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4:00 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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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: Eunomia, Soccer Dad and Arabist.net
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 …
CNN:
IDF: Hamas stops flotilla aid delivered by Israel
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Atlas Shrugs
Boston Herald:
Barney Frank calls for probe of Gaza raid
Elder of Ziyon:
Danish report from Gaza: “Where's the humanitarian crisis?”
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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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Elections held in Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico
Natasha Korecki / The Blago Blog:
RAHM EMANUEL 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,” one of Rod Blagojevich's lawyers, Shelly Sorosky said today.
Discussion: The Hill
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Blago trial rattles insiders
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times
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
Discussion: CNN and The Note
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
CNN:
Obama making fifth trip to Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Politico
Ginger Rough / Arizona Republic:
Signing Arizona immigration law was never a question for governor  —  Despite report Brewer agonized over SB 1070, she had no doubts  —  When Gov. Jan Brewer stepped to the podium in front of a national television audience on April 23, she was resolute and unwavering in her declaration.
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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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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 any substantive proposals for the president to stop the oil-gush.  His language has been full of rage; he has launched a criminal investigation; he is obviously exasperated; and this is a narrative he simply cannot control.
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.”
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
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Sam Dillon / New York Times:
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