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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures while addressing the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Obama urges Israel to embrace Iran talks

- The Washington Times

In an effort to preempt Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s highly anticipated speech to Congress, President Obama said Monday that Israel should accept his administration’s position on nuclear talks with Iran to achieve a verifiable, 10-year freeze on nuclear activity.

United States Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., participates in a news conference about Homeland Security funding in New York, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Senate rejects debate on homeland funds in push for ‘clean’ bill

- The Washington Times

The Senate on Monday rejected further negotiations over homeland security spending and sent a “clean” spending bill back to the House minus any restrictions on President Obama’s deportation amnesty, daring House Republicans to either accept it as is or face blame for shutting down key security agencies.

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

IRS defends paying refunds to illegals who never filed taxes

- The Washington Times

The IRS is defending its decision to let illegal immigrants claim up to three years’ refunds on income even if they never paid income taxes, telling Congress in a new letter last week that agency lawyers have concluded getting a Social Security number triggers the ability to go back and ask for previous refunds.

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Lawmaker reimburses private plane expenses for football game

- Associated Press

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock reimbursed the U.S. government for more than $1,200 in travel expenses for attending a Chicago Bears football game last November, his office said Monday. He previously had charged taxpayers for the trip.

Idaho sheriff backs "Constitutional Carry" weapon law

Associated Press

A proposed law allowing residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit will not create a greater threat to police and will align state law with the U.S. Constitution, a northern Idaho sheriff said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Massachusetts delegation divided on Netanyahu speech

- Associated Press

Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation is split over the decision of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept an invitation by House Republican leaders to address a joint session of Congress.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, for a procedural vote as Congress moves toward a spending bill for the Homeland Security Department hours before a shutdown was to begin.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Homeland Security funding deal elusive

- Associated Press

With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department looming, House Speaker John Boehner is demanding negotiations with Democrats on a funding bill that rolls back President Barack Obama's immigration policies. Senate Democrats are unwilling to even consider such a step.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Nov. 12, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Mikulski retirement sets up big U.S. Senate race

- The Washington Times

Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Monday that she sill not seek re-election at the end of her fifth term in 2016, ending what will be a 30-year Senate career that made her the longest-serving woman in Congress.

Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, father of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks in Richmond, Va., in this Nov. 4, 2013, file photo. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Ron Paul: 'More terrorist attacks have been thwarted by airline passengers than by the TSA'

- The Washington Times

Former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas says Americans would be better off if Congress transferred the few constitutional functions performed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to other parts of the government and then shut the rest down, saying the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is ineffective at stopping terrorists but "very effective" at harassing innocent Americans.

President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with members of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Monday, March 2, 2015, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. From left are, the president, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, and Brittany Packnett, executive director of Teach For America in St. Louis, Missouri. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama: 'Now is the moment' for police to make changes

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama said Monday the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York show that law enforcement needs to change practices to build trust in minority communities, as a White House task force called for independent investigations when police use deadly force.