Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(BOISE, Idaho) — President Obama resumed his barnstorming tour of the U.S. to promote his second-term agenda with a visit to Boise, Idaho, Wednesday.

During his half-hour speech on the campus of Boise State University, the president repeated many of the same themes from his State of the Union address the night before.

Obama spoke of the nation’s economic resurgence leading to the best growth in a decade despite critics fighting his policies at every turn.

To drive his point home, the president peppered his remarks with football analogies before an appreciative audience that included, “The verdict is clear. The ruling on the field stands. Middle class economics works. Expanding opportunity works.”

Beforehand, Obama toured Boise State’s New Product Development Lab to view products local industries and entrepreneurs develop and market with the assistance of students.

This was Obama’s first visit to Idaho as president, meaning he’s made speeches in 47 states. He has yet set to foot in South Carolina, Utah and South Dakota during his six years in office.

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Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — The Senate email system is down, the Senate Sergeant at Arms Frank Larkin said Wednesday night.

Larkin told ABC News at about 7 p.m. Wednesday that “the Senate is currently experiencing a network outage, including email and mobility.” He said that technicians were working on the issue.

At least one Senate office said that the system went down at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday that he didn’t think he was “poking anyone in the eye” when he invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak in front of Congress next month.

Earlier in the day, the Ohio Republican said in a statement that he would ask Netanyahu “to address Congress on the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life.” Boehner’s decision to invite Netanyahu was based in part on the fact that “Americans and Israelis have always stood together in shared cause and common ideals, and now we must rise to the moment again.”

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest had no comment on the invitation, saying that judgment would wait until the White House spoke with the prime minister. Typically, Earnest suggested, the leader of one country would contact the leader of another before traveling. This invitation, he added, “seems to be a departure from that protocol.”

Boehner admitted that he didn’t consult the White House on the invitation. “The Congress can make this decision on its own,” the speaker said. “I don’t believe I’m poking anyone in the eye.”

“There is a serious threat that exists in the world and the president, last night, kind of papered over it,” Boehner claimed. “The fact is, is there needs to be a more serious conversation in America about how serious the threat is from radical Islamic jihadists and the threat posed by Iran.”

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ABC/ DONNA SVENNEVIK(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Jacksonville University announced on Wednesday that former Senator and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will deliver its spring commencement address this April.

“We are delighted to offer our students the opportunity to hear from one of the leading figures in industry and public service of the past three decades,” university President Tim Cost said in a statement. “Gov. Romney has established an outstanding track record of accomplishments, and is sure to offer insight and inspiration to our campus community.”

Commencement is scheduled for April 25.

Romney has said he is considering another presidential campaign in 2016.

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ABC/ DONNA SVENNEVIK(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Jacksonville University announced on Wednesday that former Senator and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will deliver its spring commencement address this April.

“We are delighted to offer our students the opportunity to hear from one of the leading figures in industry and public service of the past three decades,” university President Tim Cost said in a statement. “Gov. Romney has established an outstanding track record of accomplishments, and is sure to offer insight and inspiration to our campus community.”

Commencement is scheduled for April 25.

Romney has said he is considering another presidential campaign in 2016.

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ABC/ DONNA SVENNEVIK(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Jacksonville University announced on Wednesday that former Senator and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will deliver its spring commencement address this April.

“We are delighted to offer our students the opportunity to hear from one of the leading figures in industry and public service of the past three decades,” university President Tim Cost said in a statement. “Gov. Romney has established an outstanding track record of accomplishments, and is sure to offer insight and inspiration to our campus community.”

Commencement is scheduled for April 25.

Romney has said he is considering another presidential campaign in 2016.

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — This may be a congressional first — a drone flying overhead in a House committee room.

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing Wednesday in the Rayburn House Office Building on the research and development of unmanned aircraft systems. One of the witnesses, Colin Guinn, CRO of 3D Robotics, brought a Parrot Bebop Drone, a $499 device weighing just over one pound, for a demonstration.

The red-and-black drone buzzed around the side of the committee room, flying in place for over a minute while Guinn testified. The drone did not get near any of the lawmakers or fly over anyone’s head, much to the disappointment of Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the committee.

“I was hoping you’d fly it over the whole room instead of one place,” Smith said.

“You said, ‘No haircuts,’” Guinn answered.

Ahead of the short drone flight, Smith said the demonstration may have been the first of its kind and noted the committee had to obtain special permission to have a drone flying in the committee room.

“The rules are still pretty strict,” Smith said.

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — This may be a congressional first — a drone flying overhead in a House committee room.

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing Wednesday in the Rayburn House Office Building on the research and development of unmanned aircraft systems. One of the witnesses, Colin Guinn, CRO of 3D Robotics, brought a Parrot Bebop Drone, a $499 device weighing just over one pound, for a demonstration.

The red-and-black drone buzzed around the side of the committee room, flying in place for over a minute while Guinn testified. The drone did not get near any of the lawmakers or fly over anyone’s head, much to the disappointment of Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the committee.

“I was hoping you’d fly it over the whole room instead of one place,” Smith said.

“You said, ‘No haircuts,’” Guinn answered.

Ahead of the short drone flight, Smith said the demonstration may have been the first of its kind and noted the committee had to obtain special permission to have a drone flying in the committee room.

“The rules are still pretty strict,” Smith said.

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — This may be a congressional first — a drone flying overhead in a House committee room.

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing Wednesday in the Rayburn House Office Building on the research and development of unmanned aircraft systems. One of the witnesses, Colin Guinn, CRO of 3D Robotics, brought a Parrot Bebop Drone, a $499 device weighing just over one pound, for a demonstration.

The red-and-black drone buzzed around the side of the committee room, flying in place for over a minute while Guinn testified. The drone did not get near any of the lawmakers or fly over anyone’s head, much to the disappointment of Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the committee.

“I was hoping you’d fly it over the whole room instead of one place,” Smith said.

“You said, ‘No haircuts,’” Guinn answered.

Ahead of the short drone flight, Smith said the demonstration may have been the first of its kind and noted the committee had to obtain special permission to have a drone flying in the committee room.

“The rules are still pretty strict,” Smith said.

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Harry Reid / Twitter(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Harry Reid will undergo surgery on his right eye next week in order to help recover full vision following an exercise accident earlier this month.

Kristen Orthman, deputy communications director for Reid, released a statement Wednesday calling the surgery a “necessary step.” Reid learned of the need for the procedure on Tuesday.

“Senator Reid is expected to be released from the hospital quickly following the surgery but under doctor’s orders to minimize strain in his right eye, he will have to work from his DC home next week,” the statement read. Reid also suffered broken ribs in the exercise accident, which are reportedly healing well.

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