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6:55 PM ET, June 8, 2010

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Washington Post:
Voters' support for members of Congress is at an all-time low, poll finds  —  As voters head to the polls Tuesday for a crucial set of primary elections, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds antipathy toward their elected officials rising and anti-incumbent sentiment at an all-time high.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Filing from the new C-SPAN Digital Bus: Sen. Lincoln headed for big loss — Keil turns purple — Merry Strasmas: Strasburg, the $15m man, starts for Nats tonight  —  SIREN : Top Arkansas sources tell us the state's political establishment expects Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) …
Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Tuesday targets: Nine races to watch  —  South Carolina's freak show politics, the progressive left's Arkansas muscle flexing, the astounding and obscene amount of statewide election spending in California — at least $120 million-plus and rising — all of it is part of Tuesday's dramatic primary election narrative.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Guide to Biggest Primary Day of the Year (So Far)
Discussion: Truthdig
CNN:
Lincoln sounds note of party unity
Discussion: The Politico and Daily Kos
Daniel B. Klein / Wall Street Journal:
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?  —  Self-identified liberals and Democrats do badly on questions of basic economics.  —  Who is better informed about the policy choices facing the country—liberals, conservatives or libertarians?  According to a Zogby International survey that I write …
MEMRI:
Kuwaiti Journalist: The Flotilla Was Violent; Israel Has a Right to Defend Itself  —  In a June 3, 2010 article in the daily Al-Watan, Kuwaiti journalist 'Abdallah Al-Hadlaq supported Israel's decision to stop the Gaza flotilla, saying that the outcome of the Israeli navy's operation was …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Elder of Ziyon
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Abe Selig / Jerusalem Post:
Ideas for ‘reverse flotillas’ gain steam
Discussion: Commentary, Hot Air and Tim Blair
Jerusalem Post:
'Iranian ships won't reach Gaza'
William Shawcross / Jerusalem Post:
An irrational, obscene hatred
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
You Got Played  —  Now that Helen Hitler Thomas has been forcibly retired, more video of the interview miraculously has become available for viewing:  —  Here's the “appalling” transcript: … Clearly, this woman is evil beyond words.  The way she smiled at those Jewish kids while giving …
Ezra Klein:
The government's crummy computers  —  The news in Peter Orszag's speech this morning is that the White House is “asking each agency to develop a list of their bottom 5 percent performing discretionary programs” in order to make cuts more obvious.  On the one hand, reducing inefficient spending is good.
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The White House:   Closing the IT Gap
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Mitch Daniels Makes the Rounds  —  Mitch Daniels is clearly raising his profile and leaving the door open to a 2012 presidential run.  COMMENTARY contributor Andrew Ferguson's story is as comprehensive a piece on his views and persona as we have seen.  Daniels is in Washington …
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
More on Mitch Daniels' Proposed “Truce” on Social Issues
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Art Laffer: Make Up Your Own Facts Here  —  To a man whose only tool is a hammer, pretty soon everything begins to look like a nail.  —  I couldn't help but be reminded of that aphorism as I read the most popular article on WSJ.com yesterday — Tax Hikes and the 2011 Economic Collapse …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The sad farewell of Helen Thomas  —  Afew months ago, White House reporters settled on a system for preserving the sanctity of Helen Thomas's front-row-center seat in the briefing room.  On those frequent occasions when the 89-year-old legend didn't show up for a briefing …
John Tierney / New York Times:
Daring to Discuss Women in Science  —  The House of Representatives has passed what I like to think of as Larry's Law.  The official title of this legislation is “Fulfilling the potential of women in academic science and engineering,” but nothing did more to empower its advocates …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
‘A Very Deep Hole’  —  I know the president has a lot on his mind, but the No. 1 problem facing the U.S. continues to fester, and that problem is unemployment.  —  The jobs report for May, released on Friday by the Labor Department, was grim.  President Obama tried to put the best face on it …
Jeffrey Sachs / Financial Times:
Time to plan for post-Keynesian era  —  Mainstream Keynesian economics is facing its last hurrah.  The global fiscal stimulus championed last year by the Obama administration is coming undone, repudiated by the same Group of 20 that endorsed it last year.  Now, against a backdrop …
Sharon Roffe-Ofir / Ynetnews:
Leftist Tali Fahima converts to Islam  —  Woman who had affair with al-Aqsa Brigades commander Zubeidi, served time for aiding terrorists converts to Islam at Umm al-Fahm mosque.  ‘From now on she is a full-fledged Muslim,’ sheikh says  —  Sheikh Yusuf Albaz confirmed that Fahima converted.
Barbarossa / The Jawa Report:
Jawa Exclusive: NJ Jihadist Carlos Almonte hated Jews too, was “Death to all Juice” guy (Bumped - *Sticky)  —  .......................Scroll down for newer posts.....................  This weekend the FBI picked up two New Jersey men at JFK airport who were intending to find their way to Somalia to train in Al-Shabaab terror camps.
