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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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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 …
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 …
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 Armbruster / Think Progress:
Israeli Officials And American Conservatives Claim ‘There Is No Humanitarian Crisis In Gaza’  —  On Sunday, Israeli forces raided an aid flotilla trying to break a blockade of Gaza to deliver much-needed humanitarian supplies, killing nine activists, including four Turkish citizens.
BBC:
Doubt cast on Israel raid account  —  Israeli army footage showing the violence on board the flotilla - the captions and circled points on this video were inserted by the Israeli army  —  Eyewitness accounts from ships raided by Israeli commandos have cast doubt on Israel's version of events …
Wesley Pruden / Washington Times:
A shocking story of Israeli survival
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Israel's Indefensible Behavior
BBC:   Q&A: Israeli raid on aid flotilla
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 and TalkLeft
Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:   Al Gore, Wife Tipper to Separate, Reports Say
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 …
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
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Political Times: Move to Repeal Amendment Reveals Limits of Reform  —  Until recently, hardly anyone ever bothered with the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which, if you don't 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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David Firestone / New York Times:
So You Still Want to Choose Your Senator?
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Hullabaloo
D.B. Grady / The Atlantic Online:
Michael Yon's War  —  It began with a bridge.  On the morning of March 1, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated on Tarnak River Bridge near Kandahar, Afghanistan, killing multiple civilians and one American soldier.  While the destruction of a single bridge might ordinarily pose …
Mark Halperin / Time:
How Obama Haters May Help Democrats in Midterm Elections  —  A woman holds an anti-Obama sign at a Tea Party rally in Parker, Texas  —  The late, longtime New Yorker critic Pauline Kael was said to have expressed confusion over Richard Nixon's landslide re-election in 1972 — because no one she knew had voted for him.
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 …
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC asked to monitor “hate speech,” “misinformation” online  —  Over thirty organizations want the Federal Communications Commission to open up a probe on “hate speech” and “misinformation” in media.  “Hate has developed as a profit-model for syndicated radio and cable television programs masquerading …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Plurality say GOP should not push to repeal any part of healthcare reform  —  A plurality of Americans said they would prefer Republicans to leave the new healthcare law alone and not repeal any parts of it, a new poll found Tuesday.  —  Given the option to name the sections …
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
The Turkish Power  —  The most ominous aspect of the flotilla incident is Turkey's involvement.  The flotilla bound for Gaza, in violation of the blockade, was allowed to leave a Turkish port.  The main sponsor was a Turkish charity known for ties to jihadist groups.
 
 
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