Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee who spent more than five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, speaks to reporters on June 4, 2014 following a closed-door briefing with intelligence officials about the Obama administration’s decision to swap five members of the Taliban for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. - AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee who spent more than five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, speaks to reporters on June 4, 2014 following a closed-door briefing with intelligence officials about the Obama administration’s decision to swap five members of the Taliban for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Senators still have questions after a White House briefing on the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. GOP Senate candidates in Mississippi’s primary head for a runoff. And a look at the unemployment picture for May.

Guests

Jerry Seib

Washington bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal.

Jeanne Cummings

deputy government editor, Bloomberg News.

Olivier Knox

chief Washington correspondent, Yahoo! News.

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One of the questions surrounding the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive in Afghanistan for the five years, is what effects the exchange will have on the country's security, as well as its politics.

How do you balance the life of one American against the lives of five members of the Taliban, one caller asked on The Diane Rehm Show's Friday news roundup.

Jeanne Cummings, the deputy government editor of Bloomberg news, said the move was part of what President Barack Obama called a commitment to bringing American soldiers home, a sentiment supported by many across the country.

But some critics have said the way the release was handled, with a celebration in the Rose Garden, was inappropriate given the information that is still unknown about the conditions in which Bergdahl disappeared. The exchange could also encourage more abductions, other critics have said.

Watch our panel discuss public sentiment around the issue, along with the politics and policy at play.

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