New York City for generations, but they were small-time hoodlums who spent most of their energy beating each other up. Arnold’s gangs were as disciplined as military units, and he made sure they had only one passion: the bottom line. That is how, by the mid-1920s, Rothstein and his new species of New York gang controlled the entire trade in heroin and cocaine on the Eastern seaboard of the United States." [Salon]
THE SLEEPING RULES THOSE THAT ARE OUT LIKE A LIGHT SWEAR BY It's all about the pajamas, people. [HuffPost]
WHY MORE SCHOOLS SHOULD LET THEIR KIDS SLEEP IN Your teen isn't exaggerating that morning grumpiness -- they really do need more sleep than the rest of us. Following the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation that schools start later last year, many have followed suit to high praise and markedly healthier kids. [HuffPost]
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WHAT OLDER MEN WANT TO SAY TO THEIR YOUNGER SELVES ABOUT LOVE "To my surprise, here was the biggest recommendation from the tough old guys: learn to communicate. For many of them, lack of experience in expressing their feelings was exacerbated by several years of yelling at others, and being yelled at, in the military. They cited the difficulty in communication as the biggest challenge in the early years of marriage (as did their wives)." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Samsung's latest answer to the iPhone.
~ San Francisco's drug geography.
~ Folks weren't fans of Dakota Johnson's SNL ISIS skit.
~ News Corp will rehire Rebekah Brooks, the woman at the center of the phone hacking scandal.
~ The beaches you wish you were on right now.
~ Kanye's settled on a new album title.
~ The cops found Lupita Nyong'o's super-expensive Oscars' gown.
~ Anna Wintour advocates in her new book that everyone should be fired once, which was probably a genius suggestion from her lawyers to protect her against all those wrongful termination lawsuits.
~ All the iPhone photo-taking tips.
~ When your cat is popping pills.
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