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2:55 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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and L.A. NOW
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
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.
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 …
David Morgan / Reuters:
U.S. believes it can now destroy al Qaeda
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Pakistan looks to lobbyists for help on bin Laden fallout
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama's poll numbers get bounce following bin Laden's killing
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and FrumForum
Mona Eltahawy / Guardian:
No dignity at Ground Zero | Mona Eltahawy
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Was killing bin Laden legal?
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Oliver Willis and Salon
Emptywheel:
The Osama bin Laden Trail Shows Waterboarding Didn't Work
iowahawk:
American Pride is Back Out of the Closet!
Discussion: Pajamas Media
John / Power Line:
Compare and Contrast  —  Nancy Pelosi, press conference, September 7, 2006:
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
Administration Backs Off Tale Of Osama Bin Laden Using Wife As Human Shield
Discussion: Salon, Hullabaloo and Weasel Zippers
Brian Palmer / Slate Magazine:
Bin Laden Sleeps With the Fishes
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Everything Is a Reason To Invest More Money In Wasteful Homeland Security Endeavors
Discussion: ThinkProgress, bizjournals and Eschaton
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Hersh, Olbermann Called Bin Laden SEAL Team “Assassination Ring” In 2009
Discussion: Religion Dispatches and Hit & Run
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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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 …
 
 
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