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9:45 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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Facebook:
PMO Announcement following President Obama's speech  —  Israel appreciates President Obama's commitment to peace.  Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state.
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 …
BBC:
Obama insists 1967 ‘basis’ for Israel-Palestinian peace
Discussion: TPMDC, Hot Air and Pirate's Cove
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Netanyahu Responds Icily to Obama Remarks
Discussion: The Lede, Yglesias and The Daily Dish
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Obama alters U.S. policy, tells Israel to start with '67 borders
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty: Obama's Israel proposal a ‘disaster waiting to happen’
Frank Newport / Gallup:
For First Time, Majority of Americans Favor Legal Gay Marriage  —  Republicans and older Americans remain opposed  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the first time in Gallup's tracking of the issue, a majority of Americans (53%) believe same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages.
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
A first: Majority of Americans now supports same-sex marriage, Gallup finds
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Conservative Party Is Obstacle to Gay Marriage
Discussion: Capital Tonight
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 …
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Transcript: Exclusive Interview With Jon Huntsman  —  I sat down for an exclusive interview with Jon Huntsman yesterday.  Here is the full transcript and CLICK HERE for the full story.  —  George Stephanopoulos: Governor, thanks for doing this.  —  Jon Huntsman: It's an honor.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Eye-for-an-eye filibuster stops Democratic nominee  — TAGS: - Barack Obama - Byron York - Gang of 14 - George W. Bush - goodwin liu - Harry Reid - john cornyn - Miguel Estrada - ninth circuit court of appeals - patrick leahy - Politics - Priscilla Owen - Robert Bennett - robert bork - samuel alito - Ted Kennedy - tom coburn
Discussion: Betsy's Page and FrumForum
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Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
Cornyn: Democrats To Blame For Republican Filibuster Of Goodwin Liu
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
G.O.P. Blocks Judicial Nominee in a Sign of Battles to Come
Discussion: CNN and The Page
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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Alex M. Parker / US News:
Democrats Play Offense with Medicare in NY 26
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Republicans Face No-Win Situation in New York
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and msnbc.com
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Tells Limbaugh That His Phrase ‘Right-Wing Social Engineering’ Was Not A Reference To Ryan Plan
Discussion: TPMDC, Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
People.com:
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.
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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: New York Magazine and TalkLeft
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CBS News:
Ex-Teammate: I saw Lance Armstrong use EPO  —  Tyler Hamilton tells Scott Pelley that Armstrong used banned drug in 1999, the first year he won the “Tour de France”  —  BY:  —  Have Your Say - Tweet It Retweet It - More  —  A former teammate of perhaps the world's greatest cyclist …
Discussion: This Just In and The Lede
The Atlantic Online:
Willie Nelson Endorses Gary Johnson for President  —  Country music legend and avid pot smoker Willie Nelson has a horse in the 2012 race: former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson (R), the most prominent marijuana-legalization candidate in the field.  —  From a press release put out Tuesday by Nelson's Teapot Party:
Discussion: Salon
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Make My Bed?  But You Say the World's Ending  —  The Haddad children of Middletown, Md., have a lot on their minds: school projects, SATs, weekend parties.  And parents who believe the earth will begin to self-destruct on Saturday.  —  The three teenagers have been struggling to make sense …
Wall Street Journal:
No Pink Slip for Ronald McDonald  —  McDonald's Corp. is standing by its clown.  —  The 48-year-old, red-haired mascot has come under fire from health-care professionals and consumer groups who, in recent days, have asked the fast-food chain to retire Ronald McDonald.
Discussion: Jezebel and HotAirPundit
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
China Gives Pakistan 50 Fighter Jets  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — China has agreed to immediately provide 50 JF-17 fighter jets to Pakistan, a major outcome of a visit by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to Beijing this week, Pakistani officials said Thursday.
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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