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9:40 PM ET, June 1, 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
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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
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?
Discussion: Haaretz and Pajamas Media
Political Punch:
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 …
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 …
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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House takes measured stance on Israeli aid ship attack
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
BBC:
UN statement on Israel's Gaza aid ships raid
Mona Charen / National Review:
Flotillas and Falsehoods  —  The effort to destroy the Jewish state has many fronts.
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Israel's Indefensible Behavior
Bob Mackey / Obsidian Wings:
Israel's Aid to the Free Gaza Movement, or how to lose an Information War
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
Erik Schelzig / Associated Press:
Former Vice President Al Gore to separate from wife Tipper …
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.
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ABCNEWS:   Conservative Filmmaker Hits Census Bureau
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 …
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The Hill:
Federal government announces ‘aggressive’ criminal probe of spill
Discussion: Law Blog, Weasel Zippers and The Hill
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, Weasel Zippers and Althouse
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.
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
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.”
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 and Daily Kos
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Newsdesk / Clout St:
U.S. Navy alerted Kirk to questions about his military award
Discussion: The Fix and Washington Post
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Peter Walker / Guardian:
Tropical Storm Agatha blows a hole in Guatemala City
Discussion: Don Surber and Townhall.com
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Spillonomics: Underestimating Risk
Discussion: Dot Earth
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 …
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