By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Al-Qaida-linked militants took control of parts of Mosul, Iraq's second-biggest city. Five Americans and an Afghan soldier died in one of the worst instances of friendly fire in more than a decade of U.S. activity in Afghanistan. A judge struck down California's standards for hiring and firing teachers. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor are both likely to win their primary elections tonight, but not without some controversies. Hillary Clinton wrote a draft of her book by hand. And if you watch tonight's basketball game, you may see one of the most high-profile messages to date arguing against the name of Washington's football team.
MILITANTS SEIZE PARTS OF IRAQ'S SECOND-LARGEST CITY: Soldiers and police ran from their posts at the governor's offices, an airport, and TV stations during an attack by what is believed to be the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The fighting has caused tens of thousands of residents to flee the city. (CNN)
FIVE AMERICANS DEAD AFTER FRIENDLY-FIRE AIRSTRIKE IN AFGHANISTAN: Five American Special Operations service members and one Afghan soldier died in one of the deadliest instances of friendly fire in the war in Afghanistan. The troops had called for air support while being ambushed by Taliban militants. (Azam Ahmed, NYT)
JUDGE STRIKES DOWN CALIFORNIA'S JOB PROTECTIONS FOR TEACHERS: Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled that California must come up with new rules for hiring and firing teachers. The current rules, he said, make it too easy for teachers to quickly get strong protections even if they aren't very good at their jobs. The ruling is likely to inspire similar legal fights in other states. (Howard Blume, L.A. Times)
OREGON SHOOTING IS 74TH SCHOOL SHOOTING SINCE SANDY HOOK: A gunman fatally shot a student at an Oregon high school this morning. The gunman died, but police wouldn't say how, or if he was a student. They did say he used a rifle. The last school shooting before this one occurred just last week at Seattle Pacific University, in which a 19-year-old student was killed. (Dana Tims, Oregonian)
DURBIN: WHITE HOUSE DIDN'T KNOW BERGDAHL SWAP WOULD HAPPEN UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE: "They knew a day ahead of time that the transfer was going to take place," Sen. Dick Durbin told reporters. "They knew an hour ahead of time where it was going to take place." Durbin said it was impossible for the Obama administration to notify Congress about the swap 30 days in advance. (Izadi/Catalini, NJ)
TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will testify at a 10 a.m. House Armed Services Committee hearing on the prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will testify at a 10 a.m. Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing and a 2 p.m. Senate Budget Committee hearing on his nomination to be director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. President Obama will give the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation at 4 p.m. in Worcester, Mass. Vice President Joe Biden will give the keynote address at the North American Energy Summit in New York City. Secretary of State John Kerry will speak at Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's "New Hampshire Business Day" luncheon at 1 p.m. on Capitol Hill. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will speak at an 8 a.m. discussion on the economy at the Economic Club of New York.
WEHBY: STALKING ALLEGATIONS SHOW 'STRONG CONVICTION': "I think that the thing to learn from that is that I am a person who will stand up for what I believe in," said Oregon senatorial candidate Monica Wehby, whose ex-husband and ex-boyfriend both called the police over what they called stalking. "I'm a person who doesn't easily back down." (Jonathan J. Cooper, AP)
AN HOUR AFTER LINDSEY GRAHAM MET A BILLIONAIRE, A PRO-GRAHAM SUPER PAC DID, TOO: West Main Street Values PAC's mission is to "aggressively defend" Graham, and it ended up receiving $25,000 from one of billionaire John Catsimatidis's companies. The fishy part is that a representative from the PAC met with Catsimatidis almost immediately after Graham left his house. The group ended up spending heavily to support Graham, one of several reasons he's likely to win his primary tonight. (Marcelo Rochabrun, Center for Public Integrity)
WHY ERIC CANTOR IS BREAKING A SWEAT: It's been a surprisingly expensive and negative primary campaign for the House majority leader. What does that say about the power of incumbency? (Fitzpatrick, NJ)
TONIGHT'S BASKETBALL GAME IS GOING TO GET POLITICAL: LeBron is making his 2016 endorsement? No, at least not yet. This is about a commercial you'll see during tonight's game. (Theresa Vargas, WaPo)
HILLARY CLINTON WROTE HER BOOK BY HAND: It helped her think through what she wanted to say. Although, according to The New York Times, it didn't help her get bigger book-signing crowds than Justin Bieber or the Jonas Brothers. (Susan Page, USAT)
THE WORLD CUP: A TIME FOR AMERICANS TO ACT EUROPEAN: Is it pretentious to call it "football," or is it simply falling in line with the rest of the world? Is it disingenuous to call a field a "pitch"? These are the questions Americans ask themselves during the World Cup. (Sarah Lyall, NYT)
GIF: WHAT DOES THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE HOLD FOR HILLARY CLINTON? Clinton—or any Democrat, for that matter—will have a built-in 26-point lead in 2016. But that doesn't mean Republicans are helpless. (Chris Cillizza, WaPo)
LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES ON HILLARY CLINTON'S BOOK TOUR: Seth Meyers reports that Clinton will make a decision about running for president by the end of the year. The year 1998, that is. (Reena Flores, NJ)