Weekend in politics: Obama wraps up Middle East trip, and more

Joel Roberts
The Ticket

President Barack Obama wraps up his three-day trip to Israel on Friday with visits to symbolic sites, including the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and the graves of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995.

Obama plans to have lunch with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then tour the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Later, he is traveling to Jordan for a meeting with King Abdullah II. He will visit the ruins of the ancient city of Petra on Saturday before returning home to Washington.

Also Friday, Congress looks to wrap up work before departing for a two-week Easter recess. Senate Democrats appear poised to pass their first budget in four years, promising a second round of tax hikes on the wealthy.

And then there is this: Saturday marks the third anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare."

And also this: One of five known manuscripts of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address goes on display Friday at the Library of Congress.