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3:15 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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Jewish GOP official blasts DWS
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Netanyahu: Israel open to “painful compromises”
Discussion: Truthdig
The Note:
Israeli Prime Minister Gets 29 Standing Ovations in Congress, Sends Message to White House*
Discussion: Mediaite
Maen Rashid Areikat / The Politico:
A Palestinian perspective  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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
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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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.
Dean Schabner / ABCNEWS:
New Doomsday: Preacher Says It's Still Coming  —  Harold Camping, the radio evangelist who predicted the apocalypse would begin Saturday, May 21, 2011, said today his understanding of God's plan was just a little off.  —  Speaking outside the headquarters of his media empire near the Oakland …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, Gawker and Mediaite
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Elizabeth Tenety / Washington Post:
Harold Camping says May 21, 2011 was ‘invisible judgment day,’ world will end October 21, 2011
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 …
Peter Rugg / Plog:
Kansas Rep. Pete DeGraaf: Being impregnated during a rape is just like getting a flat tire  —  Rape is often called the ultimate violation of self.  A crime of absolute contempt for personal integrity, leaving the women caught in its wreckage to labor under the trauma for years.
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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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The Caucus:
Republican Candidate in House Race Acknowledges Missteps
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
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.
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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
‘Rock and roll dude’ eyes W.H. run  —  Another Republican is eyeing a late entrance into the presidential primary, and his name is not Jeb, Chris, Paul or Rick.  —  It's Thaddeus.  —  In an interview Monday with POLITICO, Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter said he's seriously considering …
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.
 
 
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Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Obama, Cameron liken ‘Arab spring’ to Cold War
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
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Tests for Pupils, But the Grades Go to Teachers
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