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Amid Bergdahl furor, lawmakers face political temptations and risks
Amid Bergdahl furor, lawmakers face political temptations and risks

Almost as soon as hearty congratulations were issued by lawmakers last week over Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release from captivity in Afghanistan, some were just as swiftly withdrawn. "A grateful America thanks you for your service," Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) initially tweeted. But later, Cochran, in a primary runoff this month against a tea party challenger who has questioned his conservative credentials, deleted the message and sent out a revised statement, calling the exchange a "grave error that has serious national security implications." As the Obama administration's swap of Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees faces a growing backlash in Congress, the...

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