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11:05 PM ET, June 3, 2010

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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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John / Power Line:
Time For A Change  —  The New York Times headlines: “An American Citizen Was Among the Dead on the Flotilla.” … ABC headlines: “American, 19, Among Gaza Flotilla Dead.” … The facts are not entirely clear, but it appears that Dogan was born in the United States to Turkish parents who returned to Turkey not long thereafter.
Robert L. Pollock / Wall Street Journal:
Erdogan and the Decline of the Turks  —  When I asked the prime minister about stories alleging a U.S.-Israeli murder and organ selling scheme in Iraq, he could not bring himself to condemn them.  —  Israeli special forces and their commanders were apparently shocked to find their boarding attempt …
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.
Marco Rubio / Marco Rubio for US Senate:   “Of Course, We Should Stand With Israel”
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Gaza flotilla incident 'not good for Israel's long-term security'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Nation
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
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
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.
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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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The Politico:
W.H. political team stumbles, bumbles
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Anybody left who hasn't been offered a payoff job by the Obama …
Discussion: 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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Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama, Arizona Gov. Brewer face off over illegal immigration
Discussion: Mother Jones and TalkLeft
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.
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 …
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.
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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.
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Admiral Says Oil Pipe Is Cut, a Key Step in Halting Leak  —  NEW ORLEANS — Delicately manipulating a 20-foot-long shear at depths of nearly a mile, technicians successfully snipped a key riser pipe on Thursday in their effort to contain the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Huffington Post:
Bobby Jindal Asks Obama To End Moratorium On Deepwater Drilling  —  The White House has responded to Jindal, see update below.  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wrote President Obama a letter on Wednesday criticizing his decision to implement a temporary moratorium of deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Beating Up on Israel  —  The world's powers find it easier to denounce small nations like Israel than take on large and difficult problems like Iran or North Korea.  —  The ease with which the world's governments condemned Israel over the flotilla incident has been something to behold.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Kos / Daily Kos:
Mark Kirk exaggerated Desert Storm service in constituent letter  —  It never ends with this guy.  Here's Mark Kirk, writing a constituent:: … Wow, Kirk served in Desert Storm?  He's proud enough of that letter that he posted it on his official House site.  But, it's not technically true.
Discussion: Clout St
Thomas Spencer / The Birmingham:
Artur Davis says he won't run for office again after loss in Alabama governor's race … Four-term congressman Artur Davis, in the wake of a resounding rejection of his bid to be Alabama's governor, said Wednesday that his political career was over.  —  “I have no interest in running for political office again,” Davis said.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Director James Cameron says BP turned down help offer  —  PALOS VERDES, Calif (Reuters) - Film director and deep-sea explorer James Cameron said on Wednesday that BP Plc turned down his offer to help combat the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  —  “Over the last few weeks I've watched …
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Financial Times:
Google to hand over intercepted data
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
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