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12:45 PM ET, June 2, 2014

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Nathan Bradley Bethea / The Daily Beast:
We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night  —  For five years, soldiers have been forced to stay silent about the disappearance and search for Bergdahl.  Now we can talk about what really happened.  —  It was June 30, 2009, and I was in the city of Sharana …
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Jake Tapper / CNN:
Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero  —  (CNN) — The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him — veterans and soldiers who call him a deserter whose …
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Susan Rice: Bergdahl Was ‘Captured on the Battlefield’  —  (CNSNews.com) - “Sergeant Bergdahl wasn't simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield,” National Security Adviser Susan Rice asserted Sunday on ABC's “This Week.”
Associated Press:
Debate Stirs Over US-Taliban Captive Swap
Discussion: The Agonist
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Chuck Hagel, Susan Rice defend decision to trade terror suspects for Bergdahl
epa.gov:
Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule  —  Get Involved  —  On June 2, 2014, EPA proposed a commonsense plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants.  States, cities and businesses across the country are already taking action to address the risks of climate change.
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Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Obama's new climate war opens  —  President Obama is opening a climate change war with Republicans on Monday with the Environmental Protection Agency's unveiling of sweeping new standards on carbon emissions from power plants.  —  The new rules are a central part of Obama's climate change agenda meant …
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Unveiling New Carbon Plan, E.P.A. Focuses on Flexibility  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday will announce one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change, a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution …
Amy Harder / Wall Street Journal:
EPA to Seek 30% Cut in Emissions at Power Plants
New York Times:
Trying to Reclaim Leadership on Climate Change
Bloomberg:   Obama Said to Propose Deep Cuts to Power-Plant Emissions
CNN:
Spain's King Juan Carlos I to abdicate  —  Madrid, Spain (CNN) — After nearly 40 years on the throne, King Juan Carlos I of Spain will be stepping down, the country's prime minister said Monday.  —  Crown Prince Felipe, 46, will succeed his father, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced in nationally televised address.
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CNN:
Spain's King Juan Carlos I to abdicate
Discussion: Hollywood Life and Hot Air
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
On Inequality Denial  —  A while back I published an article titled “The Rich, the Right, and the Facts,” in which I described politically motivated efforts to deny the obvious — the sharp rise in U.S. inequality, especially at the very top of the income scale.
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VoxEU.org:
Is Piketty's ‘Second Law of Capitalism’ fundamental?
Discussion: Washington Center …
CBS News:
FBI manhunt on for San Francisco man, Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, who may have explosives  —  Shares -  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The FBI has issued a nationwide alert to law enforcement agencies about a San Francisco social media consultant they consider armed and dangerous who is wanted on suspicion of possessing explosives.
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Cara Liu / KTVU-TV:
San Francisco man sought by FBI active in political circles
Discussion: RT, The Gateway Pundit and The Week
Jen Heger / RADAR:
Donald Sterling's Gal Pal V Stiviano Brutally Beaten Up In New York City, Her Lawyer Claims — Called The ‘N Word’ By Group Of Assailants  —  The woman at the center of the Donald Sterling racism scandal, the ex-Los Angeles Clippers owner's gal pal V Stiviano, was badly beaten up by two white men …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Panel Laughs At Ingraham: Benghazi ‘Will Never Go Away, At Least With You’ (VIDEO)  —  When conservative radio host Laura Ingraham invoked Benghazi during a discussion of President Barack Obama's foreign policy on “Fox News Sunday,” she was met with laughter instead of shared outrage.
Discussion: Mediaite
Politico:
THE OBAMA PARADOX  —  The ritual started in earnest last fall in the midst of the biggest humiliation of Barack Obama's presidency, the failure of the health care website.  Anytime he heard a sliver of good news, the president reacted the same way: He knocked on the polished cherry wood table in the Roosevelt Room.
Discussion: Capital New York and Althouse
Oliver Stone / Guardian:
Edward Snowden NSA whistleblowing story to be filmed by Oliver Stone  —  Director of Platoon and JFK will direct a big budget adaptation of Guardian journalist Luke Harding's book about Snowden's role in exposing the NSA's surveillance culture  —  He has tackled the Kennedy assassination …
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
NRA Issues Amazing Statement Admitting Bringing AR-15s To Chipotle Is Dumb  —  In a remarkably frank statement issued on Friday, the National Rifle Association said that gun activists in Texas had “crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness” with their demonstrations at fast food restaurants.
The Sunday Times:
Huge email cache reveals secrets of Qatar's shock victory  —  THE secret payments that helped Qatar to win the World Cup bid are revealed for the first time this weekend in a bombshell cache of millions of documents leaked to The Sunday Times.  —  The files expose how Qatar's astonishing victory …
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Bobby McMahon / Forbes:
How The 2022 World Cup Could Reach A Doomsday Scenario
 
 
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Ed Rendell: I Could Have Been on Inquirer Owner Lewis Katz's Crashed Jet
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Igor Bobic / The Huffington Post:
Herman Cain Says He Might Run For President Again In 2016
Discussion: Washington Post
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The Senate's failed, irrelevant plan to throw $20 billion at Veterans Affairs problems
Discussion: The Dish, Betsy's Page and Fox News
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McConnell looks likely to win this fall, but his odds are overstated
 Earlier Items: 
Michael K. Lavers / Washington Blade:
Efforts to force referendum on Md. trans rights law fail
Discussion: The Raw Story and PinkNews.co.uk
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
GOP group launches anti-Clinton e-book
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Conservative Senator Kicks Tea Party to the Curb
Discussion: Talking Points Memo