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A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.
-- The U.S. will leave a residual force of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan for a year following the end of combat operations in December, President Obama said Monday. That number will be cut in half at the end of 2015, and by the end of 2016 the U.S. will only have a small military presence at the embassy in Kabul. The residual force will include trainers for Afghan security forces and a separate Special Operations force. (Washington Post)
-- Obama has delayed a review of deportation policies until the end of summer in hopes Congress will move on immigration reform. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will continue the review, but the results won't be announced before lawmakers leave for the summer in August. The move is aimed at assuaging Republican fears that the administration will take unilateral action to stem deportations. (Washington Post)
-- Obama may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate rebels in Syria, a move that would send a small number of U.S. troops to Jordan to train Free Syrian Army fighters on tactics. Obama will address the Syrian civil war, and the appropriate level of U.S. involvement, during a commencement address today at West Point. The State Department and the Pentagon have concluded Syrian President Bashar Assad will stay put without a change in the military situation. (Associated Press)
-- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday announced a sweeping review of the Pentagon's health care facilities, concerned that the system could be suffering the same strains on resources as the Veterans Affairs medical system. The 90-day review didn't come from whistleblower claims, the Pentagon said, though the commander of Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg was suspended recently. (Washington Post, New York Times)
-- NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell and representatives from the NCAA, MLS and NFLPA will attend a White House summit on sports concussions on Thursday. Obama got interested in the issue after conversations with Press Secretary Jay Carney; 70 percent of U.S. football players are under 14. (Washington Post)
-- Hillary Clinton says her memoir will be aimed at a wide audience interested in the state of the world, not for "followers of Washington's long-running soap opera." In an author's note released Tuesday, Clinton signaled the book will aim for a lofty overview, rather than an in-the-weeds score-settler. (New York Times)
National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.
-- Texas: State Sen. Dan Patrick (R) easily defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in Tuesday's runoff elections, taking 65 percent of the vote and denying Dewhurst a fourth term in office. (Houston Chronicle) Rep. Ralph Hall (R) became the first sitting member this cycle to be denied another term, going down to former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe (R) by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin. (Dallas Morning News) Democrats chose rancher Jim Hogan (D) over entertainer Kinky Friedman (D) in the race for agriculture commissioner. (NBC-DFW) Reid's Take: We called it back in March; David Dewhurst is the Tea Party's ultimate victim (Possible runner-up: Jon Bruning in Nebraska).
-- Michigan: Rep. Gary Peters (D) leads former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) by a 44 percent to 38 percent margin, according to a new EPIC-MRA survey of 600 likely voters. (Detroit Free Press) The same poll showed Gov. Rick Snyder (R) leading former Rep. Mark Schauer (D) by a 47 percent to 38 percent margin. Snyder's favorable rating has fallen below 50 percent, the poll found. (Detroit Free Press)
-- Hawaii: Sen. Brian Schatz (D) leads Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) by a 44 percent to 39 percent margin, bolstered by a lead among wealthy voters and those who call themselves liberal. The Civil Beat Poll by the Merriman River Group was conducted May 18-19, before Hanabusa launched her first TV ads on Friday. (Civil Beat)
-- New Mexico: Attorney General Gary King (D) leads the Democratic gubernatorial primary field with just 22 percent of the vote, compared with 16 percent each for former Albuquerque official Lawrence Rael (D) and businessman Alan Webber (D) and 12 percent for state Sen. Howie Morales (D), according to a new Research & Polling Inc. survey. The winner of the June 3 primary will be a heavy underdog against Gov. Susana Martinez (R). (Albuquerque Journal)
-- Virginia: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) is up with his second negative advertisement against college professor David Brat (R), just two weeks before the June 10 primary. In the latest spot, Cantor highlights Brat's work as an economic advisor to then-Gov. Tim Kaine (D). (YouTube) Cantor's latest direct mail piece touts his opposition to "the Obama-Reid plan to give illegal aliens amnesty." (Daily Caller, Slate) Remember that unusual press release Cantor put out after his phone call with Obama on immigration back in April? Cantor wants primary voters to remember it.
-- Mississippi: State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) is firing back at Sen. Thad Cochran (R), over the bizarre story involving conservative bloggers and Cochran's wife in a nursing home. Cochran has highlighted connections between McDaniel and the bloggers; McDaniel, in his latest ad, calls that charge "outrageous." (CNN) McDaniel has purchased about $70,000 in broadcast airtime across four markets this week.
