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1:15 PM ET, May 20, 2011


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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 …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama and Netanyahu, Distrustful Allies, to Meet  —  WASHINGTON — As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel heads to the White House on Friday for the seventh meeting since President Obama took office, the two men are facing a turning point in a relationship that has never been warm.
Behind the scenes: Obama snubs Netanyahu  —  Sources privy to political atmosphere prior to US president's Mideast policy speech say tension between White House, Jerusalem hit new high  —  Ynet  —  The cold relationship between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister
Nathan Diament / The Politico:
Don't just talk about Israel
Discussion: CNN, Crooks and Liars and The Hill
John / Power Line:   Barack Obama, Neocon?
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Ron Paul on Obama speech: Will US invade Syria?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
A first: Majority of Americans now supports same-sex marriage, Gallup finds
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Tim Pawlenty to announce for president Monday  —  Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty will formally enter the 2012 Republican presidential race on Monday in Iowa, an aide to his campaign confirmed Friday.  —  Pawlenty is scheduled to be in Des Moines Monday, part of a week …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Aharding / CNN:
Pawlenty headed to Iowa to formally declare candidacy  —  (CNN) - Tim Pawlenty's making it official, and the location where he's doing it is no surprise.  —  A source close to the former Minnesota governor tells CNN that Pawlenty will formally announce his candidacy for president Monday morning in neighboring Iowa.
Discussion: The Page, Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Aide: Pawlenty running for president  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is running for the GOP presidential nomination and will announce his bid Monday in Iowa.  —  That's according to an adviser with direct knowledge of the plans.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem group attacks Romney ahead of South Carolina visit
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Pawlenty to announce presidential bid on Monday in Iowa
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
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.
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 …
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.
Jason Clayworth / Iowa Caucuses:
Newt Gingrich's ringtone: ‘Dancing Queen’  —  Ames, Ia.  - Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich briefly stopped a campaign event here to shut off his phone as his ringtone sounded ABBA's “Dancing Queen.”  —  Gingrich today in Ames.  —  The song is from the musical “Mamma Mia.”
Ronald Brownstein /
Romney's Evangelical Problem  —  Mike Huckabee's exit from the race makes it more imperative for Mitt Romney to increase his appeal among evangelicals.  —  Mike Huckabee, judging by the early opinion polls, would have been among the most formidable challengers to Mitt Romney …
Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Field: All Talk, No Do
Lynne Hendricks /, Newburyport, MA:
Brown clarifies budget remarks
Discussion: Blue Mass Group, TPMDC and Daily Kos
Dana Bash / CNN:
Washington (CNN) — President Obama may be on the brink of breaking the law.  —  At issue: The 1973 War Powers Act, which says if the president does not get congressional authorization 60 days after military action, the mission must stop within 30 days.  —  The president formally notified Congress …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Is Obama Breaking the Law in Libya?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Political Punch
The Hill:
Lawmakers largely silent on war powers authority in Libya
Discussion: Firedoglake, Washington Post and Salon
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Making Things in America  —  Some years ago, one of my neighbors, an émigré Russian engineer, offered an observation about his adopted country.  “America seems very rich,” he said, “but I never see anyone actually making anything.”  —  That was a bit unfair, but not completely …
Discussion: National Review and Cafe Hayek
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Richard Trumka to put Democrats on notice  —  AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka will use a lunchtime speech at the National Press Club on Friday to push back against the “destructive” austerity narrative driving Washington and urge lawmakers to create jobs, protect pensions and provide health care for everyone.
Discussion: The Nation
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
AFL-CIO's Trumka looks to ‘independent’ labor movement
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin: ‘I do have the fire in my belly’  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) hasn't decided whether to run for president, but she insisted Thursday she has the “fire in my belly” to do it.  —  Fox News's Greta van Susteren asked Palin, who has provided few hints about her decision-making process …
New York Times:
At I.M.F., Men on Prowl and Women on Guard  —  WASHINGTON — It is an international island in the midst of the American capital, a sharp-elbowed place ruled by alpha male economists.  The days are long, and employees are regularly pressed together for weeks on end during overseas “missions.”
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Leading GOP Budget Hawk at Odds with Republican Leaders  —  Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) tells ABC News that the federal debt is now so out of control that the credit rating of the United States is in jeopardy and the only way to deal with it is a bipartisan agreement that increases tax revenues.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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