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7:50 AM ET, June 9, 2014


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Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Defends High-Dollar Speaking Fees … Hillary Clinton defended the millions of dollars she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have earned giving paid speeches since leaving public office in an exclusive interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer ahead of Tuesday's release of her new memoir, “Hard Choices.”
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's book tour: What to look for  —  The first phase of Hillary Clinton's book bonanza — the chase to find out what's in it — is over.  Now comes the stagecraft.  —  Clinton begins a frenetic, weeks-long round of interviews and public appearances to promote her State Department memoir …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
The Hill:
Obama, Clinton start '16 dance  —  President Obama and Hillary Clinton have begun a delicate dance to 2016.  —  As the former Secretary of State edges toward a presidential run, she is putting some daylight between herself and the man she would succeed, on issues ranging from the release of Bowe Bergdahl to the civil war in Syria.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Chris Good / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Reveals 2016 Timetable, Won't Say Whether She'll Testify On Benghazi
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Your Introduction to a Full Week of Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Hot Air
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Clinton's book sets foundation for 2016 run
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
As Bowe Bergdahl Heals, Details Emerge of His Captivity  —  WASHINGTON — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told medical officials that his captors locked him in a metal cage in total darkness for weeks at a time as punishment for trying to escape, and while military doctors say he now is physically able …
New York Times:
Bergdahl Was in Unit Known for Its Troubles  —  The platoon was, an American military official would assert years later, “raggedy.”  —  On their tiny, remote base, in a restive sector of eastern Afghanistan at an increasingly violent time of the war, they were known to wear bandannas and cutoff T-shirts.
New York Times:
Critics of P.O.W. Swap Question the Absence of a Wider Agreement  —  WASHINGTON — When the heads of the two major intelligence committees criticized the Obama administration on Sunday for swapping Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five members of the Taliban, they homed in on one part of the deal …
Wall Street Journal:
Bergdahl Has Declined to Speak to Family
Discussion: Blazing Cat Fur and Mediaite
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Va. lawmaker to resign, paving way for jobs for self, daughter, according to associates  —  RICHMOND — Republicans appear to have outmaneuvered Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a state budget standoff by persuading a Democratic senator to resign his seat, at least temporarily giving the GOP control …
Michael Quine / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Shooters in Metro ambush that left five dead spoke of white supremacy and a desire to kill police  —  Two Metro officers shot in northeast Las Vegas identified Two Las Vegas police officers were killed Sunday in an apparent ambush attack in a pizza restaurant that spilled over to a nearby Walmart store …
Natalie Cullen / 8 News NOW:
Dead police officers identified  —  LAS VEGAS — The two Metro Police officers killed while they ate lunch Sunday have been identified as Officers Alyn Beck, 42, and Igor Soldo, 32, Metro Police said.  —  The two were shot at a pizza restaurant Sunday near Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Obama on Obama on Climate  —  WHEN it comes to dealing with the world's climate and energy challenges I have a simple rule: change America, change the world.  —  If America raises its clean energy standards, not only will others follow — others who have hid behind our inaction …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Mother Courage  —  Miss Pennsylvania USA's remarkable mother  —  Valerie Gatto does not want to talk about abortion.  That's probably prudent, inasmuch as she very much desires to be the next Miss USA, and contestants in that pageant are expected to have ruthlessly anodyne interests along …
Andrew Griffin / The Independent:
Computer becomes first to pass Turing Test in artificial intelligence milestone, but academics warn of dangerous future  —  Eugene Goostman, a computer programme pretending to be a young Ukrainian boy, successfully duped enough humans to pass the iconic test
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
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NY Daily News:
The incredible shrinking President
Discussion: Instapundit
Doug Saunders / Globe and Mail:
Vladimir Putin's fifth column in the West
Discussion: American Thinker
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Obama to free Gitmo terrorist ‘because he took up yoga’
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
Kerry: ‘Offensive’ to leave an American behind
Discussion: CNN
Sisi sworn in as Egypt's president, cool reception from West
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Dear Millennials, We're Sorry
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Starting Out Behind  —  Today's young people, ages 18 to 24 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution
Discussion: The Verge