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OBAMA AGENDA: Remembering the Fort Hood fallen

The AP on Obama’s visit to Fort Hood: “President Barack Obama returned to the grieving Army post Wednesday where he first took on the job as the nation's comforter five years ago, mourning with families and uniformed comrades of those killed during last week's Fort Hood shooting spree. "We somehow bear what seems unbearable," he declared.”

The New York Times: "Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s long-awaited revisions to the Justice Department’s racial profiling rules would allow the F.B.I. to continue many, if not all, of the tactics opposed by civil rights groups, such as mapping ethnic populations and using that data to recruit informants and open investigations."

Eleven Democrats - including some of the Senate's most vulnerable incumbents - have signed a letter pressing Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, the Wall Street Journal writes.

CONGRESS: Ryan Budget Vote Day

Paul Ryan’s budget comes up for a vote in the House today. The Wall Street Journal: “A number of rank-and-file House Republicans, steaming mad at GOP leaders because of a recent Medicare vote, are signaling that they will probably give Mr. Ryan the benefit of the doubt and vote to approve his budget resolution on Thursday. He can only afford to lose roughly a dozen GOP defections, or the budget resolution likely won’t pass.”

The Hill floats that independent Sen. Angus King of Maine may caucus with Republicans if they win the majority. "Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats, will decide after the midterm elections whether to switch sides and join the Republicans. He is leaving open the possibility of aligning himself with the GOP if control of the upper chamber changes hands."

Dems get their headlines on Paycheck Fairness :

The Wall Street Journal: "Senate Republicans Block Paycheck Fairness Act."

The New York Times: "Senate Republicans Block Bill on Equal Pay"

The Washington Post: "Senate Republicans unanimously reject equal pay bill"

Roll Call looks at the role Republican Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska is taking on framing the pay equity debate on the GOP side.

No love for the paycheck fairness move from Ruth Marcus, who lambastes “Democrats’ revolting equal-pay demagoguery.”

"The congressman who said lawmakers in Washington are “underpaid” has introduced legislation that would give a daily housing stipend to members who travel to and from the Capitol for legislative business," NBC's Frank Thorp reports. "Democrat Jim Moran of Virginia proposed a measure giving lawmakers an additional $25 for every day they are working in DC, saying the money is needed to help them cope with the high cost of living in the area. Members of Congress are currently paid $174,000 per year."

The House Oversight Committee will vote today on whether to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, the AP reports. NBC's Thorp reported Wednesday that a separate panel voted to refer Lerner's case to DOJ for criminal prosecution.

OFF TO THE RACES: Scott Brown to say he’ll hold Shaheen “accountable”

Ready for Hillary has nabbed 22,000 new donors and raised more than $1.7 million in the first quarter, the group says.

Mark the calendar, Hillary Clinton's new memoir is out June 10, we noted yesterday.

More Medicare and money: "Two Florida doctors who received the nation’s highest Medicare reimbursements in 2012 are both major contributors to Democratic Party causes, and they have turned to the political system in recent years to defend themselves against suspicions that they may have submitted fraudulent or excessive charges to the federal government," the New York Times writes.

Former President Bill Clinton criticized strict voter identification laws during his appearance at the commemoration of the Civil Rights Act, NBC's Andrew Rafferty reports.

IOWA: "In Iowa’s open U.S. Senate race, Democrat Bruce Braley leads all five potential GOP opponents by 6 to 13 percentage points among likely voters, a new Suffolk University poll found," per the Des Moines Register.

KENTUCKY: MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin on the McConnell-Bevin primary race.

LOUISIANA: Roll Call's David Hawkings says the Louisiana congressman caught smooching a staffer on video is "in what’s almost assuredly a non-survivable predicament."

NEBRASKA: The Omaha World-Herald: “A group of self-proclaimed Tea Party leaders led by Patrick Bonnett, a Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District board member, say U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse is not their pick.”

NEW HAMPSHIRE: In remarks he's set to deliver when he formally announces his Senate run tonight, Scott Brown says he's running to hold Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen "accountable," we report. Brown will also emphasize his Granite State roots and describe himself as an "independent voice" for the state.

Brown’s announcement comes as Shaheen has her best fundraising period, WMUR reports. “The first three months of 2014 ended up being the best fundraising period yet for Shaheen since she entered in the Senate 5 1/2 years ago. During that period, her campaign raised $1.538 million, leaving her with $4.35 million cash on hand in her bank account.”

Heading to the Granite State, per John DiStaso: Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

WISCONSIN: Paul Ryan hauled in nearly $1.4 million in the first quarter, a record for the Budget Committee guru.

PROGRAMMING NOTES

Thursday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Chuck Todd anchors a special edition of The Daily Rundown live from the LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas. His guests include NFL legend Jim Brown, Director of the LBJ Library Mark Updegrove, MSNBC Contributor Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, NBC’s Kristen Welker and The Dallas Morning News’ Wayne Slater. Plus, Chuck’s interview with President Johnson’s daughter Luci Baines Johnson and his granddaughter Nicole Covert.

Thursday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up:Tamron Hall interviews psychotherapist Evan Katz on the Pennsylvania school stabbing; Legal analyst Lisa Green on the Oscar Pistorius trial; the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart; and actor Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead

Thursday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Rep. John Lewis, NAACP Legal Defense Fund President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill, NBC Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss, Forbes Regional Hospital President and CEO Reese Jackson and NBC’s Ron Allen and Kristen Welker. We will also carry President Obama’s remarks at the LBJ Civil Rights Summit today

Thursday’s “The Reid Report” line-up: MSNBC’s Joy Reid talks to political strategist Angela Rye & MSNBC contributor Jimmy Williams about today’s political culture and how Attorney General Eric Holder says he was treated by a House committee. Plus, Vernon Jordan talks about the LBJ Civil Rights Summit & Jordan’s work as a leading figure in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.