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7:30 AM 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 …
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
Associated Press:
Indiana's Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels rules out run for the White House  —  View Photo Gallery — Who's in and who's out?:   Republicans are beginning to announce who will pursue a bid for the presidency.  —  WASHINGTON — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said early Sunday that he won't run …
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.
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.
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 …
Dore Gold / Wall Street Journal:
Israel's 1967 Borders Aren't Defensible  —  Fair observers have never considered the old armistice line as a non-negotiable starting point for peace talks.  —  It's no secret that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to lobby the U.N. General Assembly this September …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House lawmakers push back against Obama's stand on 1967 borders
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
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
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
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
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 …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Golden State blues
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Webster Tells Town Hall Constituents That If Health Reform Isn't Repealed, 'We Won't Have A Country'
Aharding / CNN:
New poll shows Democrat ahead in NY special election
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pro-Israel push for magic words from Obama