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1:55 PM ET, June 5, 2010

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Andy Soltis / New York Post:
Imam unmosqued  —  The imam behind a proposed mosque near Ground Zero is a prominent member of a group that helped sponsor the pro-Palestinian activists who clashed violently with Israeli commandos at sea this week.  —  Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a key figure in Malaysian-based Perdana Global …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Atlas Shrugs
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James Hider / Times of London:
Israeli troops board aid ship bound for Gaza  —  Israeli naval forces boarded an Irish-owned ship bound for Gaza today, just five days after killing nine passengers in a bloody raid on a previous aid convoy.  —  The commandos boarded the ship “with the full compliance” …
Adrian Croft / Reuters:
Autopsy shows Gaza activists were hit 30 times: report
Discussion: The Washington Note
Robert Booth / Guardian:
Gaza flotilla activists were shot in head at close range
Discussion: Solomonia and Informed Comment
BBC:
Israeli troops take over Gaza aid ship Rachel Corrie
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
CNN:
Israel seizes aid boat headed for Gaza
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
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.
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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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
AN IMPOSSIBLE STANDARD TO MEET.... When it comes to the Sestak and Romanoff “stories,” some on the right and in the media have shifted gears a bit.  Instead of arguing that intervention in primaries is illegal and/or unethical — it's obviously neither — they're left to argue that it's “politics as usual.”
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Obama: Administration is ‘prepared for the worst’ in Gulf spill
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Jack Shafer / The Huffington Post:
Ari Fleischer: Fire Helen Thomas  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Longtime White House scribe Helen Thomas caused more than a few eyebrows to perk up when video surfaced on Friday of her declaring that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go back to Germany and Poland.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Pajamas Media
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Rep. Michele Bachmann / Big Government:
Helen Needs To Go!  —  Once again the liberal media has shown its true colors!  The White House media dinosaur, also known as Helen Thomas has called on Jews to leave Israel and move back to Poland and Germany.  This anti-Semitic sentiment has no place in our public discourse.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Helen Thomas: Hey, sorry about that whole “Jews out of Palestine” thing
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Ari Fleischer Says Hearst Should Fire Helen Thomas
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
What The Gaza Blockade Means  —  As I've noted before, in the eyes of its defenders the blockade of the Gaza Strip is a security measure aimed at denying rockets to Hamas, while in fact it's a comprehensive effort to collectively punish Gaza residents—a majority of whom are children …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Ostracizing The Losers —  Unemployed need not apply  —  Ostracizing The Losers  —  The other day Brad Delong asked if we are seeing the creation of an underclass of long term unemployed.  Here is some more evidence that we are: … There's more evidence that this is fairly widespread at the link.
Discussion: The Agonist
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The Huffington Post:   Disturbing Job Ads: ‘The Unemployed Will Not Be Considered’
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 …
Max Blumenthal:
IDF Releases Apparently Doctored Flotilla Audio; Press Reports As Fact  —  The IDF's propaganda is increasingly unbelievable, yet the media is enthusiastically playing along.  This audio, which purports to show flotilla passengers telling the IDF to “go back to Auschwitz,” …
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Lynne LaMaster / Home-Prescott eNews:
Steve Blair Fired By KYCA  —  Besides being a City Councilman, Steve Blair is also a well-known afternoon talk show host for radio station KYCA.  Well, make that “was” because he has been removed from his radio talk show as of today, due to a controversy over the mural painted on Miller Valley School.
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.
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Kathy Kiely / USA Today:
Crist hires former aide to top N.Y. Democrat
Discussion: Ballot Box
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):
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
For the Pauls, Libertarianism Began at Home  —  WASHINGTON — In keeping with their position as the First Family of Libertarianism, the Pauls of Lake Jackson, Tex., did not have many rules around their home.  —  “Behave yourself and be polite” is how Representative Ron Paul describes …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE ECONOMY OR THE DEFICIT.... The NYT's David Leonhardt …
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Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Reports accuse WHO of exaggerating H1N1 threat, possible ties to drug makers
Robert Knight / Washington Times:
We're smarter than God  —  Sexual morality is, like, so yesterday
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Other McCain
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Lieberman praises Clapper pick for DNI post
New York Times:
John Wooden, Who Built Incomparable Dynasty at U.C.L.A., Dies at 99
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The University Guild vs. Glenn Beck
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