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10:45 AM ET, June 5, 2014


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Michael B. Mukasey / Washington Post:
The ghastly transaction that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl  —  (Uncredited/AP) - In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, A Taliban fighter speaks to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in eastern Afghanistan.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
Taliban Commander: More Kidnappings to Come After Bergdahl Deal  —  A Taliban commander close to the negotiations over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told TIME Thursday that the deal made to secure Bergdahl's release has made it more appealing for fighters to capture American soldiers and other high-value targets.
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.
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
Fox News:
Government considers freeing another Guantanamo inmate, on heels of Bergdahl swap
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
Ricardo Baca / The Cannabist:
Inside look at what NYT's Dowd was told about edibles  —  When Pulitzer-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd came to Denver in January 2014 to report on the newly legal recreational marijuana sales that had just begun throughout Colorado — the same trip where she overdosed …
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Brian Schweitzer Isn't Holding Much Back as 2016 Approaches  —  Would he be a better president than Hillary Clinton?  He thinks so  —  To get rid of the trash, former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer either has to drive it away in a pickup from his remote lake house or burn it in a rusty oil barrel.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Evan Gahr / The Daily Beast:
Really, Dr. Carson?  Obamacare Is Worse Than 9/11?  —  The Republican presidential hopeful thinks that Obamacare has caused Americans more pain than jetliners crashing into the World Trade Center and two costly wars.  —  Dr. Ben Carson, the Republican right's favorite African-American neurosurgeon …
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 …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
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.
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.
Stephanie Simon / Politico:
Big Brother: Meet the Parents  —  This story is part of a POLITICO series examining the unchecked expansion of private-sector data collection and the implications for consumer privacy.  —  You've heard of Big Oil and Big Tobacco.  Now get ready for Big Parent.
Discussion: Eduwonk
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.
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
Houghtonmodern / Houghton Library Blog:
Caveat Lecter  —  Good news for fans of anthropodermic bibliopegy, bibliomaniacs and cannibals alike: tests have revealed that Houghton Library's copy of Arsène Houssaye's Des destinées de l'ame (FC8.H8177.879dc) is without a doubt bound in human skin.
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 …
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
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David Taffet / Dallas Voice:
Texas Republican platform committee removed worst of anti-gay language
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Joe. My. God.
Texas Faces Steep Cut Kentucky Avoids in Climate Plan
Discussion: Fox News
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
Susan Davis / Associated Press:
2014 Senate landscape tilts in GOP's favor
Discussion: Capitol Report
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Reject Call to Halt Gay Marriages in Oregon
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and SCOTUSblog
Tom Brewster / Guardian:
Life sentences for serious cyberattacks are proposed in Queen's speech
Discussion: PandoDaily, Mashable and The Verge
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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
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
Cyberbullying Law Challenged in Court
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Republican Case Against Republican Economics
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Wilson High principal comes out as gay at school's Pride Day