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6:35 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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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.
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.
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.
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
Elder of Ziyon:
Danish report from Gaza: “Where's the humanitarian crisis?”
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Flotilla aid refused by Hamas
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama talks to leaders in hopes of avoiding repeat of Israeli attack
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McCain says Obama helped create environment for flotilla controversy
Palestinian Media Watch:
Abbas: Israel was “determined to kill”
Discussion: Power Line, Commentary and YID With LID
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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Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
The Negotiator, Bill Clinton
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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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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 …
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 …
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Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Obama Wants to Roll Back Tax Breaks for Oil Companies
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Obama whacks GOP in Pittsburgh
Discussion: CNN and PostPartisan
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.”
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Blago trial rattles insiders
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times
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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Chuck Dean / The Birmingham:
Ron Sparks beats Artur Davis to win Democratic Party nod for governor
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 …
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
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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John Cheves / Lexington Herald-Leader:
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