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12:15 AM ET, May 20, 2011


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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 …
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 …
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.
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Middle East and North Africa State Department, Washington, DC  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please, have a seat.  Thank you very much.  I want to begin by thanking Hillary Clinton …
Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Israel Expects Obama to Take Back ‘1967 Lines’ Demand  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was quick on the draw Thursday in voicing clear displeasure with President Barack Obama's mideast policy speech.  —  “Israel appreciates President Obama's commitment to peace,” the response began, curtly.
John / Power Line:
Barack Obama, Neocon?  —  President Obama delivered a speech on the Middle East at the State Department today.  If one takes it seriously, it signified—with one key exception—Obama's transformation into a virtual clone of his predecessor.  President Bush's democracy agenda …
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Netanyahu Responds Icily to Obama Remarks  —  JERUSALEM — President Obama's endorsement on Thursday of using the 1967 boundaries as the baseline for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute — the first by an American president — prompted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel …
Discussion: Yglesias, The Lede and The Daily Dish
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Obama alters U.S. policy, tells Israel to start with '67 borders  —  In his 45-minute speech on the Middle East Thursday, President Obama spoke of his admiration for the wave of protests movements rocking the region, attempting to square U.S. interests with the democratic aspirations of an increasingly restive Arab street.
Obama insists 1967 ‘basis’ for Israel-Palestinian peace
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
Simon Wiesenthal Center:
SWC: Israel Should Reject a Return to 1967 ‘Auschwitz’ Borders
Discussion: The Hill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty: Obama's Israel proposal a ‘disaster waiting to happen’
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 …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Tells Limbaugh That His Phrase ‘Right-Wing Social Engineering’ Was Not A Reference To Ryan Plan
Discussion: USA Today, Daily Kos and Yglesias
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Gingrich: ‘And By The Way, It Was Not A Reference To Paul Ryan’ (AUDIO)
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.
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
Cornyn: Democrats To Blame For Republican Filibuster Of Goodwin Liu
Sen. Mitch McConnell / Judicial:
Why the Senate should reject Goodwin Liu
Discussion: The Note, Balkinization and Moe Lane
Sarah Palin's Son Track Gets Married!  —  Duane and Elizabeth Hanson, Britta Hanson, Track Palin, Sarah and Todd Palin  —  The Palin family is growing!  —  Sarah Palin's eldest son, Track, 22, recently married his high school sweetheart, Britta Hanson, 21, in a small ceremony in Hatcher Pass, Alaska.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Note and CNN
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
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to Obama: What?  —  WARNING: This story contains references to the Obama administration's repetitious and meaningless diplomatic warnings that may be disturbing to some.  —  Every now and then the Obama administration likes to warn somebody about something.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Politico
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
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: TalkLeft and New York Magazine
Palestinian Facebook group urges rushing of Israel's borders  —  New pro-Palestinian group on social media site urges Arabs to march on Israel's borders following coming Friday's prayers  —  Pro-Palestinian activists have formed a new Facebook group calling for mass marches on Israel's borders this coming Friday.
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Al Gore hits out at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp  —  Former US vice-president says media giant is forcing his liberal Current TV service off air in Italy for hiring Keith Olbermann  —  Former US vice-president Al Gore has hit out at Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, accusing it of …
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Michael Graham / Boston Herald:
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