By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Israel called off its peace talks after the two main Palestinian factions agreed to a unified government deal. Ukraine forces killed "up to five" pro-Russian separatists in the chaotic eastern region of the country. Republicans abandoned their support for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy after he made offensive comments about "the Negro." Sen. Dick Durbin called the Food and Drug Administration's new rules on e-cigarettes a weak compromise. Michelle Obama canceled her plan to give a high school graduation speech after families found out security would limit the number of guests students could bring. Tech companies have a surprisingly small pay gap, and Secretary of State John Kerry took his dog to work.
MIDDLE EAST PEACE TALKS END OVER HAMAS DEAL: Israel ended negotiations with the moderate Palestine Liberation Organization after the PLO reached a deal with Hamas, which "refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist." (Judi Rudoren, NYT)
'UP TO 5' KILLED IN UKRAINE: After Ukraine's Interior Ministry announced several separatists had been killed, Russia's defense minister threatened to "react" if Ukraine does not stop taking action against protesters. (Booth/Birnbaum, WaPo)
BUNDY UNDERMINES HIS CAUSE: After flying high and receiving praise from Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, Cliven Bundy came crashing back down to earth when The New York Times reported on his blatantly racist comments. Meanwhile, Fox News doesn't know how to talk about Bundy without being really awkward. (Brian Resnick, NJ)
DURBIN: FDA'S E-CIGARETTE RULES ARE 'AWFUL': The FDA now has oversight, but Sen. Dick Durbin called its new rules on e-cigarettes a compromise: "Prohibiting sales to kids but doing nothing to protect children from candy-flavored marketing in children's venues is an awful outcome."
PETITION ENDS FIRST LADY'S GRADUATION SPEECH: Michelle Obama planned to speak at a high school in Topeka, Kan., commemorating the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, but 1,750 signatures led to a change in her plans. (Justin Sink, The Hill)
TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will travel from Japan to South Korea and will meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will take part in a 10:30 a.m. discussion on the Obama administration's trade and business agenda. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will tour a New Center Stamping facility in Detroit at 10 a.m. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will tour the Partnership for Sustainability's investments in Memphis, Tenn.
MITCH McCONNELL LOVES RAND PAUL: Paul was named to the Time 100, and a fawning McConnell wrote his magazine blurb, titled "The Libertarian Champion." (Matt Berman, NJ)
CAN YOUR FLIGHT REALLY MAKE UP FOR A LATE START? Yes, at least to an extent. But it depends how late you're running. A flight that's 45 minutes late can make up more than 20 minutes of that time in the air. (Benjamin Montet, FiveThirtyEight)
THE TECH WORLD'S NOT-SO-BAD PAY GAP: Female computer scientists make 89 percent of what their male counterparts earn, surprisingly close considering the "bro culture" of technology companies. (Claire Cain Miller, NYT)
MEET JOHN KERRY'S DOG: It's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and the secretary of State's kids are grown up and busy, so his dog, @DiploMutt, came to the State Department. (Catalina Camia, USAT)
CAPTURED IN UKRAINE: All it takes is a camera for an outsider in Sloviansk to be accused of being a spy and a drug addict. (Graham Phillips, Newsweek)
WHY HILLARY CLINTON'S AGE AND RONALD REAGAN'S AGE ARE APPLES AND ORANGES: If Clinton becomes president, she'll be the same age as Reagan was when he was inaugurated. But gender and life expectancy mean Clinton will practically be younger. (Stamm/Reis, NJ)
AMERICA'S BASEBALL REGIONS: An interactive map of Americans' baseball loyalties shows some interesting trends. For example, Ohio is quite diverse, and the Yankees are popular in urban areas, even in the South. (NYT)
LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Stephen Colbert can't understand why Canada's middle class is so wealthy. Those ice holes. (Reena Flores, NJ)