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10:50 PM ET, May 21, 2011


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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 …
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 …
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.”
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Ryan Creed / ABCNEWS:
Herman Cain, Former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, Announces His Candidacy
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Aharding / CNN:   Herman Cain officially announces presidential bid
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
David Batty / Guardian:
Apocalypse not now: The Rapture fails to materialise
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Ex-Marine's lawyer opens up about SWAT, questions Sheriff
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 …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Obama misses deadline for congressional approval of Libya operations
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Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Job creation limps along after recession
Discussion: Power Line and
Ed Whelan / National Review:
The Left's Hypocrisy—and Sloppiness—About Supposed Republican Hypocrisy on Filibusters
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Golden State blues
Discussion: 24Ahead
Josh Barro / National Review:
Stupid Debt Brinksmanship
Discussion: Rortybomb and Modeled Behavior
Aharding / CNN:
New poll shows Democrat ahead in NY special election
Discussion: Ballot Box
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Florida and Texas in jobs pissing match
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pro-Israel push for magic words from Obama