5:19 pm Sep. 23, 2011
Mahmoud Abbas's formal request for Palestinian membership in the U.N. was dramatic, unprecedented and not remotely close to becoming reality. The New York Times offers a good explanation of why this wish is so problematic for the United States.
Bill Clinton, away from the negotiating table, says the Israeli prime minister shoulders a good deal of the blame for letting the peace talks deterioriate.
Lesser-established countries were granted statehood without world order being disrupted. [Steve Coll]
Netanyahu said Palestinians should "give up the fantasy of flooding Israel" with refugees. [Jerusalem Post]
Bill Clinton blames Netanyahu. [Joseph Rogin]
"The Palestinian declaration, while historic, won't go far." [Corky Siemaszko]
The U.S. and Israel are making sure there aren't enough votes for it in the Security Council. [John Lyons]
Possible swing votes are Colombia, Gabon, and Nigeria. [Neil MacFarquhar and J. David Goodman]
The National captures the tension in front-page body language. [flickr]
Bloomberg is "Mayor of the World" because New York's scale and complexity eclipses the challenges most presidents face. [Parag Khanna and Mahanth Joishy]
Andrew Cuomo could accept redistricting lines drawn by legislators, and, technically, he'd be keeping the carefully worded promise he made to Ed Koch. [Frank Lombardi]
Heading into an election year, Democrats renew their call for a millionaire's tax, which should make their base happy. [Nick Reisman]
Anti-Vito Lopez lawmakers raise money for Lincoln Restler. [David Freedlander]
Norman Siegel may join a lawsuit against News Corp. for phone hacking. [Burgess Everett]
"Reform is one of those subjective words," said Assemblyman Jack McEneny, when asked about redistricting reform. [Karen DeWitt]