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ThinkProgress:
Did Sergeant Bergdahl Desert The Army Or Did The Army Desert Him?  —  Vikram J. Singh is Vice President for National Security and International Affairs at the Center for American Progress.  —  The mental health issues of soldiers during our longest period of war are often overlooked.
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 …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
D-Day Interpretive Dance Caps Off Month of Disrespect for Vets  —  If you weren't sure that the Western world's supposed admiration for the sacrifices of military veterans was just lip service, you were privy to a rather definitive confirmation of that fact in the past four weeks.
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Dianne Feinstein: No threat to Bergdahl
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and The Hill
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
John Podesta: U.S. can monitor detainees released in Bergdahl deal
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Mushtaq Yusufzai / NBC News:
Freed Taliban Commander Tells Relative He'll Fight Americans Again  —  “Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to Afghanistan and fight American forces there,” a Taliban commander told NBC News.
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Unraveling  —  How the Obama administration's story …
WSB-TV:
Deputy shot at Forsyth Co. courthouse  —  FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. —  Cumming police say a Forsyth County deputy was shot at the county courthouse.  —  The shooting happened at Forsyth County Administration Building on East Main Street Friday morning.  Law enforcement sources told Channel …
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Report: Forsyth deputy shot, suspect dead, courthouse evacuated
WTVC-TV:
Man Killed in Accidental Shooting While Driving  —  A family is grieving after a man, who was only a mile away from his home, accidentally shoots himself while driving Wednesday afternoon.  —  49-year-old James McKenzie died from his injuries.  —  NewsChannel 9 has learned that the victim …
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.
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Roy Edroso / alicublog:
FRIDAY AROUND-THE-HORN.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Eschaton
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Dem donor John Morgan blasts ‘irrelevant...irritant’ DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over RX pot  —  Major Democratic donor John Morgan blasted the national party's chair, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as an “irritant” who is becoming “irrelevant” after she voiced concerns …
Discussion: TPNN and Washington Free Beacon
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Brooklyn Will Vie to Host 2016 Democratic National Convention, de Blasio Says  —  Brooklyn, a nexus of the new Democratic left that has morphed from working-class enclave to a gritty, global arbiter of cool, will vie to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City said on Friday.
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.
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.
BBC:
D-Day: Hove veteran disappears for Normandy trip  —  Staff had not been able to get Bernard Jordan on to an accredited tour to Normandy, but he made his own way there  —  An 89-year-old WW2 veteran disappeared from his nursing home without saying where he was going and went to France for the D-Day commemorations.
Discussion: WAMC and Hullabaloo
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Code/red: Yes, Apple's First Wearable Device Is Slated for October  —  // HAPPENING TODAY  — Arista Networks is trading for the first time on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker ANET.  — The Palm Pre turns five years old.  — National Doughnut Day  —  Apple Hopes to Debut Wearable in October
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 …
Michael Peck / The National Interest:
Five Ways D-Day Could Have Been a Disaster  —  With hindsight, it is easy to assume that by 1944, the Third Reich was doomed.  It could have all gone very wrong.  —  General Dwight D. Eisenhower's face was grim but composed as he read a short message to the assembled group of reporters on the morning of June 7, 1944.
Chan Kyong Park / Agence France-Presse:
North Korea detains third US tourist  —  Seoul (AFP) - North Korea said Friday it had detained a US tourist for “hostile activities” after he reportedly left a bible at a hotel, bringing to three the number of Americans held by the reclusive regime including missionary Kenneth Bae.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The PJ Tatler
CNN:
The groups that have Hillary's back  —  Washington (CNN) - It's a daily war of words playing out on multiple battlefields from the cable news networks to social media - pro-Republican groups criticize Hillary Clinton.  —  The fire is quickly returned by pro-Democratic groups that defend …
Reihan Salam / Slate:
The New York City mayor's terrible plan to reduce work requirements for recipients of public assistance.  —  If you care about fighting poverty, the best thing you can do is to simply give poor people money.  That is the view of some of the smartest, most compassionate people I know …
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Inside the Implosion of GOProud, the Right's Most Notorious Pro-Gay Group  —  GOProud was the loudest gay voice on the political right.  They were the talk of Republican circles—and not all of it nice.  Then it all fell apart.  —  There was a time when GOProud was the loudest gay voice on the political right.
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
 
 
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No immigration in GOP's June plans
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