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3:45 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 …
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.
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.
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.
The State:
Knotts uses slur to describe Haley, Obama
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
SC senator: We've 'got one raghead in the White House, we don't need …
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Alleged Sex Scandals Tangle South Carolina Primary Race
Discussion: The Politico, Mediaite 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 …
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
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Clinton library releases Kagan papers
Discussion: USA Today and TPMDC
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Support for Confirming Kagan Trails That of Recent Nominees
Foreign Policy:
If Egypt were to accept Gaza refugees...  If Egypt were to accept Gaza refugees, how would that work out for both in short and medium time frames?  Suppose the US were to favor an open pipeline into Gaza; can Egypt do that, given Israeli ability to cordon the S. Gaza border closed again.
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon and Ezra Klein
Eric Posner / Wall Street Journal:
The Gaza Blockade and International Law
Charles Krauthammer / Seattle Times:
Israel refuses to commit suicide
Discussion: neo-neocon and The Right Scoop
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 …
Discussion: and Moonbattery
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 …
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Cars Are Expensive, Poor People Need Transit  —  Mike DeBonis has an excellent article about Vincent Gray's streetcar flipflop and the blog-led activist backlash against him.  But I do want to object to the characterization of people with a stake in seeing improved mass transit as “well-off …
Discussion: Washington Post
David Brooks / New York Times:
Race to Sanity  —  Sometimes it seems as if we're doomed to fight a new culture war between orthodox liberals who have lavish faith in the power of government and orthodox conservatives who have almost no faith at all.  —  But occasionally a politician comes along with a more measured vision of a limited but energetic government.
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: Confederate Yankee and Moonbattery
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
ABC's Davis to SEIU  —  Another jump from the media to politics: ABC News's deputy political director, Teddy Davis, emails that he's leaving the network to join SEIU's already-muscular communications and politics operation.  —  He'll be Assistant Director of Communications at the giant union …
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
CHRISTIAN LOVE: Family Research Council Lobbied Congress Against Resolution Denouncing Uganda's Kill Gays Bill  —  It's time for the Southern Poverty Law Center to reclassify the Family Research Council as an official hate group, not merely anti-gay as they are now listed.
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