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4:25 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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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 …
Discussion: Power Line and Joe For America
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 …
CNN:
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and NBC News
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 …
Associated Press:
Hagel: Soldier's health required urgent action  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly five years after his capture by insurgents, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's “safety and health were both in jeopardy” and officials had to act quickly to obtain his release, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday.
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
Discussion: Althouse, The Daily Caller and RedState
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Taliban Prisoner Swap Frees U.S. Soldier Held Nearly 5 Years
Associated Press:
US SOLDIER FREED FROM CAPTIVITY IN AFGHANISTAN
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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