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1:05 AM ET, May 4, 2011

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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Bush declines NYC invite  —  Former President George W. Bush has declined to visit Ground Zero on Thursday.  —  AP Photo  —  Former President George W. Bush has turned down President Barack Obama's invitation to join him at ground zero on Thursday, citing his desire to avoid the media glare.
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Daily Mail:
Obama took SIXTEEN HOURS to make up his mind about Bin Laden mission  — Outpouring of emotion on streets down to ‘the same sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11’ Obama told members of Congress  —  Barack Obama kept military commanders hanging by declaring he would ‘sleep on it’ before taking 16 hours …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Skulking Towards bin Laden: Obama Overridden by Military and Intel Officials in Takeout of OBL?  —  As Obama continues to politicize and mine the takedown of Osama Bin Laden and the outrageous “Islamic burial” that followed, new details emerge of his reluctance and refusal to sign off on the mission.
Issues / Socyberty:
White House Insider: Obama Hesitated - Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden  —  “What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him -and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound.”
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Instapundit
Sara Reardon / ScienceInsider:
Geographers Had Predicted Osama's Possible Whereabouts  —  Could Osama bin Laden have been found faster if the CIA had followed the advice of ecosystem geographers from the University of California, Los Angeles?  Probably not, but the predictions of UCLA geographer Thomas Gillespie, who …
Ynetnews:
J'lem imam: Obama will soon hang  —  (Video) Al-Aqsa Mosque imam vows to avenge killing of Osama bin Laden in Youtube video.  ‘Dogs should not rejoice too much for killing lions’  —  Elior Levy  —  VIDEO - An imam from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem vowed to take revenge over “the western dogs” for
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bush declines Obama invite to Thursday's Ground Zero event  —  No reason given, but I think we can guess. … Only two possibilities.  One: Bush recognizes that this is, more or less, an Obama campaign commercial and would rather not be part of it.  Two: Bush doesn't want to encroach …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
7 Minutes Vs. 16 Hours: How The Media Reports Delay  —  George Bush was relentlessly mocked for waiting seven minutes (actually waiting for his security detail to ready the exit and for his vehicle to be readied) before leaving the school he was visiting.  He calmly finished reading My Pet Goat …
New York Times:
Harsh Methods of Questioning Debated Again  —  WASHINGTON — Did brutal interrogations produce the crucial intelligence that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden?  —  As intelligence officials disclosed the trail of evidence that led to the compound in Pakistan where Bin Laden was hiding …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public “Relieved” By bin Laden's Death, Obama's Job Approval Rises  —  OVERVIEW  —  The public is reacting to the killing of Osama bin Laden with relief, happiness and pride.  And Americans overwhelmingly credit the U.S. military and the CIA for the success of the operation.
Little Green Footballs:
Pamela Geller: A Military Coup Forced Obama to Act  —  DERPAccording to Pamela “Shrieking Harpy” Geller, President Obama only acted against Osama bin Laden because there was a military coup.  —  Yes, she really did write that: SKULKING TOWARDS BIN LADEN: OBAMA OVERRIDDEN BY MILITARY AND INTEL OFFICIALS IN TAKEOUT OF OBL????!!
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Telegraph, Citing WikiLeaks: Break In Hunt for Bin Ladin May Have Been Provided By Not Only Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, But by Enhanced Interrogation Techniques Performed On An Al Qaeda Operative Captured in Iraq  —  Via Hot Air, which excerpts the meat of the thing.  —  Full article at the Telegraph.
Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: Bin Laden's courier ‘trained 9/11 hijack team’  —  The courier who led American special forces to Osama bin Laden's hideout was an al-Qaeda computer expert who helped train the 9/11 hijack team, according to leaked US government files.  —  A section on the file …
Massimo Calabresi / Swampland:
CIA Chief Breaks Silence: Pakistan Would Have Jeopardized bin Laden Raid, ‘Impressive’ Intel Captured
Joe Picard / The Hill:
Pelosi thanks President Bush for his role in bin Laden's destruction
Stu Kreisman / The Huffington Post:
Why The Bin Laden Death Photos Should Be Seen by Everyone
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
White House modifies Osama bin Laden account
New York Times:
New U.S. Account Says Bin Laden Was Unarmed During Raid
Discussion: Politics and New York Magazine
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The Slippery Story of the bin Laden Kill
Spiegel Online:
Was Bin Laden's Killing Legal?
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   Students Predicted Bin Laden's Location Two Years Ago
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden's Death Picture Readied for Release
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
A Change in Perception  —  The news about Osama bin Laden …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Ron Paul: Troops should come home now that bin Laden is dead
The Atlantic Online:
Out of Osama's Death, a Fake Quotation Is Born  —  Shortly after I posted my piece on feeling curiously un-thrilled about Bin Laden's death, the following quote came across my twitter feed: … I admire the sentiment.  But something about it just strikes me as off, like that great Marx quote …
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Anatomy of a Fake Quotation
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Jon Huntsman takes step toward 2012 bid  —  Former China Ambassador Jon Huntsman took his first step toward a presidential run Tuesday, creating a federal political action committee that will allow him to travel and raise money in the weeks before he's expected to formally announce a bid.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huntsman forms federal PAC
Discussion: MyDD and AMERICAblog Elections
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Lineup set for first GOP debate; big names take a pass  —  Washington (CNN) - The lineup for the first Republican presidential debate of the 2012 cycle is all but set, a GOP source told CNN Tuesday.  —  Thursday's debate in Greenville, South Carolina, sponsored by Fox News …
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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
South Carolina presidential debate still on, with or without candidates
Discussion: Hit & Run and Indecision Forever
CNN:
Even more details on the OBL photos  —  From CNN's National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin  —  A Senior US Official tells CNN 10 hard drives, 5 computers and more than 100 storage devices which includes discs, DVDs and thumb drives were taken from the compound.
Discussion: News Desk and Truthdig
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Kloppenburg-O-Meter  —  The demand for a recount, at taxpayer expense, by JoAnne Kloppenburg has produced almost no change in the vote count after six days of counting, but has cost taxpayers several hundred thousand dollars already.  —  The Prosser Recount committee has a handy …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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