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12:05 PM ET, June 1, 2010

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Jonathan Schanzer / Weekly Standard:
The Terror Finance Flotilla  —  The Turkish organizers of the Gaza Strip-bound flotilla that was boarded this morning by Israeli commandos knew well in advance that their vessels would never reach Israeli waters.  That's because the organizers belong to a nonprofit that was banned …
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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 …
New York Times:
U.N. Security Council Condemns ‘Acts’ in Israeli Raid  —  UNITED NATIONS — After hours of negotiations, the United Nations Security Council early on Tuesday condemned “acts” resulting in the deaths of nine civilians in Israel's attack on an aid flotilla trying to breach the Gaza blockade.
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 …
Discussion: Moe Lane
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.
George Friedman / STRATFOR:
Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion  —  On Sunday, Israeli naval forces intercepted the ships of a Turkish nongovernmental organization (NGO) delivering humanitarian supplies to Gaza.  Israel had demanded that the vessels not go directly to Gaza but instead dock in Israeli ports …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Does Israel Have a Right to Defend Itself?
Wall Street Journal:
Israel's Gaza Choices
Tovah Lazaroff / Jerusalem Post:
Israel faces int'l fury over flotilla
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Haaretz:
The price of flawed policy
Wesley Pruden / Washington Times:
A shocking story of Israeli survival
Ian Welsh:
Holy Sweet Lord, Turkey has announced they will send another flotilla …
Washington Post:
Obama administration moves to distance itself from BP on oil spill response  —  Struggling to convey command of the worsening Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Obama administration is taking steps to distance itself from BP and is dispatching Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to the Gulf Coast to meet with federal and state prosecutors.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama WH now distancing itself from BP response efforts
Discussion: PostPartisan
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: Mediaite and New York Magazine
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Owners Stop Paying Mortgages, and Stop Fretting  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For Alex Pemberton and Susan Reboyras, foreclosure is becoming a way of life — something they did not want but are in no hurry to get out of.  —  Foreclosure has allowed them to stabilize the family business.
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.
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.
Little Miss Attila:
Robert Leslie Hymers, III, Sort-Of “Reports” Me to the FBI  —  For your fisking/snarking pleasure.  First, the attorney's cover note: … Well, okay.  Are they true believers, or whores?  Just curious.  —  Young Robert Leslie Hymers apparently faxed this to his attorney …
Discussion: The Other McCain, Moe Lane and POWIP
Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda No. 3 Yazid reported killed by U.S. drone  —  Al-Qaeda's third-ranking operative, an Egyptian who was a founding member of the terrorist network and a key conduit to Osama bin Laden, has been killed in Pakistan, according to a statement Monday from al-Qaeda that U.S. intelligence officials believe is accurate.
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Did liberals get it wrong on crime?  —  This is a good news, bad news column.  The good news is that crime is again down across the nation — in big cities, small cities, flourishing cities and cities that are not for the timid.  Surprisingly, this has happened in the teeth of the Great Recession …
Craig Murray:
The Legal Position on the Israeli Attack  —  I think that anybody with any fairness is bound to admit that the statement William Hague came out with is much better than anything on Israel which New Labour ever came out with, especially this bit: … ."  —  http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/news/latest- news/?
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New York Post:
Turkish (blood)bath  —  Yesterday's “aid convoy” incident off …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Our Epic Foolishness  —  If a bank is too big to fail, it's way too big to exist.  If an oil well is too far beneath the sea to be plugged when something goes wrong, it's too deep to be drilled in the first place.  —  When are we going to stop behaving so stupidly?
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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The New Republic
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE SUCCESS OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY BAILOUT.... It's been about a year since the Obama administration intervened to rescue GM and Chrysler, and at this point, far-right apoplexy notwithstanding, it appears the rescue efforts have been surprisingly successful.  —  Steven Rattner …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Steven Rattner / Washington Post:   After bankruptcy, GM, Chrysler turn the corner
 
 
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Chicago Tribune:
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New York Times:
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