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5:05 AM ET, May 16, 2011


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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israeli Troops Fire as Marchers Breach Borders  —  JERUSALEM — Israel's borders erupted in deadly clashes on Sunday as thousands of Palestinians — marching from Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank — confronted Israeli troops to mark the anniversary of Israel's creation.
The Atlantic Online:
How to Understand the Golan Heights Demonstrations  —  Palestinian demonstrators, marking the date of the largely self-inflicted dispossession in 1948 called “the nakba” (largely self-inflicted" because the Arabs rejected the U.N. partition plan for Palestine, attacked the just-born Jewish state …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Abu Muqawama /
Just Another Sunday in the Levant
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Associated Press:
IDF: Unrest along Israel's northern borders bears Iran's ‘fingerprints’
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Hot Air
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces further claim of sexual assault  —  Socialist party official says her daughter was left traumatised after alleged attack by Strauss-Kahn in 2002  —  By this time next year, Dominique Strauss-Kahn might well have been president of France.
Associated Press:
Police: IMF head picked out of lineup in sex case  —  NEW YORK - Dominique Strauss-Kahn's reputation with women earned him the nickname “the great seducer,” and not even an affair with a subordinate could knock the International Monetary Fund leader off a political path pointed in the direction of the French presidency.
David Carr / New York Times:
How Drudge Has Stayed on Top  —  For most big news Web sites, about 60 percent of the traffic is homegrown, people who come directly to the site by dint of a bookmark or typing in or  The other critical 40 percent comes by referrals …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Gay CNN Anchor Sees Risk in Book  —  Don Lemon, the weekend prime-time anchor for CNN, was on the air on Sunday night this month when the news broke that President Obama would address the nation at the unusual hour of 10:30 p.m.  —  By the time the news network was confirming the reports …
John / Power Line:
A Verdict on Obama's “Stimulus” Plan  —  Economists Timothy Conley and Bill Dupor have studied the effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the purported stimulus bill) with great rigor.  Earlier this week, they reported their findings in a paper titled “The American Recovery …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Dan Barry / New York Times:
A Sports Executive Leaves the Safety of His Shadow Life  —  Last month, in a Midtown office adorned with sports memorabilia, two longtime friends met for a private talk.  David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, sipped his morning coffee, expecting to be asked for career advice.
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
Newt Tacks Left, Slams Ryan's Medicare Plan  —  Newt Gingrich's appearance on “Meet the Press” today could leave some wondering which party's nomination he is running for.  The former speaker had some harsh words for Paul Ryan's (and by extension, nearly every House Republican's) plan to reform Medicare, calling it “radical.”
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Gates: Obama made a ‘gutsy’ call  —  President Barack Obama made a “very gutsy call” to send Navy SEALs into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden, outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in an interview broadcast Sunday.  —  “I worked for a lot of these guys.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Ryan / Chicago Tribune:
The budget debate we all deserve  —  Despite Washington coming to grips with the fact that the debt threat is real, policymakers still are not having the debate Americans deserve.  —  The talk is too often restricted to “shared sacrifice.”  This sets up a debate where we are really just arguing …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Ron Paul Calls Social Security and Medicare Unconstitutional, Compares Them to ‘Slavery’  —  Appearing on Fox News Sunday this morning, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) defended his longstanding view that Medicare, Social Security (and pretty much everything else) violate the Constitution.
Discussion: and Yglesias
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Ryan announcement on Wisconsin Senate seat coming soon  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said Sunday he will decide this week if he will run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl.  —  Kohl announced Friday he will not run for reelection in 2012 …
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Ryan will decide soon on Wisconsin Senate race
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Arizona Dem: Having Giffords on the ballot more helpful than Obama
Discussion: NY Daily News
J. Christian Adams / Pajamas Media:
Senate GOP Embarrasses Dems Over Boeing
Discussion: and UrbanGrounds
Tali Sharot / New York Times:
Major Delusions  —  THIS month American college seniors will don caps and gowns.
Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
Nato must target Gaddafi regime, says Armed Forces chief Gen Sir David Richards
Discussion: Guardian and Blog
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Republicans Optimistic About Retaking Senate
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Patterico Criticizes Google; Gets Locked Out of Gmail
Duncan Hollis / Opinio Juris:
What kind of immunity does the IMF Managing Director Have?
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Boehner questions Obama's commitment to tackling debt, deficit
Discussion: Firedoglake and CNN
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Federal worker pensions emerge as target in debt-reduction talks
Debbie Cenziper / Washington Post:
A trail of stalled or abandoned HUD projects
Discussion: Don Surber