White House declares First Lady reduced child obesity rates
Vince Coglianese of The Daily Caller reports on a claim that a drop in childhood obesity is related to tougher food regulations.

Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Trail 2016: Election night cliffhanger Armani, Batali among guests at White House state dinner Biden: 'Trust me' on Congress funding cancer research MORE: Forget political risk's Ashley Killough reports on Vice President Biden's trip to Danbury, Conn., on Thursday.

Why the GOP will embrace gay marriage
Eric Sasson of The New Republic says it's because there are votes to be won


Obama reaches out to BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump may pose problem for Ryan in Speaker vote Conservatives backing Trump keep focus on Supreme Court Vote House Republicans out MORE, McConnell
As sequester looms

, President Obama phones Republican leaders in Congress to discuss the impasse surrounding $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to hit the government on March 1, The Hill's Justin Sink reports.

15 GOP senators tell Obama to withdraw Hagel nomination
Senate Minority Whip John CornynJohn CornynGOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Conservatives backing Trump keep focus on Supreme Court More Senate Republicans pressure Treasury over debt-equity rules MORE (R-Texas) and 14 other Republican senators urged President Obama to withdraw former Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelCreating a future for vets in DC Republicans back Clinton, but will she put them in Pentagon? There's still time for another third-party option MORE (R-Neb.) as his pick for Defense secretary on Thursday, The Hill's Jeremy Herb reports.