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First Read's Morning Clips

A roundup of the most important political stories of the day

OBAMA AGENDA: Latest out of Nigeria

The latest in Nigeria, per the AP: "A Nigerian government official said "all options are open" in efforts to rescue almost 300 abducted schoolgirls from their Islamic extremist captors as U.S. surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft started flying over the West African country."

Republican opponents of Obamacare will point to this piece in the New York Times: "In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network — or pay much more for the privilege of going to any provider they want."

Reuters, on expected changes to U.S. deportation policy: "Advocates want sweeping executive actions since broad legislation to rewrite immigration laws is stalled in Congress. But experts say the changes are likely to be modest as the White House holds out hope for a legislative fix this summer before November's midterm congressional elections or next year when a new Congress has been seated."

CONGRESS: Dysfunction junction

NBC's Katie Wall reports that, as expected, the energy efficiency bill stalled in the Senate after bitter disagreement over the amendment process. The halt means that we now won't see a vote on a separate bill to direct construction of the Keystone pipeline -- a measure that would have divided the president's party but could have given some endangered red state Democrats an election-year boost.

Now, the Senate is taking up a tax cut extenders bill – and it’s likely to be sidetracked by a vote on the deficit, Roll Call reports.

House Speaker John Boehner is continuing his trend of making much more revealing comments on the road than he does on Capitol Hill. During an appearance in San Antonio Monday, he wouldn't commit to serving a full two year term if reelected, and he embraced Jeb Bush as a potential presidential candidate, NBC's Frank Thorp reports.

Earmarks might be banned, but lawmakers are finding creative ways to get attention for constituent interests, the Washington Post writes.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is set to testify before a Senate committee amid calls for his resignation due to a reported coverup of treatment delays at health clinics.

OFF TO THE RACES: Previewing the primaries in Nebraska and West Virginia

Here's Roll Call's preview of tonight's Nebraska and West Virginia primaries.

The Washington Post editorial board has this to say about Marco Rubio's skepticism of man-made climate change: "On Sunday, Mr. Rubio insisted that he is ready to be president. We hope he does not count sidling up to climate change denial as a qualification. It is quite the opposite."

And speaking of climate change, here’s this New York Times piece: “A large section of the mighty West Antarctica ice sheet has begun falling apart and its continued melting now appears to be unstoppable, two groups of scientists reported on Monday. If the findings hold up, they suggest that the melting could destabilize neighboring parts of the ice sheet and a rise in sea level of 10 feet or more may be unavoidable in coming centuries.”

Bookmark this quote from Jeb Bush, who (along with Paul Ryan) spoke about poverty at an awards ceremony hosted by the Manhattan Institute yesterday: "A loving family taking care of their children in a traditional marriage will create the chance to break out of poverty far better, far better than any of the government programs that we can create."

Rudy Giuliani encouraged Bush to run for president at the event, POLITICO reports, saying the former Florida governor “would make one heck of a leader.”

ALASKA: The Anchorage Daily News writes that a Begich-aligned super PAC plans to buy more than $4 million in airtime for the Democratic candidate.

IOWA: Joni Ernst picks up the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s endorsement in the Senate GOP primary – a snub to rival Mark Jacobs, the Des Moines Register writes.

KANSAS: Dr. Milton Wolf doesn't get his wish: A Kansas board said that Sen. Pat Roberts is eligible to run for re-election as a Kansas resident despite owning a home in the D.C. area.

KENTUCKY: The Herald-Leader writes that the KY Secretary of State and Senate candidate Alison Grimes may have to answer for stagnant job growth in the state.

NEBRASKA: The New York Times looks at today's Senate primary between Shane Osborn and Ben Sasse through the prism of outside conservative groups' internal disputes. "The still-emerging Tea Party movement is not merely waging war against the Republican establishment this year. Some of its more heated disputes are coming from within.”

The Wall Street Journal notes that the Senate race will determine whether Mitch McConnell gains an ally or another Tea Party insurgent in his caucus.

NORTH CAROLINA: NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports that Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken's opponent in a still-too-close-to-call North Carolina House race, died yesterday after a fall at his home. More from the News & Observer: "Brad Crone, a political strategist and friend of Crisco’s for nearly three decades, said the two had talked on the phone earlier Monday to finalize plans to announce that he would concede. He had planned to call Aiken to congratulate him. Crone had already notified Aiken’s campaign staff of the plans."

PENNSYLVANIA: The Wall Street Journal: "A Democratic primary battle in Pennsylvania has alarmed party elders, who say the internecine attacks could undercut a chance at unseating vulnerable Republican Gov. Tom Corbett."


*** Tuesday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC's Chuck Todd interviews Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), author of "The Big Thirst" Charles Fishman and NBC's Richard Engel. Plus, if it's Tuesday, it's Primary Day. Chuck will speak with Nebraska GOP Senate Candidates Shane Osborn, Ben Sasse and Sid Dinsdale.

*** Tuesday’s “Jansing & Co.” line-up: Chris Jansing interviews Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Washington Post Columnist EJ Dionne, Staff Correspondent for the National Journal Elahe Izadi, Republican Strategist Hogan Gidley, Political Strategist Angela Rye, Politics Editor for Business Insider Hunter Walker, and Jonathan Ross who is the attorney for Robert Campbell who is scheduled for execution in Texas today and will be the first since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma a week and half ago.

*** Tuesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Craig Melvin talks to sports analyst Dave Zirin on Donald Sterling’s interview; Zachary Karabell on the report that wages will start to rise this year; Bill Nye the Science Guy on the impact of Antarctic ice melting; Col. Jack Jacobs on today’s Medal of Honor recipient; Gerrick Kennedy on the Michael Jackson posthumous album released; and Young, Black and Fabulous’s Natasha Eubanks on the elevator fight between Jay Z and Beyonce’s sister.

*** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Sen. John Thune, Lynne Cheney, Glenn Greenwald, NBC Terror Analyst Michael Leiter‎, NBC's Richard Engel and Stephanie Gosk and Medal of Honor recipient Col. Jack Jacobs.

*** Tuesday’s “The Reid Report” line-up: MSNBC’s Joy Reid talks to American University professor Carl Levan about the missing Nigerian girls. It’s primary day in Nebraska and West Virginia. MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor weighs in on the fight between the tea party vs. the republican establishment. Joy talks to Medal of Honor recipient Col. Jack Jacobs about today’s medal of honor ceremony. Plus, The Grio’s Chris Witherspoon has the latest details on the fight between Jay Z and Solange Knowles.