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12:35 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 …
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 …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
‘We Swore to an Oath and We Upheld Ours.  He Did Not.’  —  The Obama administration is facing mounting questions about the controversial prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from jihadists in Pakistan in exchange for the transfer and ultimate release of five senior Taliban commanders previously held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and BREITBART.COM
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Bowe Bergdahl Is the Right's New Benghazi  —  Buckle up: The right is going to try to turn the Taliban prisoner swap for ‘deserter’ Bowe Bergdahl into a Willie Horton moment for the president—and they'll ride it to January 2017.  —  So let's imagine that on Saturday night …
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE - 'A cover up just like Benghazi': Outraged parents of officer who died hunting for ‘deserter’ POW Bergdahl lash out at Obama over ‘LIES’ they were told about how their hero son died  — Lt Darryn Andrews, from Dallas, Texas, died at the age of 34 on Sept 4, 2009 during his second tour of Afghanistan
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)
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Here's what happens when Taliban leaders are released
Discussion: Hot Air and AEIdeas
Washington Post:
Mixed reaction to Bergdahl's recovery by service members who consider him a deserter
Associated Press:
US concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Tea Party hits Reid with ethics charge over Koch brothers  —  Tea Party Patriots has filed a complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) with the Senate Ethics Committee to protest his repeated attacks against Charles and David Koch.  —  Jenny Beth Martin …
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
McConnell: EPA proposal ‘dagger in the heart’ of middle class  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) lambasted the Obama administration's proposed regulation to limit carbon emissions from power plants, saying the middle class will bear the brunt of the rules.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Alison Lundergan Grimes to hold D.C. fundraiser with Harry Reid
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
No Easy Way to Be Fair On Media Credentials  —  WASHINGTON — Scotusblog has covered the Supreme Court in depth and with distinction since 2002.  It wins journalism awards at a steady clip.  Its main reporter, Lyle Denniston, is an old-school journalist of fearsome integrity and independence.
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
Nathan Fenno / Los Angeles Times:
Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino sues NFL over concussions  —  Sports Now  —  Sports news from Los Angeles and beyond
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
Jonathan Choe /
CHARGES: Neighbor, 61, pulls gun on father teaching girl to ride bike  —  It's yet another instance of a neighbor puling a gun on a neighbor.  This time, it happened in Rosemount, Minn. while a father was teaching his 7-year-old daughter how to ride a bicycle.
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Jeffrey Toobin: Obama ‘Clearly Broke the Law’ on Bergdahl
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Hot Air and Lawfare
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
Maria Elena Fernandez / NBC News:
Casey Kasem Hospitalized After Dramatic Scene Unfolds at Home
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Obama's climate change regulations are less ambitious than what Republicans were proposing in 2008
Discussion: New York Times
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
An Obama Effigy Hanging From A Bridge Shut Down A Busy Highway In Missouri
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Experts: Chris Christie's dropped 85 pounds
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg View:
The War Between ‘Authors’ and Writers
Discussion: Hit & Run
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Panel Laughs At Ingraham: Benghazi ‘Will Never Go Away, At Least With You’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite