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12:20 PM 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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
White House Confirms Discussing Jobs With Candidate
Discussion: Althouse
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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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?'
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Flotilla Debate: Glenn Greenwald vs Eliot Spitzer
Discussion: Daily Kos and Daily Mail
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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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
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Kiss and Tell, Tell, Tell  —  If chivalry were still alive and well anywhere, I'd expect it to be in South Carolina.  But clearly South Carolina politicos cannot keep their mouths shut about who they've slept with.  —  You'll remember that in one of the text messages Nikki Haley's first accuser …
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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.
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.
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Jon Pareles / New York Times:
McCartney Is Honored at White House
Discussion: Guardian, The Confluence and The Caucus
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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.
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Poll: Angle leads among GOP to face Reid  —  Buoyed by endorsement from top conservatives, Sharron Angle has jumped into the lead among Republicans vying in Tuesday's primary for the right to face off against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this fall, according to a poll released Thursday.
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 …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Raw Story
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).
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kirk still claims award on site  —  Despite the flack he's taken over falsely claiming a military award, Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk still touts the award on his campaign website.  —  UPDATE: The site's been changed.  —  Post Comment  —  Pages  —  He was NOT in Operation Iraqi Freedom
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
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: Raw Story and msnbc.com
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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Oil Companies Weigh Strategies to Fend Off Tougher Regulations
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Crist: Tea Party ‘a positive’
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Jason Beck / MLB.com:
Missed call ends Galarraga's perfect bid
Jeff Jarvis / New York Post:
How not to save news  —  The Federal Trade Commis sion says it wants to save journalism.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
China's struggling soccer program won't field a team in the 2010 World Cup
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Rudy Giuliani on Obama's Response to BP Oil Spill: “If You Taught …
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:
Abortion Foes Advance Cause at State Level
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Economy at Carnegie Mellon University