WH overrode objections to Bergdahl release . . . Time
Obama’s move was an ultimate victory for those at the White House and the State Department who had previously argued the military should “suck it up and salute.”
GOP had raised concerns about swap . . . Fox News
Top congressional leaders were briefed more than two years ago about the possible exchange of five Guantanamo prisoners for Bergdahl but raised “serious” concerns from the outset about the risks of such a trade.
Qatar allowing Taliban to move freely . . . Reuters
Qatar has moved five Afghan Taliban prisoners freed in exchange for a U.S. soldier to a residential compound and will let them move freely in the country.
Bergdahl swap move to close Gitmo? . . . Examiner
Some Republicans believe the prisoner swap involving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is a move by the Obama administration to begin emptying the Guantanamo Bay detention camp he promised to close five years ago.
GOP wants Taliban Five info declassified . . . Politico
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said that he’s sending President Barack Obama a letter on Tuesday afternoon “to demand that he declassify each of the classified files on these five individuals.”
WH apologizing for not notifying Congress . . . Newsmax
The White House is apologizing to some members of Congress for not giving advance notice of the release of Bergdahl.
Dempsey: Bergdahl may face charges . . . Associated Press
The Army might still pursue an investigation, and those results could conceivably lead to desertion or other charges, Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey said.
More states report premium hikes . . . Daily Caller
Vermont, Connecticut and Arizona Obamacare customers will almost universally be paying higher premiums in 2015, contrary to one of the central promises of the health-care law — lower health care costs.
Obama – legacy or 2014 victory? . . . The Hill
While Obama has been fundraising for his party at a steady clip, some Democrats fear the president is more concerned about the history books than in helping his party in 2014.
Iran-Russia deal could bust sanctions . . . National Journal
A senior U.S. lawmaker wants the Obama administration to explain how it would respond if Iran and Russia finalize a “sanctions-busting” oil deal.
Obama Syria policy under fire from envoy . . . Reuters
Obama’s former ambassador to Damascus harshly criticized the White House Syria policy on Tuesday, saying Washington should have done more earlier to arm moderate rebel factions.
Obama offers troops; Poland wants a base . . . CNS News
Obama in Warsaw on Tuesday announced a proposed $1 billion fund to increase U.S. troop rotations in eastern Europe, but what his hosts were really hoping to hear were plans for a permanent NATO base in Poland.
Michelle locks horns with lunch ladies . . . Politico
First lady Michelle Obama and school lunch ladies used to be on the same team, but now they’re locked in a political war against each other.
Hillary kind of starts campaigning . . . The Hill
Clinton’s national book tour will thrust her firmly into the public spotlight, taking her from coast to coast for book signings and media interviews that could set the stage for a presidential run in 2016.
Reagan letter, check up for sale . . . Fox News
In 1986, an 11-year-old girl named Lisa wanted to help the homeless, so she reached out to the free world’s most powerful man, asking that he sponsor her in a charity event.