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11:50 AM ET, June 10, 2014

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CBS News:
How do Americans view the Bergdahl swap?  —  Shares -  —  Just over a week after U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban, a CBS News Poll shows 45% of Americans disapprove of the deal that saw him released in exchange for five Taliban militants, while 37% approve of it.
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Obama Administration: Bergdahl Was Chuck Hagel's Call  —  The last question asked at Monday night's closed-door briefing of members of the House of Representatives was a simple one: Who made the decision to transfer five top Taliban officials held at Guantanamo Bay to Qatar in exchange …
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Hagel Made Final Call on Bergdahl Swap, Congress Told  —  Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel - not President Obama - executed the administration's final call to proceed with the prisoner exchange of five ranking Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, administration officials told Congress today in a classified briefing today.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Has Doubts about Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Did Gitmo Detainees Know of Transfer Before Congress?
Discussion: Gulf Times and Hot Air
Chris Good / ABC News:
The Hillary Clinton Interview: 21 Revealing Quotes … Hillary Clinton sat down with ABC's Diane Sawyer for an exclusive, wide-ranging interview, coinciding with the release of her new memoir, “Hard Choices.”  In it, Clinton weighed in on everything from her 2016 timetable to Benghazi …
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Frank James / NPR:
Hillary Clinton: I Helped Restore U.S. Leadership In The World
Julie Beck / The Atlantic Online:   What's Missing From Hillary's Iraq Apology
Dana Hughes / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Calls Benghazi Scrutiny ‘More of a Reason to Run’ in 2016
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Hillary Clinton: “We Came Out Of The White House Dead Broke”
CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for June 9, 2014
Washington Post:
Insurgents seize Iraqi city of Mosul as troops flee  —  BEIRUT — Insurgents seized control early Tuesday of most of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, including the provincial government headquarters, offering a powerful demonstration of the mounting threat posed by extremists to Iraq's teetering stability.
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BBC:
Iraq militants seize second city of Mosul  —  The speaker of parliament said “terrorists” now controlled not just Mosul but the whole of Nineveh province  —  Iraq's prime minister has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency after Islamist militants effectively took control of Mosul.
Associated Press:
Militants overrun parts of key Iraqi city of Mosul
Politico:
New poll gives McDaniel 6-point lead in runoff — Rangel touts Bill Clinton endorsement on new mailer — Ernst up 5 in post-primary Vox Populi poll — Graham debates GOP challengers in S.C.  —  With help from Elizabeth Titus, Alex Isenstadt, James Hohmann and Tarini Parti
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
John Aloysius Farrell / Politico:
Yes, Nixon Scuttled the Vietnam Peace Talks  —  It's been rumored for years.  Now we have real proof.  —  Did Richard Nixon's campaign conspire to scuttle the Vietnam War peace talks on the eve of the 1968 election to capture him the presidency?  — Cruz country  — Clinton's Obama challenge
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans' gagging hypocrisy  —  The Republican-led House will reach a dubious milestone this week: It will enter the record books as the most gagged in American history.  —  The House Rules Committee on Tuesday plans to approve two more “closed rules” for debate — a procedure …
New York Times:
More Voting Games in Ohio  —  Someday, after they figure out how to appeal to a broader swath of the electorate, Republicans will probably be embarrassed by how much time they have spent making it harder for Americans to vote.  For now, though, the beat just goes on.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Azam Ahmed / New York Times:
‘Friendly Fire’ Strike Kills 5 Special Operations Soldiers in Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Five American Special Operations service members and at least one Afghan soldier were killed when a coalition aircraft accidentally unleashed an airstrike on their position in southern Afghanistan …
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CNN:
‘Friendly fire’ kills five American service members in Afghanistan
Discussion: Liberaland
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
How much does right-wing rhetoric contribute to right-wing terrorism?  —  Yesterday, a man and a woman shot two police officers in a Las Vegas restaurant after saying, “this is a revolution.”  Then they draped their bodies in a Gadsden flag.  According to reports now coming in, the couple …
CNN:
More violence erupts near Pakistan's busiest airport; Taliban vows ‘full-out war’  —  Karachi, Pakistan (CNN) — For the second time in two days, Pakistan's largest and busiest airport was forced to shut down after militants launched a brazen attack on airport security forces.
Amanda Kooser / CNET:
Bulletproof blanket seeks to shield kids during school shootings  —  The bright orange bulletproof Bodyguard Blanket is geared at protecting kids from danger during school shootings or natural disasters.  —  Bodyguard Blankets deployed during a tornado drill.  —  ProTecht
Discussion: CBS Houston and The Raw Story
New York Times:
Democrats See Winning Issue in Carbon Plan  —  WASHINGTON — He is a Democrat in a marquee Senate race, pressed by a strong Republican in a state with a challenging political environment.  So when a new proposal to limit power plant emissions was seen as posing a threat to allies of the Obama administration …
Discussion: Washington Post
Ian Lovett / New York Times:
Antigovernment Obsession Preceded Las Vegas Shootings  —  LAS VEGAS — Before 6 on Sunday morning, just hours before they killed two police officers and a civilian in a display of antigovernment violence, Jerad and Amanda Miller left their two beloved cats with Kelley Fielder, the next-door neighbor with whom they had been staying.
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Facebook Posts Reveal Vegas Shooter Thought Bundy Ranch Was ‘Start Of Revolution’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Liberaland
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Amid firestorm of criticism, Puckett won't take tobacco commission job  —  RICHMOND — Amid a firestorm of criticism regarding his resignation from the Virginia Senate, Democrat Phillip P. Puckett is withdrawing his name from consideration for a job with the state tobacco commission …
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Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Norment will try to act on budget; tobacco panel cancels meeting on Puckett job
Discussion: WAMC and Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Washington Monthly:
The Big Lobotomy  —  Last September, as they scrambled to decide …
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Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
Ore. Senate Candidate Addresses Harassment Reports
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Jon Murray / Denver Post:
2016 RNC BID: IS LEGAL MARIJUANA DENVER'S ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM?
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Associated Press:
Christie touring country, reviving 2016 prospects
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Regulators wreck Uber innovation: Column
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Elianayjohnson / National Review:
Report: IRS Sent Database Containing Confidential Taxpayer Information to FBI
Discussion: Hot Air
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
57K vets wait for appointments
Discussion: Daily Kos and “The Lid”