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12:45 PM ET, May 20, 2011


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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.
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 …
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 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
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Middle East and North Africa State Department, Washington, DC
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama ‘disrespected’ Israel, threw it ‘under the bus,’ says Romney
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
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
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.”
Alex Pareene / Salon:   How Gingrich can still win the GOP nomination — and the presidency
Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Field: All Talk, No Do
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.
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 …
The Politico:
Jon Huntsman's moves trouble Utah
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
Sarah Palin's Son Track Gets Married!
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
AFL-CIO's Trumka looks to ‘independent’ labor movement  —  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will say Friday that workers want an “independent” labor movement designed to help the working class, not a specific party or candidate.  —  In a speech at the National Press Club …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Richard Trumka to put Democrats on notice
Discussion: The Nation
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
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.
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.”
Discussion: Yglesias, Don Surber and FrumForum
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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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
D.N.C. Raises More Money Than R.N.C. in April
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Some FBI agents are angered by plan to extend tenure of Director Robert Mueller
Lynne Hendricks /, Newburyport, MA:
Brown clarifies budget remarks
Discussion: Blue Mass Group, TPMDC and Daily Kos
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Press ‘constantly’ pushing for more access to Barack Obama
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Leading GOP Budget Hawk at Odds with Republican Leaders
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rep. Pete King says ‘odds very much against’ running for president
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Muslim convert charged with threats to ‘South Park’ creators
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Atlas Shrugs
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AARP latest to receive Obamacare break
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Judge overturns Miller decision on open special election