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8:50 PM ET, June 2, 2010

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Biden solidifies defense of Israel: 'What's the big deal here?'  —  Vice President Joe Biden offered the White House's strongest defense yet of Israeli's actions off the coast of Gaza this week in an interview with Charlie Rose airing tonight on PBS.  —  “I think Israel has an absolute right to deal with its security interest.
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MJ Rosenberg / The Huffington Post:
Lying About the Gaza Flotilla Attack  —  It's been one lie after another in the US media about the Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound relief flotilla.  No matter that the Israeli media views the whole incident as a debacle for Israel, in this country the Israel-can-do-no-wrong crowd is on overdrive defending the operation.
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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.
Elder of Ziyon:
Danish report from Gaza: “Where's the humanitarian crisis?”
Anchorman / The Daily Caller:
Anchor accuses own network of ‘embarrassing’ bias in Israel coverage
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama talks to leaders in hopes of avoiding repeat of Israeli attack
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
The rush to judge Israel
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McCain says Obama helped create environment for flotilla controversy
Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
Biden: Israel right to stop Gaza flotilla from breaking blockade
Discussion: Hot Air, Raw Story and The Plum Line
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 …
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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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin targets ‘extreme greenies’ opposed to drilling
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
AP Sources: Admin talked jobs with Romanoff  —  WASHINGTON — Administration officials dangled the possibility of a job for former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff last year in hopes he would forgo a challenge to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, administration officials said Wednesday …
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Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Sestak Won't Be Attending Obama Penn. Event
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 …
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Charge to Obama: ‘Go off!’
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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New York Times:
BP Searches for Another Way to Slide Through Pipe
Discussion: The Oil Drum
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Obama whacks GOP in Pittsburgh  —  PITTSBURGH — President Barack Obama — seizing on the smash-mouth spirit of the Steelers — delivered his first major midterm hit on the GOP on Wednesday during a quick trip to Western Pennsylvania.  —  Obama has largely been on the defensive during …
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Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Obama Wants to Roll Back Tax Breaks for Oil Companies
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Specter of Defeat: Slew of Democrats Invited to Obama Speech …
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.  —  “Yes, he's been subpoenaed by the defense …
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Blago trial rattles insiders
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times
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 …
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: Hot Air, CNN and The Caucus
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 …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Carville unrepentant on W.H. criticism  —  James Carville walked into one of his favorite New Orleans eateries, Eleven 79, Tuesday night — and was stunned to find BP CEO Tony Hayward and Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the two men tasked with stopping the Gulf spill, eating dinner together.
Discussion: CNN
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.”
CNN:
TRENDING: George W. Bush joins Facebook  —  The office of former President George W. Bush has joined popular social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.  —  Washington (CNN) - He was succeeded in the White House by the most web savvy administration in U.S. history, but that has not stopped …
Discussion: The Note
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.”
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama orders extension of benefits to gay and lesbian federal employees
Discussion: CNN
msnbc.com:
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The Corner on National Review Online:
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John Cheves / Lexington Herald-Leader:
GOP-led state Senate rebukes Paul on civil rights
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
As Oil Arrives On MS Beaches, Will Barbour Continue To Praise BP …
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Discussion: Open Left and MyDD
CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans split on top two Obama initiatives
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Recommended Academic Standards Announced
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Althouse
David / Crooks and Liars:
Nun excommunicated after approving abortion to save mother's life
Discussion: Blue Gal
Michael Barone / Associated Press:
Obama's ‘Chicago Way’ plunders the private sector
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Power Line
Evgenia Peretz / Vanity Fair:
Something About Sally  —  Sally Quinn hit the nation's capital …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Rep. Tom Cole on oil spill: ‘Acts of God are acts of God.’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republicans Move Ahead in Generic Ballot for Congress