Netanyahu Wows Them on Capitol Hill
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed an enthusiastic joint session of Congress today, promising compromises to make peace but not offering much hope for resuming talks with the Palestinians. We hear some conflicting assessments. Also, NATO air strikes hammer Tripoli, and on this last day for Oprah on daytime TV, her influence on American culture.
Banner image: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) greets members of Congress following a Joint Meeting of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, May 24, 2011. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
NATO Air Strikes Hammer Tripoli ()
NATO aircraft struck at least 15 targets in 30 minutes early this morning near Moammar Gadhafi's command compound in Tripoli, the heaviest bombardment so far. In Bengazi, the US invited the Libyan rebel council to open an office in Washington. John Burns is in Tripoli for the New York Times.
- John Burns: New York Times
Netanyahu Addresses a Joint Session of Congress ()
Today's reception on Capitol Hill was a far cry from last week's tense encounter at the Obama White House. In his 50-minute address to a joint session of Congress, Israel's Prime Minister got more than two dozen standing ovations. Several times, he promised what he called "painful compromises" with the Palestinians, at the same time laying down a set of pre-conditions unlikely to restart negotiations. That seemed to be a reference to last week's apparent conflict with President Obama. We get varied reactions to how he framed some hot-button issues, including Hamas, the right of return, Jerusalem and the 1967 borders.
The Oprah Effect ()
After 25 years of dominating daytime TV, nobody needs to hear Oprah's last name. Some advertisers are paying a million dollars for 30-second commercials on tomorrow's last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. It's being called the biggest wrap-up in television since Johnny Carson walked away from The Tonight Show. Oprah's launched a lot of products, books and various careers, and even claims some credit for President Obama's election. Robert Thompson, Professor of Popular Culture and Television at Syracuse University, considers her impact on American culture.
- Robert Thompson: Syracuse University's Center for the Study of Popular Television
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