Red States get the deepest cuts under Obama . . . Between the 2009 and 2013 fiscal years, funding for a wide swath of discretionary grant programs, from Head Start preschool education to anti drug initiatives, fell by an average of 40 percent in Republican-leaning states like Texas and Mississippi. By contrast, funding to Democratic-leaning states such as California and politically competitive swing states like Ohio dropped by 25 percent.
“I would suggest these numbers would tell us there is politicization going on,” said John Hudak, an expert on federal spending at the centrist Brookings Institution. Reuters
Obama wins on sanctions, but only gets two months . . . Ten Senate Democrats told President Barack Obama on Tuesday that they would not vote for an Iran sanctions bill until after late March, essentially giving Obama two months to reach a framework deal under which Iran agrees to give up its nuclear weapons program. As a result, it now appears unlikely that the Senate will be in any position to move a sanctions bill until late March. The Blaze
State Deptartment-funded group bankrolls anti-Bibi campaign . . . A U.S. State Department-funded group is financing an Israeli campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and has hired former Obama aides to help with its grassroots organizing efforts. Washington Free Beacon
Obama withdraws plan to gut college savings plans . . . A dramatic lobbying effort on Air Force One — led by key leaders in his own party — helped prod President Barack Obama to drop a much ballyhooed plan to tax college savings in an embarrassing retreat from a plan announced just a little more than a week ago. Politico
Michelle uncovered . . . First lady Michelle Obama faced backlash from Twitter users in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for not wearing a head covering during her brief visit there with the president. Washington Times
Good for her. Let them like it.
Obama proposes drilling in Atlantic . . . The Obama administration pitched a plan Tuesday to open up parts of the Atlantic Ocean to drilling for the first time, even as it moved to lock down parts of Alaska indefinitely. Fox News
Administration setting up for another housing fail . . . Republicans criticized the government overseer of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a congressional hearing Tuesday, pushing back against his recent efforts to promote home ownership through the bailed-out mortgage giants. “You’re once again putting people into homes that they can’t afford to keep,” House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling told Mel Watt. Washington Examiner
Jindal warned of Islamic “colonization,” “Invasion” . . . “What’s not acceptable is people that want to come and conquer us. That’s not immigration, by the way, that’s colonization,” he says. “If someone wants to come here and change our fundamental culture and our values. If they want to come here and they want to set up their own culture and values that’s not immigration, that’s really invasion — if you’re honest about it.” Breitbart
Bush talks tough on immigration . . . “A great nation needs to control its border,” Jeb Bush told the audience in San Francisco, “not just at the border, which is hugely important, but also the 40 percent of the people that have come here illegally with a legal visa and overstayed their bounds. We ought to be able to figure out where they are and politely ask them to leave.” Washington Examiner
Money on Rubio . . . In an informal straw poll of some Koch brother conference donors, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida came out ahead of four other would-be GOP presidential candidates who had been invited. Politico