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8:40 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 …
Associated Press:
US SOLDIER FREED FROM CAPTIVITY IN AFGHANISTAN  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.
Fox News:   US soldier held captive by Taliban in Afghanistan for nearly five years freed
Julie Pace / Associated Press:   Only American Soldier Held Prisoner In Afghanistan Freed
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.
Discussion: RT, Business Insider and Engadget
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 …
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.
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New York Times:
Mr. Shinseki Takes the Fall
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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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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
Hadley Arkes / Library of Law & Liberty:
Scalia's Genius and His Curse  —  When our sensibilities were fed from different sources, it used to be said that, with spring, “the voice of the turtledove has been heard in the land.”  But in these recent weeks the landscape has been filled with the sounds of “disinvitations” …
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
 
 
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