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10:05 PM ET, June 8, 2010

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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Nikki Haley opens double digit lead in SC-Gov GOP race  —  South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley (R) edged close to 50 percent in the Palmetto State governor's primary race, an indication that personal attacks aimed at her in the final week of the campaign had backfired.
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Guide to Biggest Primary Day of the Year (So Far)  —  WASHINGTON — Of all the incumbents on the ballot across the nation Tuesday, of all the establishment figures whose careers are on the line in this midterm election year, there is no bigger target than Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader.
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus and Truthdig
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.) …
Washington Post:
Voters' support for members of Congress is at an all-time low, poll finds
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Breaking Barriers, Dirty Stuff in South Carolina
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
We Don't Need Clint Eastwood  —  It's now come to this.  —  In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, President Obama said this: … This burst of a**-kicking anger comes after the White House leaked to the media that: … And this, in turn, came after Senior White House aide David Axelrod told Bloomberg …
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Ezra Klein:
The government's crummy computers
Discussion: The White House
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 …
Abe Selig / Jerusalem Post:
Ideas for ‘reverse flotillas’ gain steam  —  Israeli groups mull sailing toward Turkey to “remind the world of Turkish hypocrisy.”  —  Talkbacks (17)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds
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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: RubinReports and Weasel Zippers
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Awesome: Israeli students trying to organize flotilla to Turkey
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Telegraph
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 …
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.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
More on Mitch Daniels' Proposed “Truce” on Social Issues  —  Mitch Daniels told THE WEEKLY STANDARD's Andy Ferguson that the next president “would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues.  We're going to just have to agree to get along for a little while,” until economic issues are resolved.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Right Now
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Mitch Daniels Makes the Rounds
Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
Bowen: ‘Army of lawyers’ at the ready if Prop 14 passes  —  Secretary of State Debra Bowen said today there will be an “army of lawyers” looking at the constitutionality of Proposition 14 if the measure is approved today.  —  Under the “top two” primary system, candidates of all party affiliations would run on one primary ballot.
Discussion: Ballot Access News
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.
CNN:
Alaska senator moves to strip EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases  —  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski vowed Tuesday to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to impose new limits on the emission of greenhouse gases.  —  Washington (CNN) - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski vowed Tuesday …
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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 …
Gregory Sullivan / Pajamas Media:
Miles of Oil Containment Boom Sit in Warehouse, Waiting for BP or U.S. to Use  —  An enterprising businessman put his factory in overdrive, figuring the country needed his product and his workers needed overtime.  He's making enough to stem the shortage.  Why is everyone ignoring him?
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 …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Skelton: Voters don't care about gays in the military  —  House Armed Services Committee chairman Ike Skelton said Tuesday that his constituents aren't interested one way or the other in the congressional drive to repeal the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, but he's going to keep opposing it anyway.
Felix Salmon:
How to solve the fiscal dilemma  —  How should governments deal with enormous budget deficits?  In Europe, the playbook seems to be clear: announce enormous budget cuts (see Germany, UK) only to be told that they're still not big enough.  —  Jeff Sachs today has a slightly different idea.
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.
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 …
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
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.
Reuters:
Analysis: U.N. rebukes of Israel permitted in U.S. policy shift  —  (Reuters) - Under President Barack Obama, the United States no longer provides Israel with automatic support at the United Nations where the Jewish state faces a constant barrage of criticism and condemnation.
Discussion: Doug Ross and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 19% See White House Job Offers As Anything Unusual  —  Voters express only modest concern and hardly any surprise about the secret job offers made by the Obama White House to Democratic politicians in Colorado and Pennsylvania in hopes of getting them to drop their primary challenges of incumbent senators.
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
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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The Inexplicable Jewish Role in the Liberalism-Terrorism Axis.  —  John Holbo has a really interesting post dismantling the logic of conservatives who aren't content merely to paint their opponents as wrong but as active participants in a conspiracy to destroy America.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Crooked Timber
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
 
 
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Lynnley Browning / New York Times:
Switzerland Rejects Deal to Share Banking Data
Discussion: Law Blog and Clusterstock
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
VA-05: GOPers Await Fate In A Race At The Heart Of Midterm Elections
Newsdesk / Blagojevich on Trial:
Judge to Blago: No Twitter in the court
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Ax may fall on tax break for mortgages
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Our Multiracial Future  —  The Pew Research Center …
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BBC:
Three Chinese ‘shot by N Korea’
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The Daily Caller:
QUIZ: Who said it — Democratic leaders or Communist Party USA?
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James Kwak / The Baseline Scenario:
The Perils of Studying Economics