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12:35 PM 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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Official: US Will Stand with Israel  —  I'm told there won't be any daylight between the US and Israel in the aftermath of the incident on the flotilla yesterday, which resulted in the deaths of 10 activists.  —  Regardless of the details of the flotilla incident, sources say President Obama …
Max Boot / Wall Street Journal:
Israel's Gaza Flotilla Fiasco  —  Israel had no obligation to allow the ships to reach Gaza, but surely there was a smarter way to stop them.  —  Israel's actions in boarding the flotilla of ships bound for the Gaza Strip were entirely justified and perhaps even unavoidable.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
'We're the only ones who believe them'  —  A delicate diplomatic maneuver by President Barack Obama to smooth frayed relations with Israel without alienating America's Arab allies may have been blown out of the water Monday morning by Israel's botched attempt to enforce the Gaza blockade …
New York Times:
U.N. Security Council Condemns ‘Acts’ in Israeli Raid  —  UNITED NATIONS — After hours of negotiations, the United Nations Security Council early on Tuesday condemned “acts” resulting in the deaths of nine civilians in Israel's attack on an aid flotilla trying to breach the Gaza blockade.
Wall Street Journal:
Israel's Gaza Choices
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Does Israel Have a Right to Defend Itself?
Haaretz:
The price of flawed policy
Wesley Pruden / Washington Times:
A shocking story of Israeli survival
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama WH now distancing itself from BP response efforts
Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
BP CEO: We Have Got To Stop This Spill — I Want My Life Back!  (VIDEO)
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 and New York Magazine
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.
James O'Keefe / Big Government:
Undercover Census Fraud Investigation - New Jersey  —  On April 27, 2010, I got a job with the United States Census Bureau in New Jersey.  With a hidden camera, I caught four Census supervisors encouraging enumerators to falsify information on their time sheets.
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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Oil Plume  —  The failure of the top-kill technique in the Gulf of Mexico represents an interesting turning point on the Obama presidency.  It symbolizes the end of the period of lightning advance and the beginning of the period of nasty stasis.  —  President Obama swept …
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Pelosi Says She Has a Duty to Pursue Policies in Keeping With The Values of Jesus, ‘The Word Made Flesh’  —  (CNSNews.com) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she believes she must pursue public policies “in keeping with the values” of Jesus Christ, “The Word made Flesh.”
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Did liberals get it wrong on crime?  —  This is a good news, bad news column.  The good news is that crime is again down across the nation — in big cities, small cities, flourishing cities and cities that are not for the timid.  Surprisingly, this has happened in the teeth of the Great Recession …
Abu Muqawama:
Memorial Day, and A Lesson in Information Operations  —  Okay, first things first: Happy Memorial Day, everyone.  Please take some time today to say a prayer for the fallen and for peace.  —  I woke up this morning to the news that Israel has managed to kill at least 10 people participating in some peace flotilla to Gaza.
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Tovah Lazaroff / Jerusalem Post:
Israel faces int'l fury over flotilla
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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
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.
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Mark Halperin / Time:
How Obama's Bitter Enemies May Give Him a Boost  —  A woman holds an anti-Obama sign at a Tea Party rally held in Parker, Texas  —  The late, longtime New Yorker critic Pauline Kael was said to have expressed confusion over Richard Nixon's landslide reelection in 1972 — because no one she knew had actually voted for him.
Jesse J. Holland / The Huffington Post:
Supreme Court Miranda Ruling: Suspects Must Explicitly Tell Police They Want To Remain Silent  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that suspects must explicitly tell police they want to be silent to invoke Miranda protections during criminal interrogations …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Our Epic Foolishness  —  If a bank is too big to fail, it's way too big to exist.  If an oil well is too far beneath the sea to be plugged when something goes wrong, it's too deep to be drilled in the first place.  —  When are we going to stop behaving so stupidly?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin pushes Jindal to build barrier islands without feds' approval  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) pushed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Sunday to ignore federal rules and proceed with his desire to build berms to protect his state's coastline.  —  Palin told Jindal to …
 
 
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Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
Free birth control under health care?
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC asked to monitor “hate speech,” “misinformation” online
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The NY GOP's elaborate stage
Discussion: Capital Tonight
D.B. Grady / The Atlantic Online:
Michael Yon's War
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Despite U.S. deficit concerns, investors still pour money into Treasury bonds
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Craig Murray:
The Legal Position on the Israeli Attack
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
SQUEEZING BP: Obama moves toward more visible dominance …
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