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05/27/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

May 19, 2008: News Update

President Bush visits Israel for 60th anniversary of Israeli independence. Israelis continue to defy US by building settlements on West Bank.

President Bush visits Saudi Arabia. Saudis rebuff his entreaties to pump more oil.

Pakistan refuses to permit more American cross-border raids from Afghanistan against Taliban sanctuaries.

Bush foreign policy in action.

In Israel, Bush suggests Obama would appease US enemies as President. Aren't stupid foreign policy statements the province of the Vice President?

Bush also says peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians still possible by end of year. Did he find some good hash on the trip?

John McCain sees into his future as President -- Iraq war will have been won, Osama bin Laden will have been killed or captured, country will have experienced years of "robust" economic growth by end of first term. And gasoline will be $1 a gallon? He must be smoking same thing Bush is.

Israel at 60. Only democracy in Middle East, strong US ally, robust economy, plucky survivor in face of years of Arab hostility? Or. Arrogant, defiant racist state, semi-theocracy, international pariah unwilling to make peace with Palestinians?

The Republican Party, trying to benefit from the "change" zeitgeist, comes up with new slogan: Change for the Better. Voters apparently agree, changing three Republican House seats to three Democratic House seats in special elections in districts long represented by GOP. Turns out that "new" slogan is same as one used to market popular anti-depressant. Seems fitting for Republicans' election mood.

Bush gives first internet interview. Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens told him he should get in on this "series of tubes" thing.

President tells interviewer he gave up golf because of Iraq War. But a real leader would have asked the rest of the country to give up golf.

Democrats hold two more primaries this Tuesday. Even James Carville concedes Obama is likely nominee. Why does Hillary keep running? Maybe she just likes the 20-hour days and wasting a lot of money.

John Edwards endorses Obama. Sorry, John, but you've already had your shot at Vice President.

When Mike Huckabee's speech to the NRA was interrupted by a loud noise, he quipped, "That was Barack Obama. He tripped off a chair. He was getting ready to speak and somebody aimed a gun at him -- and he dove for the floor." Not even the NRA thought that was funny.

Some stimulus checks have gone to wrong accounts, were made out in wrong amount or are arriving late. Now how does that refrain go? I'm from the government, and I'm here to help. The check is in the mail....

Putin protege Dmitry Medvedev sworn in as Russian President, succeeding Putin, who was named Prime Minister. Hey, it's not like he's Putin's wife. Putin rumored to be having affair with Russian acrobat. (Insert your own punch line here)

Disastrous cyclone in Myanmar followed by disastrous government relief effort. They must have hired "Brownie" as a consultant.

Sex and the City movie premiere held in London. London? They don't 'ave sex in London.

Cablevision buys Newsday. Isaiah Thomas will not be named editor-in-chief.

CBS chief Les Moonves says Katie Couric is his anchor "today, tommorrow and the future." So long, Katie.