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10:50 AM ET, June 3, 2010


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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
White House Confirms Discussing Jobs With Candidate
Discussion: Althouse
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Democratic Senate Candidate: White House Floated Possible Jobs …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and KimPriestap
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:   Political problems converging on Obama White House all at once
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
AP Sources: Admin talked jobs with Romanoff
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.
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.
Discussion: The Page
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.
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 …
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.
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Flotilla Debate: Glenn Greenwald vs Eliot Spitzer
Discussion: Daily Mail and Associated Press
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
Jim Davenport / ABCNEWS:
Female Gov Hopeful Faces 2nd Sex Claim
Discussion: The Politico, Gawker and Power Line
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 …
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Points a Finger at GOP  —  PITTSBURGH—President Barack Obama, facing political heat from both right and left over his response to the Gulf oil spill, blasted Republicans on Wednesday for what he said was a loosening of regulations on industry at the public's expense.
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Charge to Obama: ‘Go off!’
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Dr. Helen
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Statehouse Picture Slowly Emerging  —  Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics  —  There's now no question that the gubernatorial turnover in November will be historic, with half or more of the states electing new governors (see our previous article on the subject here).
The Right Scoop:
Balls  —  See if you can find the person in this video with balls:  —  Paul Brasel  —  KeninMontana said it best, “That kid has balls that CLANK solid steel.”  Good on him.  —  Robert Mahoney  —  I am glad the picture said it all.  I frankly don't have 7 minutes and 19 seconds to waste on idiots.
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog and
We got the president we elected  —  Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's “The Situation Room,” “AC360°” and “State of the Union,” as well as participating in special event coverage.  —  Washington (CNN) — The news about Al …
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.
The Hill:
BP paid for agency 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 …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Rudy Giuliani on Obama's Response to BP Oil Spill: “If You Taught Leadership 101 This Would Be an Example of Exactly NOT What to Do” (Video)  —  “If you taught Leadership 101 this would be an example of Exactly NOT what to do.”  —  Rudy Giuliani slammed Barack Obama's disgraceful handling of the BP oil spill crisis.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Davis' Defeat.  —  One of the more irritating conservative talking points during the 2008 election and beyond was the Republican complaint that black voters were only voting for Obama because he was black.  In fact black voters were voting for Obama because he was a Democrat …
Chris Richards / Washington Post:
Gershwin Prize event at White House: A really big night for Sir Paul McCartney  —  Hope may have gotten him elected, but in President Obama's White House on Wednesday evening, it was all love.  The reverent, paralyzing, smile-until-your-face-cramps kind of love — all of it aimed at Paul McCartney.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
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Associated Press:
Bush defends waterboard Khalid Sheik Mohammed
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Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
China's struggling soccer program won't field a team in the 2010 World Cup
David Cho / Washington Post:
SEC seeks to ban former ‘auto czar’ from Wall St. activities for up to 3 years
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
U.N. Iran sanctions likely delayed
Discussion: Commentary and
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Los Angeles Students to Be Taught That Arizona Immigration Law Is Un-American
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Truthdig
John Leland / New York Times:
Opponents of Abortion Advance Cause at State Level
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Bradley A. Smith / National Review:
Disclosed Partisanship  —  In February 1996, then-White House aide …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Economy at Carnegie Mellon University
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Carville doesn't regret ripping W.H.
Discussion: CNN and Don Surber