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11:20 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 …
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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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
White House Confirms Discussing Jobs With Candidate
Discussion: Althouse
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:   Political problems converging on Obama White House all at once
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Democratic Senate Candidate: White House Floated Possible Jobs …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and KimPriestap
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: Laura Rozen's Blog and The Page
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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.
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.
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 Daily Kos
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,” …
Discussion: theblogprof and Don Surber
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
TRENDING: Bush: No regrets for waterboarding  —  (CNN) - In some of his most candid comments since leaving the White House, former President George W. Bush said Wednesday he has no regrets about authorizing the controversial waterboarding technique to interrogate terrorist suspects and wouldn't hesitate to do so again.
Associated Press:
Bush defends waterboard Khalid Sheik Mohammed
Discussion: Think Progress, Guardian and Commentary
Jim Davenport / ABCNEWS:
Female Gov Hopeful Faces 2nd Sex Claim  —  Woman running for SC governor bashing claim of another affair made by accuser with no proof  —  A South Carolina lobbyist resigned from a rival political campaign on Wednesday and then became the second man to claim he had a tryst …
Discussion: The Politico, Gawker and Power Line
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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.
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Kristi Keck / CNN:
Charge to Obama: ‘Go off!’
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Dr. Helen
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.
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).
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.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
GOP senator criticizes anti-tax pledge  —  Sen. George Voinovich (Ohio) said the anti-tax pledge signed by his fellow Republicans conflicts with their responsibility as lawmakers to deal with the country's $13 trillion debt problem.  —  “I think that a lot of my colleagues have taken the pledge …
Discussion: The New Republic and Wonk Room
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.
CNN:
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 …
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Los Angeles Students to Be Taught That Arizona Immigration Law Is Un-American  —  The Los Angeles Unified School District school board wants all public school students in the city to be taught that Arizona's new immigration law is un-American.  —  The school board president …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Truthdig
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 …
Discussion: msnbc.com
 
 
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
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Yahoo! News:
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The White House:
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Carville doesn't regret ripping W.H.
Discussion: CNN and Don Surber