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2:45 AM ET, May 22, 2011


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Daniel Leblanc / Globe and Mail:
Ottawa won't back Obama's Mideast peace proposal  —  The Harper government is refusing to join the United States in calling for a return to 1967 borders as a starting point for Mideast peace, a position that has drawn sharp criticism from Canada's staunch ally Israel.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Bibi-Barack Chess Game  —  Rick Hertzberg offers us a graceful, if pessimistic, guide.  Money quote: … It has indeed been a remarkable week, and as the blog has shown, one that took me by surprise.  I saw nothing that new in the president's speech on Israel-Palestine …
Eric Johnson / Reuters:
Top Jewish Americans ponder support for Obama  —  (Reuters) - Some prominent Jewish Americans are rethinking their support for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election bid after he effectively called on Israel to give back territory it has occupied since 1967 to Palestinians.
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 …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Borderline Treachery  —  Would that the president of the United States …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Fox News:
Tea Party Favorite Herman Cain Joins 2012 GOP Race  —  Tea Party favorite Herman Cain announced his long-shot presidential candidacy to a raucous crowd in Atlanta Saturday, yelling, “I'm running for president of the United States and I'm not running for second.”
Aharding / CNN:   Herman Cain officially announces presidential bid
Ryan Creed / ABCNEWS:
Herman Cain, Former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, Announces His Candidacy
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Andrew Restuccia / Ballot Box:
Cain announces candidacy for GOP presidential nomination
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
The Politico:
GOPers embrace unorthodox tax plans
Dr. Milton R. Wolf / Washington Times:
Obamacare waiver corruption must stop  —  If some Americans deserve exemption from a bad law, then all Americans do  —  Selective enforcement of the law is the first sign of tyranny.  A government empowered to determine arbitrarily who may operate outside the rule of law invariably embraces favoritism …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Gabrielle Saveri / Reuters:
Broadcaster silent as “Judgment Day” hours tick by  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - With no sign of Judgment Day arriving as he had forecast, the 89-year-old California evangelical broadcaster and former civil engineer behind the pronouncement seemed to have gone silent on Saturday.
Discussion: Slate Magazine and Don Surber
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 …
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.
Deroy Murdock / National Review:
Jack Davis: Counterfeit Tea Partier
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
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 …
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 …
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Stupid Debt Brinksmanship
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pro-Israel push for magic words from Obama