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5:35 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.
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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.
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 …
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.
Telegraph:
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Pawlenty: Don't cut core defense budget, even as wars ramp down
Discussion: The Hill and TPMDC
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
White House Corrects Bin Laden Narrative
Colin Firth / CBS News:
President Obama to appear on “60 Minutes” Sunday
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Mediaite and The Page
Asif Ali Zardari / Washington Post:
Pakistan did its part  —  Pakistan, perhaps the world's greatest victim …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP's Tortured Logic: How We Got Osama Bin Laden
David Morgan / Reuters:
U.S. believes it can now destroy al Qaeda
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Billionaire David Koch Disses Donald Trump As Motivated By Publicity, ‘Not Qualified’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Skulking Towards bin Laden: Obama Overridden by Military and Intel Officials in Takeout of OBL?
Discussion: protein wisdom
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Was killing bin Laden legal?
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Salon
Mona Eltahawy / Guardian:
No dignity at Ground Zero | Mona Eltahawy
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Holder unsure if enhanced interrogation techniques led to bin Laden's death
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama aide: Bin Laden not armed when killed
Discussion: Washington Post and FrumForum
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama's poll numbers get bounce following bin Laden's killing
Little Green Footballs:   Pamela Geller: A Military Coup Forced Obama to Act
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  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, pictured in Iowa, may be the only top-tier Republican on stage during an upcoming debate in South Carolina.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall / May 3, 2011)
Discussion: Hit & Run and Indecision Forever
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Lineup set for first GOP debate; big names take a pass
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:   Romney enjoys healthy lead over GOP field in Florida
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.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Obama White House doesn't show …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Private White House tweets, emails, Facebook posts targeted
Discussion: The Note
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 …
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 …
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
Kucinich may seek re-election from Washington State, not Ohio  —  Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich may be considering a move.  The eight-term Cleveland congressman is rumored to be interested in moving out of Ohio altogether to seek re-election to Congress from Washington State's 10th district.
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Post and msnbc.com
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Jim Brunner / Seattle Times:
Could Dennis Kucinich run for Congress in Washington? He's not exactly denying it
Discussion: TPMDC and Ballot Box
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP could allow ‘clean’ vote on raising $14.3T national debt ceiling  —  A clean bill would not include corresponding spending cuts, and it could be risky for members to vote for it.  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) suggested Tuesday that Republicans may allow a clean vote …
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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