Obama Returns to Illinois. The president visited Springfield, Illinois, where he served three terms as a state senator from 1997 to 2004, and lamented the state of partisan divide in American politics. “It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency,” Obama said, “that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has often gotten worse instead of better.” (Mark Landler, The New York Times)
Cha-Ching. Bernie Sander’s campaign raised $5.2 million after the New Hampshire primary poll stations closed Tuesday. The Vermont senator has done increasingly well with fundraising, reining in more than $20 million in January compared with Clinton’s $15 million. (Gabriel Debendetti, Politico)
The State of the Fed. Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen made her semiannual address to Congress emphasizing the steady improvement of the labor market but also warning that “financial conditions in the United States have recently become less supportive of growth.” (Paul Davidson, USA Today)
Indefinite Time-Out. In response to North Korea’s recent rocket launch and nuclear test, South Korea is suspending operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, a factory zone that employs some 55,000 North Koreans. "It appears that such funds have not been used to pave the way to peace as the international community had hoped," said South Korea’s Unification Ministry in a statement. (Elise Hu, NPR)
Tomorrow in One Paragraph: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will face off in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at 9 p.m. in a debate hosted by PBS. Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Marco Rubio will be schmoozing with the good citizens of South Carolina, and Donald Trump will host a rally in Baton Rouge.
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“But the enthusiasm for her candidacy increasingly seems concentrated among affluent, older voters who are already committed members of the Democratic Party. That is not the most promising platform from which to begin a general-election campaign in any year, and especially not in a vigorously populist one.” The New Yorker’s Benjamin Wallace-Wells on how Hillary Clinton lost blue-collar America.
“Stronger Together.” The Atlantic's Richard D. Kahlenberg explores President Obama’s $120 million initiative to integrate schools by income and the advantages to lifting up disadvantage students of all races.
Climate Commitment. After Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision to halt President Obama’s climate change agenda, China and India are questioning U.S. commitment to low-carbon policies, which might spell doom for the historic Paris climate agreement. (Coral Davenport, The New York Times)
Post-New Hampshire. What does the Republican presidential race look like now that the first primary results are in? Check out this graphic to find out. (Washington Post staff)
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