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4:15 PM ET, May 1, 2012

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BuzzFeed:
Will The Navy SEALs Swift Boat Obama?  —  The operators' resentment is real.  And their criticism could undermine the president's clearest-cut victory, the slaying of America's most notorious enemy.  —  President Barack Obama making a statement on the death of Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011.
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
A Surprise Trip to Kabul by Obama Marks a Shift in Ties  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - President Obama landed here Tuesday, on a surprise visit, to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war that has lasted for more than a decade.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
How The White House Smothered The News Of Obama's Trip To Afghanistan  —  How the White House played whack-a-mole, and why I deleted my tweet.  Drudge wouldn't budge.  —  Shortly before 9:19 a.m. this morning the Afghanistan-based 24-hour broadcast news station TOLONews tweeted that President Barack Obama had landed in Afghanistan.
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
Romney Quietly Meets With Bloomberg  —  The pursuit of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's presidential endorsement is headed into overdrive.  —  On Tuesday, Mitt Romney had a private breakfast with Mr. Bloomberg at the headquarters of the mayor's philanthropic foundation on Manhattan's Upper East Side …
ABCNEWS:
Obama Makes Secret Trip to Afghanistan  —  President Obama made a surprise visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, overnight on a secret trip that coincides with the one-year anniversary of the U.S. mission that killed Osama bin Laden.  —  Obama touched down at Bagram Air Field just outside …
Daily Mail:
SEALs slam Obama for using them as ‘ammunition’ in bid to take credit for bin Laden killing during election campaign  —  Serving and former US Navy SEALs have slammed President Barack Obama for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as ‘ammunition’ for his re-election campaign.
New York Post:
Obama arrives in Afghanistan report says; White House denies it  —  KABUL — President Obama arrived in Afghanistan Tuesday on an unannounced visit to meet with President Hamid Karzai, TOLONews reported, citing Afghan officials.  —  The White House denied the report.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
McCain on Bin Laden raid: 'The thing about heroes, they don't brag'
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich: Thanks and goodbye
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Mukasey: Obama and the bin Laden Bragging Rights
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney, Bloomberg hold secret breakfast meeting
Discussion: GOP 12
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
House Republicans: No offsets for extending Bush-era tax rates  —  House Republicans say they have no plans to pay for the extension of the Bush-era tax rates, a move that could erase the deficit reduction they have achieved since winning their majority in the chamber in 2010.
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Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Taxes and Employment  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles …
Ezra Klein:
Has Team Romney forgotten that the Bush years were terrible?
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Grenell hounded from Romney campaign by anti-gay conservatives  —  Richard Grenell, the openly gay spokesman recently hired to sharpen the foreign policy message of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has resigned in the wake of a full-court press by anti-gay conservatives.
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren's embattled campaign: Cherokee tie found 5 generations ago  —  Cherokee tie found 5 generations ago  —  Desperately scrambling to validate Democrat Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage amid questions about whether she used her minority status to further her career …
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The NYT reports that “officials involved” …
New York Times:
British Panel Criticizes Rupert Murdoch Over Hacking Scandal  —  LONDON — In a damning report after months of investigation into the hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's newspapers, a British parliamentary panel concluded on Tuesday that Mr. Murdoch was “not a fit person” to run a huge international company.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
President Obama, campaigner in chief  —  The preezy of the United Steezy is making me queasy.  —  I'm not troubled by President Obama's slow jam with Jimmy Fallon, who dubbed the commander in chief “preezy” during Obama's appearance on late-night TV.  No, preezy is making me queasy …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Victims of Communism Day  —  Today is May Day.  Since 2007, I have been commemorating this day here at the Volokh Conspiracy as Victims of Communism Day.  Various other websites and blogs have promoted the same concept.  In time, we hope to make this a worldwide commemoration similar to Holocaust Memorial Day.
Discussion: Haemet, Moe Lane and iOwnTheWorld.com
New York Post:
Anguish of Edwards' pal wife  —  By TARA PALMERI in Greensboro, NC, and CHUCK BENNETT in NY  —  The wife of John Edwards' former top aide broke down in tears yesterday as she testified about the insane demands Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, made as the witness helped hide the affair.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Virginia  —  Barack Obama continues to look like the favorite to win Virginia this fall.  He has a 51-43 lead over Mitt Romney in the state.  We have consistently found Obama leading in Virginia by margins similar to his 6 point victory there in 2008- he led Romney by 6 in December …
Discussion: American Prospect and Ballot Box
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Brown says daughter, 23, insured under health law  —  Senator Scott Brown, who won office vowing to be the 41st vote to block President Obama's health care law and who has since voted three times to repeal it, acknowledged Monday that he takes advantage of it to keep his elder daughter on his congressional health insurance plan.
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Scott Brown benefits from health care act
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Stranger …
Reuters:
Occupy's May Day protests off to slow, soggy start in NYC  —  (Reuters) - Occupy Wall Street's call for a general strike to mark International Workers Day got off to a slow start on Tuesday, with sparse gatherings at a handful of spots around a rainy New York City.
Discussion: National Review and Althouse
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Vivian Ho / San Francisco Chronicle:
Protesters trash Mission District businesses, cars  —  (05-01) 06:46 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Broken glass littered several streets in San Francisco's Mission District after protesters vandalized cars and buildings Monday night, including a police station.  —  The vandals were in a group …
newsroom.fb.com:
Organ Donation: Friends Saving Lives  —  Facebook is about connecting and sharing - connecting with your friends, family and communities, and sharing information with them about your life, work, school and interests.  On any given day more than half a billion people share billions of stories, updates and photos.
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