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3:15 PM ET, May 19, 2011

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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.
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Jonathan Ferziger / Bloomberg:
Arab Spring Spurs Israel to Ice Peace Plan Before Obama Meeting  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been preparing to greet President Barack Obama at the White House tomorrow with a proposal to resurrect Middle East peace talks, advisers said.  —  That was until Palestinian …
New York Times:
Obama Backs Deal Based on 1967 Lines  —  WASHINGTON — Seeking to harness the seismic political change still unfolding in the Arab world, President Obama for the first time on Thursday publicly called for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would create a non-militarized Palestinian state …
Associated Press:
Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians' demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel.
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama pledges new aid to Mideast nations embracing democracy
Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Resigns From I.M.F.  —  Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned Wednesday as head of the International Monetary Fund after explosive allegations that he had sexually attacked a cleaning lady in a midtown Manhattan hotel room.  —  “It is with infinite sadness that I feel compelled today …
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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 …
Telegraph:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn: IMF head ‘hired prostitutes from Manhattan madam’  —  Dominique Strauss-Kahn hired prostitutes from the “Manhattan Madam” who infamously also served Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former Governor of New York, she claimed on Wednesday night.
IMF:
IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn Resigns
Discussion: Guardian, Wonk Room and News Desk
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.
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BBC:   Osama Bin Laden: Al-Qaeda releases posthumous message
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Don't repeat Osama raid, says Feinstein
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Hullabaloo and Eschaton
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney, Daniels feel ‘death hug’ on their healthcare records  —  President Obama and his liberal allies tried to kill some of the Republicans' top presidential candidates with kindness on Thursday.  —  The president had fun at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) …
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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.
Michael Scherer / Time:
Plouffe, second from left, is looking for new ways to pierce the media clutter  —  DOUG MILLS / NEW YORK TIMES / REDUX  —  When Barack Obama traveled to Texas this month to talk immigration, David Plouffe, his top message guru, decided to stay home and watch Twitter instead.
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Associated Press:
Dick Cheney's memoir will have ‘very strong views,’ daughter Liz says
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senator McConnell leaves House Republican budget twisting in the wind  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) is leaving Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget plan to its own fate in the Senate by not whipping his GOP colleagues on the vote.  —  Republican senators say McConnell …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Grassley Accuses Asian-American Judicial Nominee Of Holding ‘Communist’ Chinese Worldview  —  Six years ago, Ninth Circuit judicial nominee Goodwin Liu published an op-ed in which he made the utterly banal point that a conservative interest group used the terms “free enterprise,"' …
Julie Mason / The Politico:
Rogue tweet by Secret Service!  —  How embarrassing, Secret Service!  (Gawker image)  —  Courtesy  —  Oh, the dangers of social media!  Those instant, regrettable outbursts of unvarnished truth and scantily clad photos.  Today's victim: the Secret Service!
Michael Crowley / Time:
Mr. Nice Guy  —  It was after 8 p.m. at the public library in the quiet town of Adel, Iowa, and staffers were folding up the metal chairs.  Tim Pawlenty's question-and-answer session had wrapped up some 30 minutes earlier, but a handful of voters were still here, and therefore so was Pawlenty …
Discussion: The Blotter and FrumForum
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
The Debt Ceiling Fiasco  —  Fights over the budget are normal and proper in a democracy.  But threatening to default could have dire consequences for the dollar, interest rates and the economy.  —  The debt ceiling “crisis” started on Monday when the U.S. government reached the legal limit …
Ken Lee / People.com:
Maria Shriver Hires a Divorce Attorney  —  Maria Shriver, who has split from husband Arnold Schwarzenegger amid a love-child scandal, has hired a divorce lawyer, sources tell PEOPLE.  —  Prominent Los Angeles family law attorney Laura Wasser is now representing California's former first lady, according to sources close to Shriver.
TMZ.com:
Botox Mom: I MADE IT ALL UP FOR MONEY!  —  The woman who went on “Good Morning America,” claiming she injected her 8-year-old daughter with Botox, now swears under oath ... she made the entire story up for a few hundred bucks.  —  TMZ has obtained a sworn declaration written by Sheena Upton …
Dave McNary / Variety:
Cannes condemns Lars von Trier  —  Danish helmer banned, ‘Melancholia’ still eligible for Palme d'Or  —  The Cannes Film Festival has kicked Lars von Trier out of the festival, banning him from all events and declaring him a “persona non grata” in the wake of the Danish director calling himself …
The Politico:
GOP isn't buying Barack Obama's debt limit pitch  —  In Richmond, Cantor took the same tack as Nunes in an interview with several reporters following his job summit.  —  “The markets are looking to see credible progress on changing the fiscal trajectory in Washington.
Discussion: The Note
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 …
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Dick Ebersol to Leave NBC Sports  —  Dick Ebersol, who has run NBC Sports since 1989 and engineered the network's bids to acquire the rights to more Olympics than any other, resigned on Thursday when he said he could not come to an agreement on a new contract.
 
 
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Giffords undergoes successful surgery
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Bloomberg:
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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