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Obama agenda: Touting ConnectED

“President Obama is set Tuesday to announce more than $750 million in charitable commitments from technology and telecom companies for a new effort to bring high-speed Internet to the classroom,” The Hill writes.

Exhausting all options by March… The Washington Post: “Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urged Congress on Monday to act quickly to raise the federal debt limit, saying he will run short of cash to pay the nation’s bills by the end of the month without additional borrowing authority. Enforcement of the debt limit is suspended, but it will come back into force Friday under the terms of a deal lawmakers struck in the fall. That leaves Lew bumping up against the limit in tax-filing season, he said Monday, when he will have far less flexibility to juggle the books and ward off disaster.”

The Hill: “White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice strongly criticized Israel Monday night for attacking John Kerry after he warned failed peace could lead to a boycott of Israel by other countries.”

AP remembers Joan Mondale, “who burnished a reputation as ‘Joan of Art’ for her passionate advocacy for the arts while her husband was vice president and a U.S. ambassador, died Monday. She was 83. … An arts lover and an avid potter, Joan Mondale was given a grand platform to promote the arts when her husband, then-Democratic U.S. Sen. Walter Mondale, was elected Jimmy Carter‘s vice president in 1976. Carter named her honorary chairwoman of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities, and in that role she frequently traveled to museums, theaters and artist studios on the administration’s behalf. She lobbied Congress and states to boost public arts programs and funding.”