National Politics

FILE - In this June 12, 2009, file photo. former President George H. W. Bush, center, is joined by his sons, former President George W. Bush, left, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, as he speaks to reporters after his parachute jump with the Army Golden Knights parachute team to celebrate his 85th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine. Let’s say that America has given you the job of picking the perfect candidate for president. There are all sorts of things to start the list: leadership, vision, charisma, communication skills and foreign policy cred. And more: fundraising prowess, authenticity, empathy, a keen understanding of the presidency and maybe a little familiarity with running for the office. This is Bush - the son and brother of former presidents. No one else can claim the same intimacy with the office. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Can anyone claim the total package? Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which runs CPAC, sees a strong lineup of potential candidates and says that now, “they’re going to preen and strut and we’re going to see a president emerge.”

The Senate Democratic Caucus, led by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, to urge Republicans to support a "clean bill" to fund the Homeland Security Department as that agency's budget expires later this week. The DHS budget is at a standstill over provisions attached to a Homeland Security spending bill aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.  Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. is at left. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“We could have that vote very quickly,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said as his party struggled to escape a political predicament of their own making involving an agency with major anti-terrorism responsibilities.

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio signs the bill authorizing expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner says Congress is sending President Barack Obama legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. The White House is indicating Obama will quickly veto it in private over Republican lawmakers' urging that he sign it. It would be the third veto of Obama's presidency. From left are, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Senate sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, Boehner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

“The presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously,” Obama said in a brief notice delivered to the Senate. “But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people.”

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The rich aren’t taxed enough and the middle-class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they’re too high as well. Those are the results of a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which found that most Americans support President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise investment taxes on high-income families. The findings echo the populist messages of Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, two liberals being courted by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party to run for president in 2016. The findings also add weight to Obama’s new push to raise taxes on the rich and use some of the revenue to lower taxes on the middle class.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

“I think the more you make the more taxes you should pay,” said Montgomery, who is retired after working 40 years at an auto dealership. “I can’t see where a man makes $50,000 a year pays as much taxes as somebody that makes $300,000 a year.”

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. The Obama administration put its new deportation relief program on hold on the eve of enactment Tuesday, complying reluctantly with a federal judge’s order blocking it that roiled immigrant communities nationwide and seemed to harden a tense stalemate on Capitol Hill. Holder said the Justice Department was still in the process of looking at the opinion and deciding what steps to take.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

“We’re not going to disregard this federal court ruling,” Obama said, but he added that administration officials would continue to prepare to roll out the program. “I think the law is on our side and history is on our side,” he said.

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