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5:15 PM ET, June 2, 2010

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CNN:
IDF: Hamas stops flotilla aid delivered by Israel  —  Jerusalem (CNN) — Israel has attempted to deliver humanitarian aid from an international flotilla to Gaza, but Hamas — which controls the territory — has refused to accept the cargo, the Israel Defense Forces said Wednesday.
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David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
The rush to judge Israel  —  Unsure if Israel has acted in self-defense?  Just check whether the United Nations has called for an “emergency session.”  At the U.N., Jews wielding guns always precipitates an international crisis.  —  Now, I'm not one of those who reflexively accuses critics of Israel of anti-Semitism.
Boston Herald:
Barney Frank calls for probe of Gaza raid  —  U.S. Rep. Barney Frank had harsh words yesterday for the Israeli Navy after a bloody raid on a pro-Palestinian flotilla outside of Gaza, describing nine activists killed in the conflict as “innocent” and calling for an independent inquiry into the showdown.
Kevin Jon Heller / Opinio Juris:
Why Is Israel's Blockade of Gaza Legal?  (Updated)  —  I know that will sound like a provocative question, but it's not meant to be.  According to the Jerusalem Post, Israel justifies its interdiction of the “Freedom Flotilla” by reference to Article 67(a) of the San Remo Manual …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: When America's Friends Fall Out  —  As a friend of both Turkey and Israel, it has been agonizing to watch the disastrous clash between Israeli naval commandos and a flotilla of “humanitarian” activists seeking to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
Bloomberg:
BP Oil Leak May Last Until Christmas in Worst Case Scenario  —  BP Plc's failure since April to plug a Gulf of Mexico oil leak has prompted forecasts the crude may continue gushing into December in what President Barack Obama has called the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history.
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Washington Post:
Effort to contain Gulf oil spill stalls with stuck saw  —  SCHRIEVER, La. — The latest attempt at containing oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico — a plan to saw off a leaking pipe and slide a cap over it — has been stopped because the saw is stuck, a Coast Guard official said Wednesday morning.
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Feds Approve New Gulf Oil Well off La
Discussion: Open Left and MyDD
Michael Barone / Associated Press:
Obama's ‘Chicago Way’ plunders the private sector  —  An interesting thing about Barack Obama is that he chose, on two occasions, to live in Chicago — even though he didn't grow up there, had no family ties there, never went to school there.  —  It was a curious choice.
Discussion: Power Line
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Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
The Negotiator, Bill Clinton
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Amnon Meranda / Ynetnews:
‘Hamas blocking delivery of aid’  —  Security forces say working to transfer humanitarian equipment from Gaza flotilla into Strip, but difficulties, obstacles placed by Hamas has so far prevented goods' delivery  —  Hamas is blocking the delivery of the Gaza flotilla, defense establishment sources said on Wednesday.
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Elder of Ziyon:
Danish report from Gaza: “Where's the humanitarian crisis?”
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Flotilla aid refused by Hamas
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Davis loss in Alabama a sign of black establishment's clout  —  His strategy was unconventional, but in the days before the election, it appeared to be working.  Davis held a steady lead over Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks in the weeks leading up to the primary, but when the votes came in Tuesday night …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
A Storyteller Loses the Story Line  —  It's not a good narrative arc: The man who walked on water is now ensnared by a crisis under water.  —  One little hole a mile down on the ocean floor, so deep it seems like hell spewing up its sulfurous smoke, has turned the thrilling saga of “The One” into the gurgling horror of “The Abyss.”
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   What Does MoDo Want?  —  In her column today, she doesn't offer …
Dennis Welch / The Arizona Guardian:
Brewer tells conflicting stories about dad's war effort  —  Gov. Jan Brewer said in a recent interview that her father died fighting Nazis in Germany.  In fact, the death of Wilford Drinkwine came 10 years after World War II had ended.  —  During the war, Drinkwine worked as a civilian supervisor …
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Ginger Rough / Arizona Republic:
Signing Arizona immigration law was never a question for governor
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Specter of Defeat: Slew of Democrats Invited to Obama Speech in PA Decline Due to Prior Committments to Not Ruining Re-Election Bids  —  Democrats up for re-election this year are fully aware of President Obama's campaign record, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Pennsylvania …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Obama whacks GOP in Pittsburgh
Discussion: CNN and PostPartisan
Mike Wereschagin / PittsburghLIVE.com:   Elected officials say no thanks to Obama invite
Amy L. Edwards / Orlando Sentinel:
Ex-Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer arrested  —  Jim Greer, former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida who has been under criminal investigation for his financial handling of the organization, was arrested this morning.  —  Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents brought Greer …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Kirk campaign acknowledges another misrepresentation of military service  —  Mark Kirk's Senate campaign has now acknowledged a second misrepresentation of his service record, admitting to me that his Web site falsely claimed that he was “the only member of Congress to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
Andy Barr / The Politico:
NBC runs Palin statement day later  —  NBC's “Today” show on Wednesday read a statement from Sarah Palin intended for the previous day's broadcast after the former Alaska governor's complaint that the program ignored her rebuttal to a critical interview.  —  On Tuesday, the show broadcast …
Natasha Korecki / The Blago Blog:
RAHM EMANUEL (and Valerie Jarrett) SUBPOENAED BY BLAGOJEVICH: ATTORNEY  —  President Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was subpoenaed by the defense to testify in Rod Blagojevich's upcoming trial, a Blagojevich attorney told the Chicago Sun-Times.  —  Valerie Jarrett was also subpoenaed, according to the White House.
Discussion: The Hill
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Blago trial rattles insiders
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Palin: Oil Spill Proves We Were Right About 'Drill, Baby, Drill  —  The very politician who inspired country songs about drilling for oil is now boasting that her “drill here, drill now” plan for U.S. energy policy would have mitigated or forestalled the oil disaster in the Gulf...if only you redefine what she meant when she said that.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin targets ‘extreme greenies’ opposed to drilling
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 …
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Evgenia Peretz / Vanity Fair:
Something About Sally  —  Sally Quinn hit the nation's capital …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Competition's Good!  Joe Miller for Alaska  —  Contested primaries are so good for America's political process!  Competition makes everyone work harder, be more efficient, debate clearer, and produce more.  So, Alaskans should be thrilled that Joe Miller jumped in the GOP race and is ready …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sarah Palin backs Sen. Murkowski's opponent
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The Caucus
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Study Finds Blacks Blocked From Southern Juries  —  In late April in a courthouse in Madison County, Ala., a prosecutor was asked to explain why he had struck 11 of 14 black potential jurors in a capital murder case.  —  The district attorney, Robert Broussard, said one had seemed “arrogant” and “pretty vocal.”
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Rep. Tom Cole on oil spill: ‘Acts of God are acts of God.’  —  Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), an ardent supporter of the oil industry and adherent of the “drill here, drill now” chant, appeared on KTOK radio yesterday to discuss BP's oil disaster in the Gulf.  Like Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republicans Move Ahead in Generic Ballot for Congress  —  GOP lead of 49% to 43% is largest in 2010 thus far  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences shows Republicans moving back ahead of Democrats, 49% to 43%, by two points their largest lead of the campaign to date.
NY Daily News:
Dying, dead marine wildlife paint dark, morbid picture of Gulf Coast following oil spill  —  Here's what President Obama didn't see when he visited the Gulf Coast: a dead dolphin rotting in the shore weeds.  —  “When we found this dolphin it was filled with oil.  Oil was just pouring out of it.
 
 
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