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A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.
-- President Obama and other world leaders marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day in northern France on Friday. “Here, we don’t just commemorate victory, as proud of that victory as we are; we don’t just honor sacrifice, as grateful as the world is; we come to remember why America and our allies gave so much for the survival of liberty at its moment of maximum peril,” Obama said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “And we come to tell the story of the men and women who did it, so that it remains seared into the memory of the future world.” (Washington Post)
-- Republican governors are demanding the ability to investigate VA facilities in their states following the scandals in the that have attracted national attention. Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) have each signed onto a letter asking for access. Meanwhile, there is more bad news for the VA: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) says the VA center in Kansas City has been using a secret wait list. (Portland Press-Herald) (AP)
-- A classified military report that explains the investigation into the 2009 disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he left assigned areas before -- both in California and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the five Taliban leaders traded for his release are under a travel ban but not under lockdown in Qatar. (New York Times) (Washington Post)
-- White House chief of staff Denis McDonough told senators at their weekly party lunch on Tuesday the administration had been in touch with officials on Capitol Hill before the prisoner exchange, though nearly everyone in the room had not been consulted. One Democratic senator, sharing the Hill's frustration with the White House: "We have to quit putting out fires." (New York Times)
National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.
--WH'16: CBS News got its hands on an early copy of Hillary Rodham Clinton's forthcoming memoir. Among the early highlights: Clinton says of her Iraq war vote, "I still got it wrong," she disagreed with Obama on Syria, she describes her secret meeting with the president in 2008 as akin to an "awkward first date" and she decided to keep the driver of her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice. (CBS News)
-- California: Democrats appear to have averted disaster in the left-leaning 31st Congressional District after Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar held his spot in the top two after mail-in ballots were tallied. Democrats got shut out of the all-party primary in 2012 and were at risk of it happening again this year. That would have been really bad in a district where Obama won 57 percent of the vote. (Roll Call)
--Kentucky: It's debate-over-debates season in the Bluegrass State. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) have accepted invitations to debate, but not the same ones. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
-- Michigan: Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) will appear at a fundraiser for businessman Brian Ellis (R), who's running against Rep. Justin Amash (R) in the Aug. 5 primary. Rogers and Nunes have clashed with Amash over national security; last month, Nunes described Amash as "al Qaeda's best friend" in Congress. (Politico)
-- Mississippi: Local authorities decided that no charges would be filed against three people, including a staffer on state Sen. Chris McDaniel's campaign, who were locked in a county courthouse after everybody else left following Tuesday's primary vote tally. Meanwhile, Democrats are seriously looking at contesting the Mississippi Senate race if McDaniel defeats Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 24 Republican runoff. (Jackson Clarion-Ledger) (Politico) Sean's take: Democratic nominee Travis Childers's team knows a thing or two about springing Senate upsets in red states: His pollster John Anzalone worked on the DSCC's independent expenditure operation in 2012 when it eyed Indiana, where now-Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) defeated embattled Republican Richard Mourdock.
-- New Hampshire: Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown (R) has cut ties with Florida-based Global Digital Solutions after media inquiries over what he did to earn stock options once valued as high as $1.3 million. The company has gone through several iterations ranging from beauty supply to wireless data firm to firearms maker. (Boston Globe)
DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.
-- President Obama wraps up his European trip today. After spending the day in Normandy and Paris, he will head back to Washington, arriving at the White House in the evening.
-- Vice President Biden departs for Ukraine in the afternoon to attend to the inauguration of President-elect Petro Poroshenko. Joining him from Congress: Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio).
-- The House and Senate are back on Monday. WaPo Congress reporter Ed O'Keefe says: The next big thing to watch on Capitol Hill comes Monday night, when the House Veterans Affairs Committee plans to hold another nighttime hearing, this time to hear from watchdogs who've been investigating the VA scandals.
-- First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at a private memorial service for Maya Angelou at Wake Forest Universtiy on Saturday, the White House said.
