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8:50 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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Was price to win release of an American soldier from Taliban captivity too high?  —  UNDATED - In this undated image provided by the U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl poses in front of an American flag.  U.S. officials say Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
How Obama Convinced His Spies to Support the Taliban Prisoner Release  —  The Pentagon and the nation's top intelligence official opposed releasing the Gitmo Five in 2012.  This time around the White House got the answer it wanted when the Taliban was ready to deal.
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.
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE - ‘A cover up just like Benghazi’: Outraged parents of officer who died hunting …
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.
Primary day: The 7 key questions  —  It's the right's last realistic shot of knocking off an incumbent GOP senator this year — a down-to-the-wire race in Mississippi where six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is scrambling to stave off tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Tea Party hits Reid with ethics charge over Koch brothers
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
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 …
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.
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Jeffrey Toobin: Obama ‘Clearly Broke the Law’ with Bergdahl Exchange
Discussion: Althouse
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
Manu Raju / Politico:
In Iowa, Rubio all in  —  Up until about a month ago, Marco Rubio had steered clear of Republican primaries, avoiding antagonizing one wing of the party or the other when he's probably going to need them both come 2016.  —  Then along came the Iowa Senate primary.
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 …
Stephen Sestanovich / Wall Street Journal:
What We Can't Know Now About Hillary Clinton's Legacy at State  —  The frenzy surrounding the June 10 release of Hillary Clinton's State Department memoir is at full tilt.  Both The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post have published chin-pullers on what sort of secretary of state she was.
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.
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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