Morning Must Reads: June 19

In the news: Obama's Germany trip, nuclear arms reduction, the NSA, immigration reform, Afghanistan, Obamacare, and reporter Michael Hastings.

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • Obama will speak Wednesday at the Brandenburg Gate just days before the 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s speech of Cold War solidarity with all of West Germany. Obama will make symbolic history of his own as the first president to speak from the eastern side of the gate.

  • Obama: NSA programs have saved lives.
    • Washington Post-ABC poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans want open, public congressional hearings on the previously secret NSA programs.
  • CBO: Senate immigration plan reduces the deficit by $197 billion from 2013 to 2023.
  • Afghanistan suspends security talks with the U.S.
  • After Bernake
  • From 1993 to early 2011, F.B.I. agents fatally shot about 70 “subjects” and wounded about 80 others — and every one of those episodes was deemed justified.
  • Health-insurance exchanges are falling behind schedule.
    • The Obama administration is ramping up a plan to use the federal government’s social media accounts and websites to help convince millions of Americans, including those who “mistrust government,” to sign up for health insurance through Obamacare.
  • Raising the next Bill Gates
  • Missing Michael Hastings