Hillary Clinton’s no slam dunk in 2016, and more must-reads «

    Hillary Clinton’s no slam dunk in 2016, and more must-reads

    Hillary Clinton, a slam dunk in 2016? Not if you ask Larry Sabato, a professor at the University of Virginia. Writing for Politico, he says the former first lady and secretary of state is more vulnerable than everyone thinks. “A consensus choice for a major-party presidential nomination is exceedingly rare,” he writes.

    Rep. Dave Camp is facing hurdles for tax reform, the Hill writes. The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has to convince the House Republican leadership that a tax overhaul is worth the effort in 2014. The calendar is another obstacle: Lawmakers are scheduled to be on the campaign trail for most of the fall. Michigan Republican Camp has said he wants to release a bill early this year.

    Chris Christie just can’t stay out of the spotlight. The New Jersey governor is scheduled to take his oath of office for the second time on Tuesday amid two controversies that threaten to blow up his aspirations for the Republican presidential nod. Fox News says excerpts of Christie’s inaugural address don’t mention either the George Washington Bridge lane closures or the tying of Superstorm Sandy aid to a real-estate project. Christie instead will focus on small government and bipartisan cooperation.

    New U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy is making diplomatic, er, waves by wading into a familiar spat between fishermen and animal-rights activists. At issue is dolphin-hunting, which the ambassador said she is “deeply concerned” by. Japanese government officials argue that the dolphins aren’t an endangered species and are not protected by international treaties. Quartz has more.

    It’s turning out to be a four-day weekend for many in the D.C. area. With as many as seven inches of snow on the way Tuesday, the federal government is closed, schools are shut down and the plows are getting ready. Check out updates from the Washington Post.