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5:10 PM ET, June 4, 2010


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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 …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Turkish ambassador calls for Hamas to take part in “final solution”  —  In an unfortunate turn of phrase, the Turkish ambassador to Washington twice said Friday that the terrorist group Hamas is a necessary and important part of the “final solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Israel Derangement Syndrome  —  To read Charles Krauthammer today is to enter a twilight zone of an alternate reality.  A country permanently occupying and colonizing a neighboring region, and treating its original inhabitants as dangerous interlopers, is the victim.
Keep America Safe:
Statement By Liz Cheney On President Obama's Response To The Flotilla Incident  —  Today, Keep America Safe's Liz Cheney released the following statement on President Obama's response to the flotilla incident:  —  “Yesterday, President Obama said the Israeli action to stop the flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip was “tragic.
Foreign Policy:
If Egypt were to accept Gaza refugees...
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon
Eric Posner / Wall Street Journal:
The Gaza Blockade and International Law
Free Times:
THIS JUST IN  —  With a bead of sweat rolling down the side of his face outside a Columbia bar, Republican S.C. Sen. Jake Knotts called Lexington Rep. Nikki Haley, an Indian-American Republican woman running for governor, a “raghead” several times while explaining how he believed she was hiding her true religion from voters.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Haley will ‘resign’ if affairs proved  —  South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is vowing to resign if either of the two men who say they've had an affair with her is ever able to prove it.  —  Both blogger Will Folks and lobbyist Larry Marchant have in the last two weeks claimed …
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.
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Alleged Sex Scandals Tangle S.C. Primary Race
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The State
New York Times:
Obama Arrives in Gulf Region as Well Cap Effort Proceeds  —  NEW ORLEANS — President Obama arrived here Friday for his third visit to the gulf coast since oil began gushing into the water from a stricken undersea well nearly seven weeks ago, as officials said that a cap placed over the leaking well showed tentative signs of progress.
Tony Hayward / Wall Street Journal:
What BP Is Doing About the Gulf Gusher  —  The ultimate solution is to drill a relief well.  In the meantime we believe we can substantially reduce the flow of oil.  —  Last week, I attended the memorial service for the 11 men who died aboard the Transocean Deepwater Horizon on April 20.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
BP Turns to Political Shop for $50 Million Ad Buy to Convince …
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN and TigerHawk
Connie Hair / Human Events:
Boehner to Bashing Beatle: Apologize!  —  Sir Paul McCartney's cheap shot aimed at former President George W. Bush at a White House event on Wednesday has prompted House Minority Leader John Boehner to demand an apology from the Beatle.  —  McCartney literally gushed over President Obama throughout his East Room concert.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE WOULD-BE SPEAKER.... When the unemployment reports are terrific …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NOTE TO GOP: LET IT BE.... President Obama hosted an event …
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.
Robert Reich / The Huffington Post:
Why We're Falling Into a Double-Dip Recession  —  We're falling into a double-dip recession.  —  The Labor Department reports this morning that the private sector added a measly 41,000 net new jobs in May.  But at least 100,000 new jobs are needed every month just to keep up with population growth.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Moonbattery
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
Sammy Benoit / YID With LID:
Helen Thomas Says Jews Should Get the Hell Out of Palestine and Back To Germany-MUST SEE VIDEO  —  Helen Thomas is as fair and open minded as she is good looking.  The most Senior of White-House Correspondents has given up being a real reporter and instead spends her time spewing venom toward America's war …
Discussion: Big Journalism and Solomonia
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Far Left Media Darling Helen Thomas Tells Jews: “Get the Hell …
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.
Ken Layne / Wonkette:
Arizona School Demands Black & Latino Students' Faces On Mural Be Changed To White  —  Hard to find even the Gallows Humor in this story, so maybe we won't even try.  Maybe it's time to admit that large chunks of America are in the hands of unreconstructed racists and vulgar idiots …
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Dennis Wagner / USA Today:
Altered mural fuels racial debate in Arizona
Discussion: Mediaite and Shakesville
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Liz Cheney attacks Obama for saying flotilla deaths were “tragic”  —  It's not surprising that Liz Cheney is now faulting Obama's handling of the Israeli raid on the flotilla.  What is noteworthy is how she's doing it: She's faulting the President for describing the loss of life as “tragic.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Emptywheel
The Dems' Secret Plan to Hold Congress  —  Democrats and Republicans don't agree on much these days.  But lately it seems that they've been willing to set aside their vast, irreconcilable differences and publicly concur on at least one thing: that the Democrats are going to do really, really badly in November's midterm elections.
Discussion: Swing State Project
The Huffington Post:
Bush's Glib Waterboarding Admission Sparks Outrage  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  George W. Bush's casual acknowledgment Wednesday that he had Khalid Sheikh Mohammed waterboarded — and would do it again — has horrified some former military and intelligence officials who argue …
Investor's Business Daily:
Bloody-Minded Union  —  Big Labor: Is there any low to which the SEIU won't stoop?  Now it's interrupting blood donations in a strike against the American Red Cross.  The Boy Scouts and Baptist churches are also on unions' enemies list.  —  Demanding higher wages and better benefits …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Confederate Yankee
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Why Democrats Are Going After Fred Malek.  —  Recent revelations in Slate and the Washington Post about longtime Republican leader Fred Malek's attempts to fire Jewish government officials during the '70s are being used by Democrats to go after the GOP.  What's this have to do with politics today?
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Obama To Nominate Clapper For DNI Tomorrow  —  President Obama intends to nominate Gen. James Clapper (Ret)., the current undersecretary of defense for intelligence, as Director of National Intelligence.  —  Pending weather, the announcement will be made in the Rose Garden tomorrow.
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