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12:20 AM ET, June 2, 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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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
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Anthony Weiner strongly defends Israeli attack on flotilla
Discussion: Open Left and NewsReal Blog
David Swindle / NewsReal Blog:
Confession: Flotilla Nazis PLANNED To Attack Israel, Die as Martyrs
Political Punch:
Official: US Will Stand with Israel
New York Times:
Israel Holds Hundreds Seized During Raid on Flotilla
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
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.”
Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org:
CBS Decides Al and Tipper's Separation is the Fault of....George W. Bush
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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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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.
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.
Michael Walsh / Big Journalism:   Pot, Meet Kettle: Former Clinton Hack George Stephanopoulos Calls …
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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: Weasel Zippers, CNN and Althouse
M. Amedeo Tumolillo / New York Times:
Prime Minister of Japan Tells Nation He Plans to Quit  —  TOKYO - Yukio Hatoyama, whose Democratic Party ended a half-century of almost uninterrupted single-party rule in Japan, said Wednesday he will resign to take responsibility for failing to keep his promise to move an American air base off the southern Japan Okinawa.
Discussion: MyDD, The Page and New York Magazine
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
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
Peter Walker / Guardian:
Tropical Storm Agatha blows a hole in Guatemala City  —  Hundreds dead as torrential rain sweeps Central America.  Sinkhole in Guatemala swallows three-storey building  —  Tropical Storm Agatha swept across Central America yesterday, bringing torrential rain that killed more than 100 people …
Discussion: Don Surber and Townhall.com
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Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
Dot Shot: Sinkhole in Guatemala City
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 …
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 …
 
 
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