As Obama grapples with a Palestinian membership request, Bill Clinton points at Netanyahu
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]