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6:55 PM ET, May 2, 2011


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Marc Ambinder /
The Secret Team That Killed bin Laden  —  From Ghazi Air Base in Pakistan, the modified MH-60 helicopters made their way to the garrison suburb of Abbottabad, about 30 miles from the center of Islamabad.  Aboard were Navy SEALs, flown across the border from Afghanistan, along with tactical signals …
White House: Osama Bin Laden Used Wife As Human Shield  —  The President and his national security team spent Sunday afternoon and evening huddling in the West Wing of the White House filled with anxiety while they followed in real time the covert operations of an elite team …
New York Times:
Detective Work on Courier Led to Breakthrough on Bin Laden  —  WASHINGTON — After years of dead ends and promising leads gone cold, the big break came last August.  —  A trusted courier of Osama bin Laden's whom American spies had been hunting for years was finally located in a compound 35 miles north …
Tim Ross / Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: Osama bin Laden ‘protected’ by Pakistani security  —  Pakistani security forces allegedly helped Osama bin Laden evade American troops for almost 10 years, according to secret US government files.  —  American diplomats were told that one of the key reasons why they had failed …
Adam Goldman / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Officials: CIA interrogators at secret prisons developed first strands that led to bin Laden  —  WASHINGTON - Officials say CIA interrogators in secret overseas prisons developed the first strands of information that ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Killing of bin Laden: What are the consequences?  —  The killing of Osama bin Laden is one of those events which, especially in the immediate aftermath, is not susceptible to reasoned discussion.  It's already a Litmus Test event: all Decent People — by definition — express unadulterated ecstacy …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House Officials Debate Releasing Photographs of Bin Laden's Corpse  —  The Obama administration has photographs of Osama bin Laden's dead body and officials are debating what to do with them and whether they should be released to the public, officials tell ABC News.
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
KEITH URBAHN'S TWEET HEARD AROUND THE WORLD  —  'I don't credit myself with the story.  I credit Twitter,' Keith Urbahn said.  POLITICO Screengrab  —  Keith Urbahn, chief of staff for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, is being credited with first reporting, via Twitter Sunday night …
Discussion: The Blaze
Steve Coll / News Desk:
Notes on the Death of Osama bin Laden  —  No doubt there will be time to reflect more deeply about the news announced by President Obama last night.  For now, I thought it might be useful to annotate some of the initial headlines.  —  On where he was found:
David Frum / FrumForum:
Can We Stop Questioning Obama's Legitimacy Now?  —  So much to say about the long-awaited visiting of justice upon Osama bin Laden.  —  But there's one effect on US domestic politics that deserves a thought:  —  Here's hoping that we have at last seen the end of this ugly insinuation …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Dan Wheat / The Daily Astorian:
Teacher who vowed not to shave until bin Laden was caught or killed finally shaves  —  EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. - A teacher who vowed nearly 10 years ago not to cut his beard until Osama bin Laden was captured or proven dead said he cried Sunday night upon hearing of the terrorist's death.
Discussion: Mediaite and Runnin' Scared
David Sirota / Salon:
“USA! USA!” is the wrong response
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Yes, Bin Laden's Death Will Help Obama, but for How Long?
Elizabeth Flock / Reuters:
Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden are from the elite ‘Team 6’
Elizabeth Flock / Washington Post:
Bin Laden's wife used as human shield
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
The Atlantic Online:
A Defense of Pakistan  —  I'm receiving a good deal of mail …
Hillel Fendel / Arutz Sheva:   Arabs Riot in Jerusalem Over Bin Laden's Demise, Hamas Angry
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Santorum's Response To Bin Laden's Death Is To Accuse Obama Of Not Defending American Freedom
Associated Press:
US official: New tape may be last from bin Laden
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ktvtphil / CBS Dallas:
Bush Home Buzzing After Bin Laden Killing
Discussion: The Daily Beast
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
How the U.S. found and finished Bin Laden
Discussion: The Smoking Gun
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Obama is now Warrior in Chief
The Atlantic Online:   What Bin Laden's Death Means: Seven Observations
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: ‘Thank God for President Obama’  —  You heard that right: “Thank God for President Obama,” Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show Monday afternoon.  —  “Ladies and gentlemen, we need to open the program today by congratulating President Obama,” Limbaugh said Monday afternoon at the start of his show.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Brown heading for Afghanistan  —  UPDATED  —  Senator Scott Brown issued a statement this morning saying he has requested to conduct his annual National Guard training in Afghanistan. … Brown has been in the Guard since 1979, but he has never been deployed to a war zone.
Discussion: The Politico
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Claim: Krugman is top prognosticator; Cal Thomas is the worst  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  A Hamilton College class and their public policy professor analyzed the predicts of 26 pundits — including Sunday morning TV talkers — and used a scale of 1 to 5 to rate their accuracy.
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