(CNN) - Emotions ran high Wednesday at a hearing on Capitol Hill to examine the circumstances surrounding Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban in 2009 and the deal that led to his release in late May.
Bergdahl was captured after he walked off his base in Afghanistan's Paktika province, and several of his former platoon-mates have since accused Bergdahl of desertion and endangering the lives of his comrades.
Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama is continuing to question Republicans who want to roll back some of the key provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, telling a group of medical journalists on Wednesday "We're not even thinking about the possibility of rolling back because we just can't afford for that to happen."
The first lady said school nutrition has improved for the first time in 30 years and that 90% of schools are currently in compliance.
(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he plans to pull his state out of the Common Core academic standards, announcing an executive order aimed at blocking the testing program in the state.
At a news conference, Jindal said he's sent a letter requesting his state's withdrawal from the program to the Partnership of Assessments for College and Career Readiness (PARCC) - a conglomerate of states developing the standards for students in the subjects of English and math.
CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 18, 2014 | 5 p.m.
— n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
CONFIRMED: BAGHDAD REQUESTS U.S. AIR SUPPORT ... Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday that the United States has received a request from the Iraqi government to use air power to help roll back gains won by Sunni militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It’s in America’s "national security interest to counter (ISIS) where we find them," Dempsey said. – Laura Smith-Spark, Ashley Fantz and Nic Robertson
(CNN) - Press secretary Jay Carney gave his last White House press briefing on Wednesday, telling reporters "it's always been a pleasure."
"...no matter how hard it can get it here; how hot it can sometimes be, and contentious it sometimes is," he said.
(CNN) - An on-going feud playing out in the Republican Party between lawmakers Rep. Peter King and Sen. Ted Cruz sounds like the very beginning of a GOP presidential primary battle.
Perhaps underscoring an establishment v. tea party division the GOP, King, a longtime congressman from New York, said Wednesday Cruz "has decided to be the center of his own universe" after the conservative powerhouse from Texas dismissed King's criticism of his style of politics.
Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton's frenetic book tour appears to have paid off: In its first week on the market, her memoir "Hard Choices" was the most purchased hardcover nonfiction book in the United States, according to Nielsen Bookscan data.
Booksellers who report to Nielsen – which makes up roughly 85% of all retail book sales – have sold approximately 86,000 physical copies of "Hard Choices" since June 10, according to the data provided to CNN by Nielsen.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama opened the first 'Maker Faire' at the White House Wednesday, by asking why there was an 'e' at the end of ‘Faire’ He then quipped, “This is America, we don't have 'e's at the end of 'fair'."
He then asked jokingly if there would be jousting.