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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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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
Joe Picard / The Hill:
Pelosi thanks President Bush for his role in bin Laden's destruction  —  Pelosi said she thinks Bush appreciated the call in which she voiced her appreciation for his anti-terrorism work.  —  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said she called former President George W. Bush …
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The Slippery Story of the bin Laden Kill  —  The early narrative of the assault on Osama bin Laden had him using his wife as a human shield and firing from behind her.  Now we learn he wasn't armed.  —  The White House Tuesday blamed “the fog of war” for conflicting statements in its recounting …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
White House Corrects Bin Laden Narrative  —  White House officials on Tuesday sought to correct the official account of the raid in Pakistan that ended in the killing of Osama bin Laden, saying that al Qaeda leader was not armed and that his wife was not killed.
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 …
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.
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.
Little Green Footballs:
Pamela Geller: A Military Coup Forced Obama to Act
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Was killing bin Laden legal?
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Senate Intel Chair: Torture Did Not Lead To Bin Laden In Any Way
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Back Bin Laden Mission; Credit Military, CIA Most
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The Atlantic Online:
Scapegoating Pakistan (Cont'd.)
Mallory Simon / This Just In:
Panetta says he thinks bin Laden photo eventually will be released
Discussion: Hot Air, Right Wing News and CNN
Colin Firth / CBS News:
President Obama to appear on “60 Minutes” Sunday
Discussion: Mediaite, Weasel Zippers and The Page
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP's Tortured Logic: How We Got Osama Bin Laden
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
A Change in Perception  —  The news about Osama bin Laden …
David Jackson / USA Today:   Obama aide: Bin Laden not armed when killed
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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Mona Eltahawy / Guardian:
No dignity at Ground Zero | Mona Eltahawy
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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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huntsman forms federal PAC
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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
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
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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
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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