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8:15 AM ET, June 5, 2010


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Dennis Wagner / Arizona Republic:
Altered mural fuels racial debate in Prescott  —  A group of artists has been asked to lighten the faces of children depicted in a giant public mural at a Prescott school.  —  The project's leader says he was ordered to lighten the skin tone after complaints about the children's ethnicity.
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 …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Prescott, Arizona mural altered to lighten children's skin tone  —  This mural is painted on the side of an elementary school in Prescott, Arizona.  Recently completed, it features the faces of children who attend the school, but not everyone is pleased with the outcome.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Wonkette
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Helen Thomas: Go home to Europe, Jews  —  Tony Snow once accused her of stating “the Hezbollah view” in her questions during the Israel/Lebanon war.  Little did he know how right he was.  Or maybe he did know: Watching this, it occurred to me that an 89-year-old reporter who's moved …
Sammy Benoit / YID With LID:
Helen Thomas Says Jews Should Get the Hell Out of Palestine and Back To Germany-MUST SEE VIDEO  —  Note If you cannot see the videos in the post please CLICK HERE  —  Helen Thomas is as fair and open minded as she is good looking.  The most Senior of White-House Correspondents has given …
Flotilla passengers: Go back to Auschwitz  —  Audio: IDF soldiers warn flotilla vessels they are nearing area under naval blockade, latter respond with anti-Semitic slurs  —  The IDF released on Friday an audio reproduction of the moments before Monday's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
Max Blumenthal:
IDF Releases Apparently Doctored Flotilla Audio; Press Reports As Fact  —  The IDF's propaganda is getting stupider and stupider, and the media is enthusiastically playing along.  This audio, which purports to show flotilla passengers telling the IDF to “go back to Auschwitz,” …
Discussion: The Washington Note
Richard Wolffe / The Daily Beast:
Obama Knew the Spill Was Hopeless  —  Blogs and Stories  —  As the president visits the Gulf anew, Richard Wolffe reports that he was first briefed in April on how bad the spill would be.  Plus: the real reason the White House is so mad at Carville—and why Obama would rather talk about the economy.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Weasel Zippers
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Obama knew from the beginning that oil leak would likely last months  —  This makes all those golf outings, sports-team photo ops, and celebrity jams with Paul McCartney over the past six weeks feel extra special, doesn't it? … That's from frequent Olbermann guest Richard Wolffe.
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.”
Jerusalem Post:
‘Rachel Corrie’ boarded, no one hurt.  —  Reported on Twitter at about 5:50 am.  Three navy boats involved.  Passengers under arrest.  Reports awaiting confirmation.  —  Talkbacks (11)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Gaza flotilla: Israel accused of ‘sabotaging’ Irish aid ship Rachel Corrie
A new approach to Gaza  —  Israel should focus on its own interests …
Discussion: Washington Post and Israpundit
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NOTE TO GOP: LET IT BE.... President Obama hosted an event this week with Paul McCartney, where the legendary artist was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize.  That wouldn't be especially noteworthy, were it not for a 17-word joke the songwriter told.  Salon's Alex Pareene had this report:
New York Times:
BP Funneling Some of Leak to the Surface  —  HOUSTON — BP and government officials said Friday that a cap installed over a gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico was funneling some oil and gas to the surface, but they cautioned that much was still leaking and that it would be days before they could declare …
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 …
Free Times:
THIS JUST IN  —  With a bead of sweat rolling down the side …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Glimpses of Kagan's Views in Clinton White House  —  WASHINGTON — A new cache of documents from Elena Kagan's days as an adviser to President Bill Clinton shows that she frequently scribbled notes in the margins of memorandums yet rarely expressed forceful views.
Discussion: Reuters
John Doyle / New York Post:
State parole board votes to release 1973 cop killer  —  A state parole board has voted to release a cop-killing kidnapper involved in a 47-hour hostage standoff in Brooklyn in 1973, officials said today.  —  Shuaib Raheem was initially granted parole three years ago in a decision …
Terry Macalister / Guardian:
BP hives off ‘toxic’ oil spill operation  —  Chief executive Tony Hayward hands responsibility for clean-up to American as new containment cap is placed on top of leak  —  BP is to hive off its Gulf of Mexico oil spill operation to a separate in-house business to be run by an American …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Report: Clapper to be nominated national intelligence director  —  President Barack Obama has tapped James Clapper to be the fourth director of national intelligence, according to a report in The Washington Post.  —  Clapper, the Pentagon's top intelligence official, succeeds former U.S. Navy …
Discussion: The Politico
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Obama to Nominate Clapper for DNI Tomorrow
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Justin Pritchard / Associated Press:
McDonald's pulls 12M cadmium-tainted Shrek glasses
Discussion: The Consumerist
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Predator B drones deployed on Texas-Mexico border
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Palin Backs Branstad - Vander Plaats Supporters Howl
Jason Ryan / ABCNEWS:
Texas Terror Sting: Feds Say Suspect Was in Contact With Anwar al-Awlaki
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Justice Department's Civil Rights Division steps up enforcement
Discussion: ACS Blog
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
AR-Sen: Halter maintains narrow lead, 49%-45%
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum  —  * There's no getting around the fact …
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Wife: Deepwater Horizon Crew Member Was So Worried About Safety, He Wrote His Will
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Trowbridge / On Media's Blog:
Conservatives don't like FTC's journo plan
Seniors are Strongest Advocates for Change in 2010
Discussion: Politics Daily
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Great news: Hollywood to make Rush Limbaugh biopic
Congress Blog:
Looking ahead at the issues: immigration
Discussion: The Politico
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Democrat Tells Libtalker He Wants Republicans Sent To Prison
The Dems' Secret Plan to Hold Congress
Discussion: Swing State Project