A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.
-- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell easily cruised past businessman Matt Bevin in Kentucky's Senate primary, while Democrat Tom Wolf won the right to face Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in November. Several House members facing difficult challenges survived Tuesday's primaries and head to November. See full results in Election Roundup below.
-- A federal judge on Tuesday overturned Pennsylvania's 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and legalized same-sex marriage. It's the second win for gay marriage advocates in two days, after another judge allowed same-sex couples to wed in Oregon. Judge John Jones III was appointed by George W. Bush and backed by then-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). (Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post)
-- Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Tuesday halted the execution of Missouri inmate Russell Bucklew an hour before he was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection. The full Court will review Alito's order today to decide whether to hear the merits of Bucklew's challenge. Bucklew's attorneys said a medical condition could cause a prolonged, painful death. (Washington Post)
-- The Justice Department will release a secret 2011 memo that provides the legal justification for killing American terrorism suspects overseas. DoJ informed the White House on Tuesday it would not appeal a court order to disclose the memo; the administration has acknowledged the deaths of four U.S. citizens in Yemen caused by drone strikes. The White House allowed senators to view the memo, partly written by Circuit Court nominee David Barron, in a secure room last week. (Washington Post)
-- White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors will head to Phoenix today to begin meeting with Veterans Affairs officials as part of the investigation into secret waiting lists at the Carly T. Hayden VA Medical Center. Nabors will meet with President Obama and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in the Oval Office this morning. (Arizona Republic) White House chief of staff Denis McDonough will head to Capitol Hill today to meet with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. (New York Times)
-- Front Pages: WaPo leads with a decade of delays at DHS (see below). NYT starts with the administration's VA problems. WSJ fronts the establishment-vs.-tea-party war, while USA Today takes a look at seniors and prescription painkillers. The L.A. Times puts Donald Sterling on the front for what must be the 15th time in the last month. Here are Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette front pages making a big deal of the gay marriage ruling.
Election Roundup: The latest results from across the country.
-- Kentucky: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took 60.2 percent of the vote over businessman Matt Bevin (R), who scored 35.4 percent. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes won 76.5 percent of the vote against three unknown contenders. Meaningless statistic: Grimes (309,207) got more votes than McConnell (213,881).
-- Georgia: Businessman David Perdue (R) and Rep. Jack Kingston (R) will face off in a July 22 runoff after finishing with 30.6 percent and 25.8 percent respectively in their bid to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R). Kingston beat former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) by about 23,000 votes for the second slot. Rep. Hank Johnson (D) survived another challenge by a bare 55 percent to 45 percent margin in GA-04, while former Rep. Bob Barr (R) and state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R) head to a runoff in the battle for Rep. Phil Gingrey's (R) GA-11. Gov. Nathan Deal (R) easily beat back two challengers, taking 72 percent of the vote.
-- Arkansas: Banker French Hill (R) took 55 percent of the vote to win the GOP nomination to replace retiring Rep. Tim Griffin (R) in AR-02. He'll face former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays (D) in November. State House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman (R) will be the Republican nominee against former FEMA director James Lee Witt (D) in AR-04, Rep. Tom Cotton's (R) seat. Cotton and Sen. Mark Pryor (D) weren't opposed in their primaries.
-- Pennsylvania: Businessman Tom Wolf (D) scored 58 percent of the vote over two other well-known Democrats on Tuesday; he'll face Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in November. Rep. Bill Shuster (R) won renomination with 53 percent of the vote, compared with 34.5 percent for retired Coast Guard official Art Halvorson (R). State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D) took almost 41 percent of the vote in Rep. Allyson Schwartz's (D) district, beating back a crowded field that included former Rep. Marjorie Margolies (D), who finished second with 27 percent.
-- Idaho: Rep. Mike Simpson (R) beat back a challenge from attorney Bryan Smith (R), a Club for Growth candidate. Simpson won 62 percent of the vote. Gov. Butch Otter (R) took just 51.3 percent of the vote over state Sen. Russ Fulcher (R), who scored almost 44 percent.
-- Oregon: Physician Monica Wehby (R) will face Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) in the fall after taking almost 51 percent of the vote in yesterday's primary. State Rep. Jason Conger (R) finished second with 37 percent. State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R) took 66 percent of the vote to secure the right to take on Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) in November.
-- Reid's Takeaway: The story on the Republican side doesn't fit in some overly-simple tea-party-vs.-establishment box. Tea Party talking points are required to win primaries, but the political professionals are back in control and able to shepherd chosen candidates through primaries. Those candidates are still farther to the right than many party strategists would like, but there are no Todd Akins or Richard Mourdocks lurking beneath the surface. Mitt Romneys, maybe, if Democrats have their way.
National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.
