Low Popahirum, National Edition (6-3-14)

“President Obama’s claim Tuesday that the U.S. would “be keeping eyes” on five hardened Taliban leaders traded for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom was immediately challenged by a Middle East official quoted as saying they’d actually be allowed to move freely — and even “go back to Afghanistan if they want to.” – Fox News

“Lawmakers and veterans groups applauded Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation on Friday, but emphasized it was only the first step in fixing the agency’s widespread issues.” – The Hill

“The Democratic-led Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs failed to hold sufficient oversight hearings into problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs despite Republican demands dating back more than a year to do so.” – The Daily Caller

“This cycle, no candidate has navigated the GOP “civil war” better than Joni Ernst. Ernst received the endorsement of Sarah Palin and hit the campaign trail with Mitt Romney. Senate Conservatives Fund backed her, and so did the Chamber of Commerce.” – Breitbart News Network

“Top Republican officials, eying control of the Senate, were growing more confident heading into Tuesday’s primaries that their candidate in the Iowa Senate race could capture the nomination.” – New York Times

“The freewheeling conversations that make Obama a cherished dinner companion for athletes and celebrities don’t always apply to his fellow Democrats. Donors who have encountered Obama at recent fundraisers say he’s been quick to steer conversations away from policy and toward sports, particularly the NBA playoffs, which he follows obsessively.” – POLITICO

“A popular theory about elections today goes like this: Democrats can’t win midterm elections because Democrats don’t vote in midterm elections.  Certainly Barack Obama seems to buy this theory.  But how much is lower turnout a factor in the challenges facing Democrats?  Maybe less than you think.” – Washington Post

“The Memphis VA Medical Center handed out $1,005,644 in bonuses for its approximately 2,000 employees in fiscal year 2010, according to data provided to The Daily Caller by Sandra Glover, the communications officer for Veteran Integrated Services Network (VISN) 9, which includes the Memphis VA Medical Center. Glover told TheDC that cost factored into the decision to close the therapeutic aquatic pool in July 2011.” – The Daily Caller

“‘This young man, whatever the circumstances, was an American citizen — is an American citizen — was serving in our military,’ Clinton said at an event she headlined in a Denver suburb, according to the Associated Press. ‘The idea that you really care for your own citizens and particularly those in uniform, I think is a very noble one.'” – The Hill

“It is fitting that on the day before President Obama was to give his grand West Point address defending the wisdom and prudence of his foreign policy, his government should be urging Americans to evacuate Libya.” – Charles Krauthammer/Washington Post

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