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11:20 AM ET, June 2, 2010

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Challen Stephens / Breaking News …:
Parker Griffith concedes, Mo Brooks is the GOP nominee for Congress  —  Five months after U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith switched parties, the voters of North Alabama switched congressmen.  —  On Tuesday, Republican challenger and long-time conservative Mo Brooks handily won the three-way GOP primary …
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Elections held in Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico  —  Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks trounced Rep. Artur Davis in the state's Democratic primary for governor Tuesday night, a shocking result for a national figure once regarded as a heavy favorite to be on the ballot in November.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Griffith, Davis rejected in Alabama  —  Party-switching Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) on Tuesday became the fourth congressional incumbent this year to be defeated in a primary, losing decisively in his first test before voters in his new party.  —  With his loss, Griffith became …
Chuck Dean / The Birmingham:
Ron Sparks beats Artur Davis to win Democratic Party nod for governor  —  and Thomas Spencer —  The Birmingham News  —  State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks won the Democratic Party nomination for governor Tuesday, a victory some power brokers in his party once thought so unlikely …
Challen Stephens / Breaking News …:
Parker Griffith concedes: It's Mo Brooks vs. Steve Raby
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Voters flip on party-switchers
Discussion: The Note
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
‘Blame Bush’ Du Jour: Ending the Gore Marriage  —  When it comes to things that caused Al and Tipper Gore to lose sleep and ultimately their love for each other, it turns out that George W. Bush was higher on the list than chlorofluorocarbons and Twisted Sister — at least according to a “family friend.”
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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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Matthews: “I'm looking at myself in the camera and I'm saying, 'I don't understand what I'm talking about here.'”  —  “It's fascinating.  It Just Is”  —  Oh dear god, how much I loathe and despise the Villagers at times like this.  Here's the back and forth on Hardball today about Al and Tipper breaking up:
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
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.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
Joining the Jackals  —  At the United Nations, a lynch mob …
Discussion: Commentary
Amos Oz / New York Times:
Israeli Force, Adrift on the Sea
Reuters:
Thousands protest flotilla deaths, clashes in Athens
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Israpundit
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.
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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Republicans Jump Out To Historic Lead In Gallup Generic Ballot  —  Gallup's generic polling shows the number of voters saying that they would vote for Republicans rising three points from last week, while the number saying they will vote for Democrats dropped four points.
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
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Oil spill: Criminal probe launched  —  by James Oliphant, Peter Nicholas and Nicole Santa Cruz  —  Striking an increasingly aggressive posture as the Deepwater Horizon disaster enters its second month, the Obama administration said Tuesday it would launch a criminal investigation into the origins …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Mark / News Corpse:
James O'Keefe May Be Heading Back To Jail  —  Andrew Breitbart's pet pimp impersonator, James O'Keefe, was just sentenced last week to three years probation, 100 hours of community service, and a $1,500 fine for having trespassed the offices of a United States senator in Lousiana under false pretenses.
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Michael Walsh / Big Journalism:   Pot, Meet Kettle: Former Clinton Hack George Stephanopoulos Calls …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Blago trial rattles insiders  —  The corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is already shaping up to be a political circus, promising to lay bare the underbelly of Chicago politics.  —  But while the stakes are clear for Blagojevich - he could be the fourth Illinois governor …
Religion:
My Take: Ending 'don't ask, don't tell' would undermine religious liberty  —  Editor's Note: Tony Perkins is President of the Family Research Council and a Marine veteran.  —  By Tony Perkins, Special to CNN  —  Some people think allowing open homosexuality in the military means nothing …
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Chronic Joblessness Bites Deep  —  Long-Term Unemployment Hits New High, Cuts Across Income Levels, Demographics  —  Richard Moran, sitting in his garage in Ortonville, Mich., Tuesday, has been unemployed for two-and-a-half years after losing his job with Chrysler.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Crist says he's ‘lonely’ out on campaign trail as an Independent  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says it is “very lonely” running as an Independent.  —  Since he quit his party, Crist says he has discovered that people he thought were friends turned out to be only Republican friends who dropped Crist after he left the GOP.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, msnbc.com and Hot Air
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's FTC plan to reinvent America's news media  —  What's widely-known is that Americans are not buying newspapers anymore in droves.  —  What hasn't been widely-known, until now, is that a year ago the new Democrat administration of Barack Obama launched a major internal study intended …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and protein wisdom
Haaretz:
Barak: In the Middle East, there is no mercy for the weak  —  Defense Minister, Chief of Staff, Navy commander visit soldiers who participated in raid on Gaza aid convoy.  —  Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited the Shayetet 13 base in Atlit on Wednesday and praised the commandos who participated …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.”
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Hero to Conservatives Often Follows Centrist Path  —  WASHINGTON — After a pair of votes the other day on some fine points of a major financial regulatory bill, Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts ducked out of the Capitol and back to his office, where he traded his suit and tie for softball gear …
 
 
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