-- South Dakota: Physician Annette Bosworth (R), running for retiring Sen. Tim Johnson's (D) seat, held a press conference Tuesday in front of a profanity-laced backdrop created by her own campaign to highlight what she called "hateful" and "hurtful" slurs hurled her way. "The misogyny is real," Bosworth told reporters. "Go to the shootings in California. Look around. South Dakota is not unique. Our country has a problem." (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
-- Georgia: State ethics commission head Stacey Kalberman says she was forced from office after investigating Gov. Nathan Deal's (R) 2010 campaign for fundraising discrepancies. A Fulton County court agreed and awarded her $1.15 million under a whistleblower provision. Now, Deal says he wants to more narrowly define who qualifies for that whistleblower protection. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Deal's first term has been rocky, at best. He's not doing himself any favors.
DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.
-- President Obama heads to West Point today to give the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy. This afternoon, Obama meets Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in the Oval Office.
-- Vice President Biden gives the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs this morning. He then travels to San Francisco, where he will attend a DNC fundraiser at a private home and another at the Fairmont Hotel. Biden overnights in San Francisco.
-- The House meets at noon today, with first votes postponed until 6:30 p.m. They pick up debate on the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill, and they'll handle ten non-controversial measures from the Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources and Veterans Affairs Committees under suspension.
-- George W. Bush is resting comfortably after undergoing a partial knee replacement this weekend at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. A spokesman said Bush stayed at a hotel after the outpatient procedure and returned home to Dallas on Monday. (NBC Chicago)
TV Time Out: Our exclusive look at who's advertising, and where.
-- Iowa: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is making its choice known with new ads backing state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) in the GOP primary. The Chamber bought $250,000 in broadcast and cable time across Iowa in the run-up to next week's primary. Ernst is spending about $35,000 of her own, compared with $160,000 being spent by businessman Mark Jacobs (R) over the final week.
-- Michigan: Senate Majority PAC (D) will spend $129,000 on new broadcast ads in the Detroit media market over the next few weeks. That brings their investment on behalf of Rep. Gary Peters (D) to more than $1.8 million so far.
-- Virginia: Sen. Mark Warner (D) is kicking off his campaign with $175,000 in broadcast ads in the state's smaller markets. Warner's campaign has bought 200 to 300 gross ratings points in the Roanoke, Richmond, Norfolk and Tri Cities markets.
The Buried Lede: The nuggets that deserve the spotlight.
-- Tension from President Obama's 2012 re-election bid is spilling over to this year: People close to David Axelrod say Jim Messina's involvement with Britain's Conservative Party played a role in Axelrod's decision to work for the Labour Party. "Axelrod is trying to balance out the brand damage with what Messina is doing," said Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, the long-time Labour strategist. (New York Times)
B1: Business, politics and the business of politics
-- Secret Service agents are immune from a lawsuit accusing them of violating First Amendment rights for moving protestors away from President George W. Bush during a 2004 rally, the Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the Court, said agents had good reason to move the protestors farther away from Bush. (Washington Post)
-- Top Harry Reid aide Jose Parra has left the majority leader's office to take over the top job at ProsperoLatino, a Hispanic communications and public relations firm based in D.C. and Miami. (Roll Call)
-- Stocks are slightly higher in pre-market trading. Asian and European markets are trading in positive territory today. (CNN)
C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.
-- Glenn Greenwald's new book and a forthcoming New York Times review from Michael Kinsley that is less than glowing is spurring a new debate over the media's role in leaking government secrets. Kinsley argues for more government control over publishing state secrets. Greenwald argues just the opposite. And New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan comes down on Greenwald's side. All three pieces are worth the read, though Kinsley probably could have done without getting all personal.
-- Related: Attorney General Eric Holder hinted Tuesday that the Justice Department might not pursue jail time for reporter James Risen, who has refused to identify confidential sources under subpoena. (New York Times)
C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work
-- "'Weed Fairy' posting signs with free pot around Seattle," said the most Seattle headline ever. (CBS Seattle)
Attn Matt Drudge: Things conservatives will get outraged by today.
-- First Lady Michelle Obama's push for healthier school lunches is all the rage on the right these days. Students are tweeting photos of their lunches using the hashtag #ThanksMichelle, while Heritage is starting to tout a House Republican provision in the agriculture appropriations bill that grants waivers to some school districts that are spending too much on nutrition programs. (Hot Air, CNSNews.com)
Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today
-- Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday cited the father of the UCSB mass murderer, an assistant director in the first installment of "The Hunger Games" franchise. "This is what this guy's dad did. It's teenagers killing other teenagers," Limbaugh said. (Politico)
-- Onion headline making its way around the liberal Twittersphere: "'No way to prevent this,' says only nation where this regularly happens." (The Onion)