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Inside the Beltway: Terri Schiavo, Jeb Bush 10 years later

- The Washington Times

Tuesday marks a decade since the death of Terri Schiavo, who became a global symbol for pro-life and disability rights for those who followed her family's 15-year struggle to keep her alive following a brain injury. She was 41 when she succumbed to dehydration after a feeding tube was removed following a court order, much media coverage and a public battle between her parents and her husband, who served as guardian. Schiavo has not been forgotten. Her life will be celebrated at a national memorial Mass in Philadelphia on Tuesday, followed by an evening awards event to raise support for the medically vulnerable. Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will celebrate the public Mass, the event will be hosted by independent media maven Glenn Beck.

Could ties predict a victor? A blue silk tie belonging to Jeb Bush (fourth from left) fetched the most at a GOP fundraising auction. (Grafton County Republican Committee)

B to D-plus: The Obama grade drops over Iran and Bergdahl matters

- The Washington Times

Time for transparency, perhaps? Veteran pollster John Zogby advises President Obama to "get out in front of critics" and explain why the U.S. has, as many critics put it, "caved" on the Iran negotiations, backing off on close scrutiny of the nation's developing nuclear infrastructure. Then there are the complexities of Bowe Bergdahl, and his transition from a released prisoner to a soldier charged with desertion. There are some positive aspects to Mr. Obama's current status, though. Mr. Zogby, who grades the president every week, says that Medicare expansion in some states plus stable favorability rating are good news for the White House.

The salaries of world leaders don't exactly measure up to the likely worth of the world's many billionaires. (associated press)

A list: World leaders with the highest salaries on a planet that is home to 18 million millionaires

- The Washington Times

There are currently 2,089 billionaires and 16 million millionaires in the world, according to several excruciating studies by the China-based Hurun Report, the Global Wealth Report and Forbes — with several analysts already predicting that the first trillionaire is in the making. Money does not always equal power, however. Compared with the planet's high-rollers, world leaders are not necessarily cruising in the financial fast lane. Using a variety of data sources ranging from Business Inside to China Daily, Forbes contributor Niall McCarthy now reveals the world leaders with the highest salaries.

President Obama ready to tee off during a vacation round of golf; he heads to Florida this weekend for the same reason. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Here comes Florida: The president takes another golf weekend

- The Washington Times

Just a brief bulletin, then we'll move right along. Time to fire up Air Force, because President Obama is off to the Treasure Coast of Florida this weekend, specifically Palm City. The local press is attentive, reporting that Mr. Obama will play a few rounds at the Floridian National Golf Club. Yeah, well. Rather than prattle on about the cost of operating Air Force One ($206,000 an hour), here's the description of the course, just for the heck of it.

California Gov. Jerry Brown feels that Sen. Ted Cruz is "absolutely unfit" to run for president, he revealed in an NBC interview. (Associated Press)

And so 2016 begins: Ted Cruz critics arrive like clockwork

- The Washington Times

When Republican presidential posturing turns into definitive action, the critics come out like clockwork. It happened last week when Donald Trump announced he had formed a presidential exploratory committee and was immediately met with accusations he was disingenuous, unqualified or seeking publicity. Now it is Sen. Ted Cruz's turn.

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is among the luminaries attending the Republican National Lawyers Association's 30th anniversary festivities and conference. (associated press)

Republicans talk of an imperial presidency - and royalty visits the White House

- The Washington Times

Stand back, now. "The Rise of the Imperial Presidency" was the official theme for the Republican National Lawyers Association gathered to celebrate the august organization's 30th anniversary with a conference and private reception, plus a bristling guest list that included Sens. Bob Corker, Rob Portman, John McCain and Orrin Hatch; Rep. Susan Brooks; former Attorney General John Ashcroft; and former FCC Chairman John Wiley, among others.

President-in-waiting: Trump trumps his critics

- The Washington Times

It is inevitable political theater: Donald Trump has formed an exploratory committee for a presidential campaign, and like clockwork, the Democratic National Committee couldn't wait to capitalize on it. Mr. Trump made his announcement with customary flourish and candor, fascinating fans and annoying rivals.

Veteran broadcaster Larry King is in the nation's capital to celebrate 58 years in the news and interview business. (Ora TV)

Larry King: A man who actually listens

- The Washington Times

Veteran broadcaster Larry King is in the nation's capital for a fancy fete on Wednesday to honor his long career — 58 years and counting — and review the parade of people he has interviewed over the decades. Indeed, Mr. King, 81, has sat opposite some 50,000 luminaries, including seven presidents, politicians, actors, athletes, media mavens, the famous and the infamous.

Half of federal video surveillance footage goes unanalyzed says a new MeriTalk report, which also says the footage has "untapped potential." (Associated Press)

54 percent of federal video surveillance footage goes unanalyzed - with 3.3 trillion hours to come

- The Washington Times

Smile for the cameras, which continue to catalog life as we know it in the name of security. But new research finds that 54 percent of video surveillance at federal agencies never gets examined, this according to "Video Vortex," a new MeriTalk analysis that tapped the opinions of 151 security managers and IT analysts from the federal and Defense communities.

New research from Judicial Watch based on official documents reveals a partial tab of $17 million for presidential jaunts on Air Force One. (U.S. Air Force)

Watchdog group turns up a $17 million tab for Air Force One

- The Washington Times

Behold, the White House announces: "On Thursday, March 12, the President will travel to the Los Angeles area where he will tape an appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' and attend a DNC event." Just to catch up, President Obama also went on a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Atlanta on Tuesday. Judicial Watch continues to send timely Freedom of Information Act requests to the U.S. Air Force, seeking hard data on how much such jaunts cost, what with Air Force One costing $206,337 an hour to operate.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will join Sens. Rand Paul and Corey Booker, to introduce marijuana legislation before the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo).

Rand Paul, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand bring 'sweeping' medical marijuana bill to the Senate

- The Washington Times

It has been described as "sweeping bipartisan legislation," and here it is: Sens. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, plus Democrats Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York gather at high noon Tuesday in the U.S Senate to announce the "Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act" — legislation that will end federal prohibition of medical marijuana, allowing patients, physicians and retailers to participate in associated programs "without fear of prosecution." Advocacy groups are poised as a complicated situation unfolds with the "Carers" act.

One analyst wonders if Hillary Clinton's emails will be scrutinized by the press as closely as recorded White House telephone conversations made by Richard Nixon preceding Watergate. (Associated Press)

The poll numbers are in: 'Clinton's troubles are costing her politically'

- The Washington Times

Happy for something to do, press and pundits are mulling over Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email system that was in use during her time as Secretary of State, trying to ferret out the future implications for 2016 and the Democratic Party in general. But here and now, the situation is affecting voters. Poll numbers are in.

Retired neurosurgeon, author and founding publisher of American CurrentSee Ben Carson has announced the formation of an exploratory committee for a White House bid. (Associated Press)

What's really behind Ben Carson's appeal

- The Washington Times

The political marketplace is often a shrill, cluttered place. But when likely presidential hopeful Ben Carson speaks, people pause. They heed his words. Why is that? "There's a calmness, a humbleness about him. He has the ability to listen. Americans haven't really seen these qualities on the public stage before," Terry Giles tells Inside the Beltway.