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OBAMA AGENDA: More Middle East strife

A ceasefire between Saudi Arabia and Houthi rebels in Yemen fell apart quickly Wednesday. The New York Times writes that proves “the challenges facing the Obama administration as it increasingly relies on allies in the Middle East.”

Meanwhile President Obama pushed forward on climate change, visiting the Everglades in Florida. The New York Times says his trip was a direct challenge to Republicans running for president: “Mr. Obama steered clear of directly confronting Mr. Bush, Mr. Rubio or any other Republicans (in the presidential field). But he left little doubt that he intended to raise pressure on those who oppose policies to address the warming of the planet.”

CONGRESS: Lynch Is Finally Getting Her Day

More than five months after President Barack Obama nominated her, Senate will vote on Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be the next Attorney General.

Meet Lynch, the woman who is set to be the first African American woman in the position, per NBC News.

Lynch’s vote comes after an agreement on a human trafficking bill that enabled the stalled bill to pass 99-0 in the Senate Wednesday night per Politico. It includes a compromise over abortion accessibility for human trafficking victims the Huffington Post spells out.

OFF TO THE RACES: Rubio takes lead in Q-poll

BUSH: “Clinton Cash” author, Peter Schweizer, has Jeb Bush in his sights next, Bloomberg reports. It will focus on Bush’s finances and will likely be available this summer.

PAUL: The Kentucky senator continues to fight with … everyone. But his feud with potential presidential rival Sen. Lindsey Graham and his partner-in-crime, Sen. John McCain, made headlines again.

NBC’s Andrew Rafferty reports that Paul’s son was given a DUI at 11:24 a.m. on Sunday.

RUBIO: Politico says Rubio is a leader in Sheldon Adelson’s lucrative primary.

The Florida senator is also ahead in a new Quinnipiac poll with 15 percent support of Republicans (but Bush comes in at 13 percent, which is within the 4.1 percent margin of error). The poll also says he is the Republican best positioned to beat Clinton.

TRUMP: The confident real estate mogul signed a lease for an office in New Hampshire

WALKER: His hometown paper writes that two recent polls show Walker’s approval ratings in Wisconsin declining and that could complicate his presidential ambitions.

CHRISTIE: The New Jersey governor told Jimmy Fallon a formal announcement about his 2016 plans will come in May or June, MSNBC reports.

PROGRAMMING NOTES

Thursday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Frances Rivera is in for Tamron Hall, she will speak with Attorney John Burris and MSNBC’s Zak Roth about the family of Michael Brown filing a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson after the death of their son, Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake about the latest on the Freddy Gray case, and NBC News Reporter Ron Mott about the latest on the Boston Bombing trial.

Thursday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell will interview Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Sen. Chris Coons, Holocaust survivor Gene Klein, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, NBC’s Kate Snow and Kelly O’Donnell and we’ll air Andrea’s interview with former Reagan aide Rick Ahearn.