State of the Union Early Bird for May 22, 2011
May 22nd, 2011
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State of the Union Early Bird for May 22, 2011

(CNN)-It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar:  A preview of President Obama's speech to AIPAC, the latest on the Middle East peace process, and Mitch Daniels passes on a presidential run.

Check out what we're reading, and watch the show at 9am/12pm ET with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Israel's Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren.

PRESIDENT OBAMA

US 'would repeat Bin Laden raid' (an interview with President Obama)

Themes of Obama’s European tour highlight changes since his election

“Maybe this is an overstatement, but I see this as an opportunity for a reset of the European relationship,” said Heather A. Conley, director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “European leaders have really been struggling with where they fit. They had enormous expectations for this president, but they’re now wondering, ‘Is it that different after all?’ ”

MIDEAST PEACE

Protest against Obama speech to be held at US embassy

The My Israel movement together with several other NGOs were scheduled to hold a demonstration entitled "Obama, Israel won't commit suicide," outside of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv on Sunday evening. The protest comes in response to US President Barack Obama's Thursday Middle East speech in which he called for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed upon land swaps.

Netanyahu Says Differences With Obama Exaggerated

"The reports of a disagreement have been blown way out of proportion," Netanyahu was quoted as saying on Saturday by a spokesman.

Palestinians call for meeting of Arab League after Obama speech

Palestinian leaders are requesting a special meeting of the Arab League in the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama's speech calling for an approximate return to the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East War.

Top Jewish Americans ponder support for Obama

"He has in effect sought to reduce Israel's negotiation power and I condemn him for that," former New York Mayor Ed Koch told Reuters.

Koch said he might not campaign or vote for Obama if Republicans nominate a pro-Israel candidate who offers an alternative to recent austere budgetary measures backed by Republicans in Congress.

Obama's Israel speech fodder for the presidential election

A presidential candidate seen as confrontational toward Israel once might have feared backlash from American Jewish voters. But Obama's standing in the Jewish community remains strong because he has answered a threshold question: He has satisfied most American Jews that he is friendly toward Israel and committed to its security, polling shows. He is unlikely to see a defection of Jewish voters or even an appreciable drop in Jewish fundraising support, according to pollsters and political consultants.

For Republican candidates, though, the dust-up over Obama's Middle East peace plans presents a fresh opportunity of a different sort. Portraying Obama as a fickle friend of Israel is a way to gain ground in primary races dominated by vocal, pro-Israel conservative voters.

ARAB SPRING

Yemeni president says he will sign deal to step down, but warns al-Qaida will take over

Under pressure from protesters and regional allies, Yemen’s president said Saturday he will sign a deal to step down after 32 years in power. Still, he condemned the proposal as “a coup” and warned the U.S. and Europe that his departure will open the door for al-Qaida to seize control of the fragile nation on the edge of Arabia.

NATO strikes near Gaddafi's Tripoli compound

Clinton calls for change in Yemen

2012

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will not seek GOP presidential nomination

"In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all."

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  1. bob

    Apocalypse: Not Yet
    The absence of any signs yesterday should take the wind out of Mr. Camping's doomsday sails. He was quite clear that something would happen when it turned 6pm in GUAM.
    Hopefully, Camping will get off the air and retire now. More importantly, he needs to refund all the monies that people gave for this and apologize for all the lives he has ruined.
    Thank you.

    May 22, 2011 05:46 am at 5:46 am |