Debt Relief: House Republicans are advancing a novel plan to suspend enforcement of the federal debt limit through May 18, a move that would lift the threat of a government default and relieve the air of crisis that has surrounded their budget battle with President Obama, the Washington Post reports.
Fail Rate: As the first of over 10,000 lawsuits by patients who got a hip implant made by Johnson & Johnson heads for trial this week, newly disclosed court records show the company's internal audit estimated that the all-metal device would fail within five years in nearly 40 percent of patients who received it, The New York Times reports.
Foreign Relations: The Magnitsky Act, a law signed by President Obama last month that denies visas to Russians accused of human rights violations and freezes their assets in the United States, is proving to be a major irritant in relations between the countries, Reuters reports.
Cleared: A top general caught up in the scandal that forced former CIA Director David Petraeus to resign has been cleared of allegations that he wrote potentially inappropriate e-mails to Jill Kelley, the woman who claimed she was being threatened by Paula Broadwell, CNN reports.
Energy Secretary: Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is the leading candidate to replace Steven Chu as energy secretary in President Barack Obama’s second term, Bloomberg reports.