OPEN TO WORKING TOGETHER: Many expected Congress not to do much before the midterms in November, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering bills with across-the-aisle support. "The Senate majority leader will still push long-shot measures, like paycheck fairness and hiking the minimum wage, designed to appeal to his party’s base. But now he’s considering taking up bills that some Republicans actually support, too, like a manufacturing bill and a prison reform measure," writes Burgess Everett. Lawmakers need to work together to create shared goals: Burgess Everett for POLITICO: Harry Reid’s new game plan: Some bipartisanship
MEETING AT THE WHITE HOUSE: "President [Barack] Obama will host the nation’s governors Monday morning at the White House with all signs pointing to Republicans and Democrats talking past each other as they lay the groundwork for this year’s midterm elections," write Dan Balz and Karen Tumulty. Instead of just insisting on their own agendas, leaders need to work toward establishing a vision both parties can agree on: Dan Balz and Karen Tumulty for The Washington Post: Obama to host governors at White House
MIDTERM POSITIONING: President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are both trying to help their party's chances during the midterm elections. Instead of supporting once-critical policy initiatives, Obama and Boehner are aiming to keep their political bases happy: John King for CNN: Inside Politics: Obama and Boehner in midterm chess match
FIGHTING OVER DEFENSE BUDGET: The Department of Defense is expected to release its budget request for next year on March 4. The battles though over the budget are far from settled and could be the most contentious yet, according to Sara Sorcher: Sara Sorcher for National Journal: What You Need to Know About the Next Defense Budget
NO LABELS RADIO: Sen. Joe Donnelly was on No Labels Radio last Saturday to discuss job creation. Listen to his conversation with Gov. Jon Huntsman now.
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STAT OF THE DAY: The S&P 500 rose 14 points to 1851 this morning, topping the all-time record intraday high of 1850.84: Dan Strumpf and Tomi Kilgore for The Wall Street Journal: S&P 500 Hits Fresh Record