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10:30 AM ET, June 5, 2010


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Max Blumenthal:
IDF Releases Apparently Doctored Flotilla Audio; Press Reports As Fact  —  The IDF's propaganda is increasingly incredulous, yet the media is enthusiastically playing along.  This audio, which purports to show flotilla passengers telling the IDF to “go back to Auschwitz,” …
Jerusalem Post:
Navy boards, takes control of ‘Rachel Corrie’ off Gaza coast  —  PM compares quiet boarding of boat with “peace activists” to “violent extremists” of Mavi Marmara.  —  Talkbacks (42)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture
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: Right Wing News, Cubachi and
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.
Gaza flotilla: Israel accused of ‘sabotaging’ Irish aid ship Rachel Corrie
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jay Currie
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.
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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Obama: Administration is ‘prepared for the worst’ in Gulf spill  —  President Barack Obama said his administration is “prepared for the worst” in the Gulf Coast as he used his weekly address to outline the government's response to the massive oil spill.  —  Speaking from Grand Isle, La. …
Discussion: The Politico
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   The Morning Plum  —  * There's no getting around the fact …
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
Discussion: Wonkette and The Huffington Post
Lori Ziganto / RedState:
Die In A Fire, You Vicious Racist Scumbag  —  I didn't address State Sen. Jake Knotts' “raghead” comments earlier, because I had little to say to the refuted man, save for some rather colorful words.  Today, he proved himself even more odious than even first thought.  Via Hot Air (emphasis theirs):
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 …
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.
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
Dem strategists turning to Crist in Florida Senate race  —  WASHINGTON — Top Democratic strategists are abandoning their party's frontrunner in the Florida Senate race in favor of Independent Charlie Crist, who bolted the Republican party over the state party's rightward lurch toward the Tea Party.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Buzz and RedState
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 …
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 …
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Palin Backs Branstad - Vander Plaats Supporters Howl  —  In a surprise move just days before Iowa Republicans go to the poll to nominate a gubernatorial candidate, Sarah Palin decided to weigh in and endorsed former Governor Terry Branstad yesterday.  —  Her endorsement caught many off guard, including Branstad himself.
Andrew Hough / Telegraph:
Queen's birthday gaffe leaves Hillary Clinton red faced  —  Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, has been left red faced after mistakenly sending a birthday message to the Queen a week early.  —  An official statement from the US foreign policy chief paid tribute to the …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Wizbang
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.”
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.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Report: Clapper to be nominated national intelligence director
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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A new approach to Gaza  —  Israel should focus on its own interests …
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Politics Daily
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Democrat Tells Libtalker He Wants Republicans Sent To Prison