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• The Pope visits the Muslim world. Francis flies to the United Arab Emirates for a three-day visit. He’s expected to meet privately with Muslim leaders, visit a mosque and celebrate the first Mass by a pope on the Arabian Peninsula.
• EU and League of Arab States leaders meet. For the first time, the heads of countries in the European Union and the League of Arab States gather for a summit. On the two-day agenda in Egypt are trade, migration and security.
• The 2020 White House race is simmering. Sen. Bernie Sanders pushes his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination in a CNN town hall at 8 p.m. ET.
• The Austrian Chancellor visits the White House. Trump and Sebastian Kurz will look at “revitalizing the bilateral relationship” when they meet. Kurz, Europe’s youngest state leader, has made limiting migration a top priority. He also seems keen to strengthen Austria’s ties with Russia, where President Vladimir Putin on this day makes his annual address to lawmakers.
• Trump’s ex-fixer heads to Capitol Hill. Before heading to prison, Michael Cohen again is set to testify publicly before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Cohen had put off an earlier appearance, citing “threats against his family” by Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
• CPAC stirs the 2020 conversation. Conservatives head to National Harbor, Maryland, for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
• T minus 1 month to Brexit. It’s one month until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union. But the exit is in chaos as Prime Minister Theresa May suffers defeat after defeat trying to square her plan with Parliament and EU officials.
Meanwhile, the President’s former “fixer,” attorney Michael Cohen, agreed to appear behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee. He’s expected to talk about Russia and to correct testimony from 2017 that led to his guilty plea for lying to Congress.
• White House Correspondents’ Association gets dolled up. Breaking from its tradition of having a comedian roast the President and the press corps, the fundraiser will feature US presidential biographer Ron Chernow. Meantime, Trump is skipping the event for the third straight year. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on CNN.