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12:40 PM ET, May 22, 2011


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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mitch Daniels won't run in 2012  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told supporters in a midnight email early Sunday that he is opting against a 2012 presidential run, a decision that he said ultimately came down to family concerns.  —  The decision by the former political operative and favorite …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Mitch Daniels won't run for president in 2012  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels won't run for president in 2012.  (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Greg Swiercz)Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels won't seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, a decision that could well throw the field open to other late entrants.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Daniels Decides Against Republican Presidential Bid  —  Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana has decided not to seek the Republican presidential nomination, telling supporters in an e-mail message early Sunday that he decided against entering the race because of family considerations.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Daniels bows out, will skip 2012 race  —  All the pieces appeared to be in place for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R).  Party leaders had urged him to run for president and had pledged their support; the media wasn't bashful in showing their affection for him; he had access …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitch-slapped GOP looks for new option  —  Mitch Daniels's overnight decision against a presidential bid will immediately raise the volume on the low-hum grumbling among Republican insiders that they're gearing up to face President Obama with the weakest primary field in recent memory.
Discussion: The Page
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Horton's ghost haunts GOP field
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Mitchell: Obama's stance on 1967 border does not threaten Israel  —  George Mitchell, who stepped down as the Obama administration's special envoy to the Middle East last week, insisted Sunday that President Obama's call to base Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on pre-1967 borders is not a threat to Israel.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama elaborates on '67 lines  —  President Obama is telling AIPAC at the moment that he expected the controversy over his comments Thursday on the 1967 lines, and elaborates: … The tension here is that while Obama advanced the new framework out of “urgency” — and while perhaps …
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.
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
GOP Contender Herman Cain Demonstrates Clueslessness On Middle East Policy, Confused By ‘Right Of Return’  —  Former pizza executive Herman Cain announced on Saturday in Atlanta that he is “running for the president of the United States, and I'm not running for second.”
The Note:   Sarah Palin Slams Obama on Israel, Wants ‘Redneck Woman’ to Be Her Ringtone
Rummelj / CNN:
State of the Union Early Bird for May 22, 2011
Discussion: BBC and Reuters
Dore Gold / Wall Street Journal:
Israel's 1967 Borders Aren't Defensible
Discussion: Israel Matzav and New York Times
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Harassment Incentives  —  Penelope Trunk: … On the other hand, Steven Greenhouse reports that various kinds of harassment and assault of hotel maids are extremely common.  Is it true, after all, that a maid has “nothing to lose”?  Perhaps that would be true if the economy operated at a permanent full-employment state.
Penelope Trunk:   Sexual harassment is going high-end
Jacob Weisberg / Slate Magazine:
Fantasy Island  —  Are Republicans losing their grip on reality?  —  At a press conference last week, someone asked Chris Christie for his views on evolution vs. creationism.  “That's none of your business,” the New Jersey governor barked in response.  —  This minor incident …
Frank R. Lindh / New York Times:
Bin Laden's Gone.  Can My Son Come Home?  —  ON the evening of May 1, we learned that Osama bin Laden had been killed.  The following dawn, I left my house in the Bay Area to catch a bus to Oakland International Airport.  I flew to Indianapolis for a scheduled visit with my son …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Charlie White / Mashable!:
Apple, Foxconn, Analysts React to Tragic iPad Factory Explosion
Discussion: Gizmodo
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
America's 10 Biggest Constitutional Myths
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Hullabaloo
Christina D. Romer / New York Times:
Needed: Plain Talk About the Dollar
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Gabrielle Saveri / Reuters:
Broadcaster silent as “Judgment Day” hours tick by
Discussion: Slate Magazine and Don Surber
Dr. Milton R. Wolf / Washington Times:
Obamacare waiver corruption must stop
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel