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2:30 PM ET, June 3, 2014


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New York Times:
Bowe Bergdahl's Vanishing Before Capture Angered His Unit  —  WASHINGTON — Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life.
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
The curious case of Bob Bergdahl's apparent tweet to the Taliban  —  Since Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2009, his father had become an expert on Guantanamo Bay's detainees.  It was out of necessity, because the Taliban demanded that the United States free prisoners …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Republican Strategist Helped Organize Bergdahl Critics  —  Former Bush administration and Romney campaign official Richard Grenell helped connect the media and soldiers who served with Bergdahl.  —  Bowe Bergdahl  —  The Associated Press  —  WASHINGTON — A former Bush Administration official hired …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
How Obama Convinced His Spies to Support the Taliban Prisoner Release  —  The Pentagon and the nation's top intelligence official opposed releasing the Gitmo Five in 2012.  This time around the White House got the answer it wanted when the Taliban was ready to deal.
General Martin E. Dempsey / Facebook:
In response to those of you interested in my personal judgments about the recovery of SGT Bowe Bergdahl, the questions about this particular soldier's conduct are separate from our effort to recover ANY U.S. service member in enemy captivity.  This was likely the last, best opportunity to free him.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton defends Bowe Bergdahl exchange  —  Hillary Clinton defended President Obama's move to free a long-held U.S. prisoner of war from Afghanistan in exchange for five men being held at Guantanamo Bay in a speech on the outskirts of Denver on Monday night.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
WH apologizes to Senate intel chief for prisoner swap secret  —  The White House has apologized to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for failing to alert her in advance of a decision to release Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay.
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Todd C. Frankel / Washington Post:
For father of released POW, growing a beard and studying captors defined the years  —  Robert Bergdahl's bushy blond beard was hard to ignore.  The fists of facial hair gave a cleric's appearance to the former UPS driver from Idaho as he and his wife, Jani, joined President Obama at the White House …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Obama: We Consulted Congress About Possibility Of Prisoner Swap
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Banter and Hot Air
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Dempsey: Won't ignore misconduct
Discussion: Fox News Insider and RT
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Obama's National Security Team Mounts Defense Of Bergdahl Rescue
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama: Congress consulted on prisoner exchange
Washington Post:
Was price to win release of an American soldier from Taliban captivity too high?
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans have a mandate for their Benghazi probe  —  Democrats in recent weeks weighed whether to abstain from involvement in House Republicans' new Benghazi investigative committee, labeling it an unnecessary probe into questions that have already been answered.  —  The American people disagree.
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mandate By Poll  —  In reporting on a finding in the latest …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Book: Obama told donors he might be in ‘strong position’ to amend Constitution  —  President Obama told Democratic donors he might be “in a very strong position” to demand a Constitutional amendment on campaign finance reform during his second term, according to a new book.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Byron Tau / Politico:   Leaders spar over political money
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
Bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers  —  In a town in western Ireland, where castle ruins pepper green landscapes, there's a six-foot stone wall that once surrounded a place called the Home.  Between 1925 and 1961, thousands of …
Discussion: and The Dish
The Political Polarization of Physicians in the United States  —  An Analysis of Campaign Contributions to Federal Elections, 1991 Through 2012  —  ONLINE FIRST  —  Adam Bonica, PhD1; Howard Rosenthal, PhD2; David J. Rothman, PhD3  —  JAMA Intern Med.  —  Figures  —  Tables  —  References
Washington Post:
June 2014 Washington Post-ABC News poll  —  Obama, Afghanistan withdrawal, VA and Benghazi Post-ABC poll: EPA rules on greenhouse gases Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling The economy?
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Hillary Clinton's Senate years curiously missing from her memoirs  —  BOOKS SENATE HILLARY CLINTON 2016 ELECTIONS IRAQ WAR SECRETARY OF STATE  —  Next week Hillary Clinton will release “Hard Choices,” a memoir of her years as secretary of state.  The book is Clinton's first since Living History …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Stephen Sestanovich / Wall Street Journal:   What We Can't Know Now About Hillary Clinton's Legacy at State
Sharyl Attkisson / The Daily Signal:
Full Disclosure: Did Government's Experiment on Preemies Hide Risks?  —  Just 24 weeks into her pregnancy, Sharrissa Cook gave birth to a critically ill baby boy.  Dreshan weighed in at a fragile 1 pound, 11 ounces.  He lay motionless in the incubator, connected to tubes and monitors …
Neil Midgley / Forbes:
BBC News Division To Cut 500 Jobs  —  I can exclusively report today that the BBC News is preparing to announce 500 more job losses, as part of its ongoing cost-cutting programme, and that industrial action could well follow.  Including new cuts to BBC Radio, the corporation is facing a total of between 550 and 600 redundancies.
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