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5:55 PM ET, May 24, 2011

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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.
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Scott Wong / The Politico:
Rand Paul skips Netanyahu address  —  As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a warm welcome from a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) skipped out on the speech, sitting quietly at his Senate desk shuffling through papers and newspapers.
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 …
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.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Benjamin Netanyahu wows Congress
Globe and Mail:
Transcript of Prime Minister Netanyahu's address to U.S. Congress
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Jewish GOP official blasts DWS
Discussion: TPMDC and Weasel Zippers
The Right Scoop:
Benjamin Netanyahu's epic speech before Congress
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs, Nice Deb and Hot Air
Aaron David Miller / The Politico:
Obama's undue pressure on Israel?
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Benjamin Netanyahu / Facebook:
The full speech to a Joint Meeting of the United States Congress - ×" ×" ×' ×"×' ×"
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
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 …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
For Republican Hopefuls, the Bush Primary Is Well Under Way
Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
What Obama's Political Team Thinks of the Republican Field
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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.
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Run, Paul Ryan, run
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mother Jones
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Cantor learns DeLay's lesson on disaster spending
Discussion: Firedoglake, Examiner and The Politico
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  —  (updated below)  —  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.”
Discussion: Eschaton and blogs.telegraph.co.uk
Nile Gardiner / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
President Obama's top ten insults against Britain - 2011 edition
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 …
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Hullabaloo
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Will Dems Give Up Their Political Advantage On Medicare In Debt Limit Fight?
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Firedoglake and Yglesias
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
At the intersection of candor, callousness, and conservatism
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:   Rob Woodall On Medicare: 'When Do I Decide I'm Going To Take Care Of Me?'
Allen Wilson / Buffalo News:
Corwin granted court order barring certification of winner  —  Jane L. Corwin this afternoon obtained a court order from State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia barring a certification of a winner in the special 26th Congressional District race pending a show-cause hearing before him later this week.
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 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 …
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 …
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 Shakesville
timesplus.co.uk:
‘Prenup killer’ cleared of murder but jailed  —  A British Airways captain who believed he was “stitched up” by a prenuptial agreement was jailed for 26 years today despite being cleared of the murder of his estranged wife.  Robert Brown, 47, bludgeoned millionairess Joanna to death …
Discussion: Eunomia and blogs.telegraph.co.uk
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Chrysler repays government loans  —  One of the Detroit car companies bailed out during the financial crisis said Tuesday it had repaid $6.7 billion in loans to the federal government and Canada, plus interest.  —  Chrysler said it was paying both the initial money the government put up in June 2009 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and FrumForum
Jonathan Riskind / Portland Press-Herald:
Snowe, Collins to vote against GOP budget plan  —  MaineToday Media Washington Bureau Chief  —  WASHINGTON — Maine's Republican senators will vote against the House Republican 2012 budget authored by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, with Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe in opposition to the House GOP-proposed Medicare changes.
 
 
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Juana Summers / The Politico:
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