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Benjamin Netanyahu and Hillary Clinton will both be in Washington on Tuesday. They are shown here during a diplomatic moment in 2010, when Mrs. Clinton was still Secretary of State. (Associated Press)

Political moment du jour: Benjamin Netanyahu, Hillary Clinton — both in D.C. at the same time

- The Washington Times

In 24 hours, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will step before a joint session of Congress to have his say about Israel, its security and its place on the planet. But wait. Of political note: Hillary Rodham Clinton will also be in town on Tuesday for the 30th anniversary of Emily's List, the pro-choice group which has thus far raised $400 million for Democratic women candidates. Mrs. Clinton will receive the "We Are Emily" award at a major hotel. The pair, essentially, will be about 20 blocks apart; the press will have much to speculate upon.

Americans are under the perception that George W. Bush is more of a "hawk" than his brother Jeb Bush. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

They don't know him: Two thirds of Americans can't say if Jeb Bush is a hawk - or dove

- The Washington Times

A pivotal moment at the Conservative Action Political Conference comes Friday when Jeb Bush steps before an audience who are still trying place him in the presidential spectrum. Yes, he has name recognition, a posh political pedigree and is a quick study. The 6-foot-3 Mr. Bush is not easy to intimidate. But in a world bristling with lone wolves, restless nations and asymmetric warfare, is he hawk or dove? The public is not sure, says William Jordan, assistant editor of the YouGov Poll.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be among the speakers as the annual spectacle that is Conservative Action Political Conference kicks off with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance at 8 a.m. Thursday. (Associated Press)

CPAC: 72 hours of speeches, spectacle - and serious politics

- The Washington Times

Jumbotrons, spotlights, patriotic colors, soaring music, American flags and a cast of some 200 celebrated speakers who stride across the broad stage every 20 minutes. And so it begins: the 72 hours of conservative togetherness that is CPAC — the Conservative Action Political Conference — awakens with a prayer, a presentation of colors and the Pledge of Allegiance at 8 a.m. sharp Thursday.

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks in Washington. Paul is sprinting into the 2016 presidential primary season even with big challenges looming.The libertarian-minded Republican senator from Kentucky is set to visit several Western states this month before reintroducing himself to voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina as operatives try to strengthen his national political network. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

The libertarian mind commands some notice - and a 'manifesto for freedom'

- The Washington Times

A big chunk of American voters now say they are "independents," according to a recent Gallup poll — 43 percent, in fact, with Democratic and Republican leaners trailing along behind. Just in time for those independents, and people curious about third-party candidates, here comes "The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom," to be introduced at the Cato Institute on Tuesday in the nation's capital.

One columnist asks the pivotal question about a public figure with much history: Is Hillary Clinton too boring to be president? (Associated Press)

One man asks: Is Hillary Clinton too boring to be president?

- The Washington Times

Should she choose to run for president in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton could emerge assertive and possibly combative — but it's tricky. Noisy interludes can have unpredictable results with public figures; Americans are still mulling Mrs. Clinton's "What difference does it make?" moment during her testimony about Benghazi. But there are those who say it makes no difference.

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton heads to New Hampshire for a meeting with Scott Brown and a breakfast hour appearance at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Friday. (Associated Press)

Hey, is the Democratic 'autopsy' done yet?

- The Washington Times

Heard of the Pelosi Cocktail? You have to order the drink to find out what's in it, of course — and that thought makes a perfect lead-in to this burning question. Will the much ballyhooed "autopsy" of what went wrong for the Democratic Party during the 2014 midterms be released when Democrats gather for their winter meeting on Thursday? That was the plan.

President Barack Obama waves as he arrives on Air Force One at Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Obama is traveling to promote his budget proposal to make two years of community college free. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Obama to head for a private California fundraiser - and a weekend in Palm Springs

- The Washington Times

One more time, he is California bound. We know it's time to fire up Air Force One for a West Coast mission. Indeed, President Obama journeys to Palo Alto, California on Friday to address the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University — then it's on to San Francisco for a private Democratic National Committee fundraiser with tickets priced from $10,000 to $32,400. But wait. The holiday weekend looms.

Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Associated Press)

202 days since a press conference? Republicans want to know: Where's Hillary, why is she hiding?

- The Washington Times

The Republican National Committee is fretting about Hillary Rodham Clinton's absence from the public arena at the moment. "We've noticed it. You've noticed it: Hillary Clinton is hiding," the committee notes in a public memo. "Potential Republican presidential candidates are out in public, speaking to voters, and sharing their ideas. But Hillary Clinton is nowhere to be found." Their point has resonated. Others parse the who, what, when and where of it all. "Come out, come out wherever you are," writes the Weekly Standard's Daniel Halper. "Where in the world is Hillary Clinton? Over the past several weeks, she has been behaving like a reclusive third-world dictator," declares Washington Free Beacon editor Andrew Stiles.

Veteran NBC newsman Lester Holt is currently filling in for "Nightly News" anchorman Brian Williams, who has taken leave while questions about his credibility are sorted out by the network. (NBC News)

Brian Williams: Here comes the collateral damage

- The Washington Times

Alas. The questionable claims of a popular anchorman on the nation's leading broadcast news network has taken its toll: preliminary Nielson ratings reveal that the number of viewers for NBC Nightly News dropped by 36 percent after revelations that newsman-in-chief Brian Williams fibbed about a few things while on the job.

NBC News anchorman Brian Williams is now on career hiatus, saying he is "presently too much a part of the news" to be the nightly point man after his claims of facing down a dramatic attack in the skies over Iraq were proven false. (Associated Press)

News flash: Brian Williams stars in his own cliffhanger

- The Washington Times

To put it delicately, NBC News anchorman Brian Williams is now on career hiatus, saying he is "presently too much a part of the news" to be the nightly point man after his claims of facing down a dramatic attack in the skies over Iraq were proven false. The fact checkers are still at work, parsing Mr. Williams' role in Hurricane Katrina and other significant moments. Meanwhile, he is indeed a part of the news, as revealed by headlines:

Donald Trump (Associated Press) **FILE**

Mr. Trump buzzes the presidential radar

- The Washington Times

The catchy phrase "Run, Trump, run" has been part of voter vernacular for quite some time. Indeed, an eager sector of the American public still equate Donald Trump with the White House, and still harken to his messages, whether it's a simple "You're fired" or this, tweeted Wednesday afternoon: "We're worried about waterboarding as our enemy, ISIS, is beheading people and burning people alive. Time for us to wake up."

President Obama's 2,000-page, $4 trillion budget may not resonate with America's frugal voters. (Associated press)

Now's the time to remember that old bumper sticker: 'Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion'

- The Washington Times

Like the old bumper sticker says, "Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion." Indeed. Perhaps the White House is under the impression that all American voters will rejoice over President Obama's brand new, 2,000-page budget that includes $4 trillion in spending. That is not necessarily the case. Voters appear to be a frugal bunch. Yes, there are numbers.