Next Day’s News: Violence ahead of Ukraine election, Castro and more

May 23

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (D) addresses the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by/The Washington Post)

A look at some of tomorrow’s top talkers from Washington Post reporters and columnists who know the topics best.

VIOLENCE AHEAD OF UKRAINE ELECTIONS: Russia will respect the result of Ukraine’s presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday, as fighting continued in the country’s restive eastern regions two days ahead of the crucial poll, reports Michael Birnbaum, Fredrick Kunkle and Abigail Hauslohner. This photo taken by reporter Fredrick Kunkle shows how ugly things got at a Donetsk checkpoint Friday. According to Kunkle’s reporting at the scene, the body is “that of a right-wing ultra-nationalist Pravy Sektor fighter who had been killed in the fighting, the rebel said.” Follow WorldViews for more.

CASTRO AS HUD SECRETARY: President Obama is scheduled to announce today that he will nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as the next secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Castro will replace Shaun Donovan, who Obama will name as head of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Katie Zezima has the latest in PostPolitics. Nia-Malika Henderson profiled Castro when he was selected to keynote the DNC in 2012.

VA TURMOIL CONTINUES: Chris Cillizza says Shinseki had the Worst Week in Washington. The Federal Eye’s Josh Hicks outlines the five schemes the VA used to cover up treatment delays. Michael Gerson says the VA scandal will stick with the Obama administration.

COUP IN THAILAND: Reporter Chico Harlan offers five reasons why a coup was staged in Thailand. Read his latest tweets from Thailand.   

KIM & KANYE WEDDING:  What can you expect from a wedding when for the proposal the groom rented out a baseball stadium, hired a 50-piece orchestra and displayed “PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!” on the Jumbotron? Reporter Emily Yahr breaks down all the rumors behind the Kanye West-Kim Kardashian nuptials this weekend.

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