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2:50 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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: The Lede, Yglesias and The Daily Dish
Obama insists 1967 ‘basis’ for Israel-Palestinian peace
Discussion: TPMDC and The Politico
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’
New York Times:   Obama's Mideast Speech
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 …
David Weigel / Weigel:
Willie Nelson Retracts Gary Johnson Endorsement  —  Having written quite a few items about Gary Johnson's presidential bid, it saddens me that this is easily the most coverage I've ever seen of it.  The co-founder of Nelson's Teapot Party explains: … Kucinich might be screwed out of his seat …
Discussion: Mediaite
The Atlantic Online:
Willie Nelson Endorses Gary Johnson for President
Discussion: Salon
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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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The Politico:
GOP isn't buying debt limit pitch
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Digital-Age Advantage
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
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Associated Press:
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Peter Foster / Telegraph:
Man behind ‘Great Firewall of China’ pelted with eggs
Discussion: The Peking Duck and Gawker
John Eligon / New York Times:
Bail Granted to Ex-I.M.F. Chief in Assault Case