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9:40 AM ET, June 4, 2010


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The State:
Knotts uses slur to describe Haley, Obama  —  State Sen. Jake Knotts, R-Lexington, used the word, “raghead” to describe Republican gubernatorial frontrunner Rep. Nikki Haley, also of Lexington County, and President Barack Obama during an online political talk show Thursday evening.
TRENDING: Nikki Haley called ‘raghead’ by political opponent  —  'We already got one raghead in the White House, we don't need a raghead in the governor's mansion,' a South Carolina Republican said Thursday referring to the president and Nikki Haley, pictured.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
S.C. Republicans condemn ‘raghead’ comment  —  South Carolina Republicans were quick Thursday evening to condemn the remarks of a prominent Republican State Senator, Jake Knotts, who referred to a gubernatorial candidate as a “raghead” on an online political show today.
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
We had no choice, commando who killed 6 tells ‘Post’  —  “They were coming at us with murder in their eyes,” says S., describing the “battlefield” aboard the ‘Mavi Marmara’; He hit the deck to see three officers lying wounded.  —  Talkbacks (18)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Israel Navy: 3 commandos nearly taken hostage in Gaza flotilla raid  —  According to preliminary navy investigation, some passengers on the Mavi Marmara boat dragged three unconscious commandos into one of the passenger halls below deck.  —  During Israel's takeover of a Turkish ship …
Washington Post:
Those troublesome Jews  —  The world is outraged at Israel's blockade of Gaza.  Turkey denounces its illegality, inhumanity, barbarity, etc.  The usual U.N. suspects, Third World and European, join in.  The Obama administration dithers.  —  But as Leslie Gelb, former president of the Council …
Charles Krauthammer / Seattle Times:
Israel refuses to commit suicide
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Maggie's Farm
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The U.S. needs to keep nudging Israel on a Gaza fix
Pamela Geller / Big Government:
Middle East Crisis: Always Side with the Civilized Man
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Atlas Shrugs
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Gaza flotilla incident 'not good for Israel's long-term security'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Nation
Marco Rubio / Marco Rubio for US Senate:   “Of Course, We Should Stand With Israel”
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Amateur blogosphere, RIP … Only five years ago, the progressive political blogosphere was still predominately a gathering place for amateur (that is, unpaid or barely paid) journalists and activists unattached to existing media companies and advocacy organizations.  Those days are almost completely over.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
FiveThirtyEight to Partner with New York Times
The Hill:
White House, N.Y. Dems: No job offers made in Senate race  —  The White House and New York Democrats said Wednesday they didn't play let's make a deal to avoid a contentious Senate primary.  —  New York Reps. Steve Israel, Carolyn Maloney and Carolyn McCarthy along with former Rep. Harold Ford …
David Catanese / The Politico:
Jobs flap seeps across Senate map  —  Blowback from White House attempts to dangle administration jobs in front of insurgent Democratic challengers is now threatening to burn candidates in some of the most competitive Senate contests in the nation, expanding the scope of damage well beyond the two states where the furor originated.
Discussion: The Page
New York Times:
Wal-Mart to Offer Its Workers a College Program  —  FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Now on sale at Wal-Mart: college degrees for its employees.  —  The purveyor of inexpensive jeans and lawnmowers is dipping its toe into the online-education waters, working with a Web-based university to offer …
Discussion: Gawker and Hit & Run
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Report Warned Wal-Mart of Risks Before Bias Suit
Discussion: Law Blog and The BLT
Futures Extend Losses After Jobs Report  —  US stock futures extended their losses Friday after a report showed fewer jobs were added to nonfarm payrolls last month and most of those were temporary census workers.  —  MARKET PULSE  —  US employers added 431,000 jobs to nonfarm payrolls in May …
Discussion: TigerHawk and Scared Monkeys
Jan Crawford / CBS News:
EXCLUSIVE: Documents Show Kagan's Liberal Opinion on Social Issues  —  Elena Kagan has kept her cards so close to the vest that in the days after President Obama nominated her to the Supreme Court, some on the left worried she was too moderate to replace liberal Justice John Paul Stevens.
Boston Globe:
Caught in the oil  —  A short entry - AP Photographer Charlie Riedel just filed the following images of seabirds caught in the oil slick on a beach on Louisiana's East Grand Terre Island.  As BP engineers continue their efforts to cap the underwater flow of oil, landfall is becoming more frequent, and the effects more evident.
Jose Martinez / NY Daily News:
Debrahlee Lorenzana sues Citigroup, claims bank fired her for being too sexy  —  Debrahlee Lorenzana, 33, of Queens, is suing her ex-employer, Citigroup, for sexual harassment, alleging she was fired because she wore clothes that were ‘too distracting.’  —  A Latina lovely says her bosses …
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
U.S. Added 431,000 Jobs in May, Mostly From Census  —  Employers added 431,000 nonfarm jobs nationwide in May, the biggest increase in a single month in a decade, the Labor Department said Friday.  But the bulk of the growth was in government jobs, driven by hiring for the Census, and private-sector job growth was weak.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Cancels Asia Trip as Concern on Spill Mounts  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama canceled his trip to Australia, Indonesia and Guam late Thursday night as oil continued to stream into the Gulf of Mexico in what he has called the worst environmental disaster in American history.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems play up McCain-Romney tensions before campaign visit  —  Democrats played up the 2008 tensions between Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) ahead of a planned trip by Romney on Friday to campaign for McCain.  —  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) …
Discussion: CNN
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Pentagon Told to Save Billions for Use in War  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered the military and the Pentagon's civilian bureaucracy to find tens of billions of dollars in annual savings to pay for war-fighting operations, senior officials said Thursday.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ocean currents likely to carry oil along Atlantic coast … BOULDER—A detailed computer modeling study released today indicates that oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico might soon extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and open ocean as early as this summer.
Gov. Christie to NJEA bullies taking money from taxpayers: “You punch them, I punch you.”  —  Governor Chris Christie gives remarks regarding teachers and the teachers Union, the NJEA during a Town Hall Meeting in Robbinsville, NJ.  —  Christie explained that his fight is not against teachers.
Washington Post:
U.S. ‘secret war’ expands globally as Special Operations forces take larger role  —  Beneath its commitment to soft-spoken diplomacy and beyond the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Obama administration has significantly expanded a largely secret U.S. war against al-Qaeda and other radical groups …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Kirk says he ‘misremembered’ military record  —  Watch live streaming video from chicagosuntimeslive at  —  Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk on Thursday struggled to explain how a decorated Naval intelligence officer such as himself felt the need to exaggerate his military record.
Discussion: Lynn Sweet and Real Clear Politics
Joe Lauria / Wall Street Journal:
Turkish Imam Criticizes Flotilla  —  SAYLORSBURG, Pa.—Imam Fethullah Gülen, a controversial and reclusive U.S. resident who is considered Turkey's most influential religious leader, criticized a Turkish-led flotilla for trying to deliver aid without Israel's consent.
Discussion: Cubachi
Oil-fearing Florida wants more aid  —  PENSACOLA — As tar balls and oil sheen appeared just four miles from Pensacola's beaches Thursday, state leaders demanded oil giant BP pay more money and that the Obama administration pay more attention to the Sunshine State and its thousands of miles of threatened coastline.
Discussion: The Buzz
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Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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