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A sign announcing the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a window on June 1, 2014 in Hailey, Idaho.

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A sign announcing the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a window on June 1, 2014 in Hailey, Idaho.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 1,796

That’s how many days passed between Bowe Bergdahl’s capture by the Taliban and his release to U.S. forces in Eastern Afghanistan. Bergdahl, an Army sergeant held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009, was released May 31 as part of...

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President Barack Obama was joined by the parents of Bowe Bergdahl at the White House, May 31, 2014 / AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster

President Barack Obama was joined by the parents of Bowe Bergdahl at the White House, May 31, 2014 / AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster

Obama’s Gitmo Swap: Five Released for One Freed American

President Barack Obama has been trying to close the U.S. detention center for accused enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since his first days in office — almost as long as one American soldier was held hostage in Afghanistan. Today,...

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John Legend performs during YouTube On Stage Live from the Kennedy Center at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on May 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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John Legend performs during YouTube On Stage Live from the Kennedy Center at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on May 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.

YouTube and Human Rights: Molinari

YouTube marks its ninth year this week, and Grammy favorite John Legend helped the video-sharing site celebrate in style with a free concert at the Kennedy Center. Two thousand fans, mostly in hoodies and sneakers, huddled into the opera house...

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Ethel Kennedy attends the 30th Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awards Ceremony, in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Nov 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Ethel Kennedy attends the 30th Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awards Ceremony, in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Nov 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Kennedys Assemble at Anacostia

A bridge in Anacostia is now named for Ethel Kennedy, widow of RFK. Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, and a cadre of Kennedy kids, including Ethel’s grandson, Rep. Joe Kennedy, Jr., Massachusetts Democrat, were among those...

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Attendees listen as Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, speaks during a virtual conversation at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin on March 10, 2014.

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Attendees listen as Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, speaks during a virtual conversation at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin on March 10, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 303

The House yesterday, with a 303-121 vote, passed a bill that would restrict some National Security Agency powers to collect data in bulk. The bill, H.R. 3361, “would end one of the most controversial domestic spy programs under which the...

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Marijuana in Denver.

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Marijuana in Denver.

FBI’s Comey: Recruits Smoking Weed on Way to Interviews a Joke

At a congressional hearing today, FBI Director James Comey was asked about his comments earlier this week that the bureau may have to reassess recent marijuana use as a disqualifier for job applicants. Comney said he was trying to be “serious...

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Vice President Joe Biden, center, and co-chairs Nancy Taylor Bubes, left, and Kathleen Biden, the vice president's daughter-in-law.

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Vice President Joe Biden, center, and co-chairs Nancy Taylor Bubes, left, and Kathleen Biden, the vice president's daughter-in-law.

Biden: ‘Cardinal Sin’ of Abuse

Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise appearance last night at a domestic violence fundraiser. How did the organizers get him there? Well, it helps when one of them is the Veep’s daughter-in-law. “I’m always really careful about his schedule,...

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