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11:15 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 …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Reid rebukes Obama on Israel  —  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.
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 …
Protesters Confront Netanyahu Inside AIPAC Gala  —  Video available upon request: email press [dot] moa [at] gmail [dot] com  —  The speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was interrupted repeatedly by protesters opposed to Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
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 …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Scott / Power Line:
Netanyahu at AIPAC  —  Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke …
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 …
Marc Ambinder /
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 D. Shear / The Caucus:
For Republican Hopefuls, the Bush Primary Is Well Under Way
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Jacob Tomsky / New York Times:
Behind Closed, Sequentially Numbered Doors
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 …
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   State Secrets Block Resolution of Contractors' Suit, Justices Say
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices, 5-4, Tell California to Cut Prisoner Population
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.
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, GOP 12, New York Times and The Note
Kase Wickman / The Raw Story:
Tim Pawlenty wiped a serial child molester's record clean in 2008
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: Gawker and Mediaite
Elizabeth Tenety / Washington Post:
Harold Camping says May 21, 2011 was ‘invisible judgment day,’ world will end October 21, 2011
Discussion: Pharyngula and The Daily Dish
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Perry's Not the Texas Front-Runner, UT/TT Poll Finds  —  Keywords:  —  Enlargegraphic by: Jacob Villanueva / Todd Wiseman  — Reference Material  —  UT/Texas Tribune May 2011 Results: Day 2  —  It's a good thing Rick Perry says he's not running for president …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Taegan Goddard's …
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
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 …
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Muslim rights group cries foul over MSP security drill  —  Last week's security test reinforced negative stereotypes, CAIR said in a complaint to the head of Homeland Security.  —  A national Muslim civil rights group is asking the head of Homeland Security to investigate the use of stereotypes …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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Lawrence Martin / Globe and Mail:
Has the fourth estate lost its tenacity?
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Mike Ward / Austin American-Statesman:
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The Hill:
Sessions threatens to block budget votes, Memorial Day recess
Bill McKibben / Washington Post:
A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!
Katherine Dorsett / CNN:
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Discussion: The Right Coast and Shakesville
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Frank Bruni Named Times Op-Ed Columnist