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12:00 PM ET, May 2, 2011


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New York Times:
Bin Laden Is Dead, Obama Says  —  WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the most devastating attack on American soil in modern times and the most hunted man in the world, was killed in a firefight with United States forces in Pakistan on Sunday, President Obama announced.
Dean Schabner / ABCNEWS:
Osama bin Laden Killed by U.S. Strike  —  Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst-ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed, sources told ABC News.  —  His death brings to an end a tumultuous life that saw bin Laden go from being the carefree son of a Saudi billionaire …
The Atlantic Online:
Osama Bin Laden's Compound Already Mapped on Google  —  Less than an hour ago, President Obama addressed the nation in a special press conference held to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden.  The September 11 mastermind was hiding out in a mansion in Abbottabad, Pakistan, about 80 miles north of Islamabad.
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 …
TEXT: President George W. Bush's Statement on Osama Bin Laden's Death  —  Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001.  —  I congratulated him and the men …
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Corpse handled in ‘Islamic practice’  —  The United States is treating Osama bin Laden's body in “accordance with Islamic practice,” a White House official says.  —  President Obama announced Sunday night that American forces killed bin Laden in Pakistan and that they took his body afterward.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Yes, Bin Laden's Death Will Help Obama, but for How Long?  —  Osama bin Laden is dead.  —  I got the news on Twitter while in a taxi back from J.F.K. Airport.  I told my cabbie, who was in disbelief at first, to turn the radio on.  We took in the story together.  I'm as patriotic as the next guy: it was a nice moment.
The Note:
Osama Bin Laden Body Headed for Burial at Sea, Officials Say  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) reports: Now that bin Laden has been killed and his body has been positively identified, what is to be done with his remains?  —  U.S. officials tell me the last thing they want is for his burial place to become a terrorist shrine.
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 …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Pakistanis Stunned and Angered at News of Osama's Death  —  People buy newspapers reporting the killing of Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, at local newspaper printing press in Karachi, Pakistan Monday, May 2, 2011.  (VOA)  —  Pakistanis are stunned by the news of Osama Bin Laden's death.
Michelle Malkin:
All About Obama: Who's politicizing bin Laden kill?  —  Leftists are swarming Twitter to chastise any conservatives who dare give any credit to President Bush for his resolve and role in leading the post-9/11 counterrorism/national security response to the worst attack on American soil.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
How the Bin Laden Announcement Leaked Out  —  The terse announcement came just after 9:45 p.m. Sunday from Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director.  “POTUS to address the nation tonight at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time,” he wrote on Twitter, sharing the same message that had just been transmitted to the White House press corps.
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
40 Minutes That Changed the World: Inside the Operation That Brought Bin Laden Down  —  Exiled Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden is shown in Afghanistan, in this April 1998 file photo.  A person familiar with developments on Sunday, May 1, 2011 says bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has the body.
Bill Dedman /
US tracked couriers to an elaborate bin Laden compound  —  He died in firefight along with his son, two couriers, US officials say; Pakistan was not told in advance  —  Below: … It started with a courier's name.  —  Only on  —  Senior White House officials said early Monday …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Here's the guy who unwittingly live-tweeted the raid on Bin Laden  —  Yesterday Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual on Twitter) was just a “an IT consultant taking a break from the rat-race by hiding in the mountains”, specifically Abbottabad, northern Pakistan.  —  The IT contractor and graduate …
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Sources: Al-Qaida head bin Laden dead  —  WASHINGTON - Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, is dead, and the U.S. is in possession of his body, a person familiar with the situation said late Sunday.  —  President Barack Obama was expected …
Nidal al-Mughrabi / Reuters:
Abbas government welcomes bin Laden death, Hamas deplores
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Musharraf condemns ‘violation of our sovereignty’
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Former CIA official: US will likely release photos of bin Laden to prove he's dead
Discussion: The Hill and Runnin' Scared
Alyssa Rosenberg / Yglesias:
Kathryn Bigelow's bin Laden Movie-And Everyone Else's
Patrick Ishmael / Hot Air:
BREAKING: BIN LADEN DEAD; Update: Killed “deep inside Pakistan” …
U.S. team's mission was to kill bin Laden, not capture
Dexter Filkins / News Desk:
What Pakistan Knew About bin Laden
Discussion: Big Peace and Guardian
The Atlantic Online:   Pakistani Ambassador: America Can't Find Whitey Bulger, So Why Do You Expect Us to Locate Bin Laden?
The Note:
Donald Trump Congratulates Obama On Osama Bin Laden Killing, Asks For End To ‘Party Politics’ Debate …
Discussion: Huck PAC, GOP 12 and Political Punch
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Osama Bin Laden East Room
Bill Adair / PolitiFact:
In 2008, Obama vowed to kill Osama bin Laden
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
The timeline of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:   The Death of Bin Laden and the Morality of Targeted Killings
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Osama bin Laden dead: Hamid Karzai says search inside Afghanistan was wrong
Discussion: TPMDC
Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden dead - Obama
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Osama bin Laden Dead: Jubilance Marked By Security Alerts
Discussion: Guardian, MyFox Orlando and Mediaite
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:   Bin Laden — Ne Requiescat in Pace
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rumsfeld: Intel about bin Laden could have come from Gitmo
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Brown heading for Afghanistan  —  Senator Scott Brown said this morning that he is being sent to Afghanistan, but the member of the Massachusetts National Guard would not say if he is being formally deployed.  —  Lieutenant Colonel Scott Brown  —  “I will put out a statement later about my involvement …
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