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12:45 AM ET, June 4, 2010

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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 …
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CNN:
TRENDING: 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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Gawker
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.
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.
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
The Times to Host Political Polling Site FiveThirtyEight  —  The New York Times said Thursday that it would begin hosting the popular blog FiveThirtyEight and make its founder, Nate Silver, a regular contributor to the newspaper and the Sunday magazine.  —  Mr. Silver, a statistical wizard …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
FiveThirtyEight to Partner with New York Times
Zoe Magee / ABCNEWS:
American, 19, Among Gaza Flotilla Dead  —  Furkan Dogan Was Shot Five Times, Including Four Times in Head  —  A U.S. citizen who lived in Turkey is among the nine people killed when Israeli commandos stormed a Turkish aid ship heading for the Gaza Strip, officials said today.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Gaza flotilla incident 'not good for Israel's long-term security'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Nation
Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
Operation Make the World Hate Us  —  The assault on the ‘Mavi Marmara’ was wrong, and a gift to Israel's enemies.  —  Israel does not need enemies: it has itself.  Or more precisely: it has its government.  The Netanyahu-Barak government has somehow found a way to lose the moral high ground …
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Marco Rubio / Marco Rubio for US Senate:
“Of Course, We Should Stand With Israel”  —  I am alarmed that our long-standing solidarity with Israel has been thrown into doubt by a White House that seems to be playing a proverbial game of jump ball, whereby the world wonders on which side America will stand.  Of course, we should stand with Israel.
Michael B. Oren / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: An Assault on Israel, Cloaked in Peace  —  PEACE activists are people who demonstrate nonviolently for peaceful co-existence and human rights.  The mob that assaulted Israeli special forces on the deck of the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara on Monday was not motivated by peace.
UCAR:
Ocean currents likely to carry oil along Atlantic coast … BOULDER—A detailed computer modeling study released today indicates that oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico might soon extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and open ocean as early as this summer.
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Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
BP Oil: Coming Soon to a Beach Near You
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Corrente
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The Huffington Post:
Bobby Jindal Asks Obama To End Moratorium On Deepwater Drilling
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Interior Dept. denies it has extended drilling freeze to shallow gulf waters
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Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama, Arizona Gov. Brewer face off over illegal immigration
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 Hill:
White House, N.Y. Dems: No job offers made in Senate race  —  The White House and New York Democrats said Wednesday they didn't play let's make a deal to avoid a contentious Senate primary.  —  New York Reps. Steve Israel, Carolyn Maloney and Carolyn McCarthy along with former Rep. Harold Ford …
Discussion: The Politico
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Anybody left who hasn't been offered a payoff job by the Obama …
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Ted Roelofs / MLive.com:
'I'd do it again' former President Bush tells Grand Rapids crowd about waterboarding terrorists … GRAND RAPIDS — Former President George W. Bush was by turns affable, relaxed — and deadly serious in his local appearance Wednesday.  —  “Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,” …
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David Weigel / Right Now:
Interview: Alexander Zaitchik on his new biography of Glenn Beck, ‘Common Nonsense’  —  Last summer, when Glenn Beck was rocketing from talk radio stardom to the status of a national icon, he got the full profile treatment from Alexander Zaitchik at Salon.  That profile was the first serious …
Igor / Think Progress:
O'Reilly compares gay people to al Qaeda.  —  Last night, culture warrior Bill O'Reilly ran a segment about a new gay-themed McDonald's ad airing in France.  After previewing the ad, which shows a young man talking on the phone with his boyfriend, O'Reilly asked Fox News anchor Jane Skinner …
Cubachi:
Gov. Christie to NJEA bullies taking money from taxpayers: “You punch them, I punch you.”  —  Governor Chris Christie gives remarks regarding teachers and the teachers Union, the NJEA during a Town Hall Meeting in Robbinsville, NJ.  —  Christie explained that his fight is not against teachers.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: ‘Wonderful story’ if LeBron James stays in Cleveland  —  The country's basketball-fan-in-chief seemed to change his tune on NBA superstar LeBron James' potential free agent destination on Thursday.  —  In an interview with CNN's Larry King, President Barack Obama said it would be …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
The Muslim Brotherhood's Flotilla  —  Western press accounts have enumerated the many left-wing human rights activists who were among the Gaza-bound flotilla's passengers earlier this week.  But there were other, more conspicuous passengers aboard the ships.  The Muslim Brotherhood, in particular, was well-represented.
Kos / Daily Kos:
NV-Sen: Teabagger leads GOP field, Harry Reid back from the dead  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 5/31-62.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (4/26-28 results)  —  Republican Primary MoE 5%  —  Sharon Angle (R) 34 (13)  —  Sue Lowden (R) 25 (38)  —  Danny Tarkanian (R) 24 (28)  —  Ouch.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Rush Songs Not For Rent To Rand Paul  —  The rock band Rush has sent Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul a distant early warning: stop using our music.  —  Paul, who has quickly stepped into the limelight, used the Rush song “Tom Sawyer” in a Web video, and his campaign has also played “The Spirit of Radio” at a rally.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Brian Williams To Mediaite: “The President Might Have Had His Scenario Off By 180 Degrees”  —  NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was remarkably candid in respectfully rebuking President Obama's criticism of the media in an exclusive interview with Mediaite from the Gulf Coast.
Ezra Klein:
The global economy isn't zero-sum  —  Matt Miller's got a very good column on education today that allows me to make an almost entirely unrelated point about the way China (and, for that matter, India) gets used in the domestic political conversation.  Miller's column argues that we need …
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ron Paul: Obama facing too much blame on oil spill
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich trial will spotlight worst elements of state's political culture
Financial Times:
Google to hand over intercepted data
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
Kos / Daily Kos:
Mark Kirk exaggerated Desert Storm service in constituent letter
Discussion: Clout St
Todd J. Zywicki / Washington Times:
Durbin regulations are aimed at your wallet
Wall Street Journal:
Beating Up on Israel  —  The world's powers find it easier …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Gary Scharrer / Houston Chronicle:
Lobbyists turn to gun permits to skip lines at Capitol
Discussion: Think Progress
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