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9:00 PM ET, May 21, 2011

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Bonnie Malkin / Telegraph:
Apocalypse not right now: ‘Rapture’ end of world fails to materialise  —  Reports of the end of the world appeared to have been exaggerated today.  —  Inhabitants of New Zealand, scheduled to be among the first to meet the apocalypse according to a US fundamentalist preacher …
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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
At Apocalypse Central, Preparing for What Happens, or Doesn't  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — If Harold Camping and his followers are correct, Gertrude Stein's famous comment about Oakland — that there is no there there — may finally be true.  If not, some local churchgoers say they will set …
David Batty / Guardian:
Apocalypse not now: The Rapture fails to materialise
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Horton's ghost haunts GOP field  —  It's still early in the presidential race, so the opposition research dumps haven't really begun.  But when the skeletons in the closets of 2012 GOP hopefuls begin to be revealed, the unique shape of the field — which will almost certainly feature a handful …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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The Politico:
GOPers embrace unorthodox tax plans
Ryan Creed / ABCNEWS:
Herman Cain, Former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, Announces His Candidacy  —  Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination today at a rally at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.  —  “After prayerful consideration with my family …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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Aharding / CNN:   Herman Cain officially announces presidential bid
Andrew Restuccia / Ballot Box:
Cain announces candidacy for GOP presidential nomination
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House lawmakers push back against Obama's stand on 1967 borders  —  A growing number of House lawmakers are pushing back against President Obama's recent call to base Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on pre-1967 borders.  —  Echoing the concerns of Israeli leaders, the critics maintain …
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Borderline Treachery  —  Would that the president of the United States …
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Prayer controversy jeopardizes same-sex amendment vote  —  A controversial pastor delivered a prayer that left House members - of both parties - shocked and incensed.  —  An opening prayer that shocked Minnesota House members on Friday may have unintentionally derailed a key goal …
New York Times:
Backing Her Man With Impressive Resources  —  PARIS — She was much more famous than her husband, and much wealthier, too.  —  Now she joins the unhappy club of wives standing by their man in the face of a crescendo of tales of sexual betrayal, spurred in her case by extraordinary …
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Reducing Pennsylvania's Unemployment Insurance ‘A Fairness Thing,’ GOP Lawmaker Says … A Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives says he wants to reform the state's unemployment insurance system in part because the way benefits are currently calculated lets workers take a paid vacation for most of the year.
Ellen Tumposky / ABCNEWS:
Tucson SWAT Team Defends Shooting Iraq Vet 60 Times  —  A Tucson, Ariz., SWAT team defends shooting an Iraq War veteran 60 times during a drug raid, although it declines to say whether it found any drugs in the house and has had to retract its claim that the veteran shot first.
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KGUN-TV:
Ex-Marine's lawyer opens up about SWAT, questions Sheriff
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Webster Tells Town Hall Constituents That If Health Reform Isn't Repealed, 'We Won't Have A Country'  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from a town hall meeting in Astatula, FL.  —  When Congress passed the landmark health reform law last March, Republicans predicted the result …
New York Times:
Obama's Peace Tack Contrasts With Key Aide, Friend of Israel  —  WASHINGTON — Five days ago, during a closed-door meeting with a group of Middle East experts, administration officials, and journalists, King Abdullah II of Jordan gave his assessment of how Arabs view the debate within …
Aharding / CNN:
New poll shows Democrat ahead in NY special election  —  (CNN) - A new poll released Saturday shows the Democratic candidate now has a slight lead - a four point advantage among likely voters - over the Republican in a special congressional election in Western New York that has attracted the national spotlight.
Discussion: Ballot Box
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Golden State blues  —  In 1967, five years after California became the most populous state, novelist Wallace Stegner said that California — energetic, innovative, hedonistic — was America, “only more so.”  Today, this state's budget crisis is like the nation's, only more so.
Discussion: 24Ahead
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House on War Powers Deadline: ‘Limited’ US Role in Libya Means No Need to Get Congressional Authorization  —  In an effort to satisfy those arguing he needs to seek congressional authorization to continue US military activity in accordance with the War Powers Resolution …
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Obama misses deadline for congressional approval of Libya operations
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
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Stupid Debt Brinksmanship
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