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8:55 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.
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.”
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 …
Yahoo! News:
McChrystal on Bergdahl: 'We don't leave Americans behind.  That's unequivocal'  —  Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Wednesday urged Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's critics not to “judge” him until all the facts are in and sharply defended the extensive and risky search efforts that claimed the lives of some of his fellow soldiers.
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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
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
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?
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.
Leslie Larson / NY Daily News:
Footage of Obama's Warsaw workout prompts security questions
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Reject Call to Halt Gay Marriages in Oregon  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request to halt same-sex marriages in Oregon.  The court's one-line order gave no reasons for declining to issue a stay.  —  Many gay and lesbian couples have gotten married …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Denies Attempt To Stop Oregon Same-Sex Marriages
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
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.
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
Cyberbullying Law Challenged in Court  —  New York Jurists to Decide if Criminal Statute Violates Freedom of Speech; Other States and Localities Await Precedent  —  New York's high court on Thursday will consider one of the first legal challenges to state and local laws that make it a crime …
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
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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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Poll: Obama administration less competent than Bush's or Clinton's, more Americans say
Discussion: Fox News, Hot Air and Power Line
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Hillary to New York Times: Back Off
Discussion: NewsBusters and ABC News
Tom Brewster / Guardian:
Life sentences for serious cyberattacks are proposed in Queen's speech
Discussion: The Verge
New York Times:
T-Mobile and Sprint Zeroing In on a $32 Billion Merger
Discussion: and The Hill
Detroit's Fox 2:
Gruesome road trip: Clinton Township man drives cross-country with a dead woman in passenger seat
Discussion: Washington Post and The Raw Story
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
Corey Mead / The Atlantic Online:
The Radical Practicality of Reparations
Discussion: The Great Debate
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Idaho hometown of newly freed soldier cancels planned celebration
Paul Krugman / American Prospect:
The Rich, the Right, and the Facts: Deconstructing the Inequality Debate