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9:40 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.
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.
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Helen Thomas, Not A Zionist
Anne E. Kornblut / Bloomberg:
Helen Thomas retires amid controversy over Israel remarks
The Politico:
Gibbs: Comments ‘reprehensible’
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: “The stimulus failed”  —  Originally, I intended to just clip out the statement from Keynesian economist Jeffrey Sachs that “the stimulus failed,” which Joe Scarborough had to dig to get, but the entire segment is worth viewing.  First, Sachs confirms — on MS-NBC, no less …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Biden Beach Party
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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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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.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
U.S. To “Look Back” And Prosecute Leaker
Discussion: BLACKFIVE, The Daily Dish and Newsbroke
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
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 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.
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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
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 …
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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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Report: U.S. Experimented on Terror Detainees.
Liberty Pundits Blog:
Hot Men 2010: The Hottest Conservative Men — UPDATED  —  Well, it's that time of year.  —  Primaries, you ask?  Uh, no.  —  Priorities people!  Today is the day when we focus, laser-like, on the hottest conservative men for 2010.  Unlike last year, the judges this year are out and proud and gorgeous in their own right.
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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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.
The Huffington Post:
White House Endorses Unlimited Liability Cap For Oil Spillers  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Democrats in Congress and officials in the White House are making yet another major push to pass legislation to make the liability for oil companies involved in damaging spills unlimited.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Daily Kos
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
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 …
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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