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Bergdahl Was 'Probably' High When He Went Missing—THE EDGE Brought to You by Wells Fargo

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine captured a base near the border with Russia. A 2012 video of a Western couple apparently captured by the Taliban was made public in the wake of the exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Afghan villagers who saw Bergdahl when he left his base say he deliberately went to an area he knew was a Taliban stronghold. Sen. Lindsey Graham threatened to push for impeachment if President Obama releases any more Guantanamo Bay detainees. There's a well-hidden Dunkin' Donuts in the Library of Congress, and there will be no Super Bowl L, just a plain old Super Bowl 50.


UKRAINIAN SEPARATISTS SCORE MAJOR VICTORY: Rebel fighters captured a base near Ukraine's border with Russia after a two-day assault and then quickly moved to take another internal security base. Six militants were killed in the fighting and three Ukrainian servicemen were injured. (Sabrina Tavernise, NYT)


COUPLE CAPTURED IN AFGHANISTAN IN 2012; FAMILY ASKS FOR HELP AFTER BERGDAHL EXCHANGE: A pregnant American woman and her Canadian husband went missing in Afghanistan in 2012, and her family later received a video showing them asking the U.S. government to help free them from the Taliban. The families made the video public after Bergdahl's recovery. (Eric Tucker, AP)

AFGHAN VILLAGERS: BERGDAHL DELIBERATELY HEADED TO TALIBAN STRONGHOLD: "We think he probably was high after smoking hashish," said a local district intelligence director. "Why would an American want to find the Taliban?" (Kevin Sieff, WaPo)

GRAHAM THREATENS IMPEACHMENT IF OBAMA RELEASES MORE GUANTANAMO PRISONERS: "It's going to be impossible for them to flow prisoners out of Gitmo now without a huge backlash," Graham said. "There will be people on our side calling for his impeachment if he did that." (Alexander Bolton, The Hill)

ENVIRONMENTALISTS: KEYSTONE AT RISK OF ATTACKS: A report commissioned by a Tom Steyer-funded organization makes the case that the Keystone XL pipeline would be vulnerable to terrorist attacks, but it leaves out some important context. (Clare Foran, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will participate in G-7 meetings in Brussels and then travel to Paris to meet with French President Francois Hollande. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak at the annual Tribal Consultation Conference in North Dakota. Deputy Attorney General James Cole, National Security Agency Deputy Director Richard Ledgett, FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano, and others will testify at a 2:30 p.m. Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act reforms.


4 SUPREME COURT CASES TO WATCH THIS SUMMER: A sampling of the questions the Court will answer: Is a buffer zone between reproductive-health facilities and protesters a violation of free speech? When can police use information from a suspect's cell phone? And can the government require employers to provide employees with birth control? (Matt Vasilogambros, NJ)

OBAMA PUMPS IRON: The president was photographed while working out in his hotel's gym in Warsaw, Poland. He appeared to be working his glutes, or something like that. The Secret Service said bodyguards were nearby and that the president was safe. (Leon Watson, Daily Mail)

THERE WILL BE NO SUPER BOWL L: It will be called "Super Bowl 50," and the game will switch back to Roman numerals next year. Why? Because "Super Bowl L" looks weird. (Darren Rovell, ESPN)

A SECRET DUNKIN' DONUTS, DEEP WITHIN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: In "the life-crushing, fluorescent, laminated, echoing belly of bureaucracy," there is an oasis of caffeinated happiness. (Benny Johnson, BuzzFeed)

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA IS STILL NOT SECEDING: Tehama County, Calif., passed a ballot initiative to break away from California, but the Jefferson Republic is still not happening. (Reid Wilson, WaPo)


INSIDE A DRONE TRAINING SESSION: Learning how to drop bombs is surprisingly similar to sitting in a classroom. (Corey Mead, The Atlantic)


A CLOSER LOOK AT THE BERGDAHL VIDEO: We don't know much about how the exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went down, but a video released by the Taliban shows him looking gaunt and unsteady. (Mark Thompson, Time)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES: EPA REGS ARE 'OBAMACARE FOR THE AIR': Stephen Colbert has some problems with the Environmental Protection Agency. (Reena Flores, NJ)

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