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A ‘Straight-Up Bribe’ in the Virginia Senate—THE EDGE Brought to You by Chevron

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Veterans Affairs Department said more than 57,000 veterans have been waiting for up to three months for medical appointments. The Taliban claimed responsibility for a deadly attack at an airport in Karachi, Pakistan. Republicans gained control of Virginia's state Senate in an odd series of events that involved the resignation of a Democratic senator. An Iranian official said the country may need an extra six months to reach a nuclear deal. Netflix agreed to (at least temporarily) stop posting a message blaming Verizon for slow connectivity. And the suspects in Sunday's Las Vegas shooting spree that killed two police officers and a shopper visited Cliven Bundy's ranch but were told to leave.

TOP NEWS

VA AUDIT: 57,000 WAITING UP TO THREE MONTHS: An additional 64,000 who have signed up for health care in the past 10 years have never been seen by a doctor, according to the report. (CBS News)

 

TALIBAN TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR KARACHI ATTACK: Ten terrorists killed 18 people at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan, before being killed themselves. A spokesman said the attack was "just the beginning." (Naila Inayat, USAT)

VIRGINIA STATE SENATOR TURNS DOWN TOBACCO-COMMISSION JOB AFTER ACCUSATIONS OF QUID PRO QUO DEAL: Phillip P. Puckett resigned from the state Senate and seemed to be headed for the state tobacco commission, but he withdrew his name from consideration after Democrats accused him of selling out to Republicans in exchange for the job. The resignation gives Republicans a 20-19 advantage in the Senate, allowing them to defeat Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to expand Medicaid. The Huffington Post referred to the resignation as a "straight-up bribe." (Laura Vozzella, WaPo)

IRAN MAY NEED ANOTHER SIX MONTHS ON NUCLEAR TALKS: Iran and six other countries have a July 20 deadline to strike a deal curbing Iran's nuclear program and ending sanctions against the country. But Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said a six-month extension might be necessary. (Nebehay/Moghtader, Reuters)

NETFLIX AGREES TO STOP BLAMING VERIZON FOR SLOW SPEEDS … FOR NOW: The site used to display a message that read, "The Verizon network is crowded right now," but Verizon sent a cease-and-desist letter. Netflix agreed to take down the message but still blames Verizon. (Brendan Sasso, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama take questions via Tumblr at 4 p.m. about college affordability. Attorney General Eric Holder will participate in a 2:30 p.m. event on the U.S. prison population with the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys. Vice President Joe Biden will speak at 1:25 p.m. at the National Association of Manufacturers' 2014 Manufacturing Summit.

TOP LINES

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING SUSPECTS GOT REJECTED BY THE BUNDY CAMP: Jerad and Amanda Miller quit their jobs to join rancher Cliven Bundy and his family but were told to leave because Jerad Miller was a convicted felon. (Mother Jones)

40 MAPS THAT EXPLAIN FOOD IN AMERICA: Want to avoid cows? Go to Nevada. (Klein/Locke, Vox)

WHO MAKES THE MINIMUM WAGE? They're older than they used to be, most of them are women, and they're more Southern than an average American. (Jared Bernstein, NYT)

THE FOUR PRIMARIES YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS WEEK: Keep an eye on Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Eric Cantor, but also look to see who will replace Rep. Michael Michaud in the House. (Bland/Cohen, NJ)

TOP READ

LENIENT PUNISHMENTS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT AT STANFORD: Students are protesting for a tougher punishment for senior Leigh Francis's accused assailant, who was suspended for a year. (Emily Bazelon, Slate)

TOP VIEWS

LOPSIDED PRISONER EXCHANGES, VISUALIZED: If you think swapping one American soldier for five Taliban prisoners seems like an unbalanced deal, consider the 1,027 Palestinians exchanged for one Israeli soldier in 2011. (Dan Lamothe, WaPo)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES ON WORLD-CUP WASTE: John Oliver points out that maybe a $270 million stadium wasn't necessary for a city that will probably use it for only four games. (Reena Flores, NJ)

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