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9:40 AM ET, June 2, 2014

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Jake Tapper / CNN:
Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero  —  (CNN) — The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him — veterans and soldiers who call him a deserter whose …
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Nathan Bradley Bethea / The Daily Beast:
We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night  —  For five years, soldiers have been forced to stay silent about the disappearance and search for Bergdahl.  Now we can talk about what really happened.  —  It was June 30, 2009, and I was in the city of Sharana …
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Bergdahl bumps VA from spotlight  —  The Taliban's release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl dominated the Sunday talk shows, pushing Friday's resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki from the headlines.  —  The Sunday shows were packed with Republicans launching into political attacks …
Washington Post:
Mixed reaction to Bergdahl's recovery by service members who consider him a deserter  —  Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's recovery after five years in captivity has rekindled anger among some of his military peers over how he came to fall into enemy hands and the price the United States has paid to get him back.
Discussion: Lawfare and Hot Air
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Chuck Hagel, Susan Rice defend decision to trade terror suspects for Bergdahl
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Obama's new climate war opens  —  President Obama is opening a climate change war with Republicans on Monday with the Environmental Protection Agency's unveiling of sweeping new standards on carbon emissions from power plants.  —  The new rules are a central part of Obama's climate change agenda meant …
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Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Obama to Take Action to Slash Coal Pollution  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday will announce one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change, a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution …
Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
Ann B. Davis, Alice on ‘Brady Bunch,’ dies  —  Everyone's favorite housekeeper, Alice Nelson, was played by Ann B. Davis on the sitcom.  Davis died on Sunday, June 1, after suffering a subdural hematoma the day before.  She never regained consciousness.  Davis retired from show business in the late '70s, but popped up here and there.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
On Inequality Denial  —  A while back I published an article titled “The Rich, the Right, and the Facts,” in which I described politically motivated efforts to deny the obvious — the sharp rise in U.S. inequality, especially at the very top of the income scale.
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VoxEU.org:
Is Piketty's ‘Second Law of Capitalism’ fundamental?
Discussion: Washington Center …
CNN:
Spain's King Juan Carlos I to abdicate  —  Madrid, Spain (CNN) — After nearly 40 years on the throne, King Juan Carlos I of Spain will be stepping down, the country's prime minister said Monday.  —  Crown Prince Felipe, 46, will succeed his father, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced in nationally televised address.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The Senate's failed, irrelevant plan to throw $20 billion at Veterans Affairs problems  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL VETERANS AFFAIRS VETERANS BERNIE SANDERS  —  Last February, before the Veterans Affairs health care scandal broke, Sen. Bernard Sanders, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Fox News
Politico:
THE OBAMA PARADOX  —  The ritual started in earnest last fall in the midst of the biggest humiliation of Barack Obama's presidency, the failure of the health care website.  Anytime he heard a sliver of good news, the president reacted the same way: He knocked on the polished cherry wood table in the Roosevelt Room.
Discussion: Althouse
Bobby McMahon / Forbes:
How The 2022 World Cup Could Reach A Doomsday Scenario  —  The Sunday Times story of “Mohamed bin Hamman's secret campaign to bring the World Cup to the Gulf,” is another episode in a narrative that that will not die.  —  The series of articles published earlier today details the lengths that Bin Hamman …
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Igor Bobic / The Huffington Post:
Herman Cain Says He Might Run For President Again In 2016  —  Herman Cain, don't tease us so.  —  The pizza magnate, who at one point topped all Republican challengers during the 2012 Republican presidential primary before dropping out amidst allegations of multiple affairs …
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Mark Green / FOX13Now.com:
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McConnell looks likely to win this fall, but his odds are overstated
Michael K. Lavers / Washington Blade:
Efforts to force referendum on Md. trans rights law fail
Discussion: The Raw Story and PinkNews.co.uk
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GOP group launches anti-Clinton e-book
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Reuters:
French police arrest suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Conservative Senator Kicks Tea Party to the Curb
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama's Foreign Policy Book
Discussion: The Moderate Voice