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4:15 PM ET, June 3, 2014


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New York Times:
Bowe Bergdahl's Vanishing Before Capture Angered His Unit  —  WASHINGTON — Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life.
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
The curious case of Bob Bergdahl's apparent tweet to the Taliban  —  Since Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2009, his father had become an expert on Guantanamo Bay's detainees.  It was out of necessity, because the Taliban demanded that the United States free prisoners …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Republican Strategist Helped Organize Bergdahl Critics  —  Former Bush administration and Romney campaign official Richard Grenell helped connect the media and soldiers who served with Bergdahl.  —  Bowe Bergdahl  —  The Associated Press  —  WASHINGTON — A former Bush administration official …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
WH apologizes to Senate intel chief for prisoner swap secret  —  The White House has apologized to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for failing to alert her in advance of a decision to release Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay.
General Martin E. Dempsey / Facebook:
In response to those of you interested in my personal judgments about the recovery of SGT Bowe Bergdahl, the questions about this particular soldier's conduct are separate from our effort to recover ANY U.S. service member in enemy captivity.  This was likely the last, best opportunity to free him.
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Prisoner swap: Did Hillary know?  —  Republicans are raising questions about whether Hillary Clinton knew about the White House plan to release senior Taliban commanders in exchange for the last U.S. prisoner of war.  —  President Obama met with his former secretary of State for lunch on Thursday …
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Dempsey: Won't ignore misconduct
Discussion: RT and Fox News Insider
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Obama: We Consulted Congress About Possibility Of Prisoner Swap
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Banter and Hot Air
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Obama's National Security Team Mounts Defense Of Bergdahl Rescue
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   Fox Host: Bergdahl's Dad Looks ‘Like A Member Of The Taliban’ (VIDEO)
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans have a mandate for their Benghazi probe  —  Democrats in recent weeks weighed whether to abstain from involvement in House Republicans' new Benghazi investigative committee, labeling it an unnecessary probe into questions that have already been answered.  —  The American people disagree.
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Washington Post:
June 2014 Washington Post-ABC News poll  —  Obama, Afghanistan withdrawal, VA and Benghazi Post-ABC poll: EPA rules on greenhouse gases Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling The economy?
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mandate By Poll  —  In reporting on a finding in the latest ABC-WaPo survey, The Fix's Aaron Blake uses a very annoying term: mandate: … Aside from the irritating multiple use of “the American people” to refer to 51% of poll respondents, Blake's assertion that marginal poll preferences represent a …
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers  —  In a town in western Ireland, where castle ruins pepper green landscapes, there's a six-foot stone wall that once surrounded a place called the Home.  Between 1925 and 1961, thousands of …
RELATED:   Galway historian reveals truth behind 800 orphans in mass grave (IrishCentral)
Brevard judge tells attorney, 'I'll beat your ass,' allegedly throws punches  —  BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —  Court deputies had to break up a physical fight between a Brevard County judge and a public defender after an argument during a hearing on Monday.  —  Judge John Murphy is accused …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The perils of progressivism run deeper than Obama.  —  “For a president who came to office hoping to restore public faith in government as a force for good in society, the mess at the Department of Veterans Affairs threatens to undercut his reputation for effectiveness,” writes New York Times reporter Peter Baker in a “news analysis.”
Discussion: Politico and Instapundit
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Book: Obama told donors he might be in ‘strong position’ to amend Constitution  —  President Obama told Democratic donors he might be “in a very strong position” to demand a Constitutional amendment on campaign finance reform during his second term, according to a new book.
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
The Political Polarization of Physicians in the United States  —  An Analysis of Campaign Contributions to Federal Elections, 1991 Through 2012  —  ONLINE FIRST  —  Adam Bonica, PhD1; Howard Rosenthal, PhD2; David J. Rothman, PhD3  —  JAMA Intern Med.  —  Figures  —  Tables  —  References
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