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11:45 AM ET, May 20, 2011

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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama and Netanyahu, Distrustful Allies, to Meet  —  WASHINGTON — As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel heads to the White House on Friday for the seventh meeting since President Obama took office, the two men are facing a turning point in a relationship that has never been warm.
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Ynetnews:
Behind the scenes: Obama snubs Netanyahu  —  Sources privy to political atmosphere prior to US president's Mideast policy speech say tension between White House, Jerusalem hit new high  —  Ynet  —  The cold relationship between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister
The Atlantic Online:
Dear Mr. Netanyahu, Please Don't Speak to My President That Way  —  For whatever reason, I tend to react strongly when a foreign leader disrespects the United States, and its President.  I didn't like it when Hugo Chavez of Venezuela insulted President Bush; I don't like listening to Hamid Karzai …
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Middle East and North Africa State Department, Washington, DC
John / Power Line:   Barack Obama, Neocon?
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Ron Paul on Obama speech: Will US invade Syria?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama ‘disrespected’ Israel, threw it ‘under the bus,’ says Romney
The Atlantic Online:
Nothing New in the Idea That '67 Borders Should Guide Peace Talks (UPDATED)
Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Israel Expects Obama to Take Back ‘1967 Lines’ Demand
Frank Newport / Gallup:
For First Time, Majority of Americans Favor Legal Gay Marriage  —  Republicans and older Americans remain opposed  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the first time in Gallup's tracking of the issue, a majority of Americans (53%) believe same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
A first: Majority of Americans now supports same-sex marriage, Gallup finds
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Conservative Party Is Obstacle to Gay Marriage
Discussion: Capital Tonight
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Transcript: Exclusive Interview With Jon Huntsman  —  I sat down for an exclusive interview with Jon Huntsman yesterday.  Here is the full transcript and CLICK HERE for the full story.  —  George Stephanopoulos: Governor, thanks for doing this.  —  Jon Huntsman: It's an honor.
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Huntsman thronged in N.H. debut  —  HANOVER, N.H. — Jon Huntsman's first stop on the New Hampshire campaign trail Thursday was billed as a cozy meet-and-greet at a small-town restaurant.  —  It ended up as a big media circus.  —  TV cameras and dozens of writers and photographers …
The Politico:
Jon Huntsman's moves trouble Utah
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dana Bash / CNN:
Washington (CNN) — President Obama may be on the brink of breaking the law.  —  At issue: The 1973 War Powers Act, which says if the president does not get congressional authorization 60 days after military action, the mission must stop within 30 days.  —  The president formally notified Congress …
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Is Obama Breaking the Law in Libya?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Political Punch
The Hill:   Lawmakers largely silent on war powers authority in Libya
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem group attacks Romney ahead of South Carolina visit  —  An independent Democratic group led by former aides to President Obama launched the first ad of the 2012 cycle with an attack Friday on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).  —  Priorities USA Action, the liberal group founded …
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
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Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Romney's Evangelical Problem
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint won't rule out backing Romney
Discussion: The Note, CNN, Washington Post and GOP 12
Jason Clayworth / Iowa Caucuses:
Newt Gingrich's ringtone: ‘Dancing Queen’  —  Ames, Ia.  - Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich briefly stopped a campaign event here to shut off his phone as his ringtone sounded ABBA's “Dancing Queen.”  —  Gingrich today in Ames.  —  The song is from the musical “Mamma Mia.”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Mediaite
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Alex Pareene / Salon:   How Gingrich can still win the GOP nomination — and the presidency
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Newt: Campaigns Like Mine Are But Once A Century
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Make My Bed?  But You Say the World's Ending  —  The Haddad children of Middletown, Md., have a lot on their minds: school projects, SATs, weekend parties.  And parents who believe the earth will begin to self-destruct on Saturday.  —  The three teenagers have been struggling to make sense …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Eye-for-an-eye filibuster stops Democratic nominee  — TAGS: - Barack Obama - Byron York - Gang of 14 - George W. Bush - goodwin liu - Harry Reid - john cornyn - Miguel Estrada - ninth circuit court of appeals - patrick leahy - Politics - Priscilla Owen - Robert Bennett - robert bork - samuel alito - Ted Kennedy - tom coburn
Discussion: Betsy's Page and FrumForum
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Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
Cornyn: Democrats To Blame For Republican Filibuster Of Goodwin Liu
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Blocks Judicial Nominee in a Sign of Battles to Come
Discussion: CNN and The Page
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin: ‘I do have the fire in my belly’  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) hasn't decided whether to run for president, but she insisted Thursday she has the “fire in my belly” to do it.  —  Fox News's Greta van Susteren asked Palin, who has provided few hints about her decision-making process …
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
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People.com:
Sarah Palin's Son Track Gets Married!
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Pawlenty to announce presidential bid on Monday in Iowa  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will officially announce his presidential campaign on Monday in Iowa.  —  Pawlenty will make his announcement at a town-hall event in the state capital of Des Moines, where his wife, Mary, will introduce him.
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Judge overturns Miller decision on open special election … CARSON CITY — A District Court judge on Thursday overruled a decision by Secretary of State Ross Miller to allow any qualified candidate to run in a Sept. 13 special election to fill a U.S. House vacancy in Nevada.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hotline On Call
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Cy Ryan / Las Vegas Sun:
Judge sides with GOP, rules against free-for-all special election
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
At I.M.F., Men on Prowl and Women on Guard  —  WASHINGTON — It is an international island in the midst of the American capital, a sharp-elbowed place ruled by alpha male economists.  The days are long, and employees are regularly pressed together for weeks on end during overseas “missions.”
Discussion: Don Surber and FrumForum
Wall Street Journal:
No Pink Slip for Ronald McDonald  —  McDonald's Corp. is standing by its clown.  —  The 48-year-old, red-haired mascot has come under fire from health-care professionals and consumer groups who, in recent days, have asked the fast-food chain to retire Ronald McDonald.
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
China Gives Pakistan 50 Fighter Jets  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — China has agreed to immediately provide 50 JF-17 fighter jets to Pakistan, a major outcome of a visit by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to Beijing this week, Pakistani officials said Thursday.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rep. Pete King says ‘odds very much against’ running for president  —  Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) downplayed on Friday the chances of him actually mounting a campaign for president in 2012.  —  King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he's focused on winning reelection …
Juliet Macur / New York Times:
Armstrong Accused of Drug Use by Ex-Teammate  —  The cyclist Tyler Hamilton, one of Lance Armstrong's former teammates on the United States Postal Service team, said he saw Armstrong inject himself with the banned performance-enhancing drug EPO “many, many times” to win the Tour de France …
Discussion: New York Magazine and TalkLeft
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CBS News:
Ex-Teammate: I saw Lance Armstrong use EPO
Discussion: This Just In and The Lede
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Republicans Face No-Win Situation in New York  —  Republican strategists are now praying that they never, ever have another special election in New York state.  —  First they failed to win a 2009 special election to take back Democrat Kirsten's Gillibrand's open seat (which they won back last year).
Discussion: msnbc.com
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Alex M. Parker / US News:
Democrats Play Offense with Medicare in NY 26
 
 
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CNN:
Muslim convert charged with threats to ‘South Park’ creators
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Atlas Shrugs
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
AFL-CIO's Trumka looks to ‘independent’ labor movement
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
AARP latest to receive Obamacare break
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Deal Reached on Extension of Patriot Act