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2:15 PM ET, June 7, 2014

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CNN:
Actor Tracy Morgan in critical condition after six-vehicle accident in New Jersey  —  (CNN) — Actor Tracy Morgan is in critical condition after a six-vehicle accident in New Jersey early Saturday, authorities said.  —  The former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and “30 Rock” …
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Vince Lattanzio / Philadelphia News …:
Tracy Morgan Critically Hurt in NJ Turnpike Crash  —  Actor and comedian had a stand up gig at Delaware casino on Friday night  —  Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is in intensive care following a limo bus crash along the New Jersey Turnpike, state police say.
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Official: Bergdahl Details Don't Add Up  —  Reported details of the high-profile prisoner swap that freed Bowe Bergdahl over the weekend are not telling the full story, according to a high-level intelligence official involved in efforts to find and rescue the Army sergeant.
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Washington Post:
The Bergdahl boomerang: GOP lawmakers who long urged a rescue now sour on the idea  —  Rep. Richard B. Nugent (R-Fla.), a lawmaker whose three sons have served in the military, made the case of captive soldier Bowe Bergdahl a personal cause.  Nugent delivered speeches about Bergdahl on the House floor.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rand Paul: Let's trade Dems, not Taliban  —  FORT WORTH, Texas — Sen. Rand Paul on Friday likened Democrats to the recently released Taliban detainees at Guantánamo Bay in a speech here at the Texas GOP convention.  —  “Mr. President, you love to trade people,” …
ThinkProgress:
Billionaire Heir Sentenced To Four Months In Jail For Sexually Assaulting His Stepdaughter  —  A Wisconsin billionaire pled guilty to sexual assault of his stepdaughter, but was only sentenced to four months in jail on Friday.  Samuel Curtis Johnson III, heir to the SC Johnson cleaning supplies empire …
Natalie Kitroeff / New York Times:
Student Loans Make it Hard to Rent or Buy a Home  —  For young people, moving to New York City hasn't made much mathematical sense for decades.  The jobs don't pay enough, the internships don't pay at all, and the rents are prohibitive by any sane standard.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Eschaton
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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.
American Prospect:
Progressives Win Big In Democratic Congressional Primaries  —  On Tuesday, in competitive primaries from New Jersey to Iowa to California, voters chose bold progressive Democrats over more conservative and corporate Democrats, handing big victories to the “Elizabeth Warren wing” of the Democratic Party.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Was There A Struggle For the Soul of the Democratic Party on June 3?
Travis / Uber Blog:
4 Years In  —  We have some exciting news to share this morning.  We have just closed a financing round with some of the leading investors in the world, raising $1.2B of primary capital at a $17B pre-money valuation.  The total raise will be about $1.4B with a second close of strategic investors soon.
Jason Stein / JSOnline:
Federal judge overturns Wisconsin's gay marriage ban  —  Judi Trampf (left) and her partner Katy Heyning speak during a news conference in February by the American Civil Liberties Union about a lawsuit challenging the state's seven-year-old ban on gay marriage.  A federal judge in Madison on Friday overturned the ban.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Ban On Same-Sex Couples' Marriages
Discussion: ThinkProgress and CNN
WISC-TV:
Dane County Clerk to stay open late after same-sex ruling
Discussion: The Week and ThinkProgress
ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Won't Second Guess President Obama's ‘Very Hard Choice’ On Bergdahl … In an exclusive interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Hillary Clinton defended President Obama's decision to swap five Taliban prisoners for U.S. solider Bowe Bergdahl, saying she won't second guess him.
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Chris Good / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton: ‘No Lingering Effects’ From ‘Serious’ Concussion
Discussion: Business Insider
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Koch brothers donate $25 million to United Negro College Fund  —  The billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, known best for shepherding big money to conservative causes and candidates, have given a $25 million grant to the United Negro College Fund, the organization announced Friday.
Associated Press:
British D-Day vet ditches nursing home for secret trip to Normandy  —  LONDON (AP) — An 89-year old World War II veteran who was reported missing from a nursing home in England has been found in Normandy after traveling to attend D-Day commemorations, police said Friday.
 
 
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Claire Phipps / Guardian:
D-day landings 70th anniversary live coverage
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Reuters:
Six governments tap Vodafone calls
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Four Things To Keep In Mind Regarding Bowe Bergdahl
The White House:
Remarks by President Obama at the 70th Anniversary of D-Day — Omaha Beach, Normandy
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
PA 1st-Grader Accidentally Brings Toy Gun To School, Turns It In, Gets Suspended
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
D-Day Interpretive Dance Caps Off Month of Disrespect for Vets
Reihan Salam / Slate:
The New York City mayor's terrible plan to reduce work requirements for recipients of public assistance.
Discussion: National Review
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
No immigration in GOP's June plans
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Peck / The National Interest:
Five Ways D-Day Could Have Been a Disaster
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Dem donor John Morgan blasts ‘irrelevant...irritant’ DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over RX pot
 

 
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