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7:20 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.
Facebook:
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?
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  —  POLITICO Slideshows require the Adobe Flash Player.  —  In a muscular and well-received address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the case for why his nation should not return to its pre-1967 borders …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Jewish GOP official blasts DWS
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TPMDC
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.
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Telegraph:
Barack Obama lays memorial wreath at Westminster Abbey
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP to hold ‘clean’ vote to raise $14.3T debt ceiling
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Cantor learns DeLay's lesson on disaster spending
Discussion: Firedoglake, Examiner and The Politico
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 …
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Don't Underestimate Republicans in 2012
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
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)
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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, TPMDC and The Politico
The Politico:
N.Y. 26 election backdrops Senate budget vote …
Discussion: Yglesias, Mother Jones and Hit & Run
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Snowe to vote ‘no’ on Ryan budget plan
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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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
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Will Dems Give Up Their Political Advantage On Medicare In Debt Limit Fight?  —  Is it possible that Democrats will squander the political advantage on Medicare that they just regained over Republicans?  It could happen.  —  At his weekly Capitol briefing with reporters Tuesday …
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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
GOP Rep. Rob Woodall On Medicare: Suck it up and take care of yourself
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
At the intersection of candor, callousness, and conservatism
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
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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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.
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 …
Bernard-Henri Levy / The Daily Beast:
Stop the Attack Dogs on Strauss-Kahn and Protect the Indicted  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  Dominique Strauss-Kahn has already been convicted in the court of public opinion, from the tabloids calling him a “perv” to the humiliating “perp walk”—but justice demands that the indicted be protected …
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New York Post:
Strauss-Kahn's pals bid to pay off woman's kin
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 …
 
 
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