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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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Republican women candidates must fight the perception that they are more moderate than male primary opponents simply because they are female, a group of pollsters and Republican leaders said Wednesday morning.

One of the most effective ways women can do this is to downplay attributes typically associated with females, including a penchant for compromise, they said.

Unveiling a report sponsored by the group Political Parity, which seeks to increase the number of women in state and federal government, pollster Nicole McClosky of Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican firm that conducted the research, said the perception that women are less conservative harms their chances in Republican primaries.

“Their voting records are as conservative as any man, yet there is a lingering perception that perhaps women candidates are more moderate,” McClosky said.

Besides being seen as more willing to compromise, McClosky added, her research showed that voters tend to view women candidates as “compassionate” and “creative,” whereas male candidates evoke very different characteristics.

“Men have cornered the market on arrogance and stubbornness,” she said, to laughter.

In order to counteract these preconceptions, said Matt Walter, president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, female candidates should accentuate qualities more welcome in the current Republican Party political atmosphere.

“Being willing to compromise has less of appeal in a Republican primary. The ability to create solutions, which is the ultimate motivating factor behind that compromise, is what really resonates with people,” Walter said.

And the ability to successfully articulate one’s message starts with raising enough money — something with which women frequently struggle more than men, said Sharon Day, co-chair of the Republican National Committee.

“Men will walk in and ask for the full boat, all the money. And they’ll go to the women candidate, they’ll give you a $500 check and she’ll say thank you very much and leave,” she said. “You have to be able to raise the money to get your message heard.”

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Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office announced he would cross the pond next month to visit the United Kingdom during the first week of February.

Like his recent trips to Canada and Mexico, it’s being described as a trade mission by his office.

But Christie has some difficult numbers from the Garden State, which will follow him not only to England but likely on any campaign trail as well.

In a new Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday, the survey data says Christie gets his worst overall score in almost four years.

Survey participants still blame the “Bridgegate” scandal, which is indicated in Christie’s approval rating of 46 percent, with 48 percent disapproving.

Sixty-five to 32 percent of New Jersey voters also say Christie has strong leadership qualities, but 50 to 46 percent believe he is not honest and trustworthy. Fifty-one to 45 percent say he does not care about their needs and problems.

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Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office announced he would cross the pond next month to visit the United Kingdom during the first week of February.

Like his recent trips to Canada and Mexico, it’s being described as a trade mission by his office.

But Christie has some difficult numbers from the Garden State, which will follow him not only to England but likely on any campaign trail as well.

In a new Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday, the survey data says Christie gets his worst overall score in almost four years.

Survey participants still blame the “Bridgegate” scandal, which is indicated in Christie’s approval rating of 46 percent, with 48 percent disapproving.

Sixty-five to 32 percent of New Jersey voters also say Christie has strong leadership qualities, but 50 to 46 percent believe he is not honest and trustworthy. Fifty-one to 45 percent say he does not care about their needs and problems.

[SEE THE FULL RESULTS OF THE POLL HERE]

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Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) — Have you ever heard of Ernest Moniz? If you haven’t, you need to know at least one thing about the U.S. Secretary of Energy: His hair is now-Internet famous.

Moniz didn’t even attend last year’s State of the Union address — he was the “designated survivor” (the cabinet official sent to a secure location just in case disaster were to strike the U.S. Capitol). But this year, the former MIT physics professor turned top government official showed up, sporting his unusual Colonial-style hair.

Users have compared him to Benjamin Franklin, Mr. Bean, and Javier Bardem. The list — and the memes — go on and on.

“If it gets people interested in the Department of Energy, that’s good,” Moniz told The Boston Globe in an interview last year.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — First lady Michelle Obama found some new exercise partners on Wednesday that you may have heard of: Thing 1, Thing 2 and The Cat in the Hat.

In an effort to educate kids about the importance of staying active, the first lady welcomed the famous Dr. Seuss characters and mini Cats in the Hat — A.K.A. local school students — to jump, shimmy and shake with her at the White House.

After a spirited reading of Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good for You: All About Staying Healthy, Mrs. Obama ran the kids through a series of short, silly exercises.

“Let’s go… Show me what you got!” she said, as she took to her feet in the East Room of the White House.

The first lady showed them how easy it can be to exercise, as the group pretended to brush their teeth, walk their dog and swim.

“Knees up, knees up, knees up!” she yelled, as the kids ran in place, their stripped hats bobbing up and down.

Then came a brief round of limbo and freeze dance followed by some enthusiastic shaking.

“Shake it up, shake it up,” the first lady said as the kids wiggled and wobbled. “Shake harder than that!”

“Wait, don’t hurt yourself,” she said.

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