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New York Times: Israel carried out a major military exercise earlier this month that American officials say appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Several American officials said the Israeli exercise appeared to be an effort to develop the military’s capacity to carry out long-range strikes and to demonstrate the seriousness with which Israel views Iran’s nuclear program.

More than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters participated in the maneuvers, which were carried out over the eastern Mediterranean and over Greece during the first week of June, American officials said.


A footnote to the story of Larry Sinclair, the gadfly whose long criminal record I wrote about this morning: He was arrested by Washington, D.C. police after his press conference there today, two officials at D.C.’s First District station confirmed to Politico.

Sinclair is wanted in Colorado on theft and forgery charges, but police officials I spoke to wouldn’t discuss the charges. Reason’s David Weigel first reported the arrest.

CNN: Sen. Barack Obama is leading Sen. John McCain in the crucial swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, according to a new survey.

Obama lost the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania by 9 percentage points. But a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows him leading McCain by 12 points, 52 to 40 percent.

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In Ohio, a state Obama lost to Sen. Hillary Clinton by 10 points in March, he’s leading McCain 48 to 42 percent.

And in Florida, where he did not campaign this primary season and lost an unsanctioned Democratic contest, he leads McCain 47 to 43 percent.

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These people are just sheer comedy.

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Jed Report: Yesterday, John McCain proudly announced that thirty “prominent Democratic and unaffiliated leaders and activists” had endorsed his campaign and along with Joe Lieberman would “rally Americans of all political parties to support John McCain’s candidacy.”

Notwithstanding Joe Lieberman, it sounds impressive until you find out that one of John McCain’s thirty most “prominent Democratic and unaffiliated” supporters in the country is Phillip “Icky” Frye, a television and VCR repairman from West Virginia who decided to run for governor to seek revenge against then Governor Bob Wise, who had engaged in an extramarital affair with Frye’s wife, a state employee. (Their affair was a media goldmine, complete with an e-mail trail.)

McCain brags that Frye is a “former Democratic gubernatorial candidate” from West Virginia. That’s technically true, but Frye never won the Democratic nomination. He didn’t even come close, in fact. In the 2004 primary, he finished in 7th place — out of 8 candidates. He received 2,892 votes — good enough for 1% of the vote. (The winner took 149,362 votes.)

Here’s the details: Frye’s wife, Angela Mascia-Frye, had been having an extramarital affair with the then-incumbent governor, Bob Wise. After Frye filed divorce papers, Wise admitted to the affair.

West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, a Democrat, took a potentially damaging blow to his political career when he admitted to being “unfaithful to my family” on Monday. Wise’s confession came after the Charleston Daily Mail contacted his press office with allegations of an affair with a state employee.

A divorce case filed by Philip Frye against Angela Mascia Frye, who is the director of European operations for the West Virginia Development Office, implicates Wise as the reason for the couple’s split. Frye told the Charleston Daily Mail that his wife of seven years had been having an affair with the governor for months. “I had private detectives all over this thing. I’ve got pictures and documents — all kinds of hard evidence,” Frye said.

Frye then decided to seek revenge by challenging Wise, later explaining his decision to run for office in blunt terms: “It was fueled by revenge to some degree, and I wanted to embarrass Wise.” Frye, who criticized Wise a “typical Democrat,” also said he hoped to cash in on his story:

Frye referred to Wise as a “little weasel-faced bastard” and a “typical Democrat,” but he will not release the details of his allegations because he hopes to sell his story, the Daily Mail reports.

And there you have it: Icky Frye, one of the thirty most prominent Democratic supporters of John McCain in the entire United States of America.

Makes you wonder…who the heck is vetting these lists? And who in the press is fact-checking them?

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at a campaign stop in Grantham, Pa., in April. Next week, they'll be reunited publicly for the first time since she dropped her presidential bid.

New York Daily News: Hillary Clinton will join Barack Obama for a joint appearance in Washington next week to persuade her donors to begin giving to the Democrats’ nominee, the Daily News has learned.

It’s the first known plan to bring together the victor and vanquished from the Democrat primary race and put their pledges of unity for the fall campaign into action.

Jonathan Mantz, Clinton’s national finance director, sent top Clinton fundraisers an e-mail today inviting them to the event on June 26.

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New Yorker:

Olbermann reveres Murrow, but Murrow never called a President “Idiot-in-Chief.’’

It was nearly midnight before Keith Olbermann left the NBC News election studio on May 13th, having spent five hours on the air, co-anchoring coverage of the West Virginia Democratic primary. Olbermann had a short ride home from Rockefeller Plaza to his condominium on the Upper East Side, and he was in bed by 2 A.M. But he lay wide awake, overcome by an urge to get up and move about.

He has been given a diagnosis of Wittmaack-Ekbom’s syndrome, also known as “restless-legs syndrome” (and also “the kicks,” “Jimmy legs,” and “jitters”), a neurological disorder that produces a prickling, itching, or crawling feeling in the legs, profoundly disturbing sleep.

Reclining exacerbates the condition, so Olbermann got out of bed, took a pill for the ailment, and, while waiting for the drug to kick in, scrolled through his BlackBerry, scanning recent messages. One arrested his attention. It was a link to the Web site Politico, which featured an interview conducted that day with President Bush. Olbermann was struck by two questions from the interview, and by Bush’s answers to them: CONTINUE READING

CNN: Former Vice President Al Gore endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday, urging Americans to reject what he called the Bush administration’s legacy of “incompetence, negligence and failure.”

“Americans simply cannot afford to continue the policies of the last eight years for another four,” Gore, the party’s 2000 presidential nominee, told Obama supporters at a rally in Detroit, Michigan.

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Advocate: Puerto Rico’s house of representatives has denied a measure to toughen a ban on same-sex marriage.

Rep. Victor García San Inocencio says Resolution 99 failed on Thursday to make it to the house floor for voting, effectively killing the proposal for this legislative term.

The measure would have amended the U.S. territory’s constitution to establish that marriage is between a man and woman and that no other types of unions could be recognized. Thus, it would have made it harder to allow civil unions or grant marital rights to unmarried couples.

Critics said the amendment was unnecessary because local laws already ban same-sex marriage. Others argued it was discriminatory.

The Hill: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Sunday that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal “would be far and away the best candidate” to appear on the Republican presidential ticket with Sen. John McCain (Ariz.).

Gingrich, who appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” heaped praise upon the former congressman, saying that he is a “spectacular” governor and predicted that Jindal would be a presidential candidate in the future.

AP: The Wisconsin Democratic Party is trying to strip a woman of her position as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. That’s after she told a newspaper she would vote for Republican Senator John McCain for president in November.

…When Clinton bowed out of the race last weekend, she urged her supporters to do all they can to elect Obama. But Bartoshevich told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Clinton was treated unfairly by the party and she has deep reservations about Obama’s experience, so she’ll vote for McCain.The report caused quite a stir at the state Democratic convention. The party members voted to ask the national party’s credentials committee to refuse to seat her at the convention.