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12:20 PM ET, May 24, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
An Anti-Israel President  —  The president's peace proposal is a formula for war.  —  Say what you will about President Obama's approach to Israel—or of his relationship with American Jews—he sure has mastered the concept of chutzpah.  —  On Thursday at the State Department …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Harry Reid rebukes Barack Obama's Israel speech  —  The most powerful Democrat in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), on Monday night publicly rejected President Barack Obama's decision to use a recent speech to lay out aspects of a potential peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
Maen Rashid Areikat / The Politico:
A Palestinian perspective  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Netanyahu repeats: No to '67 borders
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Scott / Power Line:
Netanyahu at AIPAC  —  Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  King: Giuliani ‘very close’ to joining GOP presidential race  —  Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose presidential campaign fizzled in 2008, is leaning toward another race for the White House, according to a close associate.  New York Republican Rep. Peter King …
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Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
What Obama's Political Team Thinks of the Republican Field  —  Romney seems the most formidable, they think, while relieved that Daniels got out.  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, shown here in 2010, is the most likely GOP opponent and one of the toughest, according to those close to the president.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
For Republican Hopefuls, the Bush Primary Is Well Under Way  —  Former President George Bush gives a smile to crowd after he was on the video screen during an Astros game in Houston in April.  —  For Republicans who want to be president, one of the most crucial primaries is well under way: the Bush primary.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Republican Field: Is This It?  —  How's this for an impressive Republican lineup?
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
What a top aide to Sarah Palin really thinks about Mitt Romney, Bristol Palin, Erick Erickson and more  —  A series of messages forwarded to The Daily Caller show a top aide to former Alaska Gov. and possible presidential candidate Sarah Palin mocking top political figures and even her boss's own daughter, Bristol Palin.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Don't talk to strangers, Palin edition  —  There's no more dangerous place for a political staffer than the anonymous wilds of online comments sections.  And while much of Sarah Palin's political infrastructure grew up online at Conservatives4Palin, one of her top aides, Rebecca Mansour …
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Note
New York Post:
Strauss-Kahn's pals bid to pay off woman's kin  —  By ORON DAN in Tel Aviv and LAURA ITALIANO and BOB FREDERICKS in NY  —  Friends of alleged hotel sex fiend Dominique Strauss-Kahn secretly contacted the accusing maid's impoverished family, offering them money to make the case go away since …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Republicans plan symbolic vote on debt ceiling  —  House Republican leadership will introduce a bill next week that would hike the debt ceiling without any accompanying spending cuts, setting up a vote that is more symbolic than substantive.  —  The announcement was made during …
Discussion: CNN
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
All eyes on New York's special
Dean Schabner / ABCNEWS:
New Doomsday: Preacher Says It's Still Coming  —  Harold Camping, the radio evangelist who predicted the apocalypse would begin Saturday, May 21, 2011, said today his understanding of God's plan was just a little off.  —  Speaking outside the headquarters of his media empire near the Oakland …
Discussion: Gawker and Mediaite
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Elizabeth Tenety / Washington Post:
Harold Camping says May 21, 2011 was ‘invisible judgment day,’ world will end October 21, 2011
Discussion: Pharyngula
David Brooks / New York Times:
Britain Is Working  —  In 1920, Winston Churchill's mother held a dinner for M. Paul Cambon to celebrate the end of his 20 years as the French ambassador to Britain.  One of the guests asked Cambon what he had seen in his two decades in London.  —  “I have witnessed an English revolution …
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. Supreme Court orders massive inmate release to relieve California's crowded prisons  —  Justice Kennedy cites inhumane conditions, while dissenters fear a crime rampage.  Gov. Jerry Brown seeks tax hike to fund transfers to county jails as prison officials hope to avoid freeing anyone.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:   State Secrets Block Resolution of Contractors' Suit, Justices Say
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
White House Adds New Position to Deal with Unfavorable Online Media  —  The White House has named Jesse Lee to a new position within its communications department titled Director of Progressive Media & Online Response.  According to The Huffington Post, Lee will essentially be responsible …
Aharding / CNN:
Santorum getting ready to throw hat into ring  —  (CNN) - Rick Santorum is making preparations to formally declare his candidacy for president, a source close to the former senator from Pennsylvania told CNN.  —  Santorum will make a major announcement regarding his plans …
Discussion: Hotline On Call and GOP 12
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Steady Decline in Major Crime Baffles Experts  —  The number of violent crimes in the United States dropped significantly last year, to what appeared to be the lowest rate in nearly 40 years, a development that was considered puzzling partly because it ran counter to the prevailing expectation …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
5 things to watch in the NY-26 vote  —  Tuesday's special election for a western New York congressional seat is positioned to become the first political measuring stick of the national debate over the Republican plan to rewrite Medicare.  Democrat Kathy Hochul is narrowly leading the race …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
‘Rock and roll dude’ eyes W.H. run  —  Another Republican is eyeing a late entrance into the presidential primary, and his name is not Jeb, Chris, Paul or Rick.  —  It's Thaddeus.  —  In an interview Monday with POLITICO, Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter said he's seriously considering …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Richard Eden / Telegraph:
Cannes 2011: Peter Fonda encourages his grandchildren to take up arms against President Barack Obama  —  Peter Fonda, the star of Easy Rider, says he is training his grandchildren to use rifles for a conflict with President Barack Obama.  —  Lars von Trier, who was banned from Cannes for praising Hitler …
New York Times:
Democrats Try to Woo Consumer Advocate to Run  —  WASHINGTON — Officials in the Democratic Party are wooing Elizabeth Warren to run for the Senate against the Massachusetts Republican Scott P. Brown rather than have her continue to set up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
 
 
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BBC:
UK public borrowing higher than expected in April
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Saudis Arrest Woman Leading Right-to-Drive Campaign
Discussion: Guardian and Althouse
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Time to Face Reality  —  Prime Minister Netanyahu doesn't want a two state solution.
Lawrence Martin / Globe and Mail:
Has the fourth estate lost its tenacity?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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The Hill:
Sessions threatens to block budget votes, Memorial Day recess
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Katherine Dorsett / CNN:
Does having children make you happy?
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