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2:40 AM ET, June 4, 2010

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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
SC senator: We've 'got one raghead in the White House, we don't need a raghead in the governor's mansion.'  —  Today, the Christian Broadcasting Network published a story about Nikki Haley, the frontrunner to become South Carolina's GOP gubernatorial nominee, saying that she …
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CNN:
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Gawker
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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.
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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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
FiveThirtyEight to Partner with New York Times
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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Pamela Geller / Big Government:
Middle East Crisis: Always Side with the Civilized Man  —  In the post-American world, a convoy of war ships trussed up as a “flotilla” is affectionately called “humanitarian aid.”  And now the world is demanding a full-on “investigation” of Israel's defensive action.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Gaza flotilla incident 'not good for Israel's long-term security'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Nation
Aljazeera:
Turkey holds activists' funerals
Robert L. Pollock / Wall Street Journal:
Erdogan and the Decline of the Turks
Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
Operation Make the World Hate Us  —  The assault on the ‘Mavi Marmara’ was wrong, and a gift to Israel's enemies.  —  Israel does not need enemies: it has itself.  Or more precisely: it has its government.  The Netanyahu-Barak government has somehow found a way to lose the moral high ground …
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Michael B. Oren / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: An Assault on Israel, Cloaked in Peace  —  PEACE activists are people who demonstrate nonviolently for peaceful co-existence and human rights.  The mob that assaulted Israeli special forces on the deck of the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara on Monday was not motivated by peace.
Marco Rubio / Marco Rubio for US Senate:   “Of Course, We Should Stand With Israel”
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The Huffington Post:
Bobby Jindal Asks Obama To End Moratorium On Deepwater Drilling
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Interior Dept. denies it has extended drilling freeze to shallow gulf waters
UCAR:
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.
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.
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Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama, Arizona Gov. Brewer face off over illegal immigration
David Weigel / Right Now:
Interview: Alexander Zaitchik on his new biography of Glenn Beck, ‘Common Nonsense’  —  Last summer, when Glenn Beck was rocketing from talk radio stardom to the status of a national icon, he got the full profile treatment from Alexander Zaitchik at Salon.  That profile was the first serious …
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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Cubachi:
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.
Igor / Think Progress:
O'Reilly compares gay people to al Qaeda.  —  Last night, culture warrior Bill O'Reilly ran a segment about a new gay-themed McDonald's ad airing in France.  After previewing the ad, which shows a young man talking on the phone with his boyfriend, O'Reilly asked Fox News anchor Jane Skinner …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: ‘Wonderful story’ if LeBron James stays in Cleveland  —  The country's basketball-fan-in-chief seemed to change his tune on NBA superstar LeBron James' potential free agent destination on Thursday.  —  In an interview with CNN's Larry King, President Barack Obama said it would be …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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 …
Discussion: The Politico
Kos / Daily Kos:
NV-Sen: Teabagger leads GOP field, Harry Reid back from the dead  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 5/31-62.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (4/26-28 results)  —  Republican Primary MoE 5%  —  Sharon Angle (R) 34 (13)  —  Sue Lowden (R) 25 (38)  —  Danny Tarkanian (R) 24 (28)  —  Ouch.
Ezra Klein:
The global economy isn't zero-sum  —  Matt Miller's got a very good column on education today that allows me to make an almost entirely unrelated point about the way China (and, for that matter, India) gets used in the domestic political conversation.  Miller's column argues that we need …
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 …
Capitol Weekly:
Tracking poll shows Whitman, Fiorina pulling away  —  Former eBay executive Meg Whitman holds a commanding lead over Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in the June 8 Republican gubernatorial primary.  In the GOP Senate primary, former HP President P HP Carly Fiorina has pulled away from rival Tom Campbell …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Rush Songs Not For Rent To Rand Paul  —  The rock band Rush has sent Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul a distant early warning: stop using our music.  —  Paul, who has quickly stepped into the limelight, used the Rush song “Tom Sawyer” in a Web video, and his campaign has also played “The Spirit of Radio” at a rally.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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