BIPARTISAN DEAL: Sens. John McCain and Bernard Sanders announced a bipartisan VA health care deal yesterday. “We were able to come together, I believe, in a way that will help to relieve this terrible tragedy that seems to have befallen our nation’s veterans. We both had to make some very tough compromises,” McCain said. “Our job was to sit down and work out the best agreement. We did,” Sanders added. The deal allows veterans to get private care if they are experiencing long wait times and provides the ability for the immediate firing of Department of Veterans Affairs officials: Bridget Bowman and Humberto Sanchez for Roll Call: Sanders, McCain Announce VA Health Care Deal
NEW HHS SECRETARY: Sylvia Mathews Burwell was confirmed as the new secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday. She sailed through the Senate confirmation hearings and assured lawmaker she would be cooperative in working with Congress: Robert Pear for The New York Times: Burwell Wins Confirmation as Secretary of Health
D-DAY ANNIVERSARY: Today marks the 70th anniversary of Allied troops storming the beaches at Normandy. President Barack Obama attended a ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial to honor the fallen. “Our commitment to liberty, our claim to equality, our claim to freedom and to the inherent dignity of every human being — that claim is written in the blood on these beaches, and it will endure for eternity,” he said: Associated Press: Obama honors WWII, 9/11 generations at Normandy
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STAT OF THE DAY: The economy added 217,000 jobs last month, slightly more than experts expected, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. One of our goals for a national strategic agenda is to create 25 million jobs in the next 10 years: MJ Lee for POLITICO: May jobless rate steady at 6.3 percent, 217k jobs added