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9:50 AM ET, June 5, 2014


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White House braced for Bowe Bergdahl backlash  —  President Barack Obama's Rose Garden appearance Saturday afternoon with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's parents was an attempt to humanize the prisoner swap to deflect potential criticism of letting five Taliban leaders out of Guantanamo Bay, White House aides say.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH surprised by Bergdahl  —  The White House has been caught off guard by the negative reaction to the deal that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American prisoner of war in Afghanistan.  —  It has been particularly surprised by criticism of Bergdahl, who is accused of walking away …
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Bergdahl, Kerry and the left's view of the military.  —  “If I've lost Neuman, I've lost Middle America.”  That's how we imagine President Obama reacting to being scathed by MAD magazine.  The Usual Gang of Idiots tweeted a parody poster yesterday for “Barack Obama's Unfortunate New Movie,” titled “Trading Private Bergdahl.”
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?
Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Gitmo Fail  —  Obama promised to close Guantánamo.  Why is he releasing dangerous detainees and ignoring the rest?  —  I believed Barack Obama when he promised to close Guantánamo.  It sounds so naïve.  But in the days after his first inauguration …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Outraged by Bergdahl case, fellow soldiers break secrecy pledge to tell story  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA BOWE BERGDAHL  —  One of the most striking elements of the Bowe Bergdahl affair is word that top Army officers were so anxious to keep the matter a secret …
Yahoo! News:
McChrystal on Bergdahl: 'We don't leave Americans behind. That's unequivocal'
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Report: White House Aides Accusing Bergdahl's Unit Comrades Of ‘Swift Boating’ Him
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham warns of Republican impeachment push over Gitmo
The Clarion-Ledger:
McDaniel rep, others locked in courthouse  —  An official investigation has been opened into three people who were found locked in the Hinds County Courthouse hours after it was closed by election officials Tuesday after returns had been counted in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.  —  CONNECT
Tea Party Regains Steam With Cochran U.S. Senate Runoff
Discussion: Bloomberg View
John Feehery / Wall Street Journal:
Obama the Velcro President  —  They said that Ronald Reagan was the Teflon President.  Nothing, not even Iran-Contra, could stick to him.  —  Barack Obama is the Velcro President.  Everything is sticking to him.  —  He probably thought he could get some major political mileage …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Three in Four in U.S. Still See the Bible as Word of God  —  But 21%, near the 40-year high, consider it fables and history  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Twenty-eight percent of Americans believe the Bible is the actual word of God and that it should be taken literally.
Eric Liu / The Atlantic Online:
The Message of D-Day  —  Twenty years ago, as a speechwriter for President Clinton, I traveled to Normandy for the 50th anniversary of D-Day.  This week I'm returning for the first time, with my fellow former speechwriter Jeremy Rosner and our spouses, to be present for the 70th-anniversary commemoration.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Senate Democrats go back to student loans in populist push  —  Senate Democrats are preparing a populist push next week, when they bring up legislation that would enable borrowers to refinance their student loans.  —  The bill would help the pocketbooks of those Americans struggling …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Poll: Obama administration less competent than Bush's or Clinton's, more Americans say  —  A majority of voters say the Obama administration is less competent than Bill Clinton's and a plurality say it is less competent than George W. Bush's according to a new Fox News poll released Wednesday.
Discussion: Fox News, Hot Air and Power Line
Matt Stoller / VICE:
The VICE Reader: The Con-Artist Wing of the Democratic Party  —  Former US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner (left) yucking it up at a meeting of global elites in 2009.  Photo via Flickr user IMF  —  The most consequential event of this young century has been the financial crisis.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and
Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
Don Zimmer, Who Spent 60 Eventful Years in Baseball, Dies at 83  —  Don Zimmer, the stubby, Popeye-muscled baseball lifer with the unforgettable jowls whose passion for the game endured through more than 60 years as a player, manager, coach and adviser, died on Wednesday in Dunedin, Fla. He was 83.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and NPR
Susan Davis / Associated Press:
2014 Senate landscape tilts in GOP's favor  —  WASHINGTON — Contests are set in nearly half the states for November's elections, and with few contested primary elections remaining on the calendar, Republicans are enjoying clear advantages in their quest for a Senate takeover.
Discussion: Capitol Report
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Hillary to New York Times: Back Off  —  Some of Hillary Clinton's closest aides blasted the New York Times for what they said was unfair coverage of the former first lady during a recent secret meeting with the paper's Washington bureau, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
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 …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Republican Case Against Republican Economics  —  After the 2012 presidential election, key Republicans began to criticize their party's opposition to immigration reform and gay rights.  But now party reformers are questioning something much more central: free-market orthodoxy.
Discussion: National Review and AEIdeas
Ana Campoy / Wall Street Journal:
School District's Use of Worker Visa Program Draws Scrutiny  —  Texas District Allegedly Exploited H-1B Program in Recruiting Teachers From Overseas.  —  GARLAND, Texas—As this city outside Dallas turned heavily Hispanic over the past decade, its school district hired foreign teachers …
Discussion: Fox News
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