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7:05 PM ET, June 1, 2010

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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 …
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Palin Reacts to Flotilla Incident  —  THE WEEKLY STANDARD has obtained Sarah Palin's imminent Facebook post on the Israeli Flotilla incident.  Here it is:
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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 …
BBC:
UN statement on Israel's Gaza aid ships raid  —  The UN Security Council has agreed a statement following Israel's raid on Monday on a convoy of aid ships bound for Gaza.  Here is the full text:  —  The Security Council deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries resulting from the use …
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Israeli Officials And American Conservatives Claim ‘There Is No Humanitarian Crisis In Gaza’  —  On Sunday, Israeli forces raided an aid flotilla trying to break a blockade of Gaza to deliver much-needed humanitarian supplies, killing nine activists, including four Turkish citizens.
Evan Kohlmann / Counterterrorism Blog:
Shooting the Messenger: A Look at the Facts on the Turkish Aid Group IHH
New York Times:
Israel Holds Hundreds Seized During Raid on Flotilla
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House takes measured stance on Israeli aid ship attack
Discussion: The Politico
Jonathan Schanzer / Weekly Standard:
The Terror Finance Flotilla
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Anthony Weiner strongly defends Israeli attack on flotilla
Discussion: Open Left and NewsReal Blog
Wesley Pruden / Washington Times:
A shocking story of Israeli survival
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Mike Allen / Reuters:
Al and Tipper Gore to separate  —  Al and Tipper Gore, whose playful romance enlivened Washington and the campaign trail for a quarter century, have decided to separate after 40 years of marriage, the couple told friends Tuesday.  —  In an “Email from Al and Tipper Gore,” the couple said …
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Erik Schelzig / Associated Press:
Former Vice President Al Gore to separate from wife Tipper …
Reliable Source:
Al and Tipper Gore separating after 40 years of marriage
Discussion: PostPartisan
A Post / Washington Post:
U.S. attorney general opens criminal probe of Gulf oil spill, nation's worst  —  NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The U.S. government has launched a widely expected criminal and civil investigation into the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday …
Discussion: The Awl and Sister Toldjah
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Washington Post:
Obama administration moves to distance itself from BP on oil spill response
Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
U.S. attorney general opens criminal probe of Gulf oil spill
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Wonk Room
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.
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.”
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Groups want FCC to police hate speech on talk radio, cable news networks  —  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is being urged to monitor “hate speech” on talk radio and cable broadcast networks.  —  A coalition of more than 30 organizations argue in a letter to the FCC that the Internet …
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Is It Any Wonder Why We Call Them “Lame”?  —  It may seem like a small thing, considering the state of the union and international issues of the day, but let me share some facts surrounding a most recent illustration of the untrustworthiness of America's mainstream media.
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Elena Kagan / Associated Press:
Mere Silence Doesn't Invoke Miranda, Justices Rule  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that suspects must explicitly tell police they want to be silent to invoke Miranda protections during criminal interrogations, a decision one dissenting justice said turns defendants' rights “upside down.”
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.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Says One Israeli General: 'Everybody Thinks We're Bananas'  —  Sorry about the intermittent blogging, I'm actually in Israel on a reporting trip, not a blogging trip (I don't think The Atlantic would send me overseas to blog, though maybe that's the next big thing).  And what am I reporting on, you ask?
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Ari Shavit / Haaretz:
Fiasco on the high seas
Discussion: PostPartisan and Pajamas Media
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WOULD HATCH PROVISION PUNISH KIRK'S DECEPTIONS?.... Rep. Mark Kirk, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois, has run into a little trouble recently about “embellishments” in his military record.  One interesting angle to this is whether Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) wants to punish him for it.
Discussion: Right Now
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Kirk Embellishments About Military Service Go Back Years
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: Above the Law and Mediaite
Brad Delong / The Week Magazine:
Does Washington care about unemployment?  —  In 1983, Ronald Reagan's Washington regarded high unemployment as a national emergency.  Today, with unemployment kissing 10 percent, Barack Obama's Washington scarcely seems perturbed.  Why?  —  U.S. Treasury bond prices leaped again in May.
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.
D.B. Grady / The Atlantic Online:
Michael Yon's War  —  It began with a bridge.  On the morning of March 1, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated on Tarnak River Bridge near Kandahar, Afghanistan, killing multiple civilians and one American soldier.  While the destruction of a single bridge might ordinarily pose …
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 …
 
 
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