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2:50 PM ET, May 31, 2014

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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Taliban Prisoner Swap Frees U.S. Soldier Held Nearly 5 Years  —  WASHINGTON — The lone American prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict, captured by insurgents nearly five years ago, has been released to American forces in exchange for five Taliban prisoners held at the Guantánamo Bay …
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Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Only American Soldier Held Prisoner In Afghanistan Freed  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is back in U.S. custody after nearly five years of captivity, U.S. officials said Saturday.  —  The officials said the Taliban agreed …
Michael Zuckerman / The Atlantic Online:
Are Reform Conservatives Serious?  —  After Lyndon B. Johnson's landslide victory in 1964 and during the rush of progressive legislation that followed, Republicans decided they needed to respond with some proposals of their own.  It was the high tide of Great Society liberalism …
New York Times:
Mr. Shinseki Takes the Fall  —  The resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki from the Veterans Affairs Department was probably unavoidable, under the principle that a leader should accept full responsibility for a great scandal.  But the department's problem was not Mr. Shinseki.  It has been broken for years.
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman  —  The world is abuzz with news that actor Laverne Cox has become the first transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine.  If I understand the current state of the ever-shifting ethic and rhetoric of transgenderism, that is not quite true …
Discussion: Mediaite
Mercury News:
Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan: Why we're committing $120 million to Bay Area schools  —  Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan for the Bay Area News Group  —  Helping improve the quality of public education in this country is something we both really care about.
Associated Press:
Chuck Hagel: China territorial claims destabilize region  —  SINGAPORE — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned an international security conference Saturday that the U.S. “will not look the other way” when nations such as China try to restrict navigation or ignore international rules and standards.
Discussion: Vermont Public Radio
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton's Legacy at State Dept.: A Hawk With Clipped Wings  —  As secretary of state, Clinton was more hawkish than the White House, and at key moments was ineffectual at swinging policy her way.
Discussion: Liberal Values
African American Policy Forum:
Letter of 200 Concerned Black Men calling for the Inclusion of Women and Girls in “My Brothers Keeper”  —  Posted here is the Letter of 200 Concerned Black Men Calling for the Inclusion of Women and Girls to the President's “My Brother's Keeper” Initiative.  The open letter questions …
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Gary Brecher / PandoDaily:
War Nerd: What's happening in Eastern Ukraine is very simple, rational, and straightforward … What's happening in Eastern Ukraine is very simple, rational, and straightforward.  —  Russia has what it wanted—Crimea, a Russian-majority peninsula with better beaches than the rest of Russia put together …
New York Times:
Suicide Bomber Is Identified as a Florida Man  —  WASHINGTON — An American who blew himself up in an attack in Syria on Sunday has been identified by law enforcement officials as Moner Mohammad Abusalha, a man in his early 20s who grew up in Florida and traveled to Syria late last year.
Wall Street Journal:
FBI, SEC probe trading of Carl Icahn, Billy Walters and Phil Mickelson  —  Federal investigators are pursuing an insider-trading probe into whether golfer Phil Mickelson and Las Vegas sports bettor William “Billy” Walters traded on nonpublic information from Carl Icahn.
 
 
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