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11:15 PM ET, June 5, 2010


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IDF Spokesperson's / Israel Defense Force Spokesperson:
Clarification/Correction Regarding Audio Transmission Between Israeli Navy and Flotilla on 31 May 2010, Posted on 5 June 2010  —  Clarification/Correction Regarding Audio Transmission Between Flotilla and Israeli Navy  —  5 June 2010  —  Yesterday evening on 4 June 2010 …
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.
Matt Duss / Think Progress:
Thomas Has Apologized; When Will Huckabee?  —  Hearst reporter Helen Thomas has rightly received criticism for her offensive comment that Israelis should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home [to] Poland and Germany and America.”  Though Thomas quickly apologized …
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 …
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.
Karin Laub / The Huffington Post:
Rachel Corrie, Aid Ship, Seized By Israel With No Resistance
Discussion: Swampland
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Helen Thomas: Hey, sorry about that whole “Jews out of Palestine” thing
Adrian Croft / Reuters:
Autopsy shows Gaza activists were hit 30 times: report
Discussion: The Washington Note
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Washington Asks What to Do About Israel  —  WASHINGTON — Some topics are so inflammatory that they are never discussed without first inserting a number of caveats.  And so, when Anthony Cordesman, a foreign policy dignitary in this town's think tank circuit, dropped an article on Wednesday headlined …
Israel: We will not apologize to Turkey over Gaza flotilla deaths  —  Top official in Foreign Ministry says Turkish demand for an official apology was mainly an excuse to allow Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's to cut diplomatic ties with Israel.
Washington Post:
Turkey's Erdogan bears responsibility in flotilla fiasco
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Beth Reinhard / St. Petersburg Times:
Jim Greer's lawyer says Gov. Crist okayed diversion of GOP funds  —  Gov. Charlie Crist personally signed off on his former Republican party chairman's confidential fundraising role with the state party - according to Jim Greer's attorney, whose allegation contradicts the governor's statement that he …
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.
The Huffington Post:   Disturbing Job Ads: ‘The Unemployed Will Not Be Considered’
Doron Rosenblum / Haaretz:
Israel's commando complex  —  Recently an intelligence official actually called the absence of Palestinian terror a ‘propaganda problem.’  —  It's impossible to understand or explain Israel's passive-aggressive responses to the “flotilla crisis” without reference to the ground from which its current leaders emerged.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
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 …
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Conservative class on Founding Fathers' answers to current woes gains popularity  —  SPRINGFIELD, MO. — Earl Taylor has spent 31 years teaching that “the Founding Fathers have answers to nearly every problem we have in America today.”  Only in recent months has he found so many eager students.
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.”
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Employers on Strike  —  Congress keeps giving business reasons not to hire.  —  It's too bad we can't do the Census every year, because maybe the U.S. economy would then show some jobs growth.  That quip was one of the rueful asides we heard yesterday as Americans learned that the economy created …
Discussion: Dean's World
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
More mistakes in Kirk remarks  —  Rep. Mark Kirk's problems with exaggeration or “casualness . . . with details,” as he described it last week, go beyond his military record to his comments about foreign policy issues that are supposed to be his strong suit, a Sun-Times look at the record has found.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Nitpicker and Daily Kos
Cops May Have Found Body of Drew Peterson's Wife  —  There may be a huge break in the disappearance of Drew Peterson's fourth wife.  TMZ has learned authorities believe they may know exactly where the body is buried, and then plan to dig for it tomorrow.  —  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ …
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Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Clay Shirky / Wall Street Journal:
Does the Internet Make You Smarter?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Rough Type
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Tempting Area for Exaggeration Meets Tools of the YouTube Era
New York Times:
Justice Souter's Counsel
Discussion: Hit & Run, TalkLeft and Guardian
Ardem / Blue Arkansas:
Tapp Lied-Polls Not Open In Garland County Today
Discussion: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Obama, the Oil Spill and the Chaos Perception
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Associated Press:
NBA star to spell against 14-year-old
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
 Earlier Items: 
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Get the Waaaaaaahmbulance, stat! …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Al & Tipper  —  I don't really want to write about Al Gore's marriage …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Federal Debt, Terrorism Considered Top Threats to U.S.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE ECONOMY OR THE DEFICIT.... The NYT's David Leonhardt …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
For the Pauls, Libertarianism Began at Home
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Lieberman praises Clapper pick for DNI post