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7:20 PM ET, June 7, 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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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.
Patrick Gavin / On Media's Blog:
Helen Thomas retires  —  In the world of political journalism, it's the end of an era: Helen Thomas has retired just months shy of her 90th birthday.  —  The longtime White House journalist has covered ever president since Dwight Eisenhower and broke several barriers for female journalists …
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas retires following controversial remarks  —  Veteran reporter Helen Thomas, who has covered the White House since the John F. Kennedy administration, is retiring immediately following her controversial statements about Israel, Hearst Newspapers reports.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Helen Thomas, Not A Zionist  —  This video is making the rounds:  —  Chait crafts a backhanded defense: … Agreed on both counts.  Joe Klein agrees Thomas shouldn't be fired but thinks some punishment is due: … I don't see why the front row should belong just to reporters.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
White House blasts absent Thomas in today's briefing; Update: Thomas announces retirement; Update: WH briefing video added  —  Guess who didn't show up for work today?  ABC's Sunlen Miller reports that the seat normally occupied by Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas was mysteriously empty in today's press briefing.
Yahoo! News:
Rabbi sat on Thomas scoop as webmaster-son took exams  —  When veteran journalist Helen Thomas made inflammatory remarks about Israel, the comments weren't captured by a major news organization.  Instead, a rabbi and his 17-year-old son broke the story.  —  Right now, Rabbi David Nesenoff …
Anne E. Kornblut / Bloomberg:
Helen Thomas retires amid controversy over Israel remarks  —  Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames.  —  Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately, in the wake of a controversy over her comments on Israel, according to a report from her employer, Hearst News Service.
The Politico:
Gibbs: Comments ‘reprehensible’
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
C-SPAN Caller Blames Holocaust On Jews Spreading Syphilis …
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
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
Threat Level:
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.
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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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When one of the most important e-mail messages of his life landed in his in-box a few years ago, Kord Campbell overlooked it.  —  Not just for a day or two, but 12 days.  He finally saw it while sifting through old messages …
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 …
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CNN:
McCain, Giuliani cut robocalls for McMaster in S.C. race
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Schumer: Dems To Aim Low On Climate And Energy  —  In the latest blow to the prospects of climate and energy legislation, the third ranking Democrat in the Senate suggested today that Dems will start small, instead of bringing a comprehensive bill to the floor.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid jabs at McConnell over deficit complaints
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Jeffrey A. Miron / National Review:
The Tea Party and the Drug War  —  Voter dissatisfaction with Republicans and Democrats is at historic levels, and the tea-party movement is hoping to play kingmaker in the November elections.  The country's current breed of discontent is ideal for the tea parties, because economic concerns are foremost …
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Robert Gates may get lift from tea parties
Discussion: Right Now
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.
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
Can the astonishing popularity of Indiana's penny-pinching governor carry him to the White House in 2012?  —  When Mitch Daniels ran for governor of Indiana in 2004, a friend and videographer got the idea of filming the candidate in vidéo vérité style as he traveled around the state in his Indiana-made RV.
Steve Fishman / New York Magazine:
Bernie Madoff, Free at Last  —  In prison he doesn't have to hide his lack of conscience.  In fact, he's a hero for it.  —  Last August, shortly after his arrival at the federal correctional complex in Butner, North Carolina, Bernard L. Madoff was waiting on the evening pill line …
Ezra Klein:
It's useful to have geniuses around  —  A neat anecdote from inside the administration's response to the oil spill: … Graphic credit: XKCD  —  Environment - Xkcd - Energy - Oil spill - United States
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The No-Stimulus Economy  —  If fiscal stimulus is so great, then why hasn't the Obama administration's massive stimulus program helped improve the economy?  Well, via Mark Thoma, the answer is that there hasn't been any net fiscal stimulus, all the Obama administration's efforts plus …
Suzy Khimm / Mother Jones:
The Citizens United Effect  —  Some of the first exploiters of the campaign finance free-for-all aren't corporations, but labor unions.  —  Post Comment  —  After the Supreme Court handed down its now-infamous Citizens United decision in January, many legal and political observers warned …
 
 
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