By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Paul Ryan's deficit-slashing budget narrowly passed the House, as Republicans struggled to whip up enough support within their own party to push it through. Several dozen conservative House Republicans are planning to try to force John Boehner to step down as House speaker. The White House isn't making promises, but is likely to take action to slow deportations of undocumented immigrants. The House Oversight Committee voted to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt, over vocal opposition from Democrats. Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman in 2015, and you can't write off Jeb Bush in 2016 just yet.
RYAN'S BUDGET SQUEAKS THROUGH HOUSE: Twelve Republicans joined all House Democrats to vote against the bill, which narrowly passed 219-205. The budget includes $5.1 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years, and since it's not even necessary for Congress to pass a budget, it is considered more of a messaging ploy for the midterm elections. (House/Mimms, NJ)
CONSERVATIVES PLOT TO OUST BOEHNER: House Republicans fed up with party leadership have discussed forcing John Boehner to step down as House speaker, and possibly demanding that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who is next in line for the speaker's gavel, bring on a conservative deputy. (Tim Alberta, NJ)
WHITE HOUSE LIKELY TO EASE DEPORTATIONS: President Obama hasn't made any official decisions, but after a meeting between the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, lawmakers say it's looking more likely that the administration will take action to narrow the guidelines determining whom should be deported. (Nakamura/O'Keefe, WaPo)
HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE VOTES TO HOLD LERNER IN CONTEMPT: The committee voted 21-12 to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt for insisting on her right to remain silent, despite giving up that right—according to committee Chairman Darrell Issa—when she professed her innocence in a previous hearing. Democrats including Reps. Elijah Cummings and Tammy Duckworth compared the contempt vote to McCarthyism. (Berman/Volz, NJ)
TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will speak at the National Action Network's annual convention. First lady Michelle Obama, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, Jill Biden, and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole will make an announcement at noon on programs relating to wounded veterans. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will speak at 5 p.m. at the National Youth Leadership Council's annual National Service Learning Conference. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Sheldon Whitehouse will hold an 11:30 a.m. conference call on the Keystone XL pipeline. The Senate is in session but the House is not.
THE LATE SHOW, NOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT: Colbert will not be in character in the new gig, "so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me," he said. (Emily Yahr, WaPo)
OBAMA ON LBJ: The president aligned his own goals with Johnson's legacy, comparing Obamacare to the Great Society program, and said he personally has "lived out the promise of LBJ's efforts." (Justin Sink, The Hill)
IS IT 'MADAM PRESIDENT' OR 'MRS. PRESIDENT'? A 6-year-old's question to Hillary Clinton hints at how difficult titles can be. (Lucia Graves, NJ)
HOW THE GOP CAN TAKE CREDIT FOR THE JOBS RECOVERY: If President Obama oversees serious improvement in the labor market, Republicans will be quick to mention the growth in the labor force soon after long-term unemployment benefits expired in January. (Matt Phillips, Quartz)
DON'T COUNT JEB OUT: Jeb Bush still has a shot at the presidency, despite angering conservatives with his description of illegal immigration as an "act of love." And for those who think his last name will hurt him: George W. Bush's current approval ratings among Republicans are barely lower than Bill Clinton's among Democrats. (Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight)
PATENT TROLLS, EXPLAINED IN ONE VIDEO: What's Congress doing about companies that buy up cheap patents and use them to threaten others with infringement lawsuits? And why haven't lawmakers done more to stop this? (NJ)
LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: After hearing about the Heartbleed bug, Jimmy Fallon's mother has decided to change all her passwords to "12345 … 7." (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)