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A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.
-- A nationwide audit of Veterans Affairs medical facilities found 57,000 veterans have been waiting more than 90 days for an appointment, while another 64,000 who requested care never got onto VA waiting lists. Interim VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said Monday the department will spend $300 million to increase hours for VA staffers and contract with private clinics to get medical care to veterans. (Washington Post)
-- Five American troops were killed when friendly fire from an air strike hit a team of U.S. and Afghan troops patrolling a district in Southern Afghanistan ahead of this weekend's presidential election. It appears to be one of the deadliest incidents of friendly fire in the entire Afghan war. (Washington Post)
-- Al Qaeda-linked insurgents seized control of most of the northern Iraq city of Mosul early Tuesday after soldiers and police fled their posts. The insurgents control government facilities including the city's prison and the airport, according to Osama Nujaifi, the speaker of Iraq's parliament. The same insurgents control Fallujah, in western Anbar province. (Washington Post)
-- In a one-hour sit-down with ABC's Diane Sawyer on Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rejected personal blame for the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, said she had "moved on" from her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky and defended the huge speaking fees she receives. But Clinton didn't give an answer when Sawyer asked her to lay out a marquee accomplishment or signature doctrine from her tenure at the State Department, and she said her family "struggled" to pay mortgages on two multi-million dollar mansions after leaving office. (Washington Post, Fox News) Watch the full interview here.
-- Voters head to the polls in South Carolina, Virginia, Maine, Nevada, North Dakota and Arkansas today. Read our Primary Primer from yesterday, or Sean Sullivan's five things to watch today. Not that there's a competition between them, but House Speaker John Boehner won 69 percent in his primary; how will Majority Leader Eric Cantor do tonight?
-- Front Pages: WaPo and WSJ lead with results of the VA audit. NYT looks at the shocking attack on Karachi's airport. USA Today leads with their Hillary Clinton interview and a new poll that shows Americans disapprove of the Bowe Bergdahl deal.
National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.
-- Virginia: Republicans grabbed control of the state Senate on Monday after a Democratic lawmaker resigned. Democratic negotiators agreed in a closed-door meeting to pass a budget without expanding Medicaid, Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D) top priority. The legislature will meet Thursday, and Republicans say they hope to pass a budget deal to send to McAuliffe's desk that day. (Washington Post) Insult to injury: Puckett's Southwest Virginia district gave Mitt Romney 67 percent of the vote in 2012.
-- Kentucky: Spokespeople for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) said she would use a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in D.C. last Thursday to promote her state's coal industry. But a recording of her 11-minute speech showed she stuck to a mostly partisan script; she didn't once say the word "coal." Grimes' campaign said she had a private talk with Reid about coal and energy. But Reid arrived late and left early. (Politico)
-- Florida: Gov. Rick Scott has quietly signed legislation allowing students who are undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition at colleges and universities. Scott held no public signing ceremony, and during an education-focused campaign swing this week he's talked up provisions in the bill that will hold down tuition costs, rather than the dreamer provisions. (Miami Herald)
-- Massachusetts: Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) leads the Democratic gubernatorial field by a huge margin, a new Suffolk poll shows. Coakley takes 44 percent, compared with just 12 percent for state Treasurer Steve Grossman (D), her nearest rival. In a general election matchup, Coakley leads businessman Charlie Baker (R) by a 36 percent to 28 percent edge. (Suffolk, pdf) Suffolk never pushes leaners, which means they find more undecided respondents than other pollsters.
-- Oregon: A grand jury will meet today in an investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing in the creation and building of the failed Cover Oregon website. Subpoenas were issued to at least ten people involved in Cover Oregon, including Gov. John Kitzhaber's (D) chief of staff, Mike Benetto. Kitzhaber's opponent in November, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R), disclosed the grand jury's meeting in a press release. (KATU)
-- New Jersey: Numbers that will show up in an Iowa or New Hampshire television ad: Lawyers hired by Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration to look into the George Washington Bridge scandal have billed the state $3.26 million for its investigation. The firm, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, interviewed more than 70 members of the Christie administration before exonerating the governor, in what Democrats called a whitewash. (Newark Star-Ledger)
-- Connecticut candidates need to get their acts together. Today's the filing deadline for the midterm elections.
DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.
-- President Obama signs the Water Resources Reform & Development Act in a public ceremony at the White House this morning. This afternoon, he will answer questions on education, college affordability and student debt via Tumblr. Later, he meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the Oval Office.
