Here is your Morning Brief for March 19, 2015.

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Scott Olson, Getty Images

Rick Perry Knows How to Campaign

Rick Perry is not a front-runner for President in 2016, but one of the reasons people keep talking about him and even warning others that he has a chance is because of his resume and how Perry can connect with people. A piece yesterday by USNews points out just how good Perry is on the campaign trail.

Perry, who says he will make a decision on an official White House campaign by June, would start his second run for the presidency as the ultimate non-front-runner. The way he conducted his last campaign lives in infamy to many GOP donors and activists thirsting for the best way back into the Oval Office. There are a wider array of options this time, harboring the same executive credentials Perry routinely boasts about. He dwells at 4 percent in national polling. In New Hampshire, he’s barely registering 1 percent.

Yet Perry remains the most natural, engaging and comfortable politician pondering the 2016 race. No one works a room more effectively. No one personally tailors corny campaign introductions to prospective supporters more persuasively. And no one makes a case with more visible panache.

Put Perry in a room with Bush or Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for some old-fashioned retail politicking, and there’s no comparing who is relishing it more and who is more enjoyable to be around. That may not matter enough, but in the still relatively close-knit early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire, it has to count for something.

There is no reason to count Perry out right now. He knows how to campaign and he has one of the best resume's of the 2016ers. In the last Republican primary, just about everyone had their time as number 1. One has to think it will happen again.

A New Rift

The relationship between the United States and Israel looks as though it could become even more strained after the White House spoke out today against something Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in the run-up to the election. According to FOX News, President Obama disagrees with Netanyahu on Palestinian statehood.

After staying mum on Israeli issues in the run-up to the election, the White House on Wednesday broke its silence -- answering Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's victory with fresh criticism and making clear that a new rift has opened between U.S. and Israeli leaders, this time over Palestinian statehood.

In its first public response to Netanyahu's election triumph, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama still believes in a two-state solution. This was after Netanyahu, shortly before the vote, reversed his stance and stated he would not allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Earnest acknowledged Wednesday that the U.S. would have to "re-evaluate" its position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in light of those comments. But he stressed that Obama believes a two-state solution is best. And State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki clarified that the administration "absolutely" will continue to push for this.

The rift will continue to widen between the United States and Israel just as a rift has widened between the U.S. and many allies.

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