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Developing now — House will vote on Syrian refugees this week | Jeb takes on Hillary | Ryan’s birthday message to BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerEx-GOP lawmaker joins marijuana trade group Crowley, Shuster moving to K Street On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 MORE

DEVELOPING NOW — HOUSE WILL VOTE ON SYRIAN REFUGEES THIS WEEK: Via The Hill’s Scott Wong, The House is likely to vote on legislation this week to temporarily halt President Obama’s plan to allow thousands of Syrian refugees into the U.S. "We shouldn't accept any Syrian refugees without complete assurance those we are welcoming intend us no harm,” Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFive takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump MORE (R-Wis.) said during a closed-door meeting with rank-and-file Republicans.

— Later, Ryan called for a “pause” in the U.S. refugee program until authorities can verify that terrorists are not trying to “infiltrate” the refugee population. This follows more than half of governors publicly opposing refugee resettlement, though the administration says they may not have the power to refuse. This fight is going to get ugly, soon.

GOVS WITH COLD FEET: Here’s the latest count of governors who oppose refugee resettlement in their states:

HOLLANDE ANNOUNCES MEETINGS: French President Francois Hollande will visit the U.S. next week to meet with Obama and Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryWarren taps longtime aide as 2020 campaign manager In Virginia, due process should count more than blind team support Trump will give State of Union to sea of opponents MORE to discuss combating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Reuters reports that Hollande will also go to Moscow to coordinate efforts. More from The Hill’s Jesse Byrnes

JUST IN — DNC UNVEILS 2014 AUTOPSY REPORT: The Democratic National Committee unveiled a 2014 report, with an action plan for 2016. (Reminder: Democrats lost control of the Senate last year, as well as House seats.) 

The takeaways: develop a clear, values-based message … strengthen national and state party partnerships and data sharing … expand every American’s right to vote … implement at three-cycle strategy for redistricting … strong candidates to compete at every level. *Note — this was supposed to be released in May.


I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning and what’s on tap for the rest of the day. Send tips, gripes, comments and “Sexiest Man Alive” submissions (keep reading and you’ll see why) to or @CateMartel


THE TRADE DEAL ISN’T LOOKIN’ SO HOT: Via The Hill’s Ian Swanson and Bob Cusack, Obama’s trade deal is in serious trouble. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchThe FDA crackdown on dietary supplements is inadequate Orrin Hatch Foundation seeking million in taxpayer money to fund new center in his honor Mitch McConnell has shown the nation his version of power grab MORE (R-Utah) haven’t decided if they’re going to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership — even after they helped win “fast-track” authority for Obama in a bruising intraparty fight. Plus, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring 4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report MORE is now against it, which only makes it even harder for Obama to pick up more Democratic votes.

NEW THIS A.M. — SYRIA CAMPAIGN ADS ROLL IN: Jeb Bush slams Clinton in a new ad piecing together clips of Clinton refusing to say we’re at war with “radical Islam” over “jihadists.”  Ben Carson’s super-PAC released an ad titled "Courage," addressing the Syrian refugees.

WHAT’S BUZZING THIS AM — SHEEN REVEALS HE IS HIV-POSITIVE: Via The Washington Post’s Emily Yahr, On the “Today” show, Actor Charlie Sheen admitted he is HIV-positive; the National Enquirer broke the story last night. 

NOW THAT’S A GRUDGE ... : Via Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn, former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreOvernight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run New climate PAC will back Inslee for president Howard Schultz must run as a Democrat for chance in 2020 MORE won’t endorse Hillary Clinton in the primary — and not just because of leverage on climate change. Their rivalry started in 1993 when former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Howard Schultz must run as a Democrat for chance in 2020 Trump says he never told McCabe his wife was 'a loser' MORE assigned his wife the monumental task of healthcare reform (not the veep), and it only escalated from there. The 42nd president reportedly reconciled with Gore right after 9/11, but Gore’s relationship with Hillary never smoothed over.


TRUMP’S 6th SENSE: Via The Associated Press’s Erik Schelzig and Jill Colvin, “In my book I predicted terrorism, because I can feel it,” said Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE at a rally in Tennessee. "I can feel it like I feel a good location [in real estate]."

