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New York Times:
Obama Sees '67 Borders as Starting Point for Peace Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Seeking to harness the seismic political change still unfolding in the Arab world, President Obama on Thursday publicly called for the borders prevailing before the 1967 Israeli-Arab war to be the starting point for talks …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama ‘disrespected’ Israel, threw it ‘under the bus,’ says Romney  —  President Obama “disrespected” Israel and threw it “under the bus” in a wide-ranging speech on the Middle East on Thursday, GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney charged.  —  Romney strongly criticized Obama, who …
NationalJournal.com:
Obama: ‘The Status Quo is Not Sustainable’  —  Following is President Obama's Middle East speech, as prepared for delivery:  —  I want to thank Hillary Clinton, who has traveled so much these last six months that she is approaching a new landmark - one million frequent flyer miles.
The Atlantic Online:
Nothing New in the Idea That '67 Borders Should Guide Peace Talks (UPDATED)  —  I'm amazed at the amount of insta-commentary out there suggesting that the President has proposed something radical and new by declaring that Israel's 1967 borders should define — with land-swaps — the borders of a Palestinian state.
Fox News:
Netanyahu Rejects Obama Call for Palestinian State Based on 1967 Borders  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swiftly rejected President Obama's call Thursday for Israel to pull back to the borders that existed before the 1967 Six-Day War, calling those lines militarily “indefensible.”
Simon Wiesenthal Center:
SWC: Israel Should Reject a Return to 1967 ‘Auschwitz’ Borders  —  The Simon Wiesenthal Center commended President Obama's call for further democratization in the Arab world but expressed deep disappointment that he called for Israel's return to the pre-June 1967 borders.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's Cairo II speech: Cheering democratization ... in general; Update: No, Obama didn't demand pre-1967 borders for Israel; Update: Netanyahu calls 1967 lines “indefensible”  —  Barack Obama showed up a half-hour late, and once again used the self-promoted White House occasion to say nothing specific, and nothing new.
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Netanyahu Responds Icily to Obama Remarks
Discussion: Yglesias, The Lede and The Daily Dish
Facebook:
PMO Announcement following President Obama's speech
Jonathan Ferziger / Bloomberg:
Arab Spring Spurs Israel to Ice Peace Plan Before Obama Meeting
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Senate GOP filibusters Goodwin Liu  —  Senate Republicans staged the first successful filibuster of a judicial nominee since 2005 on Thursday, dealing a blow to the Obama administration on the long-stalled nomination of Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Sen. Mitch McConnell / Judicial:
Why the Senate should reject Goodwin Liu
Discussion: The Note
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Grassley Accuses Asian-American Judicial Nominee Of Holding ‘Communist’ Chinese Worldview
Discussion: Daily Kos and Wonk Room
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate hands Obama his first defeat on a judicial nominee
The Atlantic Online:
Gingrich: I Wasn't Talking About Ryan's Plan on ‘Meet the Press’  —  Newt Gingrich said today that he wasn't referring to Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.)  Medicare plan when he uttered the words “right-wing social engineering” last Sunday — a comment that has earned the former House speaker …
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The Politico:
Leaders reach Patriot Act deal
Discussion: CNN
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitch Daniels Not Only Took ObamaCare Funds, He Pushed Similar Reforms … Mitch Daniels , Health Care Reform , Medicaid , Daniels Affordable Care Act , Daniels Obama Policy , Daniesl Obamacare , Health Care Indiana , Indiana Health Care , Mitch Daniels Health Care , Mitch Daniels Mandate , Politics News
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Daniels to decide '12 bid by month's end
Discussion: FrumForum and Swampland
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi: 'We have a plan.  It's called Medicare.'  —  “It is a flag we've planted that we will protect and defend.  We have a plan.  It's called Medicare.”  —  That's from Nancy Pelosi, who called me from Wisconsin, where she's holding events today defending Medicare in Paul Ryan's back yard.
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Wall Street Journal:
Stephen Colbert's Free Speech Problem  —  The comedian runs up against campaign-finance law in an attempt to lampoon the Supreme Court.  —  Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert, like most of his friends and allies on the left, thinks that last year's Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC is, literally, ridiculous.
Steve / Teapot Party Blog:
Willie Nelson Changes His Tune  —  The Teapot Party began two days after Willie Nelson was arrested for marijuana possession in Texas on Nov. 28.  He sent me an email suggesting the need for an alternative to the Tea Party - the “Teapot” Party.  I started the Facebook page and and within 48 hours …
New York Times:
A Favorite Emerges for Helm of I.M.F.  —  PARIS — The French finance minister, Christine Lagarde, was on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos this January when her usual smile turned into a frown.  Next to her, Robert E. Diamond Jr., chief executive of Barclays and one of the most powerful bankers …
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John Eligon / New York Times:
Bail Granted to Ex-I.M.F. Chief in Assault Case
Discussion: Telegraph and Outside the Beltway
Derek Wallbank / MinnPost:
What Bachmann is thinking about as she considers a run for president  —  Michele Bachmann at the 2011 Time 100 Gala ceremony in April.  —  WASHINGTON — As she mulls over a run for the White House, Rep. Michele Bachmann says she is spending time reading books about presidential campaigns …
Harold Hongju Koh / Opinio Juris:
The Lawfulness of the U.S. Operation Against Osama bin Laden  —  [Harold Hongju Koh is the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State.]  —  I write in response to those who have raised questions regarding the lawfulness of the recent United States operation against Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Now Selling More Kindle Books Than Print Books  —  Kindle with Special Offers for only $114 is already the bestselling member of the Kindle family  —  (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon began selling hardcover and paperback books in July 1995.  Twelve years later in November 2007 …
 
 
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Al Gore hits out at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp
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