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1:50 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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Jewish GOP official blasts DWS
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Algemeiner.com:
Full Text of Netanyahu Speech to AIPAC
Discussion: Power Line and Wake up America
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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Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Republican Field: Is This It?  —  How's this for an impressive Republican lineup?  —  A likable former governor and TV personality; a two-term governor with an unmatched fiscal record; another former governor with the best education-reform credentials in the country; a rising star in the House …
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
Discussion: Daily Kos
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Says Congress Won't Pay For Missouri Disaster Relief Unless Spending Is Cut Elsewhere  —  Firefighters and rescue workers who arrived in Joplin, MO, found that the deadly tornado that hit the state Sunday had left a “barren, smoky wasteland” in its path.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Cantor demands spending-cut ransom for Missouri aid  —  The scenes out of Joplin, Missouri, are just horrific.  The death toll from the deadliest single U.S. twister in generations stands at least 116 people, and rescue workers continue a frantic search for survivors.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Republicans plan symbolic vote on debt ceiling
Discussion: CNN
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Plans Vote on Debt-Limit Bill
Discussion: Swampland and Daily Kos
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
All eyes on New York's special
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 …
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 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
David Brooks' political dream
Discussion: Eschaton
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
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 …
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 …
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The Caucus:
Republican Candidate in House Race Acknowledges Missteps
Discussion: Hotline On Call and The Reaction
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 …
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 …
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 …
myfoxny.com:
Teens Riot In Manhattan Businesses  —  MYFOXNY.COM - It's like a flash mob gone bad.  Security footage from a Manhattan Dunkin' Donuts shows a group of youths climbing on counters, throwing chairs and throwing tables in a violent attack on workers.  —  It happened at the Dunkin' Donuts on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Report: Iran still developing nukes  —  The agency that monitors nuclear energy around the world says it has been given new evidence that Iran is working to develop nuclear weapons.  —  Just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress …
Discussion: FrumForum
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
For Republicans, the list of competitive Senate primaries is getting longer  —  Republicans are facing yet another competitive Senate primary, which could undermine the GOP's plan to retake control of the upper chamber next year.  —  New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez made his candidacy official Tuesday …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Rob Woodall On Medicare: 'When Do I Decide I'm Going To Take Care Of Me?'
PR Newswire:
Budweiser Asks Guys to Help Save a Million Gallons of Water by Not Shaving
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
House defense bill would cost $703B, says budget scorekeeper
Paul Krugman:
Debt Arithmetic (Wonkish)
Aharding / CNN:
Santorum getting ready to throw hat into ring
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Time to Face Reality  —  Prime Minister Netanyahu doesn't want a two state solution.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Newshoggers.com
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Lawrence Martin / Globe and Mail:
Has the fourth estate lost its tenacity?
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The Hill:
Sessions threatens to block budget votes, Memorial Day recess
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
White House Adds New Position to Deal with Unfavorable Online Media