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11:40 AM ET, June 4, 2010


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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
U.S. Added 431,000 Jobs in May, Mostly From Census  —  Employers added 431,000 nonfarm jobs nationwide in May, the biggest increase in a single month in a decade, the Labor Department said Friday.  But the bulk of the growth was in government jobs, driven by hiring for the Census, and private-sector job growth was weak.
Futures Extend Losses After Jobs Report  —  US stock futures extended their losses Friday after a report showed fewer jobs were added to nonfarm payrolls last month and most of those were temporary census workers.  —  MARKET PULSE  —  US employers added 431,000 jobs to nonfarm payrolls in May …
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Job growth disappoints
Discussion: Commentary
Christina Romer / White Blog Feed:
The Employment Situation in May  —  Today's employment situation …
Discussion: Washington Wire
May jobs report a political mixed bag
Discussion: The Swamp
Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
Hiring weak in May except for Census workers, U.S. says
Discussion: Hot Air
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
SC senator: We've 'got one raghead in the White House, we don't need a raghead in the governor's mansion.'  —  Today, the Christian Broadcasting Network published a story about Nikki Haley, the frontrunner to become South Carolina's GOP gubernatorial nominee, saying that she …
The State:
Knotts uses slur to describe Haley, Obama  —  State Sen. Jake Knotts, R-Lexington, used the word, “raghead” to describe Republican gubernatorial frontrunner Rep. Nikki Haley, also of Lexington County, and President Barack Obama during an online political talk show Thursday evening.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
S.C. Republicans condemn ‘raghead’ comment  —  South Carolina Republicans were quick Thursday evening to condemn the remarks of a prominent Republican State Senator, Jake Knotts, who referred to a gubernatorial candidate as a “raghead” on an online political show today.
Nikki Haley called ‘raghead’ by political opponent  —  'We already got one raghead in the White House, we don't need a raghead in the governor's mansion,' a South Carolina Republican said Thursday referring to the president and Nikki Haley, pictured.  —  (CNN) - A longtime South Carolina state Senator …
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
We had no choice, commando who killed 6 tells ‘Post’  —  “They were coming at us with murder in their eyes,” says S., describing the “battlefield” aboard the ‘Mavi Marmara’; He hit the deck to see three officers lying wounded.  —  Talkbacks (18)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Israel Navy: 3 commandos nearly taken hostage in Gaza flotilla raid  —  According to preliminary navy investigation, some passengers on the Mavi Marmara boat dragged three unconscious commandos into one of the passenger halls below deck.  —  During Israel's takeover of a Turkish ship …
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Reporters Dispute Israeli Account of Raid
Washington Post:
Those troublesome Jews  —  The world is outraged at Israel's blockade of Gaza.  Turkey denounces its illegality, inhumanity, barbarity, etc.  The usual U.N. suspects, Third World and European, join in.  The Obama administration dithers.  —  But as Leslie Gelb, former president of the Council …
Eric Posner / Wall Street Journal:
The Gaza Blockade and International Law
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Opinio Juris
Charles Krauthammer / Seattle Times:
Israel refuses to commit suicide
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Maggie's Farm
Obama Heads to Gulf as Spill ‘Furor’ Shifts Toward White House  —  President Barack Obama showed he knew a thing or two about oil tar balls when he arrived last week on Fourchon Beach in Louisiana.  —  “Either the boom soaks stuff up, or manually you can pick up these tar balls as they're coming ashore,” he told a group of reporters.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Dean's World
New York Times:
Preoccupied by Oil Spill, White House Delays Pacific Trip  —  NEW ORLEANS -The cap that has been placed over the leaking oil well a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico has begun to collect some of the oil, officials said Friday, but it was not yet clear whether the latest attempt to contain the spill would succeed.
Jan Crawford / CBS News:
EXCLUSIVE: Documents Show Kagan's Liberal Opinion on Social Issues  —  Elena Kagan has kept her cards so close to the vest that in the days after President Obama nominated her to the Supreme Court, some on the left worried she was too moderate to replace liberal Justice John Paul Stevens.
The Huffington Post:
Bush's Glib Waterboarding Admission Sparks Outrage  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  George W. Bush's casual acknowledgment Wednesday that he had Khalid Sheikh Mohammed waterboarded — and would do it again — has horrified some former military and intelligence officials who argue …
David Catanese / The Politico:
Jobs flap seeps across Senate map  —  Blowback from White House attempts to dangle administration jobs in front of insurgent Democratic challengers is now threatening to burn candidates in some of the most competitive Senate contests in the nation, expanding the scope of damage well beyond the two states where the furor originated.
