Today we are focused like a laser on the big speech to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
He's addressing a Joint Meeting of Congress and is expected to focus on the threat posed by Iran. Netanyahu expected to arrive at Congress about 10:20, and is scheduled to speak at 11am. The Israeli PM was invited by Republicans in Congress, and not the White House. In fact, unlike previous speeches by the Israelis, Netanyahu was not invited to the White House. The Israelis hold elections in just two weeks. That's the official reason the White House says it won't meet with the Israelis, but relations have been souring for years. Secretary of State John Kerry is negotiating with Iran today over its nuke program in Switzerland, though a deal seems far off.
We've got Fox team coverage including Bret Baier, Conor Powell, James Rosen, Kevin Corke, Ed Henry and more.
1020EST approx -- PM Netanyahu arrives at US Capitol. LIVE
1045EST -- First pictures from House Chamber; House is called into session by Speaker Boehner. LIVE
1055EST approx -- PM Netanyahu enters through the center rear doors; there will be an escort cmte; we expect Mrs. Netanyahu to be in the executive gallery for the speech. LIVE
1100EST -- House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving announces PM Netanyahu. LIVE
1100-1140EST -- PM Netanyahu addresses Joint Meeting of Congress. LIVE
1230EST -- House Dems respond to Israeli PM Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress. LIVE
The other big story today is a story The New York Times first broke last night. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly used her private email accounts exclusively while at the State Department.. in possible violation of laws intended to keep records of her emails. Here's a quote from the New York Times piece written by Michael Schmidt,
"It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario - short of nuclear winter - where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business," said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration."
Here's how FoxNews.com put it, "The State Department discloses that Hillary Clinton used a personal email account to conduct official business during her time as Secretary of State, raising the likelihood that federal record-keeping rules were violated and casting doubt over whether a complete record of her tenure will ever be found."
There's lots of other news today:
Iraqi forces attempting to retake the town of Tikrit in Iraq today from ISIS terrorists.
Congress trying to come up with a plan on funding the Department of Homeland Security.
Obamacare arguments at the Supreme Court tomorrow.
Nasdaq hit 5000 again yesterday.. for the 3rd time since the dot com crash in 2000. Stocks are headed lower today. We get Feb car sales numbers.
There's blizzard advisories today in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, and Michigan. Another storm headed for the Northeast.
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