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2:55 PM ET, June 2, 2010

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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.
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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.
Discussion: Soccer Dad and Arabist.net
Boston Herald:
Barney Frank calls for probe of Gaza raid
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Politico and The Page
Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Sestak Won't Be Attending Obama Penn.  Event  —  So has Joe Sestak forgiven President Barack Obama's efforts to nudge him out of the Democratic Senate primary he just won?  And has the president forgiven Sestak for blabbing that the White House offered him an (albeit unpaid) job to stay out of the race?
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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 …
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times
CNN:
Obama making fifth trip to Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Politico
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Specter of Defeat: Slew of Democrats Invited to Obama Speech …
Discussion: Associated Press
Mike Wereschagin / PittsburghLIVE.com:   Elected officials say no thanks to Obama invite
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Arizona Gov. to Obama: We'll see you in court
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Davis loss shows strength of black establishment  —  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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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Elections held in Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico
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 …
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 …
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Orlando Sentinel:
Jim Greer arrested this morning
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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Fix
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.”
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 …
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.
Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
The Negotiator, Bill Clinton  —  President Clinton's involvement alone tells anyone with a pulse the White House was trying to move Mr. Sestak off a very nice perch.  We all know presidents aren't asked to lend their “personal touch” unless someone is at the end of his options and needs …
Discussion: The Politico
CNN:
U.S. is world's top user of targeted killings, U.N. says  —  Washington (CNN) — The United States was identified Wednesday as the world's No. 1 user of targeted killings — largely as a result of its dependence on unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Maeve Reston / PolitiCal:
Campbell goes dark a week before the primary
Discussion: The Note and Ballot Box
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Afghan Police Earn Poor Grade for Marja Mission
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Andy Barr / The Politico:
NBC runs Palin statement day later
Discussion: The Note
George Bennett / Palm Beach Post:
Palm Beach billionaire and Democratic Senate candidate was once a Republican
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Daily Kos
NY Daily News:
Dying, dead marine wildlife paint dark, morbid picture of Gulf …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Kentucky Senate
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Jerusalem Post:
‘Activists threw stun grenades’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Pajamas Media
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Senate Candidate from Smackdown
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Census hiring to spike job figures in May
Discussion: protein wisdom, Hot Air and GayPatriot
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Hero to Conservatives Often Follows Centrist Path
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Chronic Joblessness Bites Deep
John / Power Line:
Two Americas
Discussion: The Anchoress