Discussion: The Page
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Amateur blogosphere, RIP … Only five years ago, the progressive political blogosphere was still predominately a gathering place for amateur (that is, unpaid or barely paid) journalists and activists unattached to existing media companies and advocacy organizations.  Those days are almost completely over.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Top of the ballot: Sue Lowden will be working this weekend  —  New polls show a top Nevada Republican trailing in her party's Senate primary, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) closes with Bill Clinton ahead of Tuesday's runoff and Sarah Palin endorses former Gov. Terry Branstad (R) via — what else?
Jose Martinez / NY Daily News:
Debrahlee Lorenzana sues Citigroup, claims bank fired her for being too sexy  —  Debrahlee Lorenzana, 33, of Queens, is suing her ex-employer, Citigroup, for sexual harassment, alleging she was fired because she wore clothes that were ‘too distracting.’  —  A Latina lovely says her bosses …
Washington Post:
U.S. ‘secret war’ expands globally as Special Operations forces take larger role  —  Beneath its commitment to soft-spoken diplomacy and beyond the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Obama administration has significantly expanded a largely secret U.S. war against al-Qaeda and other radical groups …
Discussion: Emptywheel and Global Guerrillas
Boston Globe:
Caught in the oil  —  A short entry - AP Photographer Charlie Riedel just filed the following images of seabirds caught in the oil slick on a beach on Louisiana's East Grand Terre Island.  As BP engineers continue their efforts to cap the underwater flow of oil, landfall is becoming more frequent, and the effects more evident.
The Huffington Post:
Dave Reichert Flip-Flops on Republican Health Care Repeal Effort  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  When he's in Washington, D.C., Dave Reichert wants to repeal health care reform.  Back in Washington state, the Republican Congressman says that calls for repeal are mere political posturing.
Robert Reich / The Huffington Post:
Why We're Falling Into a Double-Dip Recession  —  We're falling into a double-dip recession.  —  The Labor Department reports this morning that the private sector added a measly 41,000 net new jobs in May.  But at least 100,000 new jobs are needed every month just to keep up with population growth.
Ken Paulson /
The myth of ‘media bias’  —  President and chief operating officer, Newseum and First Amendment Center  —  At a time when America seems polarized over virtually every major issue, there's one thing that politicians of all persuasions can agree on: The media are biased.
New York Post:
Rick Lazio upstaged by Jeb Bush, Carl Paladino  —  Jeb Bush — who was always derisively referred to as the smartest of the Bush brothers — seemed presidential at the state Republican convention at the Sheraton New York on Wednesday night.  —  After Fox News pundit Monica Crowley fired …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Carla Hinton / Daily Oklahoman:
Oklahoma City woman's art featuring weapon-toting Virgin Mary …
Jimmy Orr / Top of the Ticket:
Rand Paul can't play “Tom Sawyer” on the campaign trail?  Rush says no!
IDF Spokesperson's / Israel Defense Force Spokesperson:
Unloading of Humanitarian Aid from the Flotilla Continues, 3 June 2010
Discussion: The Jawa Report and
Alex Pepper / ABCNEWS:
California Considers ‘Top Two’ Primary System
Discussion: CNN
Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann is cool to mainstream media, and an increasingly hot property
Discussion: Romenesko
Laura Bush: Obama Doing All He Can on Spill
 Earlier Items: 
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Payrolls in U.S. Increase in May Less Than Forecast
Joe Lauria / Wall Street Journal:
Turkish Imam Criticizes Flotilla
Discussion: Cubachi
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Report Warned Wal-Mart of Risks Before Bias Suit
Discussion: Law Blog and The BLT
Cheri Jacobus / Pundits Blog:
Jimmy Carter + Rod Blagojevich = Barack Obama
Oil-fearing Florida wants more aid
Discussion: The Buzz
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Pentagon Told to Save Billions for Use in War
Discussion: Think Progress and Prairie Weather
Pamela Geller / Big Government:
Middle East Crisis: Always Side with the Civilized Man
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Atlas Shrugs
Gov. Christie to NJEA bullies taking money from taxpayers …