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12:30 PM ET, June 6, 2014

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David Brooks / New York Times:
President Obama Was Right  —  Americans don't have a common ancestry.  Therefore, we have to work hard to build national solidarity.  We go in for more overt displays of patriotism than in most other countries: politicians wearing flag lapel pins, everybody singing the national anthem before games …
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New York Times:
The Rush to Demonize Sgt. Bergdahl  —  Four months ago, Senator John McCain said he would support the exchange of five hard-core Taliban leaders for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  “I would support,” he told CNN.  “Obviously I'd have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Did John McCain flip-flop on the Bergdahl deal?  —  “Now this idea is for an exchange of prisoners for our American fighting man.  I would be inclined to support such a thing depending on a lot of the details.”  —  “We were never told that there would be an exchange of Sergeant Bergdahl for five Taliban.”
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Susan Rice defends Bergdahl comments, calls his service ‘honorable’  —  Colleville-sur-Mer, FRANCE (CNN) — President Barack Obama's national security adviser said Friday that her full-throated praise of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was appropriate given the former Taliban prisoner's willingness …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Unraveling  —  How the Obama administration's story on Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban fell apart  —  Late in the afternoon of Saturday, May 31, Barack Obama strode confidently to a lectern in the White House Rose Garden flanked by the parents of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl …
Discussion: New York Times
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Free him, then try him  —  (Uncredited/AP) - In this image taken …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Obama And Putin Have Totally Awkward D-Day Encounter  —  Things got awkward when President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin found themselves in close quarters Friday.  —  The leaders were attending a luncheon hosted by French President Francois Hollande after the morning's D-Day ceremonies.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama, Putin share ‘informal’ talk
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
KIRO-TV:
Seattle Pacific University shooting: Multiple victims, 2 shooters  —  Quick Facts:  — At least six people shot at Seattle Pacific University.  — At least one suspect in custody.  Police initially said two.  — School is about 10 min. from downtown Seattle with about 4,000 students.
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The Seattle Times:
Hero's quick thinking likely saved lives at SPU  —  He's described as quiet, gentle, outdoorsy; a young man of deep Christian faith and dedicated student on the cusp of a promising life beyond college.  But by several accounts Thursday, a single word prevailed when describing Seattle Pacific University student Jon Meis: hero.
New York Times:
Memories From Normandy  —  Beginning on June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on a broad stretch of beaches on the coast of Normandy, in German-held France.  Entrenched behind concrete walls and bunkers were more than 50,000 German soldiers.  Seventy years later …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Honors Moment of Liberation in Normandy
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Obama: They defied every danger
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Jeff Bell / Wall Street Journal:
43 beats 44, 48% to 42%.  —  This has to hurt: A plurality of respondents in a new Fox News poll “believe the administration of former President George W. Bush was more competent [than] the Obama administration,” the Hill reports.  “Forty-eight percent say the Obama administration is less competent …
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George R.R. Martin / Prizeo:
WIN A WOLF SANCTUARY TOUR AND HELICOPTER RIDE WITH  —  SUPPORT WILD SPIRIT AND FOOD DEPOT … 59 DAYS TO GO  —  $173,635  —  GEORGE R.R. MARTIN  —  THE PRIZE  —  It's George R.R. Martin, and I'm here to raise money for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot of Santa Fe.
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Bergdahl declared jihad in 2010, secret documents show  —  U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “mujahid,” or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Dialing It In  —  One evening in March, during a visit to Italy, President Obama asked the U.S. ambassador to round up a bunch of—and I quote—"interesting Italians" for a dinner at the ambassadorial residence.  The history of the property, the Villa Taverna, goes as far back as the tenth century.
CNN:
70 years later, D-Day vet Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin jumps again  —  Normandy, France (CNN) — Jim “Pee Wee” Martin acted like he'd been here before, like jumping from a plane is as easy as falling off a log.  —  Maybe that's because he had — 70 years ago.  —  “I'm feeling fine,” …
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
May Employment Report: 217,000 Jobs, 6.3% Unemployment Rate  —  From the BLS: … Click on graph for larger image.  —  The headline number was at expectations of 213,000 payroll jobs added.  —  The first graph shows the job losses from the start of the employment recession …
Wall Street Journal:
Schumer Drops by Graduations to Tell Same ‘Loser’ Story  —  New York Senator Often Arrives Unadvertised but Colleges Aren't Complaining; 'It's a Tradition'  —  New York Sen. Chuck Schumer likes to show up unannounced at college commencements in the state, and he often tells this story about the summer after he graduated from Harvard.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Edward Snowden took less than previously thought, says James Clapper  —  As the intelligence community continues its assessment of the damage caused by Edward Snowden's leaks of secret programs, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says it appears the impact may be less than once feared because …
 
 
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Republican senators push Obama to repeal EPA proposal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Folkenflik / NPR:
‘New York Times’ Editor: Losing Snowden Scoop ‘Really Painful’
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Discussion: Hot Air
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Rahm Emanuel: D.C. hero, Chicago goat
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Brad Molen / Engadget:
Google's secretive 3D-mapping project now has a tablet: here it is
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Climate Domino  —  Maybe it's me, but the predictable right …
New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: It's Not Too Soon to Pay Attention to Senate Polling
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Primary Winner: Poll Averages Prove More Accurate
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Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
Paul weighing dual run for White House, Senate
Discussion: CNN and Shakesville
Tammy Vigil / KDVR.com:
Court mistake sets man free, but he's been sent back for 90 years after turning life around
Discussion: KFOR-TV
CBS News:
Hillary Clinton's “Hard Choices”: Bergdahl, Benghazi and more
 

 
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