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3:15 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
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Understanding Obama's shift on Israel and the ‘1967 lines’  —  “The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”  —  This sentence in President Obama's much-anticipated speech …
Nathan Diament / The Politico:
Don't just talk about Israel
Discussion: CNN, Crooks and Liars and Wonkette
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.
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.
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.
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem group attacks Romney ahead of South Carolina visit
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus and Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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 Tampa, Florida ... TMZ has learned.  —  TMZ spoke with Randy's brother, Lanny Poffo, who tells us the wrestling legend suffered a heart attack …
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
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
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 …
Fox News:
Palin Has the ‘Fire in Her Belly’ for Possible White House Run, But ...
Discussion: Gothamist
Inside Higher Ed:
Comments on Red Grader, Blue Grader  — The article doesn't say whether or not the researchers controlled for differences across departments.  I'm sure there are some departments with greater percentages of Republican-leaning professors than others, and perhaps classes in those departments tend …
Discussion: Gawker
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
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
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
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.
Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds life without parole for young teen  —  By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel  —  Omer Ninham was just 14 when he was part of a gang that threw a 13-year-old Hmong boy to his death from the top of a Green Bay parking garage in 1998.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Federally Funded NASA ‘Educates’ Children About Global Warming on ‘Climate Kids’ Web Site  —  ( - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Web site network includes “Climate Kids: NASA's Eyes on the Earth,” which use cartoons, games, and other activities to teach children …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Don Surber
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Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
Republican Blames Fox News for Hindering Support for His Position on Immigration Reform
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Washington Examiner:
Barack Obama: Shop steward in chief
Rasmussen Reports:
71% Say Middle East Peace Agreement Must Recognize Israel's Right to Exist
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
Survey: Recent college grads wising up about Obama
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Peter H. Stone / iWatch News:
After skipping Ground Zero event with Obama, Bush made three paid speeches
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Politico
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: New Details Emerge of Radical Imam's Lunch at the Pentagon
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Atlas Shrugs
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats won't release their spending plan
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
D.N.C. Raises More Money Than R.N.C. in April
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Some FBI agents are angered by plan to extend tenure of Director Robert Mueller
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Press ‘constantly’ pushing for more access to Barack Obama
Discussion: Hot Air
Truth Mirrors Fiction In Pakistan's ‘Bloodmoney’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
AARP latest to receive Obamacare break
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Eye-for-an-eye filibuster stops Democratic nominee
Discussion: Betsy's Page and FrumForum