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Health law could ban low-cost plans  —  Part of the health care overhaul due to kick in this September could strip more than 1 million people of their insurance coverage, violating a key goal of President Barack Obama's reforms.  —  Under the provision, insurance companies will no longer …
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com Pro-Life Headlines:
Charlie Crist Removes Pro-Life Section of Campaign Web Site, Rubio Complains  —  Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — In the latest development in the race for the open U.S. Senate seat in Florida, Governor Charlie Crist is coming under fire for removing the pro-life section of his campaign website.
David Seifman / NY Post:
Bill Clinton calls La. senator ‘sinner’ in fundraising letter  —  Former President Clinton has sent out a fundraising letter on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee under his own name warning that Republicans are trying to “derail' President Obama's agenda.  —  Not much unexpected there.
Anne Bayefsky / Weekly Standard:
Syrian Rep Promotes Blood Libel at UN Human Rights Council  —  Meeting today in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council heard the following statement from the Syrian representative, First Secretary Rania Al Rifaiy: “Israel...is a state that is built on hatred...Let me quote a song that a group …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and RubinReports
Paul Bedard / US News:
Washington Whispers  —  Home > Nation & World > Washington Whispers  —  CNBC Host Says Obama Sullied Office With ‘Ass to Kick’ Line  —  Becky Quick slapped Obama for using unpresidential language  —  Not everybody was pleased with President Obama's uncharacteristic line on the Today Show …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner ridicules Obama's healthcare town hall with seniors as PR gimmick  —  House GOP leader John Boehner (Ohio) went on the offensive Tuesday against an event in which President Barack Obama will promote his signature healthcare reform law to seniors.  —  Boehner ridiculed an online town hall …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Less Talkin', More Kickin'  —  50 days in, and we've just learned another shocking revelation concerning the Obama administration's response to the Gulf oil spill.  In an interview aired this morning, President Obama admitted that he hasn't met with or spoken directly to BP's CEO Tony Hayward.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KICK-ASS CONTEXT.... I've seen some mild criticism of President Obama this morning, from those wondering if the “whose ass to kick” line on the “Today” show was excessive bravado.  Adam Serwer noted, for example, that Americans are “not going to be happier because the president has pulled out his Bruce Willis impression.”
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Ax may fall on tax break for mortgages  —  The popular tax break for mortgage interest, once considered untouchable, is falling under the scrutiny of policymakers and economic experts seeking ways to close huge deficits.  —  Although Congress last year rejected the White House's proposed cut …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Max Brantley / ArkansasTimes:
Garland County cluster#@%*  —  The mess that Garland County Election Commission made has come to full flower.  A voting rights activist reports long lines and parking problems at the two — count 'em, two — polling places that the Commission decided to open for runoff voting.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The BRAD BLOG
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rangel on Obama WH response in Gulf: Clueless  —  Kerry Picket scores a scoop at the Washington Times today with audio of an impromptu interview conducted with Charles Rangel last week on the Gulf oil spill.  Kerry must have caught Rangel in a particularly frustrated mood …
Discussion: Washington Times
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Our Multiracial Future  —  The Pew Research Center has an interesting report out about interracial marriage.  You won't be surprised to learn that it has increased significantly: In 1980, 6.7 percent of the newly married were married to someone of a different ethnicity; in 2008 the number had risen to 14.6 percent:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Pelosi delivers speech over screams of health-care activists  —  Raucous demonstrators greeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at a gathering of progressive activists in Washington on Tuesday morning, forcing her to yell her 28-minute policy speech over their loud and uninterrupted protests.
James Kwak / The Baseline Scenario:
The Perils of Studying Economics  —  Patrick McGeehan at the New York Times recently wrote about a New York Fed study finding that studying economics makes you a Republican.  The headline conclusion is that the more economics classes you take, the more likely you are to be a Republican.
 
 
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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Former Manager of Iowa Slaughterhouse Is Acquitted of Labor Charges
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Sen. Byron Dorgan / Congress Blog:
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Judge to Blago: No Twitter in the court
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The Inexplicable Jewish Role in the Liberalism-Terrorism Axis.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Crooked Timber
BBC:
Three Chinese ‘shot by N Korea’
Discussion: Public Secrets
The Daily Caller:
QUIZ: Who said it — Democratic leaders or Communist Party USA?
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 19% See White House Job Offers As Anything Unusual
Discussion: The Plum Line
 Earlier Items: 
Christine Stuart / CT News Junkie:
Lieberman Skeptical of His Own U.S. Senate Race Endorsement
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
2012 primary plans would keep N.H. first
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Eye
msnbc.com:
Obama: I would've fired BP chief by now
Ynetnews:
Hamas refuses to allow aid supplies into Gaza
Discussion: Weasel Zippers