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4:25 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 …
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.”
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.
New York Times:
Bin Laden Raid Revives Debate on Value of Torture  —  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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and theblogprof
Joe Picard / The Hill:
Pelosi thanks President Bush for his role in bin Laden's destruction  —  Pelosi said she thinks Bush appreciated the call in which she voiced her appreciation for his anti-terrorism work.  —  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said she called former President George W. Bush …
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 …
Spiegel Online:
Was Bin Laden's Killing Legal?  —  An Analysis by Thomas Darnstädt  —  Is this what justice looks like?  Al-Qaida boss Osama bin Laden was killed on Sunday in a secret military operation in Pakistan.  Americans are celebrating, but there are serious doubts about whether the targeted killing …
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????!!
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Lawrence O'Donnell: Time For ‘Bush/Cheney Fanatics’ To Learn From Obama ‘How To Fight Terrorists’
Stu Kreisman / The Huffington Post:
Why The Bin Laden Death Photos Should Be Seen by Everyone
Discussion: The Jawa Report
New York Times:
New U.S. Account Says Bin Laden Was Unarmed During Raid
Discussion: Politics and New York Magazine
Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: Bin Laden's courier ‘trained 9/11 hijack team’
Massimo Calabresi / Swampland:
CIA Chief Breaks Silence: Pakistan Would Have Jeopardized bin Laden Raid, ‘Impressive’ Intel Captured
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
White House Corrects Bin Laden Narrative
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Senate Intel Chair: Torture Did Not Lead To Bin Laden In Any Way
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
A Change in Perception  —  The news about Osama bin Laden …
Drudge Report:
WHITE HOUSE TO RELEASE BIN LADEN DEATH PHOTO
Washington Post:
Osama bin Laden killing gives Obama quick but limited ratings boost
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Students Predicted Bin Laden's Location Two Years Ago
Discussion: National Review
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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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
South Carolina presidential debate still on, with or without candidates
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Hit & Run
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huntsman forms federal PAC
Discussion: MyDD and AMERICAblog Elections
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
RICE'S LIMITED VIEW OF HISTORY.... I'm going to hope she just misspoke and didn't actually mean this. … Really, she said that.  It's on video.  —  Fox News' Brian Kilmeade argued that it would be “nice” for President Obama to invite George W. Bush to join him at Ground Zero on Thursday.
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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.
TwinCities.com:
Coon Rapids man accused of killing stepdaughter in Michigan for leaving home, not following Islam  —  WARREN, Mich. — A Twin Cities man is accused of killing his 20-year-old stepdaughter in Michigan because she left home and wasn't following Islam, police said Tuesday.
Mike Riggs / The Daily Caller:
White House asked California paper to take out unflattering remark about first lady  —  A small weekly paper in California claims that a White House official asked it to remove a sentence from a “benign” feature about Marine One because it reflected poorly on first lady Michelle Obama.
 
 
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