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Krauthammer Criticizes 'Arrogance,' 'Ignorance' of Obama; Proposes Susan Rice 'Stay Home'

On Tuesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer maintained the Obama administration was within its constitutional authority to act on the deal for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. But he was critical of the manner in which President Barack Obama handled it, especially with the celebration. Jun 3, 2014 9:16 PM PT

Bob Woodward: Obama Missteps on Bergdahl a Product of 'Isolation'

On Tuesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel, veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward offered his thoughts on why the Obama administration struggles from a management standpoint in certain situations involving U.S. foreign policy. Jun 3, 2014 8:52 PM PT

Inhofe: Bergdahl Swap Part of Obama's 'Obsession to Close Gitmo'

On Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” on Monday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) railed against the Obama administration’s deal with the Taliban last week for the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Inhofe chastised the outcome as one that resulted from negotiating with terrorists and one that was motivated by an obsession to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Jun 3, 2014 6:03 AM PT

Cheney: We Will Pay 'Another Kind of Price' for Bergdahl Swap

On Monday’s “The Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel, former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized the Obama administration’s move to swap five Taliban prisoners for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl just on the merits that it was a bad deal. Jun 3, 2014 5:31 AM PT

Fellow Platoon Members: Bergdahl Should Face Court Martial for Desertion

On Monday’s “The Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel, two of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s fellow platoon members, Cody Full and Gerald Sutton, spoke out against hailing Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five as a prisoner of war, as a hero. They contended Bergdahl was a deserter and should be held accountable. Jun 2, 2014 7:37 PM PT

Ed Schultz Coins New Term for GOP Concern Over POW Swap: 'Berghazi'

MSNBC host Ed Schultz accused Republicans of using a Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release as a political tool in an attempt to make President Barack Obama look bad, "an effort he dubbed “Berghazi.”

Schultz stated that the terrorists released to obtain the freedom of Bergdahl would not be a threat because they would be watched for a year. Schultz also dismissed Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) concerns by saying “there’s nothing American about Ted Cruz.” He then mocked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), stating “John McCain also, well, he had to jump in too, you see, because he's a former POW,” and that McCain’s concerns were “spoken by a man who lost to President Obama in 2008.” He then derisively referred to Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) “the next hot thing on talk radio in America,” and concluded that concern over the swap is “typical Republican fear mongering.”

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Jun 2, 2014 4:02 PM PT

House Armed Services Chair Vows Hearings on Bergdahl-Taliban Deal

On "America's Newsroom" on the Fox News Channel on Monday, House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) reacted to the deal between the United States government and the Taliban that resulted in the release of POW U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay detainees considered to be on high end of the spectrum of terrorist threats.

McKeon explained the Obama administration had not forthcoming with details on the swap and he guaranteed there would be hearing held in the House for those answers.

“More than 72 hours after this deal has been done, we have still have not been told what they’re going to do to ensure that these top five Taliban leaders do not re-enter the fight,” McKeon said . “I mean, they have blood of thousands of Afghans and Americans on their hands, and we’re releasing them to Qatar. That’s all we know. Our information is coming from the media. We’re not hearing from the administration."

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Jun 2, 2014 9:00 AM PT

Matt Lauer Grills Jay Carney over Hostage Swap

On Monday's "Today" on NBC, co-host Matt Lauer took on outgoing White House press secretary Jay Carney over the Obama administration's decision to swap five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl over the the weekend. Among those questions from Lauer included the health of Bergdahl, whether or not this swap puts Americans at risk, if this was negotiating with terrorist and how it may set a dangerous precedent.

Carney declined to offer details on Bergdahl's health, which the administration had said was the motivating factor behind the timing of the swap.

"Well, Matt, as you know, he was held for five years. and in those circumstances, not easy circumstances, his health had been deteriorating," Canrey replied. "I can't get into all the information that we had, but we know that his situation was worsening, and that made it all the more urgent to secure his release. In a situation like this, you have a prisoner of war, a uniformed military person who was detained and held, and it was absolutely the right thing to do because the united states does not leave our men and women behind in armed conflict."

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Jun 2, 2014 7:43 AM PT

Former Obama Counterterrorism Official: Hostage Swap 'Big Win' for Taliban

On Monday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, former Michael Leiter, the former director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) for both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama reacted to last weekend’s hostage swap, which U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was exchanged for five Taliban that were being held at Guantanamo Bay. Jun 2, 2014 7:19 AM PT

HBO's 'Last Week Tonight' Bids Farewell to Jay Carney with 'One Last Pack of Lies'

Sunday's broadcast of HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" paid tribute to a departing White House press secretary Jay Carney with a segment called "After Resigning, Jay Carney Tells One Last Pack of Lies to the White House Press Room." Carney had said on Friday his tenure as press secretary had been an "amazing experience," "fulfilling" and a "privilege." However, "Last Week" played highlights of Carney behind the podium that may suggest otherwise.

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Jun 1, 2014 9:51 PM PT

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