Morning Must Reads: February 18

Happy Presidents' Day! Here are today's top stories.

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  • Happy Presidents’ Day! How well do you know the American Presidents?
  • Through an exemption Congress granted itself for trips deemed to be cultural exchanges, congressional staffers can get free trips abroad if foreign governments pay for them.  Lobbyists are allowed to supervise.
  • America’s foreign policy priority: the “pivot to Asia” or the Middle East?
  • GOP civil war is not a quick fix.
  • Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai bans his people from calling the U.S. for airstrikes in residential areas.
  • Obama administration plans decade-long project to map the human brain.
  • Ramzi Yousef, the’93 World Trade Center bomber, has been in solitary confinement for 15 years. He filed a lawsuit to be in an open prison environment.
  • SNL takes on Rubio’s Gulpgate. Does it beat Stephen Colbert?