Taliban Commander: More Kidnappings to Come After Bergdahl Deal

A Taliban commander close to the negotiations over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told TIME Thursday that the deal made to secure Bergdahl’s release has made it more appealing for fighters to capture American soldiers and other high-value targets. “It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people,” the commander said, speaking […]

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GM CEO Pledges ‘New Industry Standard for Safety’

Mary Barra is taking personal responsibility for the problem plaguing GM’s corporate culture, despite an internal report revealing that top management didn’t cover up the defects leading to the auto company’s recalls. It’s hard to overstate how unprecedented GM CEO Mary Barra’s announcement this morning of the findings of U.S. attorney Anton R. Valukas’ investigation of the company’s ignition switch […]

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Obama: ‘No Apologies’ For Bergdahl Deal

“This is not a political football” President Barack Obama on Thursday fiercely defended his decision to trade five senior Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, decrying that critics have turned the issue into “a political football.” “I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents and that the American people […]

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Bowe Bergdahl: Terrorist Hostage or POW?

The freed American soldier was held by an officially designated terror group. But a White House official tells TIME, “We did not negotiate with the Haqqanis.” Of all the questions swirling around the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl case, this may be the most explosive: Did President Barack Obama cut a deal with terrorists? The White House insists the answer is no. […]

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Why the Tea Party Forgives Reagan’s Sins

On the 10th anniversary of his death, a look at the president whose name has become synonymous with ‘conservative’ When David Knittle decided to form a local Tea Party group in 2009, he knew exactly what to call it. Like many conservatives, he describes himself as a Reagan Republican. “Ronald Reagan represents to me all that is great about America,” […]

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White House Overrode Internal Objections to Taliban Prisoner Release

Pentagon, Intelligence officials used Top Secret intelligence to prevent previous release of Taliban Five, officials tell TIME To pull off the prisoner swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House overrode an existing interagency process charged with debating the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners and dismissed long-standing Pentagon and intelligence community concerns based on Top Secret […]

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Obama Defends Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

“We don’t leave our men and women behind,” said the president, in a press conference in Warsaw. “Regardless of the circumstances, whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity. We don’t condition that.” President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the prisoner trade agreement that secured the release of […]

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