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1:20 AM ET, May 21, 2011


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Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
SLAM!!  Bibi Diplomatically “Slaps” Obama During White House Press Op  —  It was a stunning tableau, a President of the United States sitting back and glaring while the Prime Minister of Israel pushed back against the words made by the POTUS yesterday.  Both parties made their presentations …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
In Oval Office, Bibi Offers History Lessons to Obama  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to think he needed to educate President Obama on some issues today, so in the Oval Office he described in some detail to the president a history of the refugee problem in the region dating back 63 years …
The Atlantic Online:
Dear Mr. Netanyahu, Please Don't Speak to My President That Way  —  For whatever reason, I tend to react strongly when a foreign leader disrespects the United States, and its President.  I didn't like it when Hugo Chavez of Venezuela insulted President Bush; I don't like listening to Hamid Karzai …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Hatch condemns Obama's stance on Israel border, plans disapproval measure
Israeli rebuke of Obama exposes divide on Mideast
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Carney downplays tension between Obama, Netanyahu
Prosser wins recount in Wisconsin Supreme Court race  —  Vote margin still at 7,000 plus; Kloppenburg camp considers legal challenge  —  By Patrick Marley, Larry Sandler and Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel  —  With the weeks-long recount complete, unofficial numbers confirm …
New York Post:
Giving too much license to cops  —  A series of recent court rulings, in cluding one this week from the US Supreme Court, appear to erode one of our bedrock defenses against the arbitrary, abusive power of the state.  —  At risk: the Fourth Amendment guarantee to all American citizens of the right to be …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   Keep the Briefs Brief, Literary Justices Advise
Sentence of life without parole for teen upheld
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Atlantic Online:
The Rapture Is Not Saturday — It's Tonight  —  Doomsday prophet Harold Camping tells The Atlantic what to expect when the end of the world begins  —  LOS ANGELES — In his relentless study of the Bible, 89-year-old Oakland-based Harold Camping has seen the signs.  You may have also seen them recently.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Make My Bed? But You Say the World's Ending
Cherry Hill student's challenge to Tea Party champion Michele Bachmann prompts ‘threats’  —  A Cherry Hill High School East sophomore who challenged Tea Party champion Michele Bachmann to a constitutional debate says she is concerned for her personal safety.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Blotter
Associated Press:
Teen who challenged Bachmann to debate receiving threats
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
“South Park” Jihadi Was '08 Obama Volunteer  —  Radicalized wannabe later decided Koran barred his voting … The radicalized knucklehead convicted of threatening the lives of the “South Park” creators signed up as a volunteer for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Roger Ailes responds to Chris Matthews' ‘Pathetic’ comment about Sarah Palin  —  Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes is responding to a shot Chris Matthews fired his way on his show last night.  —  After playing a clip of Sarah Palin discussing Newt Gingrich on Fox News, Matthews said, “This is so pathetic, watching her on television.
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Harry Reid: ‘Foolish’ for Democrats to offer budget plan  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks on Capitol Hill Tuesday.  (Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images)  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it would be “foolish” for Democrats to propose their own federal budget for 2012 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Fox News
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Cantor: Democrats have no plan to save Medicare
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama asks Congress for a resolution of support on Libya  —  Sixty days after launching military action against Libya, President Obama on Friday sent a letter to Congressional leaders asking them to pass a resolution supporting the U.S. mission.  —  “I wish to express my support …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House on War Powers Deadline: ‘Limited’ US Role in Libya Means No Need to Get Congressional Authorization
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Ann Coulter explains why she will never use the ‘n-word’  —  As an outspoken commentator, Ann Coulter has received her share of criticism for using language deemed off-limits by the political correctness police.  In 2007, she took heat for using the word “faggot” when talking …
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook
Daily Mail:
Islands in the stream: The extraordinary homemade dams holding back the Mississippi as desperate residents try to save their homes  —  We've all undertaken home improvements but these residents in flood-stricken Mississippi have had to embark on major construction projects just to protect their houses and livelihoods.
Macho Man Randy Savage Dies In Car Accident  —  Macho Man Randy Savage — one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time — died today in a car accident in Seminole, Florida ... TMZ has learned.  —  TMZ spoke with Randy's brother, Lanny Poffo, who tells us the wrestling legend suffered a heart attack …
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Orbitz Snubs Media Matters' ‘Drop Fox’ Campaign: 'We Aren't Going To Engage In That Fight'  —  The effort by liberal media watchdog group Media Matters to convince half a dozen leading national advertisers to pull their dollars from the Fox News Channel got a high-profile snub Thursday when Orbitz …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Orbitz Backs Fox News Channel Amid Media Matters' ‘Smear Campaign’
Discussion: Big Journalism
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
Survey: Recent college grads wising up about Obama  —  A recent informal survey of 500 post-grads primarily between the ages of 22 and 28 — 83 percent of whom voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 — found just 27 percent of Obama's previous youth supporters plan to vote for him again, The Daily Caller reports.
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:   Recent college grads sour on Obama, surveys say
Fernanda Santos / City Room:
Mayor Is Criticized for Comments on Parents at Poor Schools  —  Responding to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday seeking to prevent the city from closing 22 poor-performing schools, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg made a comment that has sparked outrage among some community leaders.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The “Borking” of Goodwin Liu  —  Watching the left complain that Republicans have now done to one of theirs—once—what they have been doing to conservative judicial nominees for 25 years is just too much.  Ordinarily I don't cross-post too many items from NRO's Corner or the other two places I blog …
Beth Musgrave / Lexington Herald-Leader:
$43 million tax break approved for Ark Encounter theme park  —  Acrobat Portable Document Format: Economic study of Ark Encounter project  —  FRANKFORT — A controversial Bible-themed amusement park received approval Thursday for up to $43 million in state tax incentives over a 10-year period.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
While Cutting Social Services, Kentucky Gives $43 Million Tax Break To Bible-Themed Amusement Park
Discussion: Climate Progress
The Huffington Post:
Profiling CEOs and Their Sociopathic Paychecks  —  The Wall Street Journal reported last week that “Executives and other highly compensated employees now receive more than one-third of all pay in the US.  Highly paid employees received nearly $2.1 trillion of the $6.4 trillion in total US pay in 2007, the latest figures available.”
Chad Stone / Off the Charts Blog:
What's Driving Projected Debt?  —  As we've noted, my colleagues Kathy Ruffing and Jim Horney have updated CBPP's analysis showing that the economic downturn, President Bush's tax cuts, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq explain virtually the entire federal budget deficit over the next ten years.
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Huntsman Takes His Potential Campaign for Test Drive in New Hampshire
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Dems Can't Just Rely on Millionaires for Tax Increases
The Huffington Post:
Huntsman Was For Health Care Mandate Before He Was Against It
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