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2:05 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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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 …
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.
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Flotilla Debate: Glenn Greenwald vs Eliot Spitzer
Discussion: Daily Kos and Daily Mail
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 …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:   TRENDING: Bush: No regrets for waterboarding
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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Jim Davenport / ABCNEWS:
Female Gov Hopeful Faces 2nd Sex Claim
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Haley denies second rumored affair
Discussion: The Note
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 …
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Tristero / Hullabaloo:
Two Letters From The Times  —  The Times has some astute letter writers:
Paul Krugman:
Things Everyone In Chicago Knows  —  Which happen not to be true.  —  It was deeply depressing to see Raguram Rajan write this: … That's a claim that has been refuted over and over again.  But what happens, I believe, is that in Chicago they don't listen at all to what the unbelievers say and write …
People.com:
Golden Girls Star Rue McClanahan Dies at 76  —  Golden Girl Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76.  —  “She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning,” her manager, Barbara Lawrence, tells PEOPLE.  “She had a massive stroke.”  —  McClanahan, who played man-happy Blanche Devereaux …
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 …
Jeff Jarvis / New York Post:
How not to save news  —  The Federal Trade Commis sion says it wants to save journalism.  I'm not sure who asked it to.  —  In a just-released “staff discussion draft” of “potential policy recommendations to support the reinvention of journalism,” the agency only circles its wagons around old newspapers …
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 …
Keitholbermann / Baseball Nerd:
Sources: Commissioner Selig Reviews Galarraga Game  —  Major League Baseball sources with direct knowledge of the meeting confirm that key members of baseball's hierarchy were to convene this morning in New York to review the circumstances of Umpire Jim Joyce's erroneous “safe” …
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.
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.
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 … and Economix
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
New memos detail Republican Frederic Malek's role in Nixon campaign against Jews  —  Frederic V. Malek, who is among Washington's wealthiest Republican power brokers, is discovering that even a single problematic episode in government service can be hard to shake.
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.
Tom Scheck / Minnesota Public Radio:
Pawlenty to raise money for Rubio  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has a fundraiser scheduled on Friday for Marco Rubio, a Republican running for U.S. Senate in Florida.  Pawlenty, former MNGOP Chair Bill Cooper and former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz will host a luncheon for Rubio at the Minneapolis Club on Friday.
Discussion: Right Now, The Page and msnbc.com
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).
Adam / A List Of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago:
ALLISON BLACK OF BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, COME ON DOWN!  Any moment now, the first speller will step the microphone in the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt of Washington, D.C. to begin the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  —  The competitors are guaranteed two turns before the microphone today …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Connecticut Senate  —  Connecticut Senate: Blumenthal 56%, McMahon 33%  —  Democrat Richard Blumenthal apparently has weathered charges that he exaggerated his military service in Vietnam for years and is running as strongly as ever against both his Republican challengers in Connecticut's race for the U.S. Senate.
WHNT-TV:
Rep. Parker Griffith Discusses Loss in Tuesday's Primary  —  Congressman said he wasn't the voters' choice, and appreciates them making that clear in the election  —  HUNTSVILLE, AL - Congressman Parker Griffith said voters made their choice on Tuesday, and it was clear he wasn't it.
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
 
 
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Max Blumenthal:
Under Scrutiny, IDF Retracts Claims About Flotilla's Al Qaeda Links
Discussion: The Nation and Emptywheel
Mark Havnes / Salt Lake Tribune:
Hatch hammers ‘tax-and-spend’ White House
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Brian Williams To Mediaite: “The President Might Have Had His …
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
New York Times:
Bids Submitted for Newsweek Sale
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Magazine
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Federal debt tops $13 trillion mark
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Tea Party Extremism
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
GOP senator criticizes anti-tax pledge
Discussion: The New Republic and Wonk Room
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Chris Richards / Washington Post:
Gershwin Prize event at White House: A really big night for Sir Paul McCartney
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Davis' Defeat.
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
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Economy at Carnegie Mellon University