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3:45 PM ET, May 24, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
An Anti-Israel President  —  The president's peace proposal is a formula for war.  —  Say what you will about President Obama's approach to Israel—or of his relationship with American Jews—he sure has mastered the concept of chutzpah.  —  On Thursday at the State Department …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Harry Reid rebukes Barack Obama's Israel speech  —  The most powerful Democrat in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), on Monday night publicly rejected President Barack Obama's decision to use a recent speech to lay out aspects of a potential peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Note:
Israeli Prime Minister Gets 29 Standing Ovations in Congress, Sends Message to White House*  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) reports:  —  *UPDATE: President Obama got 25 standing ovations from Congress during his 2011 State of the Union address.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got 29 today.
Discussion: Mediaite and Mondoweiss
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Benjamin Netanyahu wows Congress
Discussion: YID With LID
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Jewish GOP official blasts DWS
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Netanyahu: Israel open to “painful compromises”
Discussion: Truthdig
Aaron David Miller / The Politico:
Obama's undue pressure on Israel?
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
Netanyahu Repeats Stiff Criteria for Peace
Discussion: New York Magazine, Gawker and FrumForum
Maen Rashid Areikat / The Politico:
A Palestinian perspective  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
President Obama Has No Idea What Year It Is  —  This is how President Obama signed the guestbook at Westminster Abbey earlier today, where he got a tour from the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall and laid a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. … It was really nice until he got the date wrong by three years.
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Telegraph:
Barack Obama lays memorial wreath at Westminster Abbey
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  King: Giuliani ‘very close’ to joining GOP presidential race  —  Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose presidential campaign fizzled in 2008, is leaning toward another race for the White House, according to a close associate.  New York Republican Rep. Peter King …
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Republican Field: Is This It?  —  How's this for an impressive Republican lineup?  —  A likable former governor and TV personality; a two-term governor with an unmatched fiscal record; another former governor with the best education-reform credentials in the country; a rising star in the House …
Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
What Obama's Political Team Thinks of the Republican Field
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
For Republican Hopefuls, the Bush Primary Is Well Under Way
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
What a top aide to Sarah Palin really thinks about Mitt Romney, Bristol Palin, Erick Erickson and more  —  A series of messages forwarded to The Daily Caller show a top aide to former Alaska Gov. and possible presidential candidate Sarah Palin mocking top political figures and even her boss's own daughter, Bristol Palin.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Don't talk to strangers, Palin edition  —  There's no more dangerous place for a political staffer than the anonymous wilds of online comments sections.  And while much of Sarah Palin's political infrastructure grew up online at Conservatives4Palin, one of her top aides, Rebecca Mansour …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Britain Is Working  —  In 1920, Winston Churchill's mother held a dinner for M. Paul Cambon to celebrate the end of his 20 years as the French ambassador to Britain.  One of the guests asked Cambon what he had seen in his two decades in London.  —  “I have witnessed an English revolution …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
David Brooks' political dream  —  David Brooks flew to London so now he's an expert on British politics, and in his New York Times column this morning, he explains why “the British political system is basically functional while the American system is not.”  Here's the crux of what makes their system so admirable in his eyes:
Discussion: Eschaton and blogs.telegraph.co.uk
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Cantor demands spending-cut ransom for Missouri aid  —  The scenes out of Joplin, Missouri, are just horrific.  The death toll from the deadliest single U.S. twister in generations stands at least 116 people, and rescue workers continue a frantic search for survivors.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP to hold ‘clean’ vote to raise $14.3T debt ceiling
Discussion: National Review and FrumForum
Richard Eden / Telegraph:
Cannes 2011: Peter Fonda encourages his grandchildren to take up arms against President Barack Obama  —  Peter Fonda, the star of Easy Rider, says he is training his grandchildren to use rifles for a conflict with President Barack Obama.  —  Lars von Trier, who was banned from Cannes for praising Hitler …
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Kansas Lawmaker Says Women Should Plan Ahead For Rape: ‘I Have A Spare Tire’  —  The anti-choice tidal wave stemming from the 2010 elections has produced nearly 1,000 anti-choice bills this year alone.  When Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) took office last year, he called on the state legislature to create …
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Steady Decline in Major Crime Baffles Experts  —  The number of violent crimes in the United States dropped significantly last year, to what appeared to be the lowest rate in nearly 40 years, a development that was considered puzzling partly because it ran counter to the prevailing expectation …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
5 things to watch in the NY-26 vote  —  Tuesday's special election for a western New York congressional seat is positioned to become the first political measuring stick of the national debate over the Republican plan to rewrite Medicare.  Democrat Kathy Hochul is narrowly leading the race …
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
All eyes on New York's special
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gingrich taps former conservative Dem senator as campaign co-chairman  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) named a former conservative Democratic senator as a co-chairman of his 2012 presidential campaign.  —  Gingrich named former Georgia Sen. Zell Miller (D) and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue …
Discussion: The Note, TPMDC and GOP 12
New York Post:
Strauss-Kahn's pals bid to pay off woman's kin  —  By ORON DAN in Tel Aviv and LAURA ITALIANO and BOB FREDERICKS in NY  —  Friends of alleged hotel sex fiend Dominique Strauss-Kahn secretly contacted the accusing maid's impoverished family, offering them money to make the case go away since …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
GOP Rep. Rob Woodall On Medicare: Suck it up and take care of yourself  —  At least he's honest.  At a town hall meeting, Rep. Rob Woodall lectured a constituent about Medicare, saying she should simply take care of herself. … Because it's just so easy, don't you know?  Think about what this guy is really saying.
myfoxny.com:
Teens Riot In Manhattan Businesses  —  MYFOXNY.COM - It's like a flash mob gone bad.  Security footage from a Manhattan Dunkin' Donuts shows a group of youths climbing on counters, throwing chairs and throwing tables in a violent attack on workers.  —  It happened at the Dunkin' Donuts on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Obama, Cameron liken ‘Arab spring’ to Cold War  —  President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron kick off two days of diplomacy this morning by pledging to work against repressive regimes in the Middle East — by force if necessary.  —  In a sternly worded column in The Times of London …
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Herman Cain: Muslim comments ‘misconstrued’  —  Herman Cain wants to correct the record: He would consider a Muslim for his cabinet or as a federal judge if he's elected president.  —  Cain's clarification comes two months after he initially said he wouldn't have any Muslim appointees …
 
 
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
At Well-Paying Law Firms, a Low-Paid Corner
Discussion: Above the Law, Law Blog and The BLT
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Feingold would be favorite  —  If Russ Feingold wants to return …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and JSOnline
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Is Roger Ailes Trying to Protect America From Sarah Palin?
The Note:
Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens Plane Crash: NTSB Report Finds No Definitive Cause
Discussion: The Politico
Fred Wszolek / Townhall.com:
NLRB Admits Boeing Complaint Applies To Every Business & State
Discussion: Big Government
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Paul wages solo protest
Daily Mail:
Muslim gang launched horrific attack on religious studies teacher they did not want teaching girls
Discussion: Jihad Watch
PR Newswire:
Budweiser Asks Guys to Help Save a Million Gallons of Water by Not Shaving
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
Debt Arithmetic (Wonkish)
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
For Republicans, the list of competitive Senate primaries is getting longer
Discussion: CNN
Aharding / CNN:
Santorum getting ready to throw hat into ring
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Time to Face Reality  —  Prime Minister Netanyahu doesn't want a two state solution.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Newshoggers.com