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3:55 AM ET, June 3, 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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The Politico:
Romanoff: W.H. suggested three jobs  —  Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff confirmed Wednesday that Jim Messina, President Barack Obama's deputy chief of staff, suggested three administration jobs that would be available to him last September if he dropped his plans to run against U.S …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Colorado Dem: Actually, the White House offered me three jobs to quit the primary  —  Not only does he name names — as the Denver Post originally reported, it was indeed deputy chief of staff Jim Messina who contacted him about dropping out — but he's actually released Messina's e-mail …
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 …
Anchorman / The Daily Caller:
Anchor accuses own network of ‘embarrassing’ bias in Israel coverage  —  What you' re about to read is perfectly true.  I came within a butterfly fart of firing this memo off to my boss this morning in a fit of real rage.  But my wife, yet again, intervened.  —  “You've been whining like this for ten years.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jerusalem Post:
‘We face international hypocrisy’  —  PM: “This was not a ‘Love Boat’, it was a hate boat.”  —  Talkbacks (88)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel  —  Middle East
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Democratic Senate Candidate: White House Floated Possible Jobs If I Chose to Not Run Against Incumbent  —  Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker of the Colorado house of representatives, issued a statement Wednesday evening claiming that the White House raised the possibility that he might …
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.
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.
The Muqata:
Exclusive: Interview with Senior Israeli Official from COGAT
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon
Reuters:   Q&A: Is Israel's naval blockade of Gaza legal?
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McCain says Obama helped create environment for flotilla controversy
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama talks to leaders in hopes of avoiding repeat of Israeli attack
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Robert Behre / postandcourier.com:
Bauer campaign adviser asked to resign  —  Republican gubernatorial hopeful Andre Bauer said today he has asked for and received the resignation of a political consultant for “inappropriate conduct” but would say little more.  —  Lt. Gov. Bauer announced that adviser Larry Marchant gave him his resignation at noon today.
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Ibnkafka / Ibn Kafka's obiter dicta:
Gaza flotilla: How Israel's ministry of foreign affairs fakes photos of seized weapons  —  On the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs' Flickr page, the pictures of the so-called weapons seized on the ships taking part in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla provide ample evidence of the deviousness of those darned anti-semitic terrorists.
msnbc.com:
Holloway suspect sought in Peru killing  —  Arrest warrant issued for van der Sloot after woman's death  —  A young Dutchman previously arrested in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway is the prime suspect in a weekend murder of a Peruvian woman, police said Wednesday.
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ABCNEWS:
Natalee Holloway Suspect Joran Van Der Sloot Sought in Peru Murder
Discussion: TVNewser and TalkLeft
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Charge to Obama: ‘Go off!’  —  President Obama goes one-on-one with Larry King on Thursday night to talk about the oil spill, economic turmoil and war.  Don't miss the president on “Larry King Live,” 9 p.m. ET Thursday, only on CNN.  —  (CNN) — In the weeks since an oil rig exploded …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Don Surber
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   What Does MoDo Want?  —  In her column today, she doesn't offer …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
The Times, They Are a-Changing — By: Victor Davis Hanson  —  At the present rate, Turkey has about as much business in NATO as Greece does in the EU.  Both countries seem out of place in their respective organizations; both envy and resent northern Europe and the United States …
Bradley A. Smith / National Review:
Disclosed Partisanship  —  In February 1996, then-White House aide and current Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan co-authored a memorandum to deputy chief of staff Harold Ickes regarding whether President Clinton should support proposed amendments to the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance bill.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 
 
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