-- It's National Donut Day! Hit up some local bakeries to partake. (DCist)
TV Time Out: Our exclusive look at who's advertising, and where.
-- Michigan: The DSCC says this race is moving their way, but they're not taking a lot of chances. The committee had already bought airtime in the Flint and Grand Rapids markets, and on Thursday they started reserving late airtime in Detroit. Total: $4.7 million in broadcast time between Sept. 23 and Nov. 3.
-- Arkansas: Senate Majority PAC is starting to reserve fall airtime on behalf of Sen. Mark Pryor (D). The group has set aside $1.8 million in broadcast ads in the Fort Smith, Jonesboro and Little Rock markets beginning Sept. 23 and Nov. 3. Senate Majority PAC has already spent about $900,000 for Pryor so far this year.
The Buried Lede: The nuggets that deserve the spotlight.
-- The state capital beat just isn't what it used to be. And that's not a good thing, writes New Hampshire Union Leader editorial page editor Andrew Kline: "The trend is nationwide. Between 2003 and 2009, the number of state capital reporters fell from 40 to 29 in California, from 35 to 15 in New Jersey, and from 14 to five in Georgia, according to American Journalism Review. The result is a less informed electorate — and a less scrutinized government." (New Hampshire Union Leader)
-- The American Legislative Exchange Council is taking its push for conservative legislation local. Through an effort dubbed the "American City County Exchange" it will work with local lawmakers and businesses just as it has at the state level. (Governing)
B1: Business, politics and the business of politics
-- Kansas City has raised $30 million for its bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, about half what it needs to haul in. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus prefers to hold the convention in June, something the city is well-equipped to do. (Kansas City Star)
-- It looks like the legalization of pot in more states has meant more business for the greenhouse industry. Because of demand from marijuana growers, Iowa-based Growers Supply has experienced a about 25 percent increase in greenhouse production in the past six to eight months. (Dubuque Telegraph Herald) (AP)
-- Former longtime Hillary and Bill Clinton advisor Maggie Williams will become the new director of the Harvard Institute of Politics, the school said Thursday. Williams succeeds former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who's leaving to go back home. (Harvard)
C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.
-- "After five long years of experimentation, veteran Senate Republicans now say there are a few clear paths for easily beating back a tea party challenge. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) took a separate route and now finds himself in a desperate three-week sprint against a GOP state senator, hoping that the Republican establishment will prop him up against an onslaught of money from Washington-based conservative groups."
-- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced his re-elect bid flanked by top Tennessee Republicans. Sen. McConnell campaigned alongside Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Cochran announced his bid for another term in an interview with a state political columnist, then stayed largely off the trail. (Washington Post)
C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work
-- One of Sen. Charles E. Schumer's hobbies is popping in on college commencement ceremonies, often unannounced. The New York Democrat has done it eight times already this year in his home state. On campus, he likes to tell the story of how he ditched a scholarship to travel abroad after college to spend time with his girlfriend -- who later ditched him. "You can move forward and be successful in life when you've had setbacks," he said. (Wall Street Journal)
-- Jurgen Klinsmann, making his World Cup debut as coach of the U.S. Men's soccer team, is "soccer's Alexis de Tocqueville" as he strives to define and create an American style of play. Check out WSJ's cool graphic of six different types of soccer styles, from Spain's Tiki-Taka to Brazil's Joga Bonito. (Wall Street Journal)
Attn Matt Drudge: Things conservatives will get outraged by today.
-- If you get a ticket for littering in Louisiana and don't pay the fine or go to court, you may have to kiss your driving privileges goodbye, thanks to a bill signed by Jindal. And if you plan to toss cigarette butts out car windows, get ready to pay higher fines. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today
-- The resistance against Obama's new climate proposals triggered a backlash from conservatives and coal state Democrats. In some places, opponents struck preemptively. Lawmakers in at least eight states have approved symbolic anti-EPA measures. The bills have been modeled on measures promoted by ALEC. Some environmental activists are worried that more states will join the fight. (Politico)