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First Read's Morning Clips

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day
/ Source: NBC News

OFF TO THE RACES: Jeb to rely heavily on Super PAC

BUSH: The AP reports that he will delegate a lot of his campaign tasks - like advertising, direct mail, and data gathering - to his Super PAC. More: “The architects of the plan believe the super PAC's ability to legally raise unlimited amounts of money outweighs its primary disadvantage, that it cannot legally coordinate its actions with Bush or his would-be campaign staff.”

CHRISTIE: More bad news for the NJ gov, from the Washington Post: "New Jersey state Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos, who chaired Christie’s 2009 gubernatorial campaign and ushered his agenda through a Democratic-controlled legislature, is backing former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s all-but-certain presidential bid."

He has hired an Iowa political director for his PAC, reports the Des Moines Register.

Bloomberg writes that Christie is hoping (again) to jumpstart his flagging presidential hopes with a speech in DC.

CLINTON: The New York Times digs into how Hillary Clinton is working to embrace Elizabeth Warren's populist rhetoric. And/but: "Nothing stings her inner circle more than the suggestion that their candidate is late to these issues. Mrs. Clinton was the original Elizabeth Warren, her advisers say, a populist fighter who for decades has been an advocate for families and children; only now have the party and primary voters caught up."

The Wall Street Journal writes on how Mayor Rahm Emanuel's run-off victory in Chicago could provide lessons for Clinton.

Yesterday in New Hampshire, she said she's "ready" for Republican attacks.

WMUR previews her community college pitch today.

WALKER: The New York Times writes that David Koch has been indicating that Scott Walker is his favorite Republican candidate.

And around the country...

FLORIDA: Republican Tom Rooney says he won’t seek Marco Rubio’s Senate seat.

NEVADA: Gov. Brian Sandoval is confusing some folks in his own party, writes the Wall Street Journal.

VIRGINIA: Former First Lady Maureen McDonnell is hoping to get her public corruption convictions tossed out.

OBAMA AGENDA: Deploying the USS Theodore Roosevelt

From the AP: "In a stepped-up response to Iranian backing of Shiite rebels in Yemen, the Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels."

An Egyptian court has sentenced former president Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison for charges of inciting violence.

The Baltimore Sun has the latest on the death of Freddie Gray, a 25 year-old black man who suffered a spinal injury while in police custody.

CONGRESS: Business vs. Labor on trade

The Hill writes that business and labor groups are back in their corners as they battle over trade legislation.

The New York Times writes that Congress is pushing forward on Obama's agenda, even as the Hill is now dominated by the GOP.

It's still not clear when Loretta Lynch will get her confirmation vote.

John McCain and Ted Cruz are in a bit of a dust-up over the possibility of hearings on troops carrying personal firearms on military installations.

It looks like Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine is staying on after all, Roll Call reports.


*** Tuesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with NBC News Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin about U.S. warships sent to block Iran ships from delivering arms to Yemen rebels, Capt. John Kowalczyk of the Baltimore Police department on the 6 cops suspended after the death of Freddy Gray, Indiana State Department of Health Deputy State Health Commissioner Jennifer Walthall about the HIV health emergency in Scott's County IN, Brady Granier Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer of BioCorRx, Inc and former actor on Growing Pains Jeremy Miller about a new drug implant that slowly releases over a number of months blocking alcohol cravings and reduces the pleasure seeking impulses alcoholics experience.

*** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: On today’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” live from Concord, NH, Andrea will interview Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. Chris Murphy, Fmr. Sen. John Sununu, Baltimore Sun Investigative Reporter Mark Puente, AP’s Julie Pace, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and NBC’s Ron Mott.