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1:30 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.
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 hired …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON DEFENDS PRISONER SWAP  —  BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a measured defense Monday of the Obama administration's controversial decision to swap five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a U.S. soldier held hostage in Afghanistan, noting that many of America's allies make similar deals.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Obama: We Consulted Congress About Possibility Of Prisoner Swap
Discussion: The Daily Banter and Hot Air
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Dempsey: Won't ignore misconduct
Discussion: RT and Fox News Insider
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Obama's National Security Team Mounts Defense Of Bergdahl Rescue
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama: Congress consulted on prisoner exchange
Washington Post:
Was price to win release of an American soldier from Taliban captivity too high?
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?
Discussion: Firedoglake, Mediaite and CNN
Stephen Sestanovich / Wall Street Journal:   What We Can't Know Now About Hillary Clinton's Legacy at State
Dan Merica / CNN:
Hillary Clinton to take part in live CNN town hall
Discussion: OnPolitics
Washington Post:
Poll: Americans back Afghan pullout, deeply concerned by VA scandal
Discussion: Business Insider and Politico
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: Taegan Goddard's … and Politico
Byron Tau / Politico:   Leaders spar over political money
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.
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
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Top Two  —  When California's returns—which often come in very slowly—begin to be reported tomorrow, it will be important to understand the state's Top Two primary system, in which all candidates regardless of partisan identification run on the same primary ballot with the Top Two candidates …
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.
Marty Graham / Reuters:
91-year-old woman finishes San Diego marathon in record time  —  SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A 91-year-old woman ran a San Diego marathon on the weekend in record time for her age group, also becoming the oldest person ever to finish the race, despite lamenting she was unable to train properly because of cancer treatments.
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