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5:00 PM ET, May 3, 2011


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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
White House modifies Osama bin Laden account  —  The White House backed away Monday evening from key details in its narrative about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, including claims by senior U.S. officials that the Al Qaeda leader had a weapon and may have fired it during a gun battle with U.S. forces.
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 …
Drudge Report:
WHITE HOUSE TO RELEASE BIN LADEN DEATH PHOTO  —  President Obama decided Tuesday morning to release at least one photo showing Osama Bin Laden's death, a top source claims.  —  The images, being described as ‘graphic’, are bound to stir emotions in the east and the west …
Washington Post:
Osama bin Laden killing gives Obama quick but limited ratings boost  —  In the immediate aftermath of the targeted killing of Osama bin Laden, President Obama's approval rating has jumped higher, with big increases in the number of Americans giving him high marks on dealing with terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan.
Massimo Calabresi / Swampland:
CIA Chief Breaks Silence: Pakistan Would Have Jeopardized bin Laden Raid, ‘Impressive’ Intel Captured  —  In his first interview since commanding the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, CIA chief Leon Panetta tells TIME that U.S. officials feared that Pakistan could have undermined the operation by leaking word to its targets.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Students Predicted Bin Laden's Location Two Years Ago  —  A UCLA geography class predicted in 2009 that there was an 88.9% chance that Osama bin Laden was hiding out in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he was killed on Sunday, Science Insider reports.  —  “Based on information from satellites …
New York Times:
Behind the Hunt for Bin Laden  —  President Obama and members of his national security team receiving an update on Sunday.  A classified document in front of Hillary Rodham Clinton was blurred before this photo was released.  More Photos »  —  WASHINGTON — For years …
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 …
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden's Death Picture Readied for Release  —  President Obama and national security officials are considering releasing a photo of Osama bin Laden's corpse today, a source told ABC News.  —  Obama will head to Ground Zero Thursday to meet with 9/11 families.
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.
Colin Firth / CBS News:
President Obama to appear on “60 Minutes” Sunday  —  Will appear in his first and only interview since the killing of Osama bin Laden  —  President Obama has agreed to sit down with “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft for his first and only interview since the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Mediaite and The Page
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Bin Laden killing gives Obama boost on terrorism & Afghanistan approval  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is seeing a boost in his poll numbers on how he's handling terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan, thanks to his Sunday announcement that Osama bin Laden has been killed, according to a new national survey.
CBS News:
Bin Laden skull blown apart, official says  —  Infamous al Qaeda leader shot above left eye in U.S. raid, blowing away part of his skull  —  WASHINGTON - Osama bin Laden was shot above his left eye and the bullet blew away part of his skull, a U.S. official says.  He was also shot in the chest.
Asif Ali Zardari / Washington Post:
Pakistan did its part  —  Pakistan, perhaps the world's greatest victim …
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama aide: Bin Laden not armed when killed
Discussion: Washington Post and FrumForum
David Morgan / Reuters:
U.S. believes it can now destroy al Qaeda
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP's Tortured Logic: How We Got Osama Bin Laden
Mona Eltahawy / Guardian:
No dignity at Ground Zero | Mona Eltahawy
Staciacnn / The 1600 Report:
Even more details on the OBL photos
Discussion: Pundit Press
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Holder unsure if enhanced interrogation techniques led to bin Laden's death
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Was killing bin Laden legal?
Discussion: Oliver Willis, ABCNEWS and Salon
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama's poll numbers get bounce following bin Laden's killing
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Pakistan looks to lobbyists for help on bin Laden fallout
Discussion: The Politico and The Caucus
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 …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Anatomy of a Fake Quotation
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin splits with neocon advisers  —  Sarah Palin has parted ways with the neoconservative foreign policy advisers who had been writing speeches and advising her on policy since she joined the McCain campaign.  —  An aide to Palin, Tim Crawford, confirmed that Orion Strategies' Randy Scheunemann …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:   Romney enjoys healthy lead over GOP field in Florida
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Billionaire David Koch Disses Donald Trump As Motivated By Publicity, ‘Not Qualified’  —  Speaking with the New York Daily News at a party on Saturday night, petrochemical billionaire David Koch dismissed Donald Trump as “not really qualified to be President.”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Obama Gets Osama: Goodbye Vietnam
Discussion: Pajamas Media and
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Obama White House doesn't show up to House probe into its lack of transparency  —  Senior Editorial Writer Follow Him @Philipaklein  —  The Republican-led House Energy and Commerce's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is holding a hearing …
Discussion: The Other McCain and AmSpecBlog
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Private White House tweets, emails, Facebook posts targeted
Discussion: The Note
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