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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

Vietnam POW 'A Bit Concerned' about Message Bergdahl Exchange Sends

On "CBS This Morning" on Monday, former Vietnam prisoner of war Ret. U.S. Air Force Col. Lee Ellis expressed his concern about the way the Obama administration handled the negotiation for the release of Afghanistan POW U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, which was for the exchange of five Taliban militants.

"What is the message it sends around the world?" Ellis said. "I’m certainly happy that Bowe is home but I’m also a little bit concerned because actions send messages around the world. We’ll have to wait and see how it plays out. But right now I’m a little bit concerned about it."

(h/t Washington Free Beacon)

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Jun 2, 2014 6:41 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

House Intel Chair Mike Rogers: Obama 'Violated the Law' with Bergdahl Deal

On Sunday’s “State of the Union” on CNN, House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) explained to moderator Candy Crowley why the Obama administration’s deal to secure American prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl’s release for five Guantanamo detainees was a bad deal and broke law. Jun 1, 2014 9:02 AM PT

Watch: Obama Statement on Release of POW Bowe Bergdahl

On Saturday afternoon from the Rose Garden at the White House, President Barack Obama spoke about the release of prisoner of war Bowe Bergahl with Bergahl's parents by his side.

"This morning, I called Bob and Jani Bergdahl and told them that after nearly five years in captivity, their son Bowe is coming home," Obama said. "While Bowe was gone, he was never forgotten."

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May 31, 2014 5:20 PM PT

David Brooks Calls on Obama to Give 'JFK at Berlin'-esque Speech in Kiev

On Friday's "NewsHour" on PBS, New York Times columnist David Brooks called on President Barack Obama to make a grand gesture to reinforce his foreign policy regarding Ukraine and Russia. According to Brooks, Obama should give a speech in Kiev much like former President John F. Kennedy's 1963 speech in West Berlin, which was regarded as a statement of western resolve against the expansion of Soviet-style communism.

"George H.W. Bush, we had a seizure of a big country seizing a small country under George H.W. Bush, Iraq seizing Ukraine — Kuwait," Brooks said. "And we did something. Now, we had another case of Russia seizing Crimea. Now, nobody thinks we should put troops on the ground, but, nonetheless, some assertive way to control Putin’s ambitions, I think, is called for, something more assertive."

"And the one thing I endorse and a couple of people have proposed, that the president goes to Kiev, in the way to JFK went to Berlin, just to make a statement," he added. "You don’t have to put boots on the ground. You’re making a statement, we stand with these people. And that’s the kind of assertive use of U.S. power, U.S. prestige and most importantly U.S. values that I would like to see the president do a little more of."

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May 31, 2014 12:41 PM PT

Ron Johnson: Hillary Felt Culpable for Benghazi, But Not Taking Responsibility

On Friday’s “The Kelly File,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), the legislator that evoked the “What difference does it make?” response from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relation Committee, explained to host Megyn Kelly how interpreted that outburst as excerpts about Benghazi of Clinton’s forthcoming memoir have been released. May 30, 2014 11:45 PM PT

Mike Lee on VA: 'Best Argument Against a Single-Payer System Ever Imaginable'

On Friday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke to fill-in host Andrea Tantaros from the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, LA about his proposal to strengthen the hand of the Veterans Affairs Secretary, which would include the ability to fire employees, as means to reform the scandal-plagued VA hospitals. May 30, 2014 11:19 PM PT

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