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10:50 AM ET, June 1, 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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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Here are the Taliban Terrorists Obama Released to Free POW Bowe Bergdahl  —  In exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl, the U.S. has released five senior Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo Bay prison.  They are considered some of the worst of the worst.  —  The five Guantanamo detainees released …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Bergdahl release arrangement could threaten the safety of Americans, Republicans say  —  Amid jubilation Saturday over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity by the Taliban, senior Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were troubled by the means by which it was accomplished …
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.
Discussion: Politico
Fox News:
US soldier held captive by Taliban in Afghanistan for nearly five years freed
Discussion: CNN and The Impolitic
Julie Pace / Associated Press:   Only American Soldier Held Prisoner In Afghanistan Freed
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Fixed Soccer Matches Cast Shadow Over World Cup  —  JOHANNESBURG — A soccer referee named Ibrahim Chaibou walked into a bank in a small South African city carrying a bag filled with as much as $100,000 in $100 bills, according to another referee traveling with him.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Unfogged
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Prisoners of Sex  —  IN an ideal world, perhaps, the testimony left by the young man who killed six people in Santa Barbara would have perished with its author: the video files somehow wiped off the Internet, his manifesto deleted and any printed copy pulped.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Secures Support of Working Families Party  —  ALBANY — Defusing a tense and potentially campaign-changing challenge from the left, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo secured the endorsement of the Working Families Party on Saturday night, easing the popular Democrat's path as he runs for re-election …
Walter Russell Mead / Washington Post:
Was Hillary Clinton a good secretary of state?  —  Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace professor of foreign affairs at Bard College and editor at large of the American Interest.  He is the author of “Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World.”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THE PROBLEM ISN'T THE VA OR ERIC SHINSEKI … Eric Shinseki resigned today as a result of the unfolding scandal within the Department of Veterans Affairs.  This event became inevitable the moment that Shinseki sat down before the Veterans Affairs Committee of the United States Senate.
New York Times:
Investor, Bettor, Golfer: Insider Trading Inquiry Includes Mickelson, Icahn and William T. Walters  —  The divergent lives of a championship golfer, a high-rolling gambler and a billionaire investor have collided in a federal insider trading investigation.  —  Federal authorities are examining …
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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
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Scalia's Genius and His Curse
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War Nerd: What's happening in Eastern Ukraine is very simple, rational, and straightforward
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Ban lifted on Medicare coverage for sex change surgery
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Associated Press:
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
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Discussion: Mediaite
Michael Zuckerman / The Atlantic Online:
Are Reform Conservatives Serious?
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