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1:20 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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Salon
David Batty / Guardian:
Apocalypse not now: Rapture fails to happen  —  Christian doomsday prophet Harold Camping had predicted the world would end at 6pm on Saturday  —  Christian doomsday prophet Harold Camping looks likely to be less than rapturous after his prediction that the world would end on Saturday failed to materialise.
Discussion: The Raw Story and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Borderline Treachery  —  Would that the president of the United States were as worried about Arizona's border as he is about “Palestine's.”  —  There was less fanfare about this latest Obama oration on the future of the Middle East, staged at Foggy Bottom, than there was about his 2009 Cairo speech.
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 … Jose Guerena, 26, died during a SWAT raid on May 5  —  Attorney Christopher Scileppi talks to KGUN9 reporter Joel Waldman about the case  —  Scileppi wants to know why Guerena was denied medical treatment after he was shot
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Krauthammer: C'mon, Herman Cain's candidacy is for entertainment purposes only  —  Via the Right Scoop, I'm not nearly as sure as Kraut is that this is true.  If Palin surprises everyone by staying out, Iowa will be wide open for a “true conservative” to emerge.
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
Discussion: Truthdig and Hit & Run
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama asks Congress for a resolution of support on Libya
Discussion: The Politico, The Page and Taylor Marsh
John O'Connor / The State:
Tough week for Tea Party ends with fizzling rally  —  The Columbia Tea Party went from Donald Trump to jilted chump after the celebrity businessman canceled his appearance at Thursday's State House rally, and state legislators approved tax breaks and spending that the group opposed.
Prosser wins recount in Wisconsin Supreme Court race  —  Vote margin still at 7,000 plus; Kloppenburg camp considers legal challenge  —  By Patrick Marley, Larry Sandler and Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel  —  With the weeks-long recount complete, unofficial numbers confirm …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
GOP Response To Town Hall Backlash: Ban Recording Devices And Censor Citizen Journalists  —  The premier political story of the past few months has been the Republican plan to dismantle Medicare and the resulting voter backlash.  In town halls across the country, voters are expressing …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Keep the Briefs Brief, Literary Justices Advise  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose writing is clear but dry, said her style owed something to Vladimir Nabokov, the author of “Lolita.”  —  Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, whose opinions can meander, said he aspired …
Discussion: Althouse
The Politico:
GOPers embrace unorthodox tax plans  —  In this Republican primary season, no economic or monetary policy is too unorthodox for an electorate hungry for change.  —  The Republican field is filled with potential candidates who have called for radical overhauls of the tax code …
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Harry Reid: ‘Foolish’ for Democrats to offer budget plan  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks on Capitol Hill Tuesday.  (Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images)  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it would be “foolish” for Democrats to propose their own federal budget for 2012 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Cantor: Democrats have no plan to save Medicare
Discussion: Daily Kos, National Review and Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine and FrumForum
Associated Press:
Teen who challenged Bachmann to debate receiving threats  —  Ann Myers challenged the tea party favorite in a letter dated April 29.  After it started getting media attention last weekend, commenters on tea party websites have threatened to publish her home address and some have threatened violence.
Cherry Hill student's challenge to Tea Party champion Michele Bachmann prompts ‘threats’
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Mitch Daniels hurt, gets 16 stitches to forehead
GAB staff recommends recall elections for three Republican state senators
Discussion: Weigel and TPMDC
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Republican senator takes on the ‘Adult Baby’
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Huntsman Takes His Potential Campaign for Test Drive in New Hampshire
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
The Huffington Post:
Profiling CEOs and Their Sociopathic Paychecks
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The “Borking” of Goodwin Liu
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“South Park” Jihadi Was '08 Obama Volunteer
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Ann Coulter explains why she will never use the ‘n-word’
Daily Mail:
Islands in the stream: The extraordinary homemade dams holding back the Mississippi as desperate …
Patrick Caldwell / TAPPED:
Dems Can't Just Rely on Millionaires for Tax Increases