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8:50 PM ET, June 4, 2014


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Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Exclusive: Afghan villagers recall when Bergdahl stumbled into their midst  —  Among the most tantalizing mysteries surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's departure from his U.S. military base in 2009 is this: Was he trying to find the Taliban?  Or did he simply wander away and get captured?
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
McCrystal: Don't ‘Judge’ Bergdahl And The Prisoner Swap Yet (VIDEO)  —  Retired Gen. Stanley McCrystal on Wednesday said it was too soon to “judge” Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the Obama administration's decision to negotiate for his release from the Taliban.  —  “I think we're going to have to wait …
Alex Berenson / New York Times:
A Prisoner of War, but Not a Hero  —  LEAVE no soldier behind.  —  The four words are honored at every rank in the American military.  Soldiers willingly, sometimes foolishly, risk their own lives to keep their comrades out of enemy hands.  —  So the White House expected that the release …
Yahoo! News:
McChrystal on Bergdahl: 'We don't leave Americans behind. That's unequivocal'
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Was Exchanged for Detainees at Guantánamo
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.
Discussion: Politico, Gawker, Mediaite and CNN
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.
Leslie Larson / NY Daily News:
Footage of Obama's Warsaw workout prompts security questions
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.
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.
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.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Republican Case Against Republican Economics
Discussion: National Review and AEIdeas
James Covert / New York Post:
City Council members rip Walmart's charity of ‘dangerous dollars’  —  More than half the members of the City Council have fired off a letter to Walmart demanding that it stop making millions in charitable contributions to local groups here.  —  Twenty-six of the 51 members of the Council charged …
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 …
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Dem Leader Assails GOP Over Soldier Swap
Discussion: Politico
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: Liberal Values and Daily Kos
Kristen Mitchell / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio bill would restrict abortion coverage
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Raw Story
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.
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 …
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
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.
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Harvard grad Chuck Schumer fails history, credits Jefferson for Bill of Rights
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Wilson High principal comes out as gay at school's Pride Day
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Corey Mead / The Atlantic Online:
The Radical Practicality of Reparations
Discussion: The Great Debate
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Lara Logan Back at Work on ‘60 Minutes’
Adam J. White / Weekly Standard:
Hot and Bothered: When Liberals Want Conservatives to Talk About Climate Change Instead of the Middle Class
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Turley: Obama The President That Richard Nixon Always Wanted To Be
Discussion: Althouse and protein wisdom
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
Zany NRA Video Attacks Media For Labeling Shootings as “Shootings”
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe. My. God.
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Paul Krugman / American Prospect:
The Rich, the Right, and the Facts: Deconstructing the Inequality Debate
U.S. official: ‘Dangerous’ Russian jet fly-by was ‘straight out of a movie’
Discussion: Mashable
Kim Brooks / Salon:
The day I left my son in the car
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Jon Clifton / Gallup:
Happiness in Short Supply in Iran
Discussion: ABC News