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10:45 AM 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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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Reid breaks with Obama on Israel  —  Breaking with President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday urged a renewal of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks without preconditions regarding borders.  —  Obama, in recent days, has proposed that Israel's 1967 boundaries be the …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Netanyahu repeats: No to '67 borders  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday once again rejected President Obama's call to base the borders of a Palestinian state on those existing in 1967.  —  Addressing delegates of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Maen Rashid Areikat / The Politico:
A Palestinian perspective  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.  The speaker says his invitation is a chance to promote freedom, security and peace in the Middle East.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Scott / Power Line:
Netanyahu at AIPAC  —  Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the AIPAC policy conference yesterday and previewed his speech to the joint session of Congress today.  The text of his AIPAC speech is posted here; the video is below.  At the heart of Netanyahu's speech is this set of propositions:
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:   Harry Reid rebukes Barack Obama's Israel speech
Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
AIPAC chief: Obama should not be even-handed toward Israel and Palestinians
Discussion: Israpundit
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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Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
What Obama's Political Team Thinks of the Republican Field  —  Romney seems the most formidable, they think, while relieved that Daniels got out.  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, shown here in 2010, is the most likely GOP opponent and one of the toughest, according to those close to the president.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Romney way ahead of GOP field in New Hampshire
Kirk Enstrom / WMUR:
Poll: Romney Holds Large Lead Over Others
Discussion: 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 …
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Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Strauss-Kahn Told Maid 'Don't You Know Who I Am?'  During Alleged Sex Attack  —  Dominique Strauss-Kahn told a New York City hotel maid, “Don't you know who I am!  Don't you know who I am?” while pinning her down during the alleged sexual assault, law enforcement sources close to the investigation told FoxNews.com.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Who Will Play Strauss-Kahn?
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
All eyes on New York's special  —  All of Washington will be watching New York on Tuesday, where a Democratic win in the special election could have national implications for the Republican Party.  —  The special election for former Rep. Chris Lee's (R) seat has been cast as a referendum …
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Los Angeles Times:
U.S. Supreme Court orders massive inmate release to relieve California's crowded prisons  —  Justice Kennedy cites inhumane conditions, while dissenters fear a crime rampage.  Gov. Jerry Brown seeks tax hike to fund transfers to county jails as prison officials hope to avoid freeing anyone.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:   State Secrets Block Resolution of Contractors' Suit, Justices Say
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates
Wall Street Journal:
Pawlenty on Ethanol  —  The GOP candidate takes on King Corn in Iowa, of all places.  —  One of the immutable laws of modern American politics is that no candidate who wants to win the Iowa Presidential caucuses can afford to oppose subsidies for ethanol.  So it's notable …
Discussion: CNN, The Note, GOP 12 and New York Times
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Kase Wickman / The Raw Story:
Tim Pawlenty wiped a serial child molester's record clean in 2008
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.
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
White House Adds New Position to Deal with Unfavorable Online Media  —  The White House has named Jesse Lee to a new position within its communications department titled Director of Progressive Media & Online Response.  According to The Huffington Post, Lee will essentially be responsible …
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New York Times:
Democrats Try to Woo Consumer Advocate to Run  —  WASHINGTON — Officials in the Democratic Party are wooing Elizabeth Warren to run for the Senate against the Massachusetts Republican Scott P. Brown rather than have her continue to set up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Nsenga Burton / THEROOT.COM:
Rick Ungar: ‘Obamacare’ Is Working  —  Rick Ungar of Forbes is reporting that recent data provided by the nation's largest health insurance companies reveals that a provision of the Affordable Care Act — “Obamacare” - is bringing big numbers of the uninsured into the health care insurance system.
Discussion: The Agonist
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Rick Ungar / The Policy Page:
More Solid Proof That Obamacare Is Working
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
ABCNEWS:
Obama Plans Midwest Visit as Region Braces For More Storms  —  President Obama said Tuesday morning that he will visit the tornado-ravaged state of Missouri this weekend, after he completes his tour of Europe.  —  Speaking from the Ambassador's House in London, where he and Michelle Obama …
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Erika Niedowski / The Hill:
Pledging ‘every ounce’ of resources, Obama to tour Mo. storm damage
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.
The Hill:
Sessions threatens to block budget votes, Memorial Day recess  —  Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) threatened on Monday to derail planned budget resolution votes this week — as well as the Memorial Day recess — to protest Democrats' lack of a budget plan.
 
 
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
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JSOnline:
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Discussion: POWIP
BBC:
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Discussion: Global Public Square
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Perry's Not the Texas Front-Runner, UT/TT Poll Finds
Discussion: GOP 12 and Taegan Goddard's …
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