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7:55 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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Anthony Weiner strongly defends Israeli attack on flotilla  —  In a sign that some Dems in Congress may rally behind Israel in the face of international condemnation of the attack on the aid flotilla, Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York strongly defended Israel's move in an interview …
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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House takes measured stance on Israeli aid ship attack
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Mona Charen / National Review:
Flotillas and Falsehoods  —  The effort to destroy the Jewish state has many fronts.
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
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 …
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Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
U.S. attorney general opens criminal probe of Gulf oil spill
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.
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
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 and Weasel Zippers
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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.”
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.”
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Anti-government critic Bachmann chides Obama for not ‘commandeering’ boats to deal with the oil spill.  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), a darling of the tea party movement and a loyal ally to House Republican leadership, is known for decrying almost every form of government action as socialism.
Discussion: TPMDC
 
 
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