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9:40 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.
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.
Speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a Joint Meeting of the United States Congress  —  I am deeply honored by your warm welcome.  And I am deeply honored that you have given me the opportunity to address Congress a second time.  —  Mr. Vice President, do you remember the time we were the new kids in town?
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
The U.S. Congress Cheers Netanyahu's Claim That Israel Does Not Occupy The West Bank  —  Today, during his speech to a joint meeting of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated himself for “publicly” committing Israel to the creation of a Palestinian state (with caveats) two years ago.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House members side with Netanyahu
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.
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Run, Paul Ryan, run  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' decision not to run for president is bad for Republicans.  Time for Rep. Paul Ryan to ride to the rescue.  —  Rep. Paul Ryan explains his controversial Medicare overhaul plan at a town hall meeting in Wisconsin last month.  (Mira Oberman / AFP/Getty Images)
David Weigel / Weigel:
The “Why the Hell Not?” Presidential Candidates: A Bluffer's Guide
Jonathan Riskind / Portland Press-Herald:
Snowe, Collins to vote against GOP budget plan
Discussion: National Review and TPMDC
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP to hold ‘clean’ vote to raise $14.3T debt ceiling  —  House Republicans will hold a vote next week on a “clean” bill to raise the debt limit, without corresponding spending cuts, GOP aides said.  —  The vote is aimed at demonstrating that such a measure cannot pass the House …
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.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
With his budget plan the top issue, Rep. Ryan absent from NY-26
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  King: Giuliani ‘very close’ to joining GOP presidential race
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Don't Underestimate Republicans in 2012
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
For Republican Hopefuls, the Bush Primary Is Well Under Way
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.
Political Punch:
Awkward Moment During Obama Toast to Queen  —  The president and the orchestra at Buckingham Palace this evening were a bit out of synch.  —  When the president toasted the Queen the orchestra misunderstood a pause and what seemed to be a cue from the president for “God Save the Queen” to begin playing.
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama gets the royal treatment
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
David Brooks' political dream
Discussion: Eschaton and
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 …
Detroit Free Press:
Chrysler repays government loans
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 …
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 …
Simon Jenkins / Guardian:
Obama and Cameron must break this addiction to war
Discussion: Eunomia
The Atlantic Online:
Do We Have the Congo Rape Crisis All Wrong?  —  We've long understood the country's horrifying rate of sexual assault — on average 48 rapes per hour — to be a function and tool of conflict, but it may be something very different  —  The international media lit up last week with news …
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Facebook upgrade spurs fears of political bias  —  Facebook's managers are deploying a new software upgrade that will dismantle myriad groups of like-minded political activists unless they get a special software-key from the company.  —  But Facebook manager are providing very limited information …
Discussion: Hot Air and Atlas Shrugs
Charlie Riedel / The Atlantic Online:
Tornado-Damaged Joplin, From Above  —  The death toll in Joplin, Missouri, has now topped 118, making Sunday's catastrophe the single deadliest tornado recorded in the United States since modern record keeping began 60 years ago.  Rescuers continue their work despite hazardous conditions …
A.G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Many Still Unaccounted for After Joplin Tornado  —  JOPLIN, Mo. — About 1,500 people are unaccounted for in this battered city, a Fire Department official said Tuesday, as rescue workers took advantage of a few hours of sunny weather to continue searching for survivors in buildings leveled …
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 …
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