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9:50 AM ET, June 3, 2010


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The Politico:
Romanoff: W.H. suggested three jobs  —  Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff confirmed Wednesday that Jim Messina, President Barack Obama's deputy chief of staff, had suggested three administration jobs that would be available to him if he dropped his plans to run against U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet …
The Politico:
W.H. political team stumbles, bumbles  —  They toppled Hillary Clinton, crushed John McCain and managed to get the first black man elected president of the United States.  —  But now a series of recent missteps just keeps getting worse for Barack Obama's political operation …
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.
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
New Israeli Tack Needed on Gaza, U.S. Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration considers Israel's blockade of Gaza to be untenable and plans to press for another approach to ensure Israel's security while allowing more supplies into the impoverished Palestinian area, senior American officials said Wednesday.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Colorado Dem: Actually, the White House offered me three jobs to quit the primary  —  Not only does he name names — as the Denver Post originally reported, it was indeed deputy chief of staff Jim Messina who contacted him about dropping out — but he's actually released Messina's e-mail …
Anchorman / The Daily Caller:
Anchor accuses own network of ‘embarrassing’ bias in Israel coverage  —  What you' re about to read is perfectly true.  I came within a butterfly fart of firing this memo off to my boss this morning in a fit of real rage.  But my wife, yet again, intervened.  —  “You've been whining like this for ten years.
Discussion: Don Surber and Weasel Zippers
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Andrew Romanoff details contacts with White House over potential jobs  —  updated 6:30 a.m. Thursday The White House has just released its first official statement about the contact between former Colorado State House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and deputy White House chief of staff Jim Messina regarding Romanoff's Senate aspirations.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Democratic Senate Candidate: White House Floated Possible Jobs If I Chose to Not Run Against Incumbent  —  Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker of the Colorado house of representatives, issued a statement Wednesday evening claiming that the White House raised the possibility that he might …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
News Analysis: Oil Leak Crimps White House Agenda  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is supposed to leave Washington in 10 days for Indonesia, Australia and Guam, but with oil still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, some in the White House are wondering whether the weeklong trip should be scrubbed.
Michael Booth / Denver Post:
Romanoff confirms White House job discussions  —  U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff said publicly for the first time Wednesday that a White House deputy discussed three specific jobs that “might be available” if Romanoff dropped a primary challenge to a fellow Democrat, Sen. Michael Bennet.
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
AP Sources: Admin talked jobs with Romanoff
MJ Rosenberg / The Huffington Post:
Lying About the Gaza Flotilla Attack
Reuters:   Q&A: Is Israel's naval blockade of Gaza legal?
The Muqata:
Exclusive: Interview with Senior Israeli Official from COGAT
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McCain says Obama helped create environment for flotilla controversy
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Charge to Obama: ‘Go off!’  —  President Obama goes one-on-one with Larry King on Thursday night to talk about the oil spill, economic turmoil and war.  Don't miss the president on “Larry King Live,” 9 p.m. ET Thursday, only on CNN.  —  (CNN) — In the weeks since an oil rig exploded …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Dr. Helen
Haley, Bauer square off in forum hour after 2nd affair rumor surfaces … Haley.  —  WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Fireworks of a political nature opened the GOP Candidates Forum Wednesday night when gubernatorial hopefuls Nikki Haley and Andre Bauer were asked about a second set of allegations …
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and
Ibnkafka / Ibn Kafka's obiter dicta:
Gaza flotilla: How Israel's ministry of foreign affairs fakes photos of seized weapons  —  On the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs' Flickr page, the pictures of the so-called weapons seized on the ships taking part in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla provide ample evidence of the deviousness of those darned anti-semitic terrorists.
Diana Olick / Realty Check with Diana Olick:
Housing Double Dip a Done Deal  —  Everybody take a nice long look at today's Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors, because it's just about the last positive picture we're going to see for a while.  —  Yes, the index rose even more than expected …
Chile hunts Holloway suspect over Peru killing  —  Woman slain exactly 5 years after U.S. teen's disappearance in Aruba  —  LIMA, Peru - Police in Chile are checking hotels for a young Dutchman long suspected in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway and now believed to be involved in the killing of a woman in Peru.
Natalee Holloway Suspect Joran Van Der Sloot Sought in Peru Murder
Discussion: TVNewser, Scared Monkeys and TalkLeft
Haya El Nasser / USA Today:
Census Bureau makes changes after sex offender hired  —  The Census Bureau has made some changes to its hiring and security procedures after reports that a convicted sex offender was hired to go door-to-door in New Jersey and an undercover video surfaced showing Census supervisors paying workers for hours they did not work.
Shaughn Adeleye / Big Government:
Undercover Census Fraud Investigation: Louisiana
Discussion: RedState
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 …
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Nuclear Option on Gulf Oil Spill?  No Way, U.S. Says  —  The chatter began weeks ago as armchair engineers brainstormed for ways to stop the torrent of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico: What about nuking the well?  —  Decades ago, the Soviet Union reportedly used nuclear blasts …
Discussion: The Oil Drum, Gawker and Dot Earth
John Leland / New York Times:
Opponents of Abortion Advance Cause at State Level  —  At least 11 states have passed laws this year regulating or restricting abortion, giving opponents of abortion what partisans on both sides of the issue say is an unusually high number of victories.  In four additional states …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Data Used to Justify Health Savings Effort Is Sometimes Shaky  —  In selling the health care overhaul to Congress, the Obama administration cited a once obscure research group at Dartmouth College to claim that it could not only cut billions in wasteful health care spending but make people healthier by doing so.
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Los Angeles Students to Be Taught That Arizona Immigration Law Is Un-American  —  The Los Angeles Unified School District school board wants all public school students in the city to be taught that Arizona's new immigration law is un-American.  —  The school board president …
Discussion: Truthdig
The Hill:
BP paid for officials' trips, meals  —  BP and others in the oil and gas industry have paid for dozens of trips and meals for officials at federal agencies deeply involved in Washington's response to the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  —  A review by The Hill of gift reports on file …
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U.N. Iran sanctions likely delayed
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Yahoo! News:
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Bradley A. Smith / National Review:
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Carville doesn't regret ripping W.H.
Discussion: CNN
George W. Bush joins Facebook
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