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7:45 AM ET, June 7, 2010

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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats Are Skipping Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage  —  BEL AIR, Md. — The reception that Representative Frank Kratovil Jr., a Democrat, received here one night last week as he faced a small group of constituents was far more pleasant than his encounters during a Congressional recess last summer.
Craig Crawford / Craig Crawford's Trail Mix:
With Regrets  —  I concur with the following response from my agent to Helen Thomas' lamentable remarks about Israel, and will no longer be working with Helen on our book projects.  — Craig Crawford
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The Huffington Post:
Helen Thomas Dropped By Speaking Agency, Under Fire For Remarks On Middle East  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Under fire for controversial remarks she made (and apologized for) about the status of Jews in Israel, longtime White House scribe Helen Thomas was dropped on Sunday by her speaking agency.
Drudge Report:
OBAMA OFF TO THE THEATER  —  Reception in the East Room prior to performance at Ford's Theatre  —  Print pool only was ushered into the East Room about 5:20 p.m. where many elegant ladies in long dresses and men in tuxedos were standing sipping drinks and eating small finger food.
Discussion: Don Surber
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Barack Obama Ignores D-Day Anniversary - Goes to Theatre Party Instead  —  On June 6, 1944, the D-Day invasion of Europe took place during World War II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.  America lost 2,499 of its finest men that day.  —  (Enterprise News)
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Excelsior!  Upwards of Eight Thousand Protest 911 Mega Mosque on D Day!  —  Despite weather forecasts of thunderstorms and rain, the skies were clear and beautiful — but not as beautiful as this patriotic crowd of great Americans and Europeans.  It was a real cross section of humanity . …
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El Marco / Looking at the Left:
Prayer Time at the Ground Zero Mosque
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Haley Staying Strong  —  Nikki Haley hasn't suffered any damage whatsoever after accusations of multiple extramarital affairs and is headed for an easy first place finish in Tuesday's Republican primary for Governor of South Carolina.  —  Haley has a 20 point lead, getting 43% of the vote.
New York Times:
Damage Will Go On After Well Is Plugged, Admiral Says  —  HOUSTON — The Coast Guard commander in charge of the federal response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico warned on Sunday that even if the flow of crude was stopped by summer, it could take well into autumn — and maybe much longer …
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Little Green Footballs:
Did Reuters Crop a Photo to Remove a Peace Activist's Weapon?  —  A Turkish newpaper has released photos taken by the “peace activists” aboard the Mavi Marmara, showing them attempting to take injured Israeli soldiers hostage.  —  Here's one of the pictures; notice the knife held by a “peace activist” in the lower right corner:
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U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe  —  Federal officials have arrested an Army intelligence analyst who boasted of giving classified U.S. combat video and hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records to whistleblower site Wikileaks, Wired.com has learned.
NY Daily News:
Alleged plotters' words: 'I wanna, like, be the world's known terrorist.'  —  BARRY PADDOCK, HENRICK KAROLISZYN, KEVIN DEUTSCH, ERIN DURKIN AND HELEN KENNEDY  —  Two young men from the New Jersey suburbs who converted to radical Islam were busted at Kennedy Airport Saturday night, allegedly on their way to wage jihad in Africa.
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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 …
Discussion: Power Line, Instapundit and Don Surber
Reuters:
Iran's military offers to escort Gaza ships  —  Official: Elite Revolutionary Guards are prepared to intervene  —  TEHRAN - 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.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple's Magic Trackpad revealed?  —  Of all the surprises we expected to hear about in the WWDC keynote, a multitouch trackpad peripheral didn't exactly pop into our brains.  But — whoomp — here it is.  What we appear to be looking at is a brand new input device that Apple has dreamed …
Discussion: Mashable!
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.”
 
 
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Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Obama 2008: I ran a big campaign, so I can handle a Gulf emergency
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Rep. Peter King Leads on Flotilla
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Mom finds her kidnapped kids via Facebook
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David Barrett / Telegraph:
Civil servants feared inquiry into 7/7 bombings would focus negatively on Muslims
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Obama Under Fire for Backing Deal to Lift Global Ban on Commercial Whaling
IDF Spokesperson's / Israel Defense Force Spokesperson:
Specific Flotilla Passangers Linked to Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Other …
Kathleen Lucadamo / NY Daily News:
Charles Rangel slams President Obama for being like Dick Cheney …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Crist says Greer allegations ‘absolutely untrue’
Discussion: CNN and Naked Politics