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1:40 AM ET, June 8, 2010

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The Hill:
Helen Thomas retires after fallout from controversial Israel remarks  —  Helen Thomas announced Monday that “she is retiring, effective immediately,” according to a statement from Hearst newspapers.  —  Her decision comes after her controversial remarks about Israel hit the blogosphere.
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Richard Greener / The Huffington Post:
Helen Thomas Is Out Of Work - Good Thing We've Got A “Free” Press Here  —  Good thing we've got a “free” press here.  —  Helen Thomas is out of work.  She's an old lady.  She bad-mouthed Israel and the Jews.  She's out of work.  —  Pat Buchanan is still working.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Mondoweiss
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Helen Thomas ‘Scandal’ — By: Jonah Goldberg  —  I think a lot of people in Washington need to get a grip.  —  For starters, this is a classic gaffe because Helen Thomas accidentally told the truth.  She's wrong on the substance, obviously.  But of course she believes the Israelis should go away.
PostPartisan:
Isn't there some room for Helen Thomas?  —  Columnist Helen Thomas, a trailblazer for women journalists and one of the few in the White House press corps who courageously questioned President Bush and other officials in his administration on war, torture and U.S. policy toward Israel, announced her retirement Monday.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Helen Thomas, Not A Zionist
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
White House blasts absent Thomas in today's briefing; Update …
Anne E. Kornblut / Bloomberg:
Helen Thomas retires amid controversy over Israel remarks
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Poll: BP Oil Spill Response Rated Worse than Katrina  —  Most Favor Criminal Charges Against BP and Others Involved in the Gulf of Mexico Spill  —  By more than a 2-to-1 margin, Americans support the pursuit of criminal charges in the nation's worst oil spill, with increasing numbers calling it a major environmental disaster.
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CNN:
Obama looking for ‘whose ass to kick’  —  (CNN) — President Barack Obama bluntly defended his administration's response to the undersea gusher fouling the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, telling an interviewer he has met with experts to learn “whose ass to kick.”
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama Seeking “Ass To Kick” Over Oil Spill
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Our hard-core, adversarial press corps  —  On Friday, CNN's Ed Henry posted a series of giggly, adolescent updates on his Twitter feed, describing the events that took place at a “beach” party thrown by Joe Biden, at the Vice President's mansion, for various “reporters” and White House officials.
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Biden Beach Party
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
FamousDC:
WHITE HOUSE GONE WILD: Shirtless Favreau And Vietor's Sunday/Funday Beer Pong Match  —  Suns out, guns out...  It's going to take more than a little oil and a brittle economy to keep these White House staffers down...or their shirts on.  Check out White House spokesman Tommy Vietor …
Pete Winn / CNSNews:
Mysterious Billboard Puts Obama's Face on $100,000,000,000,000 Bill, Asks: ‘But Who Will Pay the Piper?’  —  (CNSNews.com) - Thanks to an advertiser who wishes to remain anonymous, cars and trucks on Arizona Highway 260 in East Central Arizona are driving by a billboard advertisement that recently went up …
Kasie Hunt / Reuters:
GOP bad dream: Birther on ticket  —  California Republicans optimistic about their prospects in November could find themselves with a bit of a problem after the votes are counted in Tuesday's primaries - a statewide ticket with the so-called “Birther Queen” as one of their candidates.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The ties that bind.  Remember Rahm Emanuel's rent-free D.C. apartment?  The owner: A BP adviser  —  In case you were tempted to buy the faux Washington outrage at BP and its gulf oil spill in recent days, here's a story that reveals a little-known corporate political connection and the quiet …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 40 Best Conservative Blogs For 2010 (Version 2.0)  —  It's time for me to rank my favorite blogs for the 2nd quarter of 2010.  Do keep in mind that as the quarter has progressed, some blogs have, of course, moved up and others have dropped, based on how often I visit them, how much I like what I see when I get there, how often...
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Night Beat, 6/7: Obama Kicks Ass.  But Whose Ass?  —  1. “Whose ass to kick.”  The phrase that will resonate tomorrow.  President Obama said it during an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer in re, his consultations with smart people about the oil spill, and what he hop[ed to learn from them.
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
truthout:
Human Experimentation at the Heart of Bush Administration's Torture Program  —  High-value detainees captured during the Bush administration's “war on terror,” who were subjected to brutal torture techniques, were used as “guinea pigs” to gauge the effectiveness of various torture techniques …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
California's Unpopular Politicians  —  We'd never done a public poll in California before last week and the thing I found most remarkable was how much voters in the state hate all of their politicians.  —  Arnold Schwarzenegger of course is the least popular Governor in the country with a 20/64 approval rating.
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and Mother Jones
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Left to Obama: We're not happy  —  And like Obama's critics on the right, many progressives seized on the administration's response to the Gulf oil spill to vent their larger frustrations.  —  “We thought that an election was victory.  We forgot that candidates don't deliver change …
Discussion: Power Line
The Huffington Post:
Move On, MoveOn!  —  What's Your Reaction: … An Open Invitation to MoveOn.org from the Left (AKA anti-party) Wing of the Independent Movement  —  Co-authored by Harry Kresky and Jason Olson  —  On May 2, 2010 MoveOn.org launched its “most important campaign ever,” an effort to …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Rasmussen Reports:
49% Say Pro-Palestinian Activists To Blame in Gaza Ship Incident  —  Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters believe pro-Palestinian activists on the Gaza-bound aid ships raided by Israeli forces are to blame for the deaths that resulted in the high-profile incident.
Roger Ebert / Roger Ebert's Journal:
How do they get to be that way?  —  How would I feel if I were a brown student at Miller Valley Elementary School in Prescott, Arizona?  A mural was created to depict some of the actual students in the school.  —  Let's say I was one of the lucky ones.  The mural took shape …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and driftglass
Nikki Haley / WIS-TV:
Bauer says polygraph results prove he's not behind Haley attacks … Bauer tells WCSC he'll “absolutely” take a lie detector test  —  Also on the Web  —  COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has released the results of a lie detector test which he says proves he isn't behind a string …
Arthur Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Hikes and the 2011 Economic Collapse  —  Today's corporate profits reflect an income shift into 2010.  These profits will tumble next year, preceded most likely by the stock market.  —  People can change the volume, the location and the composition of their income, and they can do so in response to changes in government policies.
 
 
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On Afghanistan, We Know a Distraction When We See It
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The Huffington Post:
White House Endorses Unlimited Liability Cap For Oil Spillers
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