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2:15 PM ET, June 8, 2010

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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 …
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.) …
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Feel the Anger, People
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Ezra Klein:
Anti-incumbent, pro-party primaries
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 …
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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 …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
What Helen Thomas missed  —  Ah, another teachable moment!  —  This one comes to us from Helen Thomas, the longtime White House reporter and columnist who announced her retirement on Monday.  Thomas, of Lebanese ancestry and almost 90, has never been shy about her anti-Israel views …
msnbc.com:
Obama: I would've fired BP chief by now  —  Ex-EPA lawyer brands oil company as ‘recurring environmental criminal’  —  msnbc.com staff and news service reports  —  President Barack Obama would have fired BP's CEO Tony Hayward over controversial comments downplaying the Gulf oil spill — if the executive had been working for him.
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CNN:
Obama looking for ‘whose ass to kick’
Washington Post:
Reports at BP over years find history of problems
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Rockefeller may back Murkowski plan to block EPA climate rules
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.
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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:   Hecklers disrupt Pelosi speech
Scott / Power Line:
The gathering storm, cont'd  —  William Shawcross is the son of Winston Churchill's lawyer, the prominent former Nuremberg prosecutor and Labor MP Sir Hartley Shawcross.  He thus provides something of a living link to Churchill whom we are especially proud to claim as a friend of our site.
Discussion: New York Post
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William Shawcross / Jerusalem Post:
An irrational, obscene hatred
Discussion: Biased BBC
Jerusalem Post:
'Iranian ships won't reach Gaza'
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 …
Fox News:
Van der Sloot Confesses to Killing in Peru  —  June 5: Joran van der Sloot is escorted by Peruvian police as he arrives at their offices in Lima.  —  Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, long the prime suspect in U.S. teen Natalee Holloway's 2005 disappearance in Aruba, has confessed to killing …
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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.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Progressives seek to gain momentum for change at America's Future Now conference  —  Progressive movement activists gathered in Washington on Monday declared themselves dismayed, even angry, at President Obama and Democrats in Congress for being too timid and compromising in pursuing change …
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Left to Obama: We're not happy
Discussion: Power Line
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
White House is directing agencies to cut budgets  —  The White House is directing agencies to develop plans for trimming at least 5 percent from their budgets by identifying programs that do little to advance their missions or President Obama's agenda.  —  The request, made amid rising public anxiety …
Washington Post:
Marriage equality for all couples  —  Nearly a century after the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, the Supreme Court unanimously affirmed that “marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man.’ ” That 1967 case, Loving v. Virginia, ended bans on interracial marriage in the 16 states that still had such laws.
Nolongerfamous / 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 …
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 …
Christine Stuart / CT News Junkie:
Lieberman Skeptical of His Own U.S. Senate Race Endorsement  —  Log in to Post a Comment  —  The Democrat-turned-independent U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman says he doesn't know who he will support or endorse in Connecticut's U.S. Senate race.  Will it be Attorney General Richard Blumenthal …
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
2012 primary plans would keep N.H. first  —  WASHINGTON — Intent on preventing a repeat of the chaotic presidential primary schedule in 2008, Republican and Democratic parties are completing plans to create an orderly timetable that would push most contests back while ensuring …
Discussion: The Eye
WOOD-TV:
Student sitting behind Obama was asleep  —  Watch video for more  —  KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - One of the Kalamazoo Central students — who was seated behind keynote speaker President Barack Obama during Monday night's commencement ceremony — fell asleep.
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 …
 
 
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John Tierney / New York Times:
Daring to Discuss Women in Science
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Bloomberg:
Bernanke Says Unemployment Unlikely to Fall Quickly
Discussion: Firedoglake and Truthdig
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Civilian toll of Iranian raids in northern Iraq enrages Kurds
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
America's Future Now: The Surliest Conference In America
Discussion: TalkLeft and American Power
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: North Carolina Senate
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Ynetnews:
Hamas refuses to allow aid supplies into Gaza
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Abe Selig / Jerusalem Post:
Ideas for ‘reverse flotillas’ gain steam
Yoav Zitun / Ynetnews:
Spanish pride parade doesn't want Israelis
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Pentagon opposes popular legislation to rename Department of the Navy
Discussion: Politics Daily
Mike Kelly / NorthJersey.com:
On this ground, zero tolerance