Bergdahl’s parents got insider access . . . Washington Times
The Obama administration gave the parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl extraordinary insider access to the military’s hunt for their son by having them take part in a series of secure video conferences with senior commanders as well as White House and State Department officials.
Rogers: We’re going to pay for this . . . ABC News
House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers said he is “absolutely convinced” that the five Taliban members transferred from Guantanamo will return to the battlefield against the United States.
McCain: Mullah Omar got his Cabinet back . . . Newsmax
“What we’re doing here is reconstitution of the Taliban government,” McCain said
Money for Bergdahl? . . . Free Beacon
A senior intelligence official with intimate knowledge of the years-long effort to locate and rescue Bergdahl speculated that a cash ransom was paid to the Haqqani Network to get the group to free the prisoner.
More Gitmo prisoners set to leave . . . Associated Press
Some of the men held here for more than a decade have been drafting plans for work and marriage on the outside or studying languages, preparing for a not-too-distant future
Feinstein questions Bergdahl health claims . . . Fox News
“I think his rapid recovery now may indicate he wasn’t close to death,” she said.
Feinstein: Obama should be “proud” . . . Examiner
The Senate Intelligence Committee‘s chairwoman defended the president’s decision to announce Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl‘s release in the Rose Garden.
Obama to take executive action on student debt . . . Bloomberg
Will direct the Department of Education to expand the number of people who can take advantage of a law capping payments on federal direct loans to no more than 10 percent of their monthly incomes.
Jindal backs away from Common Core . . . Washington Times
Looking to bolster his national image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential bid, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is hitching his wagon to the growing movement against the nationwide school standards
Obama, Clinton start wweet ’16 dance . . . The Hill
As Hillary edges toward a presidential run, she is putting some daylight between herself and the man she would succeed on issues ranging from the release of Bergdahl to the civil war in Syria.
Hillary: No decision before end of year . . . AFP
“I just want to kind of get through this year, travel around the country, sign books, help in the midterm elections in the fall, and then take a deep breath and kind of go through my pluses and minuses,” she said.
RNC on Hillary book: “Bad Choices” . . . The Hill
A briefing book the Republican National Committee released Monday provides GOP officials with talking points to strike back at Hillary Clinton’s new book.
Obama’s political footballs . . . Examiner
Eleven times the White House used the “political football” defense