Daybreak: Obama Agonistes

Plus Park51 opens, and more in the news

By Marc Tracy|September 22, 2011 9:01 AM

• Even before his speech yesterday, President Obama’s diplomatic initiatives to head off a Palestinian resolution had likely failed. Now, boxed in partly by domestic politics, he watches as Europe—particularly France—steps in to play an unusually large role in the region. [NYT [1]]

• This is the moment that will define Mahmoud Abbas’ legacy. [NYT [2]]

• An exhibit of photgraphs of children from around the world opened at Park51, otherwise known as the Ground Zero mosque—which is to say, it opened—to little fanfare or protest. [Forward [3]]

• The TV and radio host Shelly Yacimovich won the Labor Partly leadership. [AP/WP [5]]

• Lars von Trier clarified that he is not sorry for his remark [6] at Cannes identifying with Hitler, only for not making it clear he was joking. [NYT ArtsBeat [7]]

• Judging by the troop buildup, Syrian protesters are due for a new crackdown. [DPA/Haaretz [8]]

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