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7:50 AM ET, June 3, 2014


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Fox News:
Sources: Intelligence community investigated Bergdahl's conduct  —  A senior official confirms to Fox News that the conduct of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — both in his final stretch of active duty in Afghanistan and then, too, during his time when he lived among the Taliban — has been thoroughly investigated …
James Gordon Meek / ABC News:
Vets Accuse Bowe Bergdahl of Walking Away … WASHINGTON - As the White House praised the return of soldier Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban, some Afghan war veterans answered with anger over how the young soldier fell into enemy hands in the first place and the price the U.S. has paid to get him back.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton defends Bowe Bergdahl exchange  —  Hillary Clinton defended President Obama's move to free a long-held U.S. prisoner of war from Afghanistan in exchange for five men being held at Guantanamo Bay in a speech on the outskirts of Denver on Monday night.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE - ‘A cover up just like Benghazi’: Outraged parents of officer who died hunting …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Here's what happens when Taliban leaders are released
Discussion: Hot Air and AEIdeas
Evan Wyloge / Arizona Capitol Times:
Two-time GOP loser changes party to Democrat, name to Cesar Chavez for new congressional bid  —  Scott Fistler didn't have much luck as a Republican candidate.  He lost a 2012 write-in campaign against U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, then lost a 2013 bid for a Phoenix city council seat now held by Laura Pastor, Ed's daughter.
Rebekah L. Sanders / Arizona Republic:
Mystery congressional candidate has legendary name  —  A mystery candidate for Congress with the potential to draw valuable votes in a close race has baffled longtime political watchers for months.  —  Democratic contenders with meticulously honed identities are battling for retiring U.S …
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   GOPer Changes Name To Cesar Chavez, Becomes A Dem To Run In Heavily Hispanic District
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don't respect them, study finds  —  People don't take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study.  —  Female-named storms have historically killed …
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Will Mississippi mudslinging topple first Senate incumbent?  —  The Tea Party has kept its aim on Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) despite a scandal involving his wife and a supporter of his primary opponent — and he could be the first Senate incumbent to fall in Tuesday's marquee contest.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Tea Party hits Reid with ethics charge over Koch brothers
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Democrats' new coal headache  —  The Environmental Protection Agency's new rule on carbon pollution is the latest headache for Democrats trying to defend a fragile Senate majority.  —  With many vulnerable Democrats coming from energy-producing states, Republicans argued the Obama administration's call …
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
McConnell: EPA proposal ‘dagger in the heart’ of middle class
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Alison Lundergan Grimes to hold D.C. fundraiser with Harry Reid
Nathan Fenno / Los Angeles Times:
Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino sues NFL over concussions  —  Sports Now  —  Sports news from Los Angeles and beyond
Lee Fang / Republic Report:
Matt Miller, Which Hat Is He Wearing?  —  Note: An earlier version of this article contained factual errors that have since been corrected — see below.  —  Out of a crowded field of candidates hoping to replace retiring Representative Henry Waxman in Los Angeles, Democrat Matt Miller …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Theater Beyond the Clintons  —  One of the many problems with our all-Hillary-all-the-time news fixation is the way it obscures other juicy Democratic dramas, shoving their stars into the wings.  —  Andrew Cuomo, come on out to center stage.  You deserve it, you sly, ruthless, freshly humbled man.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Jeffrey Toobin: Obama ‘Clearly Broke the Law’ on Bergdahl  —  CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin declared on Monday that President Barack Obama “broke the law” when his administration failed to give Congress notice of at least 30 days before releasing five ranking Taliban members from Guantanamo Bay.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
VA scandal exposes greedy socialism: Column  —  Phony lists and dead patients wouldn't fly in a free-market health care system.  —  So Secretary Eric Shinseki is now ex-secretary Shinseki, and cleaning up the Department of Veterans Affairs' health care mess will now be someone else's job.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
Fearing Rising Backlash, NRA Urges Gun Activists to Stand Down  —  Carrying assault rifles into restaurants backfired—and now the gun lobby is firing at its own for acting “downright weird.”  —  THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS have been rough for proponents of open-carry gun laws.
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
NRA Issues Amazing Statement Admitting Bringing AR-15s To Chipotle Is Dumb
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Commander-in-Chief's Definition of “Honorable Service” Includes Anti-American Actions While in Uniform; He Just Destroyed Troop Morale  —  The Obama administration tells America this soldier served “with honor and distinction.”  ( susan-rice-bergdahl-served-honor-and- distinction_794066.html)
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Associated Press:
Seattle OKs $15 minimum wage
Discussion: Teamster Nation and Hot Air
Jonathan Choe /
CHARGES: Neighbor, 61, pulls gun on father teaching girl to ride bike
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Raw Story
Michael Wilner / Reuters:
Israel ‘disappointed’ that US will work with Palestinian unity government
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Liberals hold up CUNY board appointment over Gaga ‘slut’ comment
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
No Easy Way to Be Fair on Media Credentials
Discussion: emptywheel
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Obama's climate change regulations are less ambitious than what Republicans were proposing in 2008
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
An Obama Effigy Hanging From A Bridge Shut Down A Busy Highway In Missouri
Discussion: Mediaite
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Experts: Chris Christie's dropped 85 pounds
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Associated Press:
Justices reject reporter's bid to protect source