Banter, no breakthrough, as Obama lunches with Senate Republicans

President Barack Obama’s third and final day of in-person courtship of Congress found him lunching on lobster Thursday with Senate Republicans, and chewing over prospects for reforming the nation’s tax code, entitlements and regulatory structure. Despite occasional bursts of audible applause from the closed-door session, neither side reported any breakthroughs after the 90-minute discussion … ...

Obama says Iran a year away from nuclear weapon

Iran is about a year away from developing a nuclear weapon and the United States remains committed to doing everything in its power to prevent that from happening, President Barack Obama said in an exclusive interview aired… Full story

Drone missions to operate from Battle Creek Air National Guard Base

The base will not be receiving a C-130 aircraft flying mission, but is receiving a MQ-9 Reaper. Full story

US surveillance drone approached by Iranian fighter jet, Pentagon says

An unmanned, unarmed U.S. surveillance drone was approached by an Iranian F-4 fighter jet on Tuesday, the Pentagon disclosed Thursday. The Iranian jet got as close as 16 miles. Full story

Today in the news: New York shooting suspect killed in police standoff

Your daily news briefing, with the video of the day the top news and quote of the day. Full story

Closing arguments end in Wis. starved girl case

Closing arguments have ended in the case of a Wisconsin man charged with starving and torturing his 16-year-old daughter. Full story

The Edge: Are Republicans Headed for a 2012 Replay?

The Edge is National Journal’s daily look at today in Washington — and what’s coming next. The email features analysis from NJ’s top correspondents, the biggest stories of the day — and always a few surprises. To subscribe, click here. Full story

Newtown gunman had interest in other mass murders

The man who killed 26 people inside a Connecticut elementary school last year showed interest in other mass killings, people close to the investigation told The Associated Press. Full story

Rand Paul Steals Marco Rubio's Thunder at CPAC

Rand Paul Steals Marco Rubio’s Thunder at CPAC Full story

Watch: CPAC 2013: Saul Anuzis Considers Michigan Senate Seat

Michigan conservative Republican Party leader sees race as “opportunity.” Full story