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10:00 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 …
Associated Press:
Debate Stirs Over US-Taliban Captive Swap  —  Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can expect a buoyant homecoming after five years in Taliban hands, but those in the government who worked for his release face mounting questions over the prisoner swap that won his freedom.
Discussion: The Agonist
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: The Daily Beast, Lawfare, Hot Air and CNN
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 …
Discussion: CNN
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Amy Harder / Wall Street Journal:
EPA to Seek 30% Cut in Emissions at Power Plants  —  The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan for power plants that will seek a 30% cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.
Bloomberg:   Obama Said to Propose Deep Cuts to Power-Plant Emissions
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
The Sunday Times:
Huge email cache reveals secrets of Qatar's shock victory  —  THE secret payments that helped Qatar to win the World Cup bid are revealed for the first time this weekend in a bombshell cache of millions of documents leaked to The Sunday Times.  —  The files expose how Qatar's astonishing victory …
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Bobby McMahon / Forbes:
How The 2022 World Cup Could Reach A Doomsday Scenario
 
 
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Igor Bobic / The Huffington Post:
Herman Cain Says He Might Run For President Again In 2016
Discussion: Washington Post
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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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
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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