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David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The White House has released the text of President Obama's Middle East speech, as prepared for delivery. Here's the full text:

I want to thank Hillary Clinton, who has traveled so much these last six months that she is approaching a new landmark - one million frequent flyer miles. I count on Hillary every day, and I believe that she will go down as of the finest Secretaries of State in our nation's history.

The State Department is a fitting venue to mark a new chapter in American diplomacy. For six months, we have witnessed an extraordinary change take place in the Middle East and North Africa. Square by square; town by town; country by country; the people have risen up to demand their basic human rights. Two leaders have stepped aside. More may follow. And though these countries may be a great distance from our shores, we know that our own future is bound to this region by the forces of economics and security; history and faith.

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1||The Mississippi River crested at 57.1 feet in Vicksburg, Miss. Wednesday night, ahead of its original forecast, CNN reports, and high water levels are expected to hold for days. The river is 14 feet above flood stage in Vicksburg -- more than a foot above the record set in the great flood of 1927. Here are more pictures of Mississippi flooding.

Homes are nearly submerged in the Kingsway Green mobile home park in Memphis, Tenn.||newscom/Zuma Press&&

2||May 14, 2011: For the first time since 1973, the Army Corps of Engineers began opening the Morganza Spillway in Louisiana to lower water levels and to protect New Orleans and Baton Rouge.||newscom/Zuma Press&&

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4||Memphis, Tenn.||newscom/DAN ANDERSON/EFE&&

5||Vicksburg, Miss.||newscom/Zuma Press&&

6||Vicksburg, Miss.||newscom/Eli Baylis UPI Newspictures&&

7||Chris Vaughn of Jonesboro, Ark. watches the sun set over the Mississippi from a half swamped bench at Jefferson Davis Park in Memphis, Tenn.||newscom/Zuma Press&&

8||Vicksburg, Miss.||newscom/Eli Baylis UPI Newspictures&&

9||The historic Yazoo Valley Railroad Station in downtown Vicksburg, Miss.||newscom/Zuma Press&&

10||Freight shipping continues on the Mississippi in New Orleans.||newscom/VARLEY/SIPA/VARLEY/SIPA&&

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12||Vicksburg, Miss.||newscom/Zuma Press&&

13||Vicksburg, Miss.||newscom/Zuma Press&&

14||Vicksburg, Miss.||newscom/Zuma Press&&

15||Vicksburg, Miss.||newscom/Zuma Press&&

16||Vicksburg, Miss.||newscom/Zuma Press&&

17||Employees of Ergon Marine and Industrial Supply in Clarksdale, Miss. work to sandbag their property against the impending flood.||newscom/Zuma Press&&

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19||Blake Hynum steers his boat past his cousin's inundated home in Vicksburg, Miss.||newscom/Eli Baylis UPI Newspictures&&

20||A water pump in City Front Park pumps leaking water from the flood wall back into the Yazoo Diversion Canal in downtown Vicksburg, Miss.||newscom/UPI Newspictures&&

21||Vicksburg, Miss.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

As TPM has reported, a number of Confederate groups across the country have been pushing proposals for commemorative confederate license plates. John Adams, First Lt. Commander of Florida's Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter, wants his state to be next.

Adams told TPM the SCV has been pursuing a Confederate license plate since 2004, in hopes of selling them to raise money for the organization.

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1||The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 caused more than $400 million in damage and killed almost 250 people. Floodwaters spilled over an estimated 27,000 square miles over seven states. More than 700,000 people lost their homes, and nearly half those people were forced to live in displacement camps. Herbert Hoover called it "the greatest peace-time calamity in the history of the country."

The train carrying vice-president Charles G. Dawes and Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover wrecked near Heads, Miss., on the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley railroad. The engine went into 40 feet of water, killing the engineer, during the flooding in the Mississippi Delta on July 29, 1927.||flickr/jwinfred&&

2||Torrential rain poured on the U.S. for eight months in 1927-1928, starting in the upper Midwest.||flickr/jwinfred&&

3||Train floats.||flickr/jwinfred&&

4||Lifeboats at Memphis headed for the Delta.||flickr/jwinfred&&

5||Opera House--Red Cross headquarters in Greenville, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

6||Washington Avenue in Greenville, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

7||Greenville, Miss. levee.||flickr/jwinfred&&

8||Goyer Service Station in Greenville, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

9||Stoneville, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

10||Plantation workers.||flickr/jwinfred&&

11||Greenville, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

12||Greenville, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

13||Main Street viewed from the Greenville, Miss. levee.||flickr/jwinfred&&

14||Washington Avenue in Greenville, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

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16||Rolling Fork, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

17||Convicts doing labor in Greenville, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

18||Near Helms, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

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20||Relief fleet and personnel of the Mississippi River Flood Relief Service.||.mil&&

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22||From John M. Barry's Rising Tide: ". . . Out on the water there was unimaginable silence. As far as the eye could see was an expanse of brackish chocolate water. There was not the bark of a dog, the lowing of a cow, the neighing of a horse. Even the trees turned dingy, their trunks and leaves caked with dried mud. The silence was complete and suffocating."||.mil&&

23||Cary, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

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25||47 train and Red Cross.||flickr/jwinfred&&