HUCKABEE GETS ... SPECIFIC: Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and current Republican presidential hopeful, commented on the Paris attacks on Fox News: “It’s time to wake up and smell the falafel.”

4 DAYS LEFT — SUMMATION OF VITTER’S CAMPAIGN: National Review’s Alexis Levinson with the metaphorical (and literal!) car crash that is David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBottom Line Bottom Line Top 5 races to watch in 2019 MORE’s gubernatorial campaign. There are some funny anecdotes.

1-800-ISIS: Via NBC’s Josh Meyer, ISIS has a 24-hour jihadi help desk to assist its foot soldiers spread the terrorist group’s message, recruit followers and launch more attacks on foreign soil.

THERE’S ALWAYS ONE OF THESE CLAIMS: Via WMUR’s John DiStaso, two challenges to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Trump endorses Cornyn for reelection as O'Rourke mulls challenge O’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate MORE’s (R-Texas) eligibility for president have been filed with the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission. They allege Cruz isn’t a natural-born citizen because he was born in Canada. Cruz’s campaign has pointed out that his mother was a U.S. citizen. There will be a hearing next Tuesday.


Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)

@athenahollow racist?  Really? You don't even know me. I had an African-American roommate for 3 years. Don't know many “racists” wo do that?

Speaker Paul Ryan

.@SpeakerBoehner: ♫This is your birthday tweet … I hope your day is sweet♫ 

The New York Times’ Alex Burns

Most consistent with Massachusetts history would be admitting ONLY refugees who are religious fundamentalists

The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel

Who'd have guessed that David Vitter would exploit the Paris attacks for his election?

Reply from WaPo’s Rebecca Sinderbrand: Also the first U.S. campaign ad I've ever seen that shows soccer being played by anyone over the age of 12.


1 p.m. ET: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate, outlines his national security strategy in a speech at the National Press Club. Live stream:

1:30 p.m. ET:  Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speak at The Brookings Institution, discussing, "Are we safer? A look at the financial system, post-crisis." Live stream:

1:30–4:30 p.m. ET: House votes

2:15 p.m. ET: First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama attends UNC-Duke basketball game Obama introduces himself as 'Michelle's husband' at leadership forum The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? MORE presents awards to the country’s after-school creative youth development programs. Live stream

5 p.m. ET: The D.C. blog “Prince of Petworth” is celebrating its 9th year, at Solly’s Tavern. Here’s the info:

5:05 p.m. ET: Ryan will speak at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council annual meeting at The Four Seasons Hotel. Live stream:

5:30 p.m. ET: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and FBI Director James Comey will brief House members  about the Paris attacks.

6 p.m. ET: The National Press Club is hosting the book launch for D.C. journalist Bill Neikirk’s mystery novel about “a free-spending Washington socialite whose lobbyist husband’s disappearance leads to the discovery of a mystery that fuels a major White House scandal and throws the presidential election into disarray.” More info:


6:35 p.m. ET: Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamActing Defense chief calls Graham an 'ally' after tense exchange Five takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump FBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it MORE (R-S.C.) will join Alan Colmes on Fox News Radio.

7 p.m. ET: Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingTexas senator introduces bill to produce coin honoring Bushes Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry Warner, Burr split on committee findings on collusion MORE (I-Maine) and Delaware Gov. Markell are scheduled to be on MSNBC’s "Hardball."

9 p.m. ET: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will be on Fox News’s “The Kelly File.”

10 p.m. ET: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump will be on Fox News’s “Hannity.”

This section has been updated to reflect scheduling changes.

Now for the fun stuff …

PATS FANS BE PATS FANS: Here’s the priceless reaction of JetBlue passengers on a flight from Orlando to Boston when the Patriots won against the Giants. It’s hilarious.

Today is National Baklava Day!

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: People magazine is unveiling its “Sexiest Man Alive” at 11:35 p.m. ET on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

And with that, if you watch one funny (nonpolitical) thing today, please, please let it be this. 

See you tomorrow! Same time, same place. 


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