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8:10 AM ET, June 2, 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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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.”
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
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
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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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
Discussion: American Power and Big Government
Challen Stephens / Breaking News …:
Parker Griffith concedes, Mo Brooks is the GOP nominee for Congress  —  Five months after U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith switched parties, the voters of North Alabama switched congressmen.  —  On Tuesday, Republican challenger and long-time conservative Mo Brooks handily won the three-way GOP primary …
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Challen Stephens / Breaking News …:
Parker Griffith concedes: It's Mo Brooks vs. Steve Raby … HUNTSVILLE, AL — Mo Brooks has won the Republican nomination for 5th Congressional District without a runoff.  —  Brooks said incumbent Parker Griffith called him and conceded just a few minutes ago.
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.
New York Times:
U.S. Opens Criminal Inquiry Into Oil Spill  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday that it had begun civil and criminal investigations into the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as the deepening crisis threatened to define President Obama's second year in office.
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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?
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.
PR Newswire:
Two-Thirds of Americans Can't Name Any U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Says New FindLaw.com Survey  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans cannot name any members of the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a new national survey by FindLaw.com (http://www.findlaw.com), the most popular legal information website.
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Associated Press:
Right to remain silent? Better speak up
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and Hot Air
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Japan's Premier Will Quit as Approval Plummets  —  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, The Page and New York Magazine
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 …
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Republicans Jump Out To Historic Lead In Gallup Generic Ballot  —  Gallup's generic polling shows the number of voters saying that they would vote for Republicans rising three points from last week, while the number saying they will vote for Democrats dropped four points.
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.
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
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Political Times: A Misguided Call for Repealing the 17th Amendment  —  Until recently, hardly anyone ever bothered with the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which, if you do not know, is the one that gives you the right to vote for your United States senator, rather than allowing state legislators to choose a senator for you.
Discussion: The New Republic
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Ynetnews:
Erdogan to Israel: Don't test our patience  —  Turkish prime minister calls IDF's operation against flotilla to Gaza ‘massacre’, ‘state terror’, ‘piracy’; says Israelis must pressure gov't to cease such acts  —  News agencies  —  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called …
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.
 
 
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