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6:40 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 …
Fox News:
Sources: Intelligence community investigated Bergdahl's conduct  —  A senior official confirms to Fox News that the conduct of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — both in his final stretch of active duty in Afghanistan and then, too, during his time when he lived among the Taliban — has been thoroughly investigated …
Mark Thompson / TIME:
The 6 U.S. Soldiers Who Died Searching For Bowe Bergdahl  —  Troops suggest that Bergdahl's desertion makes him more traitor than hero  —  Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban over the weekend after they held him for nearly five years, in exchange for five Taliban leaders …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Here's what happens when Taliban leaders are released  —  If anyone doubts that the five senior Taliban leaders President Obama released this weekend will return to the fight and kill more Americans, they need only look at what happened when the George W. Bush administration released …
Discussion: AEIdeas
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
‘We Swore to an Oath and We Upheld Ours.  He Did Not.’  —  The Obama administration is facing mounting questions about the controversial prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from jihadists in Pakistan in exchange for the transfer and ultimate release of five senior Taliban commanders previously held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and BREITBART.COM
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Commander-in-Chief's Definition of “Honorable Service” Includes Anti-American Actions While in Uniform; He Just Destroyed Troop Morale  —  The Obama administration tells America this soldier served “with honor and distinction.”  (http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/ susan-rice-bergdahl-served-honor-and- distinction_794066.html)
Washington Post:
Mixed reaction to Bergdahl's recovery by service members who consider him a deserter
Associated Press:
US concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Susan Rice: Bergdahl Served With ‘Honor and Distinction’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and National Review
petitions.whitehouse.gov:
Punish Bowe Bergdahl for being AWOL / Desertion during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Discussion: Defense One, Guardian and Mediaite
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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Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Obama Makes His Bid to Become the Environmental President
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Obama's climate change regulations are less ambitious than what Republicans were proposing in 2008
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Evan Wyloge / Arizona Capitol Times:
Two-time GOP loser changes party to Democrat, name to Cesar Chavez for new congressional bid  —  Scott Fistler didn't have much luck as a Republican candidate.  He lost a 2012 write-in campaign against U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, then lost a 2013 bid for a Phoenix city council seat now held by Laura Pastor, Ed's daughter.
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   GOPer Changes Name To Cesar Chavez, Becomes A Dem To Run In Heavily Hispanic District
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rejects Appeal From Reporter Over Identity of Source  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from James Risen, a New York Times reporter facing jail for refusing to identify a confidential source.  —  The court's one-line order gave no reasons …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:   Press Credentials Seem to Hinge on the Government's Whims
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.
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Doug J. Swanson / Dallas Morning News:
Open Carry group holds rally at Home Depot in North Richland Hills
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Tea Party hits Reid with ethics charge over Koch brothers  —  Tea Party Patriots has filed a complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) with the Senate Ethics Committee to protest his repeated attacks against Charles and David Koch.  —  Jenny Beth Martin …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Alison Lundergan Grimes to hold D.C. fundraiser with Harry Reid
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don't respect them, study finds  —  People don't take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study.  —  Female-named storms have historically killed …
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.
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: Hot Air and Hollywood Life
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: The Gateway Pundit, RT and The Week
 
 
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The War Between ‘Authors’ and Writers
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