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5:15 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.
CNN:
Lincoln sounds note of party unity
Discussion: The Politico
Ezra Klein:
Anti-incumbent, pro-party primaries
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 and Tim Blair
William Shawcross / Jerusalem Post:
An irrational, obscene hatred
Discussion: Spectator, Guardian and Biased BBC
Scott / Power Line:
The gathering storm, cont'd
Discussion: New York Post
Jerusalem Post:
'Iranian ships won't reach Gaza'
The White House:
Closing the IT Gap  —  When many of my colleagues went from the cutting-edge, social media-focused Obama presidential campaign into the federal government, they remarked that it was like going from an X-box to an Atari.  —  Indeed, a significant IT gap has developed over the past decade …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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msnbc.com:
I would have fired BP chief by now, Obama says  —  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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, CBS4 and Hot Air
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
BBC:
Three Chinese ‘shot by N Korea’  —  China says a North Korean border guard shot and killed three people on the countries' border last week.  —  A fourth person was injured in the incident near the north-eastern border town of Dandong, China said.  —  China has made a formal complaint to North Korea …
Discussion: Public Secrets
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
The Daily Caller:
QUIZ: Who said it — Democratic leaders or Communist Party USA?  —  Comrades flocked to New York City two weeks ago for the 29th national convention of the Communist Party USA.  While reviewing materials from the event, we had a sudden sense of déjà vu: the feeling that we had heard these talking points before.
 
 
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Ax may fall on tax break for mortgages
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Republican Ways and Means:
President's Propaganda Doesn't Match Reality …
Discussion: Congress Blog
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 19% See White House Job Offers As Anything Unusual
Discussion: The Plum Line
James Kwak / The Baseline Scenario:
The Perils of Studying Economics
Christine Stuart / CT News Junkie:
Lieberman Skeptical of His Own U.S. Senate Race Endorsement
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Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
2012 primary plans would keep N.H. first
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