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Congress has had concerns about
Bowe Bergdahl swap for years

CBS News, by Nancy Cordes

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/4/2014 4:35:59 AM

House Republican aides say congressional leaders from both parties expressed deep misgivings about a proposed prisoner exchange when they were briefed on the idea in 2011 and 2012. The prisoner swap was first proposed to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, along with the top Democrats and Republicans of relevant Senate and House committees, on November 30, 2011. In the briefing, officials from the State Department, the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, and the CIA, laid out the outlines of an arrangement they said had been working on since early 2011: to exchange five Taliban members being held at

      


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Congress has had concerns about
Bowe Bergdahl swap for years
CBS News, by Nancy Cordes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/4/2014 4:35:59 AM     Post Reply
House Republican aides say congressional leaders from both parties expressed deep misgivings about a proposed prisoner exchange when they were briefed on the idea in 2011 and 2012. The prisoner swap was first proposed to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, along with the top Democrats and Republicans of relevant Senate and House committees, on November 30, 2011. In the briefing, officials from the State Department, the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, and the CIA, laid out the outlines of an arrangement they said had been working on since early 2011: to exchange five Taliban members being held at

   

 

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On Monday, King Juan Carlos, 76, of Spain announced that he will soon abdicate the throne, passing the crown to his son Crown Prince Felipe, who is 46. Explaining his decision to his Spanish subjects, Juan Carlos noted that his son will help "open a new era of hope which combines the experience and momentum of a new generation." Last year, Queen Beatrix, 75, of the Netherlands, abdicated the throne, also passing the crown to her eldest son. Explaining her decision to her Dutch subjects, she said, "It was not because the office was too heavy for me, but because the

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Associated Press, by John Milburn    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/4/2014 4:26:56 AM     Post Reply
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists that caused a furor at a Veterans Affairs health care campus in Arizona existed at several facilities in the Midwest, but in much smaller numbers, VA officials said in letters to two U.S. senators. The Department of Veterans Affairs maintained 10 such "secret waiting lists" of military veterans in need of care at facilities in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, the letters said. They also said at least 96 veterans waited more than 90 days for treatment at seven facilities in those states, including 26 in St. Louis and

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Even I, a consistent and at times quite a harsh critic of President Obama, have been taken aback by the latest turn of events. To recapitulate: Mr. Obama released five high-value, high-risk terrorists from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who it appears was a deserter–and has been known to be a deserter for a couple of years. People who served with him are calling on the military to court martial Bergdahl. Media reports indicate that at least six Americans died in their efforts to rescue him. In de facto negotiating with the Taliban and acceding to their demands, the

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Pentagon knew Bergdahl’s whereabouts
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So the feds, with all the investigative resources financed by the American taxpayer at their disposal, are out protecting the investing public from . . . Phil Mickelson. The Securities and Exchange Commission and the FBI got some nice headlines out of leaking an investigation into whether the golfing great bought shares of the company Clorox based on inside information. The feds even sent two FBI agents to harass Mickelson at the golf course last week. See? They are cracking down on fat-cat bad guys. Except that this case appears to be going nowhere past those headlines, based on what the feds say

   

 

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The Confusing Case of Bowe Bergdahl
ABC News, by Matthew Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/3/2014 4:53:43 AM     Post Reply
I am very confused by the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap deal just brokered by the White House. Let me see if I can get this straight with what I know: We send soldiers into battle (my oldest son served in the Army for five years and was deployed in Iraq for more than a year) to risk and give their lives to hunt terrorists, and we proclaim that is justified and it is our duty as a country. And then we free five known combatants or terrorists, who we would have soldiers risk their lives to capture or kill, in order



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