DHS Funding Fight: As the clock ticks down to Friday night's DHS funding deadline, the standoff on Capitol Hill has taken a turn for the weird as Senate Republicans announced they'd put forth a clean DHS funding bill as long as Dems would agree to allow a vote on a standalone immigration bill. Despite the fact that plan is exactly what Senate Dems have said they've wanted, Sen Reid indicated his caucus would object to consideration of a clean bill unless they get assurances from Speaker Boehner that the House would consider and pass a clean funding bill. Republicans argue that's tantamount to moving the goalposts while Dems say the ball is in Boehner's court.
FCC Internet Regulation: A day before the FCC will vote on substantial new internet regulations, the House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing into the relationship between the FCC and the White House. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who chairs the committee, has made it clear that he and other Republican lawmakers are unhappy with the FCC's proposed so-called "net neutrality" rules that will add an additional layer of regulations for broadband providers, and they want to know what role the president is playing in influencing FCC policy and rulemaking.
State Department Official Arrested: Daniel Rosen, a senior State Department official in charge of federal counterterrorism programs was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor. Police say Rosen was arrested by a county detective about noon at his Washington, D.C. home and transported to the DC Jail. Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said late Tuesday, "We are aware that a State Department employee has been arrested and charges have been issued. For issues related to Department personnel and for privacy reasons, we are not able to confirm the identity of the individual or specific charges. His security clearance will be suspended and he will be put on administrative leave while this proceeds to its end through any judicial process. We are following standard procedure in this case." Mr. Rosen awaits extradition to Fairfax County, expected this morning.
Obama Advisor Comments on Netanyahu Address: Susan Rice, President Obama's national security advisor, said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's acceptance of an invitation to address Congress next month is "destructive of the fabric of the relationship" between Israel and the United States. Many House and Senate Democrats have said they will not be in attendance for the speech.