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7:35 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.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
What People Don't Understand About the Bergdahl Deal  —  America negotiates with terrorists.  These were not terrorists.  And this could be the start of something big.  —  The news channels are blaring two misconceptions about the recovery of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl …
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 …
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Bergdahl's team leader: Intercepted radio chatter said he sought talks with the Taliban  —  (CNN) - Former Army Sgt. Evan Buetow was the team leader with Bowe Bergdahl the night Bergdahl disappeared.  —  “Bergdahl is a deserter, and he's not a hero,” says Buetow.  “He needs to answer for what he did.”
Todd C. Frankel / Washington Post:
For father of released POW, growing a beard and studying captors defined the years  —  Robert Bergdahl's bushy blond beard was hard to ignore.  The fists of facial hair gave a cleric's appearance to the former UPS driver from Idaho as he and his wife, Jani, joined President Obama at the White House …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   Fox Host: Bergdahl's Dad Looks ‘Like A Member Of The Taliban’ (VIDEO)
Massimo Calabresi / TIME:
White House Overrode Internal Objections To Taliban Prisoner Release  —  Pentagon, Intelligence officials used Top Secret intelligence to prevent previous release of Taliban Five, officials tell TIME.  —  To pull off the prisoner swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl …
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.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Conservatives Go From Zero To Impeachment In Record Time On Bergdahl  —  It was really only a matter of time before conservatives began invoking the “I-word” over President Obama's decision to release five Taliban detainees from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan.
Allen West / Allen B. West:
The case for impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama  —  This morning on WMALs “Morning on the Mall” radio show with hosts Brian and Larry I was asked a simple question relating to the Taliban prisoner release and impeachment of the president.  I responded yes that in this current case …
Discussion: TPNN and Washington Post
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
How Obama Convinced His Spies to Support the Taliban Prisoner Release
Peter Baker / New York Times:   Obama Defends Swap of Taliban for American P.O.W.
5 questions for the White House on Bowe Bergdahl
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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)
Kristin Wilson / CNN:
GOP race down to the wire in Mississippi  —  Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - It's unclear how Tuesday's GOP Senate race in Mississippi will end, but the race has no doubt been close-and ugly-in the final stretch.  —  Incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, 76, is hoping to win a seventh term in Congress …
Discussion: Politico
Ellen Gabler / JSOnline:
Charges detail Waukesha pre-teens' attempt to kill classmate  —  By Ellen Gabler of the Journal Sentinel  —  The 12-year-old girls had been plotting the murder for months, police say.  —  Morgan E. Geyser was allowed to have two friends over each year for her birthday.  This year, she'd celebrate on May 30.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
A lifetime ban on lobbying for lawmakers?  —  Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) on Tuesday introduced legislation to prevent members of Congress from becoming lobbyists after they retire.  —  Current law allows senators to become lobbyists two years after leaving office …
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 …
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Andrew McCarthy / National Review:
The Taliban Swap and ‘High Crimes and Misdemeanors’
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Repeal and replace’ has been replaced by GOP strategists — here's why
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wolf leads Corbett by 25, PA supports gay marriage
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN Poll: Public upset over VA scandal; Obama remains at 43%
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Sabrina Hall / WREG-TV:
Worker records ‘racist’ supervisor in cotton warehouse
Mother Jones:
Rand Paul Holds Conference Call With Tea Partier Who Says Obama “Has Muslim Sensibilities”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Salt Lake Tribune:
Agents search homes of Swallow, Shurtleff
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The perils of progressivism run deeper than Obama.
Discussion: Politico and Instapundit
Neil Midgley / Forbes:
BBC News Division To Cut 500 Jobs
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Hillary Clinton's Senate years curiously missing from her memoirs
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Sharyl Attkisson / The Daily Signal:
Full Disclosure: Did Government's Experiment on Preemies Hide Risks?
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Chiquita Is Blocking a 9/11 Victims' Bill
Discussion: RT and Mediaite
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Top Two  —  When California's returns—which often come …