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9:30 PM ET, June 3, 2014


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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.
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 …
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.
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Senate Democrats Go AWOL  —  On Sunday, Senator Claire McCaskill gave a full-throated defense of the president's decision to release five Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo prison in exchange for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.  “We saved this man's life.  The commander-in-chief acted within …
Discussion: Hot Air
5 questions for the White House on Bowe Bergdahl
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
Peter Baker / New York Times:   Obama Defends Swap of Taliban for American P.O.W.
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
How Obama Convinced His Spies to Support the Taliban Prisoner Release
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 …
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 …
Todd C. Frankel / Washington Post:
For father of released POW, growing a beard and studying captors defined the years
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   Fox Host: Bergdahl's Dad Looks ‘Like A Member Of The Taliban’ (VIDEO)
The Clarion-Ledger:
LIVE BLOG: Election Day in Mississippi  —  With less than 30 minutes left for Mississippians to vote in the GOP primary, state Sen. Chris McDaniel took the stage at his campaign event in Hattiesburg to thank his supporters.  —  “This was never about me, this was never about Senator Cochran,” McDaniel said.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mandate By Poll  —  In reporting on a finding in the latest …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Hot Air
Barack Obama's Unfortunate New Movie  —  Recently, President Obama exchanged five Taliban leaders for an American POW, Bowe Bergdahl.  One prisoner for five is an iffy trade to begin with — but even moreso when it was revealed that Bergdahl had deserted his post.
Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Conservatives Searching for New Reasons Not to Save Planet  —  They are on the cusp of a breakthrough.  —  The Wall Street Journal editorial page today has a predictably scathing take on President Obama's climate-change plan.  In a brief aside to the main argument — regulation baaaaad …
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wolf leads Corbett by 25, PA supports gay marriage  —  PPP's first poll of the general election for Governor in Pennsylvania finds a race that isn't remotely competitive.  Democratic challenger Tom Wolf leads Republican incumbent Tom Corbett 55/30.  Wolf's 25 point lead has more than doubled …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
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