26||Rescue boats.||flickr/jwinfred&&

27||Mississippi Delta.||flickr/jwinfred&&

28||Washington Avenue in Greenville, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

29||Mules on Greenville, Miss. levee.||flickr/jwinfred&&

30||Holly Bluff, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

31||The beginning of crevasse breaching levee at Mounds Landing, Miss.||.gov&&

32||Refugees in Greenville, Miss.||flickr/jwinfred&&

1||April 9, 2011: President Barack Obama waves to tourists at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington after Congress passes a bill to avert a government shutdown.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

2||April 4, 2011: Obama addresses United States Secret Service Uniformed Division officers at the White House's south portico.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

3||April 8, 2011: Obama and Vice President Joe Biden after a budget meeting in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

4||April 6, 2011: Obama boards Marine One after a town hall in Fairless Hills, Pa.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

5||April 8, 2011: Obama talks with Biden and Chief of Staff Bill Daley outside the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

6||April 2, 2011: Obama greets tourists in the West Wing hallway outside the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

7||April 4, 2011: First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden joke together while taping a Joining Forces public service announcement in the East Room of the White House.||Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy&&

8||April 5, 2011: Obama and President Shimon Peres of Israel walk along the Colonnade of the White House after a meeting.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

9||April 4, 2011: After meeting with advisers, Obama sits in the patio outside the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

10||April 4, 2011: Obama talks with advisors in the Oval Office before a phone call with President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon to discuss the situation in Cote d'Ivoire.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

11||April 5, 2011: Obama and Biden meet with congressional leaders to discuss budget negotiations.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

12||April 6, 2011: The president and his staff hold a secure teleconference in the Situation Room regarding the situation in Libya. Adm. Samuel Locklear, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, is shown on the screen.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

13||April 6, 2011: The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden meet with members of Congress to discuss the Joining Forces military families initiative in the White House's Map Room.||Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson&&

14||April 5, 2011: Obama meets with staff in the Oval Office before giving a statement regarding budget negotiations. Clockwise from Obama are: Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau; Press Secretary Jay Carney; Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew; Rob Nabors, assistant to the president for legislative affairs; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Phil Schiliro, assistant to the president and special advisor; Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer; and Senior Advisor David Plouffe.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

15||April 8, 2011: Obama speaks with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

16||April 9, 2011: Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner during a fiscal policy meeting in the White House's Roosevelt Room.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

17||April 9, 2011: Obama greets tourists at the Lincoln Memorial.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

18||April 8, 2011: Obama delivers the news that Congress reached a budget deal to avert a government shutdown.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

19||April 8, 2011: Press Secretary Jay Carney, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew and Biden listen as Obama speaks from the White House's Blue Room.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

20||April 6, 2011: The First Lady and Dr. Biden greet participants during a roundtable meeting with military spouses, veterans and volunteers.||Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy&&

21||April 5, 2011: Obama and Biden after a teleconference on the situation in Libya.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

As NPR reports, a Florida bill would bar doctors -- in particular pediatricians -- from asking their patients if they own guns. Gov. Rick Scott (R) is expected to sign the bill this week, which would make Florida the first state with such a law.

Scott's office would not release a timeline on when the governor plans to sign the bill. But Scott's press secretary, Lane Wright, told TPM "it's likely he will support it."

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The White House has released the text of President Obama's speech to the troops at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Hello, Fort Campbell! 101st Airborne Division--Air Assault, hello!

General Colt, thank you for that great introduction -- it was great because it was brief. More importantly, thank you for the extraordinary leadership that you've shown here at one of the largest Army bases in America.

And let me just say, I make a lot of decisions; one of the earliest and best decisions I made was choosing one of the finest Vice Presidents in our history -- Joe Biden, right here.

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1||President Barack Obama on Thursday visited New York City firefighters and police and laid a wreath at ground zero to honor 9/11 victims. Just days after announcing the U.S. had killed Osama bin Laden, Obama told firefighters "I just wanted to come here and thank you."

After laying the wreath of red, white and blue flowers, Obama bowed his head for a moment of silence.||newscom/ANDREW GOMBERT/EFE&&

2||The wreath-laying ceremony took place near the "survivors tree" at ground zero, Reuters reports, a tree that survived the attacks on the World Trade Center towers.||newscom/ANDREW GOMBERT/EFE&&

3||Obama meets with New York City police.||newscom/JOHN ANGELILLO POOL/EFE&&

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5||Obama steps off Air Force One after arriving at John F. Kennedy airport before the ceremony.||newscom/CHARLES GUERIN/MCT&&

6||Obama meets with the "Pride of Midtown" Engine 54 firehouse in Manhattan. "This is a symbolic site of the extraordinary sacrifice that was made on that terrible day almost 10 years ago," Obama told the firefighters.||newscom/JOHN ANGELILLO POOL/EFE&&

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8||Crowds gathered near ground zero to observe the ceremony.||newscom/JUSTIN LANE/EFE&&

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11||Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday also laid a wreath at the Pentagon to honor 9/11 victims and first-responders. Defense Secretary Robert Gates joined Biden at the ceremony.||newscom/SHAWN THEW/EFE&&

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