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9:35 AM ET, June 1, 2010

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Jonathan Schanzer / Weekly Standard:
The Terror Finance Flotilla  —  The Turkish organizers of the Gaza Strip-bound flotilla that was boarded this morning by Israeli commandos knew well in advance that their vessels would never reach Israeli waters.  That's because the organizers belong to a nonprofit that was banned …
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Ian Welsh:
Holy Sweet Lord, Turkey has announced they will send another flotilla to Gaza—escorted by the Turkish Navy!  —  If they actually do this, it is the very definition of throwing down.  —  Wow.  —  Does Israel want a war with Turkey?  They can't win it, short of using nukes …
George Friedman / STRATFOR:
Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion  —  On Sunday, Israeli naval forces intercepted the ships of a Turkish nongovernmental organization (NGO) delivering humanitarian supplies to Gaza.  Israel had demanded that the vessels not go directly to Gaza but instead dock in Israeli ports …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
On the Disappearance of Jewish Wisdom, Far Out at Sea  —  I had breakfast this very unhappy morning in Jerusalem with Daniel Gordis, the author of many wise books, including one I just began reading, “Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War That May Never End.”
Haaretz:
The price of flawed policy  —  Relations with Turkey will probably deteriorate further, and there may even be serious damage on the official level.  —  When a regular, well-armed, well-trained army goes to war against a “freedom flotilla” of civilian vessels laden with civilians …
ibnlive.in.com:
Turkey threatens action; Israel on alert
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Analysis: Condemnation of Israeli assault complicates relations with U.S.
Spectator:
‘Peace convoy’? This was an Islamist terror ambush
IDF Spokesperson's / Israel Defense Force Spokesperson:
Close-Up Footage of Mavi Marmara Passengers Attacking IDF Soldiers, 31 May 2010
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
Nice Guys Finish Last
Bradley Burston / Haaretz:
A Special Place in Hell / The Second Gaza War: Israel lost at sea
Political Punch:
Officials: Al Qaeda No. 3 Killed  —  US officials tell ABC News that al Qaeda's No. 3 — Mustafa Ahmed Muhammad Uthman Abu al-Yazid, known as Shaikh Sa'id al-Masri and Mustafa Abu al-Yazid - has been killed.  Al Qaeda released a eulogy of Shaikh Sa'id tonight, officials said.
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Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda No. 3 Yazid reported killed by U.S. drone  —  Al-Qaeda's third-ranking operative, an Egyptian who was a founding member of the terrorist network and a key conduit to Osama bin Laden, has been killed in Pakistan, according to a statement Monday from al-Qaeda that U.S. intelligence officials believe is accurate.
Discussion: Politics Daily, Hot Air and Newsbroke
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in Missile Strike
The Long War Journal:
Top al Qaeda leader Mustafa Abu Yazid confirmed killed in airstrike …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Little Miss Attila:
Robert Leslie Hymers, III, Sort-Of “Reports” Me to the FBI  —  For your fisking/snarking pleasure.  First, the attorney's cover note: … Well, okay.  Are they true believers, or whores?  Just curious.  —  Young Robert Leslie Hymers apparently faxed this to his attorney …
Discussion: The Other McCain, Moe Lane and POWIP
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Owners Stop Paying Mortgages, and Stop Fretting  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For Alex Pemberton and Susan Reboyras, foreclosure is becoming a way of life — something they did not want but are in no hurry to get out of.  —  Foreclosure has allowed them to stabilize the family business.
Washington Post:
Obama administration moves to distance itself from BP on oil spill response  —  Struggling to convey command of the worsening Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Obama administration is taking steps to distance itself from BP and is dispatching Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to the Gulf Coast to meet with federal and state prosecutors.
New York Post:
Koppel son dies after a bender  —  The son of legendary TV newsman Ted Koppel was found dead in a Washington Heights apartment under mysterious circumstances yesterday morning after a daylong drinking binge with a man he had just met in a Midtown bar, law-enforcement sources said.
Discussion: Mediaite
Claire Sibonney / Reuters:
Soaring costs force Canada to reassess health model  —  TORONTO (Reuters) - Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada's provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Mike Allen / The Politico:
SQUEEZING BP: Obama moves toward more visible dominance — U.S. drone kills Al-Qaida #3 — 7th huge score for U.S. in 10 months — Netanyahu cancels — Koppel's son dies — 6/8 = Strasday  —  DRIVING THE DAY: After 40 days and 40 nights, the administration puts the bit in BP's mouth.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Mediaite
John / Power Line:
Phase Two  —  Now that the thugs on board the Mavi Marvara have gotten the violence they wanted and instigated, the second stage of Hamas's operation has begun: protests against Israel around the world.  In Paris, peace activists throw rocks and “rip up gratings to be used as projectiles.”
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Dean's World
 
 
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