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10:15 PM ET, June 1, 2010

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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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Bob Mackey / Obsidian Wings:
Israel's Aid to the Free Gaza Movement, or how to lose an Information War
BBC:
UN statement on Israel's Gaza aid ships raid
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Israel's Indefensible Behavior
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House takes measured stance on Israeli aid ship attack
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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
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David Swindle / NewsReal Blog:
Confession: Flotilla Nazis PLANNED To Attack Israel, Die as Martyrs
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  —  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.
Mark / News Corpse:
James O'Keefe May Be Heading Back To Jail
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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, 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.
Newsdesk / Clout St:
U.S. Navy alerted Kirk to questions about his military award  —  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk says his staff discovered he was mistakenly claiming to be the U.S. Navy intelligence officer of the year, but a military spokesman said today the Navy alerted Kirk about the inaccuracy after media inquiries.
Discussion: The Fix and Washington Post
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WOULD HATCH PROVISION PUNISH KIRK'S DECEPTIONS?.... Rep. Mark Kirk …
Discussion: Right Now and Daily Kos
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
Associated Press:
Right to remain silent?  Better speak up  —  Supreme Court: Suspects must explicitly invoke Miranda rights  —  WASHINGTON - Want to invoke your right to remain silent?  You'll have to speak up.  —  In a narrowly split decision, the Supreme Court's conservative majority expanded its limits …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and Hot Air
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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?
Discussion: Haaretz and Pajamas Media
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.”
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Peter Walker / Guardian:
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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Discussion: Dot Earth
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Anti-government critic Bachmann chides Obama for not 'commandeering …
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C.J. Chivers / At War:
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Charles Murray / Claremont Institute:
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