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2:35 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.
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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.
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 …
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Sammy Benoit / YID With LID:
Helen Thomas Says Jews Should Get the Hell Out of Palestine and Back To Germany-MUST SEE VIDEO  —  Helen Thomas is as fair and open minded as she is good looking.  The most Senior of White-House Correspondents has given up being a real reporter and instead spends her time spewing venom toward America's war …
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.”
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Turkish ambassador calls for Hamas to take part in “final solution”  —  In an unfortunate turn of phrase, the Turkish ambassador to Washington twice said Friday that the terrorist group Hamas is a necessary and important part of the “final solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ynetnews:
A new approach to Gaza  —  Israel should focus on its own interests …
Discussion: Washington Post and Israpundit
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Free Times:
THIS JUST IN  —  With a bead of sweat rolling down the side of his face outside a Columbia bar, Republican S.C. Sen. Jake Knotts called Lexington Rep. Nikki Haley, an Indian-American Republican woman running for governor, a “raghead” several times while explaining how he believed she was hiding her true religion from voters.
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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 …
Ben Frumin / TPMMuckraker:
Report: Knotts Called Haley ‘F—ing Raghead,’ Attacked Her Religion, Family
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:
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Ynetnews:
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.
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.
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Richard Wolffe / The Daily Beast:
Obama Knew the Spill Was Hopeless
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
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Tony Hayward / Wall Street Journal:
What BP Is Doing About the Gulf Gusher
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Israel Derangement Syndrome  —  To read Charles Krauthammer today is to enter a twilight zone of an alternate reality.  A country permanently occupying and colonizing a neighboring region, and treating its original inhabitants as dangerous interlopers, is the victim.
Steve Hynd / Newshoggers.com:
Eyewitnesses, both activists and reporters, contradict Israeli account  —  As Israel releases detained activists and journalists after the assault on the Gaza relief flotilla, they are beginning to tell their version of events.  The story has so far been dominated by Israeli offical releases and …
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.
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Report: Clapper to be nominated national intelligence director
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Predator B drones deployed on Texas-Mexico border  —  Predator B aerial drones, which have proved successful fighting insurgents in Afghanistan, were deployed this week along the border between Texas and Mexico.  —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection began flying unmanned surveillance missions along …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum  —  * There's no getting around the fact that the public is unhappy with Obama's handling of the Gulf spill: A new CBS poll finds that nearly two thirds of Americans want Obama to be doing more.  —  * Which prompts the question o' the day: Is it possible the public is unhappy …
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Democrat Tells Libtalker He Wants Republicans Sent To Prison  —  JAIL MY FOES  —  Grayson: Michael Steele Should Be Imprisoned  —  While it's already no secret that far-left Rep Alan Grayson (D-FL) is a loose cannon, there's no question his fiery rhetoric has been cranked up a few notches in recent days.
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
AR-Sen: Halter maintains narrow lead, 49%-45%  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 6/2-4.  Likely Democratic primary voters.  MoE 4% (5/24-26 results)  —  Democratic primary  —  Blanche Lincoln (D) 45 (44)  —  Bill Halter (D) 49 (47)  —  Undecided 6 (9)  —  Favorable/Unfavorable (among Democrats)
 
 
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