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8:30 AM ET, June 6, 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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Hot Air
Karin Laub / The Huffington Post:
Rachel Corrie, Aid Ship, Seized By Israel With No Resistance  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  JERUSALEM — A defiant Israel enforced its 3-year-old blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza on Saturday, with naval commandos swiftly commandeering a Gaza-bound aid vessel carrying an Irish Nobel laureate …
Discussion: Swampland
Washington Post:
Turkey's Erdogan bears responsibility in flotilla fiasco
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Commentary
Namik Tan / Washington Post:
Israel owes Turkey an apology for flotilla attack
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.
Discussion: CNN
Mike Levine / Liveshots:
Feds Arrest 2 NJ Men Headed To Terror Camps  —  Federal authorities arrested two New Jersey men late Saturday night as they tried to leave the country for terrorist training camps in war-torn Somalia, according to sources familiar with the investigation.  —  The men, identified …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Discussion: Sadly, No! and The Moderate Voice
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 …
Discussion: RedState, The Page and Doug Ross
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
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
With U.S. Aid, Warlord Builds an Afghan Empire  —  A security post on the road controlled by Matiullah Khan in southern Afghanistan.  He leads a private army that earns millions of dollars guarding NATO convoys.  More Photos »  —  TIRIN KOT, Afghanistan — The most powerful man …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and SWJ Blog
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 …
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.
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Obama loses the Left: suddenly, it's cool to bash Barack  —  Europe still worships him and Washington's Obamatrons remain smitten, but former supporters are turning on the President, writes Toby Harnden.  —  Well, at least he's still got Sir Paul McCartney.
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Inspector General's Memo: Census Says It Hired More Workers …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Clay Shirky / Wall Street Journal:
Does the Internet Make You Smarter?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Rough Type
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
More mistakes in Kirk remarks
Discussion: Firedoglake, Nitpicker and Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Employers on Strike  —  Congress keeps giving business reasons not to hire.
Discussion: Dean's World
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Tempting Area for Exaggeration Meets Tools of the YouTube Era
New York Times:
Justice Souter's Counsel
Ardem / Blue Arkansas:
Tapp Lied-Polls Not Open In Garland County Today
Discussion: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Obama, the Oil Spill and the Chaos Perception
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Cops May Have Found Body of Drew Peterson's Wife
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 …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
For the Pauls, Libertarianism Began at Home
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Ostracizing The Losers — Unemployed need not apply