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3:20 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 …
Aljazeera:
Turkey will “never forgive” Israel
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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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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
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 …
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:
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.
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Suffolk University:
Angle Surges into Lead in Nevada Senate GOP Primary; Suffolk …
Discussion: Washington Wire and msnbc.com
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 …
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 …
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
BP Oil: Coming to a Beach Near You in Summer 2010  —  The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) just released this horrifying animation of how ocean currents may carry all the oil in the Gulf of Mexico.  According to their computer modeling of currents and the oil, the spill …
Discussion: Dot Earth, NO QUARTER and Corrente
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 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.
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” …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Brian Williams To Mediaite: “The President Might Have Had His Scenario Off By 180 Degrees”  —  NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was remarkably candid in respectfully rebuking President Obama's criticism of the media in an exclusive interview with Mediaite from the Gulf Coast.
Discussion: Hot Air, Pajamas Media and RedState
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Telling Interview with the Director of Amnesty Israel  —  Via Avi Bell, here's a fascinating interview with Itai Epstein, Director of Amnesty International in Israel.  —  The interviewer asks some fairly sharp questions, and he gets answers filled with addled logic that amount to …
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon
Mallory Simon / This Just In:
Interpol: Joran van der Sloot arrested in Santiago  —  Joran van der Sloot is being investigated in connection with the death of Stephany Flores Ramirez, right, and was a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.  —  [Updated at 1:13 p.m.] Joran van der Sloot has been arrested …
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.
 
 
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Dawson Bell / Detroit Free Press:
Hoekstra, Dillon hold leads in gubernatorial race
Associated Press:
Obama's Oil Panel May Tackle Energy, Environment
Discussion: RedState
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
When Governments Choose To Pay For Medicine, They Also Choose …
Adam / A List Of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago:
ALLISON BLACK OF BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, COME ON DOWN!
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Max Blumenthal:
Under Scrutiny, IDF Retracts Claims About Flotilla's Al Qaeda Links
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Federal debt tops $13 trillion mark
WHNT-TV:
Rep. Parker Griffith Discusses Loss in Tuesday's Primary
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