Pentagon declined to rescue “deserter” . . . Washington Times
The Pentagon on several occasions had ground-level intelligence on where Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was being held captive — down to how many gunmen were guarding him — but special operations commanders repeatedly shelved rescue missions because they didn’t want to risk casualties for a man they believed to be a “deserter.”
Team Leader: Soldiers died due to Bergdahl . . . Newsmax
Echoes the charge made by other platoon members that Bergdahl’s action cost the lives of soldiers sent to search for him.
Liberal Toobin: Obama broke the law . . . Daily Caller
Liberal Harvard professor and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Obama “clearly broke the law” by failing to provide Congress 30-days notice before releasing five high-level Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
Clinton defends Bergdahl deal . . . Politico
“This young man, whatever the circumstances, was an American citizen — is an American citizen — was serving in our military,” Clinton said.
Did Hillary Know? . . . The Hill
Republicans want to know if Obama informed Clinton over lunch of the plan to swap Gitmo prisoners for Bergdahl.
Brewer: Obama dumping illegals in Arizona . . . Reuters
Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer urged President Barack Obama to end a policy that saw hundreds of migrants detained in Texas being released at bus stations in Arizona because of overcrowded facilities.
Thousands apply for Obama drug clemency . . . Yahoo News
More than 18,000 prisoners filled out electronic surveys to apply for reduced sentences from Obama in a new program designed to clear federal prisons of nonviolent offenders.
GOP still wants to “repeal and replace” . . . Examiner
The Republican shift away from “repeal and replace” rhetoric on Obamacare may not signal the change in actual policy that some Democrats assume.
USDA creating $2M center for health eating . . . Free Beacon
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is creating a $2 million research center to study how the government can “nudge” Americans toward making healthier eating habits.
Obama seeks $1B for East Europe troops . . . Associated Press
The U.S. seeks to reassure allies that it will rebuff Russian encroachments in the region.
Hillary memoirs skip Senate years . . . Byron York
Clinton was a lackluster, team-player senator.
Warren fails to rule out presidential bid . . . Huffington Post
Asked whether she would be running for president in 2016, Elizabeth Warren framed the coming debate as one of defining values at a critical moment.