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2:15 PM ET, June 6, 2014


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David Brooks / New York Times:
President Obama Was Right  —  Americans don't have a common ancestry.  Therefore, we have to work hard to build national solidarity.  We go in for more overt displays of patriotism than in most other countries: politicians wearing flag lapel pins, everybody singing the national anthem before games …
New York Times:
The Rush to Demonize Sgt. Bergdahl  —  Four months ago, Senator John McCain said he would support the exchange of five hard-core Taliban leaders for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  “I would support,” he told CNN.  “Obviously I'd have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Did John McCain flip-flop on the Bergdahl deal?  —  “Now this idea is for an exchange of prisoners for our American fighting man.  I would be inclined to support such a thing depending on a lot of the details.”  —  “We were never told that there would be an exchange of Sergeant Bergdahl for five Taliban.”
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Susan Rice defends Bergdahl comments, calls his service ‘honorable’  —  Colleville-sur-Mer, FRANCE (CNN) — President Barack Obama's national security adviser said Friday that her full-throated praise of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was appropriate given the former Taliban prisoner's willingness …
Did Sergeant Bergdahl Desert The Army Or Did The Army Desert Him?  —  Vikram J. Singh is Vice President for National Security and International Affairs at the Center for American Progress.  —  The mental health issues of soldiers during our longest period of war are often overlooked.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Unraveling  —  How the Obama administration's story …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Jeff Bell / Wall Street Journal:
43 beats 44, 48% to 42%.  —  This has to hurt: A plurality of respondents in a new Fox News poll “believe the administration of former President George W. Bush was more competent [than] the Obama administration,” the Hill reports.  “Forty-eight percent say the Obama administration is less competent …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Free him, then try him  —  (Uncredited/AP) - In this image taken …
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Bergdahl declared jihad in captivity, secret documents show
The Seattle Times:
Hero's quick thinking likely saved lives at SPU  —  He's described as quiet, gentle, outdoorsy; a young man of deep Christian faith and dedicated student on the cusp of a promising life beyond college.  But by several accounts Thursday, a single word prevailed when describing Seattle Pacific University student Jon Meis: hero.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Obama And Putin Have Totally Awkward D-Day Encounter  —  Things got awkward when President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin found themselves in close quarters Friday.  —  The leaders were attending a luncheon hosted by French President Francois Hollande after the morning's D-Day ceremonies.
Discussion: Mediaite
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama, Putin share ‘informal’ talk
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Memories From Normandy  —  Beginning on June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on a broad stretch of beaches on the coast of Normandy, in German-held France.  Entrenched behind concrete walls and bunkers were more than 50,000 German soldiers.  Seventy years later …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Obama: D-Day veterans' stories should remain ‘seared into memory’
Discussion: Blogcritics, Hit & Run and PoliticusUSA
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Honors Moment of Liberation in Normandy
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Man Killed in Accidental Shooting While Driving  —  A family is grieving after a man, who was only a mile away from his home, accidentally shoots himself while driving Wednesday afternoon.  —  49-year-old James McKenzie died from his injuries.  —  NewsChannel 9 has learned that the victim …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
Schumer Drops by Graduations to Tell Same ‘Loser’ Story  —  New York Senator Often Arrives Unadvertised but Colleges Aren't Complaining; 'It's a Tradition'  —  New York Sen. Chuck Schumer likes to show up unannounced at college commencements in the state, and he often tells this story about the summer after he graduated from Harvard.
George R.R. Martin / Prizeo:
WIN A WOLF SANCTUARY TOUR AND HELICOPTER RIDE WITH  —  SUPPORT WILD SPIRIT AND FOOD DEPOT … 59 DAYS TO GO  —  $173,635  —  GEORGE R.R. MARTIN  —  THE PRIZE  —  It's George R.R. Martin, and I'm here to raise money for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot of Santa Fe.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Dialing It In  —  One evening in March, during a visit to Italy, President Obama asked the U.S. ambassador to round up a bunch of—and I quote—"interesting Italians" for a dinner at the ambassadorial residence.  The history of the property, the Villa Taverna, goes as far back as the tenth century.
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
May Employment Report: 217,000 Jobs, 6.3% Unemployment Rate  —  From the BLS: … Click on graph for larger image.  —  The headline number was at expectations of 213,000 payroll jobs added.  —  The first graph shows the job losses from the start of the employment recession …
70 years later, D-Day vet Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin jumps again  —  Normandy, France (CNN) — Jim “Pee Wee” Martin acted like he'd been here before, like jumping from a plane is as easy as falling off a log.  —  Maybe that's because he had — 70 years ago.  —  “I'm feeling fine,” …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Tea Party Group Flips To Attacking ‘Liberal’ MS Dem Before Runoff  —  The U.S. Senate runoff election between Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) is still weeks away but the pro-McDaniel tea party-aligned Club for Growth is already directing some fire at Democratic nominee Travis Childers.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mushtaq Yusufzai / NBC News:
Freed Taliban Commander Tells Relative He'll Fight Americans Again  —  “Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to Afghanistan and fight American forces there,” a Taliban commander told NBC News.
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Republican senators push Obama to repeal EPA proposal
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Discussion: Hot Air
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Rahm Emanuel: D.C. hero, Chicago goat
Discussion: ABC News
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Climate Domino  —  Maybe it's me, but the predictable right …
New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: It's Not Too Soon to Pay Attention to Senate Polling
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Primary Winner: Poll Averages Prove More Accurate
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
Paul weighing dual run for White House, Senate
Discussion: OnPolitics, CNN and Shakesville