Morning Must Reads: May 28

Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

In the news: Obama to lay out foreign policy vision in West Point speech; U.S. to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016; New report to revitalize Detroit released; Tea Party wins in Texas; Immigration reform; Commercial surveillance and privacy rights; WSJ's annual compensation survey

  • “President Obama plans to use a speech at the West Point military academy on Wednesday to lay out a foreign policy vision for his final two-and-a-half years in office, defending his approach against a wave of criticism that he has been too passive on the world stage.” [NYT]
  • “President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday to leave a force of 9,800 American troops in Afghanistan after this year and withdraw all American troops by the end of 2016, as he winds down the nation’s longest war.” [TIME]
    • “Obama may rightfully doubt that maintaining tens of thousands of U.S. forces can remake Afghanistan into a tidy success story. But neither does he want to preside over a slide back into a 1990s-style civil war.” [TIME]
    • The White House has launched an internal investigation into this weekend’s accidental disclosure of the identity of the Central Intelligence Agency’s top spy in Afghanistan.” [TIME]
  • Who Cares About VA Secretary Shinseki? Let’s Focus on Understanding Vets [TIME]
    • Tortured by symptoms of PTSD, turned away by an overbooked Veterans Administration hospital—his mother says she pleaded with doctors to let him sleep on the hospital floor—[Army Specialist Isaac] Sims was shot by Kansas City police on Sunday after they answered a neighbor’s 911 call.” [TIME]
  • Detroit task force advises city to spend at least $850 million to rapidly take down 40,000 blighted structures out of 84,641 total. [Detroit Free Press]
  • Tea Party-backed candidate state Sen. Dan Patrick became the Republican candidate for Texas lieutenant governor… Former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe ended the congressional career of Ralph Hall, Congress’ oldest member at age 91.” [Texas Tribune]
  • “On Immigration, No Simple Solutions: A day-by-day journey up I-35 continues with a visit to two conservative, immigrant-heavy suburbs south of Dallas where many residents are frustrated with the economic impacts of immigration.” [NYT]
    • Jorge Ramos, the most popular Hispanic news anchor in America, arrived in Washington recently on an unusual journalistic mission: He wanted to challenge Speaker John Boehner about why he’s ‘blocking’ immigration reform.” [Politico]
  • “…All this information and much, much more is being quietly collected, analyzed and distributed by the nation’s burgeoning data-broker industry, which uses billions of individual data points to produce detailed portraits of virtually every American consumer, the Federal Trade Commission reported Tuesday.” [WashPost]
  • “The Wall Street Journal’s annual compensation survey found that, for all the debate around high CEO pay, the biggest rewards go to a relative handful of executives at the very top, and that their pay doesn’t necessarily correlate to their company’s size or results.” [WSJ]
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