-- WH'16: Hillary Clinton will kick off the media blitz to promote her new book with interviews on ABC with anchors Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts on June 9. Clinton will join Roberts on "Good Morning America" and sit down with Sawyer for a primetime, hour-long special that night. (Washington Post)
-- Mississippi: State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) accused Sen. Thad Cochran's (R) campaign of holding evidence that a McDaniel-backing conservative blogger took photos of Cochran's bed-ridden wife until a politically advantageous moment. Cochran's campaign continued questioning how the McDaniel camp knew of the incident before charges were filed, given conflicting answers from McDaniel spokespeople. (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
-- Arizona: State Sen. Steve Gallardo (D) said Tuesday he will drop out of the race to replace retiring Rep. Ed Pastor (D) and run for a Maricopa County supervisor position instead. That leaves County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox (D) and former state Rep. Ruben Gallego (D) as the only major candidates slugging it out in the heavily Democratic, Phoenix-based seat. (Arizona Republic)
-- New Jersey: Former Chris Christie (R) aide Matt Mowers testified before a state legislative panel on Tuesday the Christie campaign had courted Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich and other Democrats for a year and a half before lanes were closed on the George Washington Bridge last year. Christie said in January that Sokolich had never been on his "radar screen." (New York Times)
-- Nevada: The state will join the federal Healthcare.gov website after a board voted unanimously on Tuesday to end its relationship with Xerox, the vendor chosen to create the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange that experienced such a rocky rollout. Insurers, lawmakers and policymakers all praised the decision to end the contract; in a statement, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Xerox a "disaster." (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.
-- President Obama meets with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors in the Oval Office this morning for an update on the growing scandal. Later, he welcomes 12 new ambassadors to the U.S., representing countries from Indonesia and East Timor to Tajikistan and Chad. Obama welcomes the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks to the East Room this afternoon, then delivers remarks at a designation of the new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument at the Interior Department.
-- Vice President Biden meets Romanian President Traian Basecu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta in Bucharest today. He'll address students and political leaders at the Cotroceni Palace before departing en route to Nicosia, Cyprus.
-- The House meets today to consider a measure that would give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs more power to fire top department officials. The uncontroversial measure was supposed to pass by voice vote earlier this week, but Republicans decided to highlight it given the new attention on the department. After it passes, the House will continue considering the defense authorization bill.
-- The Senate on Wednesday morning will vote on Federal Reserve nominee Stanley Fischer. After the Republican caucus meeting, the Senate will vote on four non-controversial appointees -- U.S. Attorneys for Connecticut, Louisiana and New Mexico and a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board member -- and take a cloture vote on First Circuit nominee David Barron's nomination. The White House has worked to stem Democratic dissent over Barron's work on drones during his time at the Justice Department.
-- Attention aspiring actors (and veteran thespian Bob Cusack): "House of Cards" is looking for an NSA director, two reporters age 35 to 55 and several senators. We missed this clip on Monday, so today is the last day to audition. Hurry up! (Baltimore Sun)
The Buried Lede: The nuggets that deserve the spotlight.
-- The White House travel advance team had selected the baseball field President Obama visited on Monday well in advance of his stop. Spokesman Jay Carney said the photo op had nothing to do with the fact that his daughter was playing David Plouffe's son on one of the fields. (Washington Post) Obama was brave to throw a pitch. Dozens of politicians have learned the hard way that's a dangerous thing to do.
B1: Business, politics and the business of politics
-- Construction on a massive new DHS headquarters in Southeast Washington is more than $1.5 billion over budget and 11 years behind schedule. A Coast Guard headquarters has been completed, but the rest of the more than 50 historic buildings on the old St. Elizabeth's campus remain completely undeveloped. The budget has ballooned from $3 billion to $4.5 billion, with completion estimated in 2026 -- a quarter of a century after the September 11 terrorist attacks. (Washington Post)
-- Stocks are trading higher this morning after U.S. markets fell on Tuesday. The Dow was down 137 points. World markets are mixed today; the Nikkei closed slightly lower, while the DAX in Berlin is trading fractionally higher. (CNN)
C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.
-- Take some time to read the story of activist Jane Kleeb, who went from heading the Young Democrats of America to rounding up opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline with the help of conservative Nebraska farmers. (New York Times Magazine) If the name Kleeb looks familiar to you, you might remember Jane's husband Scott, who ran for Congress and Senate.
C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work
-- Charles Koch proposed to his girlfriend over the phone, while flipping through his calendar looking for an opening in his schedule. He left the Birch Society over its support for the Vietnam War. David Koch survived a plane crash in Los Angeles in 1991. And the first meeting of the Koch political network, back in 2003, drew just 17 people. Those are among the nuggets revealed in Mother Jones editor Daniel Schulman's new book on the brothers. (Washington Post)
Attn Matt Drudge: Things conservatives will get outraged by today.
-- House and Senate Democratic leaders on Tuesday screened the anti-Koch brothers documentary "Koch Brothers Exposed" in the Capitol Visitors Center, despite concerns from House Administration Committee chairwoman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) that screening the overtly political film would break House rules. A Pelosi spokesperson said the film wasn't screened, in a traditional sense. (Townhall.com)
Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today
-- Pat Sajak doesn't think there's much to this whole global warming mumbo jumbo. "I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night," the Wheel of Fortune host tweeted Monday night. (Montgomery Advertiser)