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9:55 AM ET, May 31, 2010

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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
10 Reported Killed as Israel Attacks Boats Headed to Gaza  —  JERUSALEM — The Israeli Navy attacked a flotilla carrying thousands of tons of supplies for Gaza on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people, according to the Israeli military and activists traveling with the flotilla.
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Ynetnews:
Report: 14 killed, 50 injured in Gaza sail  —  Israeli Navy attacks six vessels carrying pro-Palestinian activists and aid to blockaded Strips.  According to unofficial reports, at least two people killed, dozens injured.  Four IDF soldiers hurt, one sustaining severe wounds.
Richard Fernandez / Pajamas Media:
Where the Old Flotilla Lay  —  The ‘aid flotilla’ bound for Gaza met the immovable object and the resulting clash, under circumstances yet only sketchily described, may have resulted in 16 protester deaths and 6 IDF personnel injured.  The LA Times reported that “Israel had vowed to intercept the boats …
Jerusalem Post:
Ashkenazi: Soldiers acted in self defense  —  IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi said Monday that the violence aboard the Mavi Marmara, one of the ships of the Gaza-bound protest flotilla, was instigated by those aboard the ships and that soldiers who opened fire were defending themselves.
Jerusalem Post:
Navy escorts flotilla ships to Ashdod  —  IDF: Soldiers were met by well-planned lynch, concealed handguns.  —  Talkbacks (194)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Aljazeera:
Israel attacks Gaza aid fleet  —  Al Jazeera's report on board the Mavi Marmara before communications were cut  —  Israeli forces have attacked a flotilla of aid-carrying ships aiming to break the country's siege on Gaza.  —  More than 10 people were killed and dozens injured when troops stormed …
Telegraph:
Israeli troops attack ship carrying aid to Gaza killing 16  —  Israeli commandos have stormed a flotilla of ships carrying activists and aid supplies to the blockaded Palestinian enclave of Gaza, killing as many as 16 of those on board.  —  Fighting broke out between the activists …
New York Times:
U.S. Plans ‘for Worst’ in Gulf, Seeing Risk in Leak Strategy  —  After the failure of an effort to seal off a well spewing oil one mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico, a top Obama administration environmental official said the government is “prepared for the worst” in case oil keeps gushing until relief wells …
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Washington Post:
Oil could spew until August, officials say
CNN:
After ‘top kill’ failure, BP plans to ‘redouble’ efforts
Discussion: Wonkette and Hot Air
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Pain Caucus  —  What's the greatest threat to our still-fragile economic recovery?  Dangers abound, of course.  But what I currently find most ominous is the spread of a destructive idea: the view that now, less than a year into a weak recovery from the worst slump since World War II …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Blazing Cat Fur:
Ali Mallah CUPE Union Thug Assaults Blazingcatfur at Islamofascist Anti-Netanyahu Rally!  —  Shocking video!  Ripped from today's headlines!  Ali Mallah a notorious Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Union Thug Assaults intrepid blogger Blazingcatfur!
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Allen to begin solo spill briefings  —  To underscore the White House message that the U.S. government is calling the shots on the Gulf response, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the national incident commander for the BP disaster, on Tuesday will begin giving a solo press daily briefing wherever he is in the world.
BREITBART.COM:
Israel recoils as US backs nuclear move  —  Washington's unprecedented backing for a UN resolution for a nuclear-free Middle East that singles out Israel has both angered and deeply worried the Jewish state although officials are cagey about openly criticising their biggest ally.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
O Canada  —  Looking north for economic inspiration.  —  Canada was called an “honorary member of the Third World” by the Wall Street Journal in 1995, and for good reason.  Out-of-control spending, soaring debt, and the government's bite of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) …
Discussion: Power Line
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Dowd: President Present strikes again  —  After Barack Obama finally held an open press conference 309 days after his previous one and more than five weeks after the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf, I fully expected his defenders in the media to rush back to his side and declare him The Most Caring …
Discussion: The Greenroom and Don Surber
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Once More, With Feeling  —  President Spock's behavior is illogical.
Honolulu Advertiser:
Case withdraws from Congressional race  —  Former congressman Ed Case said today that he will withdraw from the Democratic primary for Congress, explaining that too much is at stake to divide the party as it attempts to win back urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District from U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, (R-Hawaii).
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Ed Case ends his campaign for Hawaii House seat
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