-- Vice President Biden attends the WRRDA signing before addressing the National Association of Manufacturers' annual convention at the Renaissance Hotel. Biden will join the Hagel meeting in the Oval Office later this afternoon.
-- The House will finish work on the Transportation-HUD appropriations bill today with votes on 11 amendments before final passage. The House will also pass the Veterans Access to Care Act under suspension.
-- A group of businessmen are quietly trying to convince the U.S. Olympic Committee to name Washington the U.S. nominee to host the 2024 Olympic Games, with athletic venues in northern Virginia and Maryland. D.C. will be competing with Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco; the USCO's 15-member board will meet today to pare the list to two or three cities, with a final decision coming by the end of the year. (Washington Post) In totally related news, Read In will be published from the mountains of West Virginia if D.C. wins.
TV Time Out: Our exclusive look at who's advertising, and where.
-- Michigan: AFSCME is hitting the airwaves in five markets on behalf of Senate candidate Gary Peters (D). The union will spend a little over $600,000 on broadcast ads that begin airing tomorrow and run through June 24. Ending Spending Action Fund, the Joe Ricketts outfit, is just finishing up a $500,000 ad buy on behalf of Peters' rival, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R).
-- North Carolina: About that Sen. Kay Hagan (D) ad buy we told you about yesterday: Her campaign isn't bothering with a puny $100,000 ad buy. They placed more spots yesterday, bringing their total spending up to $415,000 this week. Crossroads GPS is running almost $900,000 in ads attacking Hagan this week.
-- Oregon: Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) is going negative against physician Monica Wehby (R) in a new 30-second spot that ties Wehby to national Republicans. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich make cameos in the new ad. (The Oregonian)
-- Georgia: A super PAC backing Rep. Jack Kingston (R) in the July 22 Republican Senate runoff is attacking businessman David Perdue (R) for being an "outside who would raise our taxes." The Southern Conservatives Fund has already spent $200,000 attacking Perdue on Kingston's behalf. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The Buried Lede: The nuggets that deserve the spotlight.
-- Sen. Thad Cochran (R), continuing to demonstrate his understanding of the modern Republican Party: "In an interview last week, standing outside a Raytheon facility he helped bring to Mississippi decades ago, Cochran said he still doesn’t quite grasp the Republican Party’s ongoing feud between business interests and the tea party movement. 'Was it Will Rogers who said all he knows is what he reads in the paper?' he said. 'Well, all I hear about the tea party is what I’ve read in the paper.'” (Washington Post)
B1: Business, politics and the business of politics
-- The Washington Redskins have hired McGuireWoods Consulting to lobby Congress against growing calls for the team to change its name. Frank Donatelli, former Rep. L.F. Payne (D-Va.), Russ Sullivan and Ron Platt will represent the team on Capitol Hill. (Roll Call)
-- Stock futures are slightly lower in premarket trading. All three major U.S. indices made small gains on Monday, though world markets are mixed today. (CNN)
C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.
-- New EPA rules: Bad for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), good for Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.)? Udall joined Democratic Senate candidates in states like Michigan and Iowa in embracing the proposed rules, issued last week. Democrats think growing public support for action against climate change can help them in November. (New York Times)
-- John Mitchell, Richard Nixon's campaign manager, was "directly involved" in scuttling Vietnam War peace talks just before the 1968 elections in order to help Nixon win the White House, the author of a still-secret report on the subject said in an oral history released last week by the National Archives. Tom Charles Huston, who wrote the report while serving in the Nixon White House, said it was "inconceivable" that Nixon wasn't involved. (Politico)
C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work
-- The Daily Mail says the Obama family has bought a post-White House home in Asheville, N.C. Their evidence: He's visited three times, and he really likes 12 Bones Smokehouse, a local barbecue joint. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the story "is not true," but when did that ever stop a U.K. tabloid? (Daily Mail)
-- A Washington State medical board has suspended the license of an anesthesiologist accused of frequently sexting during surgery. (Associated Press)
Attn Matt Drudge: Things conservatives will get outraged by today.
-- The IRS sent a database of 501(c)(4) organizations containing confidential taxpayer information to the FBI, according to documents obtained by the House Oversight Committee. In a letter to IRS commissioner John Koskinen, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) say 1.1 million pages of nonprofit tax return data went from the IRS to the FBI. (National Review)
Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today
-- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is considering a bill that would require hospitals to keep brain-dead pregnant women on life support even if the woman's family objects. A House-Senate conference committee stripped the bill of a provision that would give a patient's family the option to end life support. The measure passed by wide margins; it was introduced by state Rep. Austin Badon (D). (Huffington Post)