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1:30 PM 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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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
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Anti-Health Reform Davis Loses Alabama Democratic Gubernatorial Primary To Pro-Health Reform Sparks  —  Last night, Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) was soundly trounced in his state's Democratic gubernatorial primary by Alabama agricultural commissioner Ron Sparks, losing by 24 points.
Discussion: Associated Press and USA Today
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Elections held in Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico
Ed Kilgore / FiveThirtyEight:
Alabama Primary Results
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:   Wide Margin in Democratic Primary for Alabama Governor
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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Boston Herald:
Barney Frank calls for probe of Gaza raid
Discussion: The Page
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: When America's Friends Fall Out
Discussion: Arabist.net and Soccer Dad
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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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.”
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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Eric Zimmermann / Ballot Box:
Former Florida GOP chairman arrested  —  The beleaguered former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of defrauding his party of more than $100,000.  —  Jim Greer was indicted on six charges of grand theft, fraud and money laundering.
Discussion: CNN and The Note
Orlando Sentinel:
Jim Greer arrested this morning
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.
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Mike Wereschagin / PittsburghLIVE.com:   Elected officials say no thanks to Obama invite
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
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.”
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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
John / Power Line:
Two Americas  —  There are, indeed, two Americas: the increasingly straitened world of the private sector, where jobs are competitive, money is scarce, and job security is, for many, nonexistent; and the lush world of the government employee, where competition is more or less unknown …
Discussion: The Anchoress
 
 
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Jerusalem Post:
‘Activists threw stun grenades’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Ynetnews
Ian Sparks / Daily Mail:
McDonald's launches TV ad campaign targeting gay men
Discussion: Mediaite and JammieWearingFool
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Money intended to help candidates often ends up funding PACs themselves
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Senate Candidate from Smackdown
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Arizona Gov. to Obama: We'll see you in court
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
A Storyteller Loses the Story Line
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
The ‘peaceful’ Jihad in America
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Census hiring to spike job figures in May
Discussion: protein wisdom
Haaretz:
Barak: In the Middle East, there is no mercy for the weak
Discussion: Jihad Watch
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Crist says he's ‘lonely’ out on campaign trail as an Independent
Discussion: Fox News, msnbc.com and Hot Air
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Chronic Joblessness Bites Deep
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
No Good Answers on Public Pensions
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
GOP candidate Tom Campbell pulls TV ads for U.S. Senate race in California
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Page and PolitiCal
The Live Feed | THR:
Religious supergroup forms to smite Comedy Central's Jesus Christ project
Discussion: Hot Air and Big Hollywood
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Matthews: “I'm looking at myself in the camera and I'm saying …