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11:05 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 …
Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
Hiring weak in May except for Census workers, U.S. says  —  Unemployment rate falls to 9.7% as 322,000 drop out of labor force  —  Markets unsettled by jobless data  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Nonfarm payrolls grew by a seasonally adjusted 431,000 in May, but virtually all the new jobs …
Discussion: Hot Air
Chris Isidore /
May jobs report: Census boosts payrolls  —  NEW YORK ( — A flood of temporary Census workers in May led to the biggest jump in jobs in ten years, the government reported Friday.  —  Employers added 431,000 jobs in the month, up from 290,000 jobs added in April.
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Job growth disappoints
Discussion: Commentary
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Private Sector Added Few Jobs in May
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog and Open Left
May jobs report a political mixed bag
Discussion: The Swamp
Christina Romer / White Blog Feed:
The Employment Situation in May  —  Today's employment situation …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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 …
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.
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.
Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
Operation Make the World Hate Us
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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Seattle Times:
Israel refuses to commit suicide
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Maggie's Farm
Eric Posner / Wall Street Journal:
The Gaza Blockade and International Law
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Opinio Juris
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
Alex Pepper / ABCNEWS:
California Considers ‘Top Two’ Primary System  —  ‘Top Two’ Proposal Championed by Governor, Opposed by Parties  —  The June 8 primary election in California could be the last of its kind, as a ballot initiative seeks to dramatically change the electoral process, opening the possibility …
Discussion: CNN
Laura Bush: Obama Doing All He Can on Spill  —  'They're Doing Everything They Can ... Just Like We Did With Katrina,' Former First Lady Says  —  It's easy to cast blame about President Obama's response to the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf, but former first lady Laura Bush believes he's doing …
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Kirk apologizes, acknowledges more errors in military resume  —  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk apologized today for erroneous statements about his 21-year record as a Navy Reserve intelligence officer and acknowledged more discrepancies between his actual service and the political rhetoric describing his actions.
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Payrolls in U.S. Increase in May Less Than Forecast
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Discussion: Cubachi
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Buzz
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Discussion: Think Progress and Prairie Weather
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Middle East Crisis: Always Side with the Civilized Man
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Atlas Shrugs
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