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Does It Really Matter if Bergdahl Deserted?—THE EDGE Brought to you by Wells Fargo

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell's nomination as secretary of Health and Human Services with Republican support. President Obama says he won't apologize for the prisoner exchange to recover Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and the White House reportedly refused to check with Congress about the exchange because the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if news of the deal became public. General Motors fired 15 people over its ignition-switch problems that led to a major recall. Sens. Bernie Sanders and John McCain made a deal to combine two Veterans Affairs bills into one. The Tea Party Express may have broken campaign laws while working to support a Republican primary challenger to incumbent Thad Cochran. And Norway's tourism industry is booming because of the animated movie Frozen.

 

TOP NEWS

SENATE CONFIRMS BURWELL FOR HHS: Burwell was confirmed on a bipartisan 78-17 vote. Much of her early work will be focused on continuing to put the Affordable Care Act into practice. (Amy Goldstein, WaPo)

OBAMA: 'NO APOLOGIES' FOR BERGDAHL SWAP: "We do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind. We had a prisoner of war whose health had deteriorated.... We saw an opportunity, and we seized it," President Obama said. "And I make no apologies for that." The prisoner exchange has drawn criticism for allegations that Bergdahl seems to have deserted. But does that really matter? More criticism has come from complaints that the White House didn't run the exchange by Congress before proceeding, which reportedly is because the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if the deal was made public. (Marina Koren, NJ)

GM FIRES 15 OVER IGNITION-SWITCH RECALL: GM CEO Mary Barra said the people fired for incompetence or irresponsibility were mostly in senior roles, and that the problem was initially misunderstood to be one of customer satisfaction rather than safety. (James R. Healey, USAT)

 

SANDERS, McCAIN STRIKE DEAL ON VA BILL: Sanders, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee chairman, worked with McCain to merge two separate bills into one that would give the VA secretary more leeway to fire employees and let veterans get treated by non-VA providers. (Martin Matishak, The Hill)

DID THE TEA PARTY EXPRESS JUST ILLEGALLY COORDINATE WITH CHRIS McDANIEL? The group sent out a fundraising email saying, "We just got off the phone with the McDaniel campaign, and they need our help!" But independent expenditure-only groups are not allowed to coordinate with campaigns. The group's executive director says the sentence expresses two completely separate messages and that the phone call didn't have anything to do with raising money. (Shane Goldmacher, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The Labor Department will release jobs numbers for May at 8:30 a.m. President Obama will travel to Normandy, France, and speak at an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Eisenhower; Elliot "Toby" Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin Roosevelt; and others will participate in a commemoration event at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

TOP LINES

THE SEARCH FOR AMERICA'S BEST BURRITO: FiveThirtyEight has created a 64-restaurant bracket and hired a burrito correspondent to track down the best burrito in the country. (Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight)

 

FROZEN FANS ARE BOOSTING NORWAY TOURISM: Hotel bookings are up 37 percent in the first quarter of the year, and officials are crediting the animated film. (Laura Stampler, Time)

THE MORMON STORY BEHIND MARRIOTT'S LGBT CAMPAIGN: Bill Marriott is so Mormon, Mitt Romney was named after his dad. But he's put aside his personal views on same-sex marriage when it comes to the hotel's marketing. (Yitz Jordan, Quartz)

AMERICA'S 10 MOST SPRAWLING CITIES: When it comes to being giant and suburban, there's no place like Atlanta. (Eric Jaffe, CityLab)

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TRAYVON MARTIN WITNESS GAINS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, MENTORS: Rachel Jeantel has attracted several life coaches since her blunt testimony in the Trayvon Martin case. (Krissah Thompson, WaPo)

TOP VIEWS

INTERACTIVE: HOW THE RECESSION RESHAPED THE ECONOMY: There's been major growth in oil and gas, online retail and publishing, and, somewhat oddly, nail salons. (Ashkenas/Parlapiano, NYT)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: John Boehner says the idea that carbon emissions are harmful is "comical." (Reena Flores, NJ)

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Chock full of usable information on today's issues."

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Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

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The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

Great way to keep up with Washington"

Ray, Professor of Economics

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