Obama advisors repeatedly opposed deal . . . Newsmax
President Obama was repeatedly advised by several of the nation’s top military and intelligence officials not to engage in the prisoner swap to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Taliban deal outlined . . . Washington Post
The five extra-bad guys can run around Qatar but supposedly can’t do bad things. And it only lasts a year.
Taliban: Let’s grab some hostages! . . . Time
A Taliban commander close to the negotiations over the release of Bergdahl said the deal has made it more appealing for fighters to capture American soldiers and other high-value targets.
Bergdahl declared Jihad in captivity . . . Fox News
Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “mujahid,” or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents.
WH wanted some positive news . . . Examiner
The driving force behind Obama’s surprising decision to trade five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Bergdahl was his eagerness to trumpet positive news following a series of recent setbacks, said Republicans and Democrats alike.
Bergdahl furor adds to Dem angst . . . Politico
For Democratic candidates in the most competitive races, the Bergdahl case has been yet another reason to put a healthy distance between themselves and Obama.
Obama aide apologizes for “psychopath” tweet . . . Fox News
An Obama administration official apologized Thursday after suggesting on Twitter that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon might have been filled with “psychopaths”
Snowden may have taken less than thought . . . Washington Post
Intel chief Clapper says that the impact, while still “profound,” may be less than feared. An official also said a plea negotiation is possible.
Ex-NSA Director: An attack going to come . . . National Journal
Says NSA needs to do better PR to stop it from losing capabilities because, “I do think an attack is going to come and hit us or Europe.”
ER visits mount due to Obamacare . . . Newsmax
As the ACA and the accompanying expansion of Medicaid are implemented, they’ve corresponded with an increase in people seeking urgent hospital care.
White House changing Healthcare.gov . . . Fox News
The Obama administration is in the process of revamping the troubled HealthCare.gov website, and scrapping large parts of the federal health-insurance marketplace
Senators reach bipartisan deal on VA . . . Reuters
Bill is aimed at ensuring immediate care for military veterans while giving the Obama administration greater authority to fire employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Obama on D-Day: It’s about freedom . . . Associated Press
“Our commitment to liberty, our claim to equality, our claim to freedom and to the inherent dignity of every human being — that claim is written in the blood on these beaches, and it will endure for eternity,” Obama said.
Rahm Emanuel: DC hero, Chicago goat . . . Politico
The comedown for the Illinois native, who terrified staffers and donors over more than a decade in Washington, has been striking.