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8:20 PM ET, June 1, 2014

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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Susan Rice responds to political debate over negotiations for soldier's release  —  (CNN) - White House national security adviser Susan Rice defended the Obama administration's decision to exchange Guantanamo detainees for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, amid criticism that the United States negotiated with terrorists in the process.
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Hagel: U.S. acted fast to save Bowe Bergdahl's life  —  (CNN) — The United States found “an opening” and acted quickly to save U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's life, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday.  —  “We believed that the information we had, the intelligence we had …
Michael Gartland / New York Post:
The bizarre tale of America's last known POW  —  Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last known American POW, was freed after five years in captivity — an ordeal that began and ended in Afghanistan under a shroud of mystery.  —  The Taliban turned over Bergdahl Saturday morning to US special forces …
Doug Powers / Twitchy:
‘Working to free all Guantanamo prisoners’ tweet from account of released soldier's father deleted … As Twitchy has reported, President Obama ordered the release of five Gitmo detainees to secure the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from his Taliban captors in Afghanistan.
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Chuck Hagel, Susan Rice defend decision to trade terror suspects for Bergdahl  —  National security adviser Susan Rice and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defended the Obama administration's decision to trade five Taliban-affiliated terrorism suspects for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl …
Discussion: Power Line and Liberaland
Associated Press:   Hagel: Soldier's health required urgent action
Agence France-Presse:
‘We needed to get him out’: Hagel defends Bergdahl operation
Discussion: Hot Air
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Taliban-held U.S. soldier released in exchange for Afghan detainees
Bobby McMahon / Forbes:
How The 2022 World Cup Could Reach A Doomsday Scenario  —  The Sunday Times story of “Mohamed bin Hamman's secret campaign to bring the World Cup to the Gulf,” is another episode in a narrative that that will not die.  —  The series of articles published earlier today details the lengths that Bin Hamman …
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Conservative Senator Kicks Tea Party to the Curb  —  At the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this week, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson tried to distance himself from the Tea Party groups that helped elect him in 2010.  —  If Ron Johnson was running any faster from the Tea Party he'd leave skid marks.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
Ann B. Davis, Alice on ‘Brady Bunch,’ dies  —  Everyone's favorite housekeeper, Alice Nelson, was played by Ann B. Davis on the sitcom.  Davis died on Sunday, June 1, after suffering a subdural hematoma the day before.  She never regained consciousness.  Davis retired from show business …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama's Foreign Policy Book  —  SULAIMANIYA, Iraq — When President Obama sits down to write his foreign policy memoir he may be tempted to use as his book title the four words he reportedly uses privately to summarize the Obama doctrine: “Don't Do Stupid Stuff” (with “stuff” sometimes defined more spicily).
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images  —  The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents.
Philly.com:
Lewis Katz, co-owner of The Inquirer, dies in plane crash  —  Lewis Katz, 72, co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News and Philly.com, died Saturday night in the crash of a private jet at a Massachusetts airfield.  —  Katz's death was confirmed by Inquirer editor Bill Marimow …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Jim Webb weighs in on his political future  —  (CNN) - Former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb is still not ruling out a potential presidential bid.  —  “We're taking this one day at a time,” Webb said Sunday on CNN's “State of the Union” when asked if he was interested in the presidency.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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