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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 …
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Skulking Towards bin Laden: Obama Overridden by Military and Intel Officials in Takeout of OBL?  —  As Obama continues to politicize and mine the takedown of Osama Bin Laden and the outrageous “Islamic burial” that followed, new details emerge of his reluctance and refusal to sign off on the mission.
Daily Mail:
Obama took SIXTEEN HOURS to make up his mind about Bin Laden mission  — Outpouring of emotion on streets down to ‘the same sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11’ Obama told members of Congress  —  Barack Obama kept military commanders hanging by declaring he would ‘sleep on it’ before taking 16 hours …
Issues / Socyberty:
White House Insider: Obama Hesitated - Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden  —  “What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him -and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound.”
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Telegraph, Citing WikiLeaks: Break In Hunt for Bin Ladin May Have Been Provided By Not Only Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, But by Enhanced Interrogation Techniques Performed On An Al Qaeda Operative Captured in Iraq  —  Via Hot Air, which excerpts the meat of the thing.  —  Full article at the Telegraph.
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.
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 …
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.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Bush declines NYC invite  —  Former President George W. Bush has declined to visit Ground Zero on Thursday.  —  AP Photo  —  Former President George W. Bush has turned down President Barack Obama's invitation to join him at ground zero on Thursday, citing his desire to avoid the media glare.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ynetnews:
J'lem imam: Obama will soon hang  —  (Video) Al-Aqsa Mosque imam vows to avenge killing of Osama bin Laden in Youtube video.  ‘Dogs should not rejoice too much for killing lions’  —  Elior Levy  —  VIDEO - An imam from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem vowed to take revenge over “the western dogs” for
Little Green Footballs:
Pamela Geller: A Military Coup Forced Obama to Act  —  DERPAccording to Pamela “Shrieking Harpy” Geller, President Obama only acted against Osama bin Laden because there was a military coup.  —  Yes, she really did write that: SKULKING TOWARDS BIN LADEN: OBAMA OVERRIDDEN BY MILITARY AND INTEL OFFICIALS IN TAKEOUT OF OBL????!!
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Back Bin Laden Mission; Credit Military, CIA Most  —  Eight in 10 say killing of bin Laden was extremely or very important to U.S.  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More than 9 in 10 Americans approve of the U.S. military action that killed Osama bin Laden on Sunday, and 79% say his killing is “extremely” or “very important” to the U.S.
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.
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.
Stu Kreisman / The Huffington Post:
Why The Bin Laden Death Photos Should Be Seen by Everyone
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Joe Picard / The Hill:   Pelosi thanks President Bush for his role in bin Laden's destruction
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bush declines Obama invite to Thursday's Ground Zero event
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   Students Predicted Bin Laden's Location Two Years Ago
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The Slippery Story of the bin Laden Kill
The Atlantic Online:
Scapegoating Pakistan (Cont'd.)
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Was killing bin Laden legal?
Spiegel Online:
Was Bin Laden's Killing Legal?
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
A Change in Perception  —  The news about Osama bin Laden …
New York Times:
Behind the Hunt for Bin Laden
Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Pawlenty: Don't cut core defense budget, even as wars ramp down
Discussion: The Hill
Colin Firth / CBS News:
President Obama to appear on “60 Minutes” Sunday
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Mediaite and The Page
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   Plan for Afghanistan hasn't changed, says Obama spokesman
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 …
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Anatomy of a Fake Quotation
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: CNN and MyFox Orlando
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huntsman forms federal PAC
Discussion: GOP 12
CNN:
Even more details on the OBL photos  —  From CNN's National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin  —  A Senior US Official tells CNN 10 hard drives, 5 computers and more than 100 storage devices which includes discs, DVDs and thumb drives were taken from the compound.
Discussion: News Desk and Truthdig
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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Condoleezza Rice: Bush's Bullhorn Speech “Probably The Most Important Moment Maybe In American History”
Discussion: TPMDC and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
South Carolina presidential debate still on, with or without candidates
Discussion: Hit & Run and Indecision Forever
 
 
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