1. BERGDAHL RETURNS
Going stateside: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived home in the United States early today, his hero’s welcome getting pushed aside by a controversial prisoner swap and his reputation tarnished by accusations he was a deserter. The 28-year-old was the longest held American soldier since the Vietnam War. He was taken to the San Antonio Military Medical Center where he will continue “the next phase of his reintegration process,” the Pentagon said.
2. IRAQ CRISIS
Surprise: The bold moves this week by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria caught many Americans off guard. The militant group gobbled up large chunks of Iraq, including the country’s second-largest city, in an assault that saw the Iraqi military tuck tail and run. How will the United States respond? President Obama hasn’t decided yet, but the White House says nothing is off the table.
3. IMMIGRATION CRISIS
On their own: The figures are staggering. Sixty-thousand unaccompanied minors are projected to illegally cross the U.S. border this year and border patrol folks aren’t equipped to properly take care of all of them. The situation is so overwhelming that emergency measures are being put in place. Most of the children are coming from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. U.S. officials say they’ll speak with ambassadors from those countries to try and stem the tide.
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