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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 …
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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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Free him, then try him  —  (Uncredited/AP) - In this image taken …
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.
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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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Tea Party Group Flips To Attacking ‘Liberal’ MS Dem Before Runoff  —  The U.S. Senate runoff election between Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) is still weeks away but the pro-McDaniel tea party-aligned Club for Growth is already directing some fire at Democratic nominee Travis Childers.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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,” …
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.
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
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 …
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance  —  Wires allow agencies to listen to or record live conversations, in what privacy campaigners are calling a ‘nightmare scenario’  —  Vodafone, one of the world's largest mobile phone groups, has revealed the existence …
 
 
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Republican senators push Obama to repeal EPA proposal
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
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Discussion: Hot Air
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Honors Moment of Liberation in Normandy
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Rahm Emanuel: D.C. hero, Chicago goat
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California Legislators Want to Tell College Kids When to Have Sex
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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David Carr / New York Times:
Hacking at Sony Over ‘The Interview’ Reveals Hollywood's Failings, Too

Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Rolling Stone Outsources Internal Investigation of Botched UVA Rape Story to Columbia Journalism School

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HuffPost plans to drop AP stories, relaunch site in 2015

 
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