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3:25 PM ET, June 7, 2010

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The Hill:
Helen Thomas retires ‘effective immediately’ after 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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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 …
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.
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’
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Helen Thomas, and the Awkward Transfer From “Straight” Reporting to Opinioneering
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Helen Thomas, Not A Zionist
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
C-SPAN Caller Blames Holocaust On Jews Spreading Syphilis …
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Hearst Corporation:
HELEN THOMAS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Jeff Dunetz / Big Journalism:
Helen Thomas Should Not Be Fired — the Real Problem Lies Elsewhere
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.
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 …
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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Mike Allen / The Politico:
White House gives war face to ‘Gulf theater’ …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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Voice of America:
Israeli Navy Fires on Palestinian Divers Off Gaza, Killing Four
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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Scott / Power Line:
Hey, union man
Discussion: The Caucus
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 …
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Democrats Skip 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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
More Obama change to believe in: Americans now see him as a partisan Democrat  —  One of the 2007-08 Obama presidential campaign's changes that Americans believed in by the many millions was his oft-repeated promise to work with all sides no matter what and change the harsh political tone of Washington.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Hispanics' Approval of Obama Drops in 2010
Discussion: Hot Air and Politics Daily
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
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.
Melissa Clouthier / Liberty Pundits Blog:
Hot Men 2010: The Hottest Conservative Men  —  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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Howard Kurtz on Newsweek bidders, Helen Thomas gaffe, Gore breakup coverage  —  While journalists get into the business for various reasons — vicarious thrills, investigative zeal, outsize ego — ultimately they're at the mercy of the marketplace.  And that marketplace seems to have sent a very discouraging message to Newsweek.
 
 
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