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4:15 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Hill, The Politico and USA Today
Asif Ali Zardari / Washington Post:
Pakistan did its part  —  Pakistan, perhaps the world's greatest victim of terrorism, joins the other targets of al-Qaeda — the people of the United States, Britain, Spain, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Yemen, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Algeria — in our satisfaction …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Source: White House Discussing Release of OBL Photograph Today  —  A top source tells ABC News that President Obama and White House officials are discussing the possibility of releasing a photograph of Osama bin Laden's corpse today.  —  The photograph, according to sources who have seen it …
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.
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
Mona Eltahawy / Guardian:
No dignity at Ground Zero | Mona Eltahawy
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data
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, Ballot Box and FrumForum
CNN:
Bin Laden unarmed when killed, White House says
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Pakistan looks to lobbyists for help on bin Laden fallout
Discussion: The Politico and The Caucus
John / Power Line:
Compare and Contrast  —  Nancy Pelosi, press conference, September 7, 2006:
Staciacnn / The 1600 Report:
Even more details on the OBL photos
Discussion: Pundit Press
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 …
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Tony Romm / The Politico:
Private White House tweets, emails, Facebook posts targeted  —  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) stressed Tuesday that he remains concerned that White House officials' personal emails, text messages, Facebook posts and tweets are not being archived in the spirit of federal law.
Discussion: The Note
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Obama White House doesn't show …
Discussion: The Other McCain and AmSpecBlog
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
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Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Obama Gets Osama: Goodbye Vietnam
Discussion: Pajamas Media and NewsBusters.org
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
2012 Republican race gets wake-up call  —  Donald Trump and birtherism won't disappear.  There will still be talk about the creeping threat of Sharia law.  —  But the dramatic killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden by American commandos will immediately reorder a Republican presidential contest …
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 …
 
 
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