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4:45 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 …
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 …
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
BBC:   Israeli troops take over Gaza aid ship Rachel Corrie
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.
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
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Lieberman praises Clapper pick for DNI post
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 …
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 …
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
The Huffington Post:   Disturbing Job Ads: ‘The Unemployed Will Not Be Considered’
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.
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 …
Janelle Brown / New York Times:
For Mickey Kaus, Winning Isn't the Point  —  “THIS is the throbbing heart of the Kaus for Senate campaign,” says Mickey Kaus, throwing open the door to his two-bedroom apartment in the Venice neighborhood here.  Inside, there are no campaign posters to be seen, no army of clean-scrubbed interns …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Al & Tipper  —  I don't really want to write about Al Gore's marriage to Tipper, but this paragraph from Howard Fineman raises an issue that I think we don't discuss enough: … This kind of thing seems way too negative and judgmental to me.  Life in a modern-day developed economy is quite long.
Financial Times:
G20 drops support for fiscal stimulus  —  Finance ministers from the world's leading economies ripped up their support for fiscal stimulus on Saturday, recognising that financial market concerns over sovereign debt had forced a much greater focus on deficit reduction
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Get the Waaaaaaahmbulance, stat!  Paul McCartney disses W, and Republicans have a hissy  —  Sure, Paul may still have to live down “Silly Love Songs.”  But little moments like these remind us of the puckish rebel of his youth: … Republicans seem to have forgotten that The Beatles always …
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Associated Press:
Gas Spews for Hours From Out-Of-Control Pa. Well
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Obama, the Oil Spill and the Chaos Perception
Discussion: Prairie Weather
BP chief Tony Hayward sold shares weeks before oil spill
Discussion: The Impolitic and Don Surber
Associated Press:
NBA star to spell against 14-year-old
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 …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
For the Pauls, Libertarianism Began at Home
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Reports accuse WHO of exaggerating H1N1 threat, possible ties to drug makers
Amity Shlaes / Real Clear Politics:
The University Guild vs. Glenn Beck
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Obama: Administration is ‘prepared for the worst’ in Gulf spill
Discussion: The Politico and CNN