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2:35 AM ET, June 2, 2010

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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 and Whiskey Fire
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Evan Kohlmann / Counterterrorism Blog:
Shooting the Messenger: A Look at the Facts on the Turkish Aid Group IHH  —  When I first published a research paper four years ago with the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) on the Turkish Muslim charitable group Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), I didn't imagine …
Ron Friedman / Jerusalem Post:
‘Equipment not in shortage in Gaza’  —  Flotilla aid examined, sent to strip; ‘Marmara’ not inspected yet.  —  Talkbacks (13)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Ron Ben-Yishai / Ynetnews:
Probe reveals flotilla lynchers have ties to Global Jihad  —  (Video) Interrogation of Gaza aid sail detainees reveals some of passengers recruited specifically to attack Israeli soldiers.  Suspects found to be carrying multiple weapons, cash  —  VIDEO - The ongoing interrogation of passengers …
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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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Matthews: “I'm looking at myself in the camera and I'm saying, 'I don't understand what I'm talking about here.'”  —  “It's fascinating.  It Just Is”  —  Oh dear god, how much I loathe and despise the Villagers at times like this.  Here's the back and forth on Hardball today about Al and Tipper breaking up:
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
‘Blame Bush’ Du Jour: Ending the Gore Marriage  —  When it comes to things that caused Al and Tipper Gore to lose sleep and ultimately their love for each other, it turns out that George W. Bush was higher on the list than chlorofluorocarbons and Twisted Sister — at least according to a “family friend.”
Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org:
CBS Decides Al and Tipper's Separation is the Fault of....George W. Bush  —  Is there anything a journalist cannot or will not twist to bring the topic back to how life would be so much better if only not for that awful George W. Bush?  On Tuesday's CBS Evening News, with the help …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Al Gore and Wife Tipper to Separate
Mark / News Corpse:
James O'Keefe May Be Heading Back To Jail  —  Andrew Breitbart's pet pimp impersonator, James O'Keefe, was just sentenced last week to three years probation, 100 hours of community service, and a $1,500 fine for having trespassed the offices of a United States senator in Lousiana under false pretenses.
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Michael Walsh / Big Journalism:
Pot, Meet Kettle: Former Clinton Hack George Stephanopoulos Calls James O'Keefe a ‘Political Activist’  —  George Stephanopoulos's “interview” with James O'Keefe and Andrew Breitbart on this morning's Good Morning America summed up everything that is wrong with institutional American journalism.
ABCNEWS:
Conservative Filmmaker Hits Census Bureau  —  Infamous for ACORN Sting, O'Keefe Goes After Alleged Census Waste  —  The conservative filmmaker arrested this year for an undercover attempt to tape staffers at a U.S. senator's office said his next target — the Census Bureau — is another example of government waste.
James O'Keefe / Big Government:
Undercover Census Fraud Investigation - New Jersey
MEMRI:
Arab Media Reports on Flotilla Participants: Writing Wills, Preparing for Martyrdom, Determined to Reach Gaza or Die  —  Flotilla Participants  —  Following is information from the Arab media about some of the flotilla participants.  It should be noted that many of these were from the Muslim Brotherhood across the Muslim world.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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.
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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?
Fox News:
After Facing Criticism, Obama to Meet Arizona Gov. Brewer on Thursday  —  President Obama has turned down Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's request to meet while she's in Washington next week as tensions mount between his administration and Arizona over the state's new law cracking down on illegal immigrants.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House takes measured stance on Israeli aid ship attack
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
David Firestone / New York Times:
So You Still Want to Choose Your Senator?  —  Few members of the Tea Party have endorsed Rand Paul's misgivings about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but a surprising number are calling for the repeal of an older piece of transformative legislation: the 17th Amendment.
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Matt Bai / New York Times:
Political Times: A Misguided Call for Repealing the 17th Amendment
Discussion: The New Republic
Religion:
My Take: Ending 'don't ask, don't tell' would undermine religious liberty  —  Editor's Note: Tony Perkins is President of the Family Research Council and a Marine veteran.  —  By Tony Perkins, Special to CNN  —  Some people think allowing open homosexuality in the military means nothing …
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Prime Minister of Japan Tells Nation He Plans to Quit  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama of Japan, who swept into power last year with bold promises to revamp the country, then faltered over broken campaign pledges to remove an American base from Okinawa, announced Wednesday that he would step down.
Discussion: MyDD and The Page
Ynetnews:
Mossad chief: Israel less important to US  —  Dagan worried by changes in US approach to Israel, says America takes softer approach, avoids using force to solve conflict  —  Ronen Medzini  —  Dagan gave an overview of the situation to MKs and noted, “If in the 90s the US was a 'global policeman …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Right to remain silent? Better speak up
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and Hot Air
Newsdesk / Clout St:
U.S. Navy alerted Kirk to questions about his military award
Discussion: The Fix and Washington Post
Peter Walker / Guardian:
Tropical Storm Agatha blows a hole in Guatemala City
Discussion: Don Surber and Townhall.com
Kathy Chen / Wall Street Journal:
American Troops Leave Haiti
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Anthony Weiner strongly defends Israeli attack on flotilla
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Anti-government critic Bachmann chides Obama for not 'commandeering …
Discussion: TPMDC
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Discussion: Washington Monthly and Wonkette
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Brad Delong / The Week Magazine:
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C.J. Chivers / At War:
Shoot at American Patrol.  Get Shot. …
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Charles Murray / Claremont Institute:
Who is Ayn Rand?  —  A review of Goddess of the Market …