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1:00 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.
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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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data  —  The assault force of Navy SEALs snatched a trove of computer drives and disks during their weekend raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, yielding what a U.S. official called “the mother lode of intelligence.”
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Osama bin Laden dead: Yes, SEALs were in on the raid, but aides hail Obama's office bravery  —  According to another one of those White House briefings of reporters designed to suck up all available credit for good news, President Obama's homeland security advisor reveals that it was a really tense …
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 …
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.
Discussion: National Review
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.
Mona Eltahawy / Guardian:
No dignity at Ground Zero | Mona Eltahawy
Emptywheel:
The Osama bin Laden Trail Shows Waterboarding Didn't Work
David Morgan / Reuters:
U.S. believes it can now destroy al Qaeda
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Everything Is a Reason To Invest More Money In Wasteful Homeland Security Endeavors
John / Power Line:
Compare and Contrast  —  Nancy Pelosi, press conference, September 7, 2006:
iowahawk:
American Pride is Back Out of the Closet!
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Source: US Government Believes Pakistan Compound was Built Specifically for Bin Laden
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kyle Glazier / Denver Post:
In Colorado, Sarah Palin hails bin Laden's death, praises troops
Discussion: Mediaite and GOP 12
Maggie Fox / NationalJournal.com:
Did DNA Finger bin Laden?
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Breitbart On How the Left is Politicizing the Bin Laden Story
Dan Wheat / The Daily Astorian:
Teacher who vowed not to shave until bin Laden was caught or killed finally shaves
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Pakistan questioned on hideout
Discussion: The Hill, The Nation and The Foundry
Washington Post:
Bin Laden discovered ‘hiding in plain sight’
Patrick Brethour / Globe and Mail:
Tories sweep to majority, NDP to Opposition in historic election  —  Canadian voters have radically redrawn the country's political landscape, handing the Conservative Party its long-sought majority in an election that decimated the Bloc Québécois and humbled the Liberals.
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  O Canada!  —  Canada voted yesterday, and Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, at the head of minority governments after the elections of 2006 and 2008, has now seen his party win an absolute majority in the House of Commons.
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Conservatives in Canada Expand Party's Hold
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 …
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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Wall Street Journal:
Treasury Will Act to Avoid Default
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Times
CBS News:
Scott Pelley named anchor of “CBS Evening News”  —  Award-winning “60 Minutes” correspondent to fill anchor chair vacated by Katie Couric  —  Scott Pelley, one the most experienced reporters in broadcast journalism, has been named anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News,” …
 
 
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