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6:55 PM ET, June 4, 2014


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Ralph Peters / National Review:
Why Team Obama Was Blindsided by the Bergdahl Backlash  —  Congratulations, Mr. President!  And identical congrats to your sorcerer's apprentice, National Security Adviser Susan Rice.  By trying to sell him as an American hero, you've turned a deserter already despised by soldiers …
Michelle Malkin /
Exclusive: The Story You Haven't Yet Heard About Bowe Bergdahl's Desertion
Wall Street Journal:
Secret Videos Prompted Bowe Bergdahl Taliban Prisoner Swap
New York Times:
Can Bowe Bergdahl Be Tied to 6 Lost Lives? Facts Are Murky
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Was Exchanged for Detainees at Guantánamo
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham warns of Republican impeachment push over Gitmo  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned Wednesday that Republican lawmakers would call for President Obama's impeachment if he released more prisoners from Guantanamo Bay without congressional approval.  —  Republicans worry Obama may try …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Oliver North Of All People Blasts Obama For Financing Terrorist Orgs In Bergdahl Swap  —  Naturally, Lt. Col. Oliver North has plenty to say about the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  —  North, the former Reagan aide-turned-conservative commentator best-known for his central role …
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Dem Leader Assails GOP Over Soldier Swap
Discussion: Politico
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
THIS IS SO DANGEROUS!!!  What is WRONG WITH THE SECRET SERVICE???!!???  If Polish tabloids can get these pics (and video) with a camera lens, is there anyone who doesn't think the President is vulnerable to someone armed?  —  As you know, President Obama is traveling in Europe.
Danika Fears / New York Post:
Obama snapped pumping iron at hotel gym  —  Even the president pumps iron at the hotel gym.  —  A fellow gym user snapped a few covert shots and video of President Obama lifting weights at a 5-star hotel in Warsaw, Poland — evidently without being seen by the president's security team — then posted them on his Facebook page.
Adam Auriemma / Wall Street Journal:
Solved: People Magazine's Hillary Clinton Cover Mystery  —  Attention Twitter: We can confirm that's not a walker.  —  Hillary Clinton's appearance on the cover of the People magazine raised some eyebrows Wednesday—and not for her comments on a potential run in 2016 or about Monica Lewinsky.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Don't Harsh Our Mellow, Dude  —  The caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar looked so innocent, like the Sky Bars I used to love as a child.  —  Sitting in my hotel room in Denver, I nibbled off the end and then, when nothing happened, nibbled some more.  I figured if I was reporting …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Maureen Dowd went to Colorado, ate some marijuana candy, and had an 8-hour freakout.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Thad Cochran backers face agonizing choice  —  Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's national backers awakened to a wrenching decision Wednesday: whether to continue pouring energy and cash into an effort to rescue a six-term incumbent who failed to win a majority of the vote in this week's primary.
Adam Weymouth / The Atlantic Online:
Thad Cochran, the Last of the Naive Republicans
John Hult / Argus Leader:
Annette Bosworth arrested on perjury and election fraud charges  —  Former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth has turned herself into the Minnehaha County Jail following the issuance of a warrant for her arrest.  —  Attorney General Marty Jackley issued the warrant for Bosworth this morning.
Thomson Reuters Foundation /
Idaho hometown of newly freed soldier cancels planned celebration  —  The hometown of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has canceled a rally planned for later this month celebrating his release from five years of Taliban captivity, a municipal official told Reuters on Wednesday, amid allegations that he was a deserter.
NBC News:
Officials in Bergdahl's Hometown: Stop the Hate
Ohio May Take Away Low-Income Women's Access To The Most Effective Form Of Birth Control  —  The Ohio legislature is currently considering a measure that would institute a sweeping ban on insurance coverage for abortion in state residents' public and private health plans.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kristen Mitchell / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio bill would restrict abortion coverage
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hit & Run
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
NOW APPLICATION ‘INCONSISTENCIES’ VEX HEALTH LAW  —  FILE - This May 14, 2014 file photo shows Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington.  More than 2 million people who got health insurance …
Kim Brooks / Salon:
The day I left my son in the car  —  I had no idea it would consume the next years of my life  —  The day it happened was no different from most; I was worried, and I was running late.  I was worried because in a few hours' time I was going to be enduring a two-and-a-half hour flight with my kids, ages 1 and 4.
Discussion: Unfogged and
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Denies Attempt To Stop Oregon Same-Sex Marriages  —  The National Organization for Marriage tried to get the Supreme Court to stop same-sex couples from marrying while it appeals a decision not allowing it to intervene in the case.  The Supreme Court denied the request without comment Tuesday.
Vladimir Putin's interview with Radio Europe 1 and TF1 TV channel  —  In the run-up to his visit to France, Vladimir Putin gave an interview to Radio Europe 1 news programme author and frontman Jean-Pierre Elkabbach and anchor of the evening news on TF1 TV channel Gilles Bouleau.
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Business Insider and Mediaite
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Lara Logan Back at Work on ‘60 Minutes’  —  UPDATED: The correspondent will likely be back on the newsmagazine in the fall, but she'll begin appearing on other CBS News broadcasts in the coming weeks.  —  Lara Logan has returned to work at CBS News, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
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Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
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Discussion: Mediaite and Joe. My. God.
Paul Krugman / American Prospect:
The Rich, the Right, and the Facts: Deconstructing the Inequality Debate
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Democrats embrace Medicaid expansion on trail
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jon Clifton / Gallup:
Happiness in Short Supply in Iran
Discussion: ABC News