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Ten Senate Democrats Call for Delay in Iran Sanctions Push

A group of 10 Senate Democrats said Tuesday they wouldn’t vote for new sanctions against Iran on the Senate floor until late March, in response to warnings from the White House that the measures could disrupt nuclear negotiations with Tehran.

Sgt. Bergdahl Still Awaiting General’s Decision On His Case

The Army general weighing whether to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in connection with leaving a military base in Afghanistan in 2009 has not yet made a decision on how to proceed in the case, Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

What the Demise of Obama’s 529 Plan Says About Tax Reform

David Wessel: Officials clearly didn't think through the politics of the plan--whatever its merits--and now the administration is in the embarrassing position of sending Congress a budget that includes a proposal the president has dropped.

Michelle Obama Not Blurred Out on Saudi TV

Erroneous reports circulated Tuesday that Saudi state television blurred first lady Michelle Obama's face at a meeting between President Barack Obama and the new Saudi king. Fake videos surfaced online of a blurred-out Mrs. Obama atShow More Summary

Obama Backtracks From Plan to Tax ’529? College Savings Accounts

John Feehery: The president's proposal suggested that he believes that middle-class parents who don't qualify for financial aid shouldn't get any kind of break on paying for college.

Paul Ryan Enlists Cheese Hunk in Trade Push

Yes, Rep. did in fact brandish a wedge of cheese, jolting awake a sleepy committee hearing on trade.

GSA Rolls Out Toolkit to Prevent New Social-Media Hacks

Following the hack of the U.S. Central Command’s primary Twitter and YouTube accounts, the U.S. General Services Administration is releasing a handbook on preventing cyber vandalism.

U.S. Intelligence Employee Crashed Drone on White House Grounds

The man who flew the small drone that crashed on the grounds of the White House early Monday morning was identified as an employee of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The ECB’s Stimulus Buys Time. Will Europe Take Advantage of It?

David Wessel: The European Central Bank has launched an aggressive round of quantitative easing, buying European politicians some time. The question is whether they will make good use of it.

Capital Journal Daybreak: U.S. Spies on Millions of Cars | CIA Mission in Syria Goes Awry | The Politics of Obama’s Visit to Saudi Arabia

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more.

Wisconsin Gov. Walker Takes Step Toward 2016 Bid

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took a formal step toward building a 2016 campaign apparatus, launching a committee to fund his national political activity.

Obama in Saudi Arabia: Stability Is King

Aaron David Miller: President Obama’s decision to cut short his trip to India and meet with the new Saudi king underscores that, for all its anomalies and contradictions, the U.S.-Saudi relationship is too big to fail.

Boehner Acknowledges ‘Stumbles’ in New Congress

House Speaker John Boehner acknowledged that the expanded GOP majority hasn’t always run as smoothly as hoped in its first month, but expressed confidence Republicans could get in sync to move legislation.

White House to Court: GOP Health-Care Lawsuit is ‘Incoherent’

The White House said a Republican lawsuit challenging its implementation of the 2010 health-care law misunderstands the constitutional separation of powers and should be thrown out, according to court papers filed Monday night.

5 Questions About the DEA’s License-Plate Program

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Justice Department has been building a national database to track vehicles across the U.S. Here are answers to five questions about the program.

Obama Defends U.S. Alliance With Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the close relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Why Data on Health-Care Price Variation Doesn’t Itself Solve the Problem

Drew Altman: It is revealing to see a group that represents large insurers suggest that the main answer to price variation is to empower consumers with information to fend for themselves, as if all insurers can do is collect price data and that they somehow lack the clout to do much about the problem themselves.

5 Takeaways From Obama’s Trip to India

Michael Kugelman: Arguably the most memorable image of the trip was Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeting Mr. Obama with a long, deep embrace. This wasn’t done only for the cameras.

Spending Debate: Partisan Divide on Deficit Problem Signals More Tension Ahead

Stark partisan differences in the importance attached to making further deficit reductions, combined with the new deficit estimates, could spell more tension in the annual spending debate in Washington.

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