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9:30 AM ET, June 5, 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?
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
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 …
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 …
Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Gitmo Fail  —  Obama promised to close Guantánamo.
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Reject Call to Halt Gay Marriages in Oregon
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
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: Mashable and The Verge
New York Times:
T-Mobile and Sprint Zeroing In on a $32 Billion Merger
Discussion: and The Hill
Ana Campoy / Wall Street Journal:
School District's Use of Worker Visa Program Draws Scrutiny
Discussion: Fox News
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Adam Auriemma / Wall Street Journal:
Solved: People Magazine's Hillary Clinton Cover Mystery