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3:25 PM ET, June 6, 2010

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Jerusalem Post:
Iran offers escort for Gaza ships  —  Supreme leader Khamenei offers military protection for activists.  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel  —  Middle East
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Reuters:
Iran Revolutionary Guards ready to escort Gaza ships  —  Source: Reuters  —  Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards are ready to provide a military escort to cargo ships trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, a representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.
Josh Margolin / New Jersey Online:
Two N.J. men arrested at JFK airport before boarding plane to join Islamist terrorist group, authorities say  —  NEWARK — Two New Jersey men intent on killing American troops were arrested Saturday as they boarded flights to link up with a virulent jihadist group in Somalia, authorities said.
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Don't Get Mad, Mr. President.  Get Even.  —  IT turns out there is something harder to find than a fix for BP's leak: Barack Obama's boiling point.  —  The frantic and fruitless nationwide search for the president's temper is now our sole dependable comic relief from the tragedy in the gulf.
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Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Obama loses the Left: suddenly, it's cool to bash Barack
Discussion: Don Surber
Political Punch:
Allen Has Ordered ‘Uninhibited Access’ to Oil Spill Operations  —  Admiral Thad Allen told me he has ordered that oil spill operations be open to the media.  The National Incident Commander for the oil spill efforts said in my “This Week” interview, “I put out a written directive and I can provide …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
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The Hill:
Incident commander says ‘right progress’ being made in Gulf spill
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Glenn Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Higher education's bubble is about to burst  —  SUNDAY REFLECTIONS CONTRIBUTOR — It's a story of an industry that may sound familiar.  —  The buyers think what they're buying will appreciate in value, making them rich in the future.  The product grows more and more elaborate …
Paul Krugman:
Lost Decade, Here We Come  —  The deficit hawks have taken over the G20: … It's basically incredible that this is happening with unemployment in the euro area still rising, and only slight labor market progress in the US.  —  But don't we need to worry about government debt?
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
THOMAS UNDER FIRE FOR ISRAEL REMARKS  —  Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas is coming under fire after a video circulated widely on Friday of her saying that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go back to Poland and Germany.  —  The Hearst newspaper columnist …
Lauren Johnston / NY Daily News:
Rush Limbaugh to wed gal pal Kathryn Rogers today in lavish Palm Beach ceremony  —  It's wedding bells for Rush Limbaugh - for the fourth time.  —  The conservative firebrand, 59, will exchange vows Saturday in Florida with Kathryn Rogers - a blond bombshell half his age …
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Jose Lambiet / Palm Beach & South Florida …:
Rush Limbaugh married, again
Discussion: Advocate
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Barbour Downplays Spill — ‘The Coast Is Clear, Come On Down!’  — Calls For More Drilling Before Cause Is Found  —  On Fox News Sunday today, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) continued to aggressively downplay the massive BP oil gusher, explaining that tar balls washing up on his state's beaches are …
The Other McCain:
The International Solidarity Movement and the Rachel Corrie Death Cult  —  Back in 2003, when Charles Johnson was still able to maintain some semblance of sanity, a commenter at Little Green Footballs - no doubt long since banished - responded to the death of Rachel Corrie by dubbing her “St. Pancake.”
IDF Spokesperson's / Israel Defense Force Spokesperson:
Specific Flotilla Passangers Linked to Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Other Terror Organizations, 6 June 2010  —  Specific Flotilla Passengers are Active Terror Operatives Linked to Al-Qaeda, Hamas, and Other Organizations  —  The following passengers on board the Mavi Marmara are known to be involved in terrorist activity.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Crist says Greer allegations ‘absolutely untrue’  —  Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Sunday that damaging charges made against him on Saturday by a former close ally are “absolutely untrue.”  —  Former Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Jim Greer, through his attorney …
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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BBC:
BP ‘capturing half Gulf oil leak’  —  A containment cap on a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is now funnelling off 10,000 barrels of oil a day, BP's chief executive Tony Hayward says.  —  The amount has risen since Saturday, and implies more than half the estimated 12,000 to 19,000 barrels leaking each day is now being captured.
Discussion: Guardian and Craig Murray
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BBC:
“We will stop the leak”  —  On Sunday 6 June Andrew Marr …
Discussion: The Hill, Politics Daily and Emptywheel
Kathleen Lucadamo / NY Daily News:
Charles Rangel slams President Obama for being like Dick Cheney - fighting in Iraq only for oil  —  Rep. Charles Rangel compared President Obama to former Vice President Dick Cheney Saturday for their shared commitment to the Iraq War, one the Harlem Democrat argues is based on the country's hunger for oil.
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 …
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Stephen Clark / Fox News:
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Whites in state ‘below the replacement’ level
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Yoav Zitun / Ynetnews:
Rightists slam ‘stinking Tel Avivians’
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Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
With U.S. Aid, Warlord Builds Afghan Empire
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Doron Rosenblum / Haaretz:
Israel's commando complex
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