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1:50 PM ET, May 4, 2011


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New York Times:
For Obama, Big Rise in Poll Numbers After Bin Laden Raid  —  Support for President Obama has risen sharply following the killing of Osama bin Laden by American military forces in Pakistan, with a majority now approving of his overall job performance, as well as his handling of foreign policy …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Gates, Clinton Advising President to Not Release OBL Photograph; Obama Increasingly Concerned No Good Would Come from It  —  President Obama is increasingly doubtful that there's a compelling reason to release a photograph of Osama bin Laden's corpse, ABC News has learned.
Mushtaq Yusufzai / English:
Bin Laden's daughter confirms her father shot dead by US Special Forces in Pakistan  —  Senior Pakistani security officials said Osama bin Laden's daughter had confirmed her father was captured alive and shot dead by the US Special Forces during the first few minutes of the operation carried …
New York Times:
Bin Laden Raid Revives Debate on Value of Torture  —  WASHINGTON — Did brutal interrogations produce the crucial intelligence that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden?  —  As intelligence officials disclosed the trail of evidence that led to the compound in Pakistan where Bin Laden was hiding …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Osama Bin Laden had cash, was ready to flee  —  Osama bin Laden had cash totaling 500 Euros and two telephone numbers sewn into his clothing when he was killed — sure signs that he was prepared to flee his compound at a moment's notice — top U.S. intelligence officials told members of Congress …
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Mystery of Osama bin Laden  —  Apparently, America's Twitter-using teenagers aren't sure why this Osama bin Laden guy is a big deal:  —  These results were drawn from Yahoo search (which, apparently, still exists), and the good folks at Yahoo offer a little context: … - Is Osama bin Laden dead?
Discussion: This Just In, Guardian and The Agitator
Charles McChesney / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Onondaga Nation leaders blast ‘Geronimo’ codename for Bin Laden  —  Onondaga Nation Territory — Leaders of the Onondaga Nation blasted as “reprehensible” the code name used for Osama bin Laden in the commando assault that killed him: “Geronimo.”  —  “We've ID'd Geronimo,” U.S. forces reported by radio Sunday to the White House.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
GOP Intelligence chief opposes release of bin Laden photos  —  The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence panel opposes releasing photos of Osama bin Laden's body.  —  In a statement, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said releasing the photos would endanger American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
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.
Mitchell Landsberg / Los Angeles Times:
Dalai Lama suggests Osama bin Laden's death was justified  —  Speaking at USC, the Buddhist spiritual leader says of the Al Qaeda chief's assassination: 'Forgiveness doesn't mean forget what happened.'  —  As the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the 14th Dalai Lama says he practices compassion …
The Note:
Congress to Examine “Inappropriate” and “Devastating” Use of “Geronimo” Codename in bin Laden Mission
Discussion: Online NewsHour and Proof Positive
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
‘Emir’ bin Laden oversaw al Qaeda from compound
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Senate official: Wrong to link bin Laden, Geronimo
Discussion: TigerHawk and protein wisdom
The Atlantic Online:
The Situation Room Meme: The Shortest Route From Bin Laden to Lulz
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:   Who Is Osama Bin Laden?
Daily Mail:
Obama took SIXTEEN HOURS to make up his mind about Bin Laden mission
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The illogic of the torture debate
Discussion: TalkLeft
Issues / Socyberty:
White House Insider: Obama Hesitated - Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
To get bin Laden, Obama relied on policies he decried
Discussion: RealClearWorld
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Lawrence O'Donnell: Time For ‘Bush/Cheney Fanatics’ To Learn From Obama ‘How To Fight Terrorists’
Andy Kroll / MoJo Articles:
Ex-Romney Campaign Chair: I'm Done With Mitt  —  A key Romney '08 campaigner jumps ship, saying he can't handle the candidate's ever-changing persona.  —  Post Comment  —  In the 2012 presidential race, New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary is make-or-break for Mitt Romney …
Quinnipiac University:
Ok For Romney, Huckabee But No Way For Palin, Trump, U.S. Voters Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll; No Clear Leader In Gop Presidential Pack  —  By healthy margins, American voters say they would consider or be enthusiastic about backing former governors Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee for president …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid dislocates his shoulder in fall during early morning run  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) dislocated his shoulder and suffered a bump to the forehead after slipping Wednesday morning while exercising in the rain.  —  A spokesman for Reid said the Democratic leader fell …
Discussion: Gawker, FrumForum and New York Magazine
Dan McFeely / Indianapolis Star:
Campaign grows to set early bump day for Trump  —  Many offended by remarks they view as racist  —  A groundswell of pressure is starting to build on Indianapolis 500 officials to dump Donald Trump as pace car driver at this month's race.  —  A Facebook page has rallied more than 7,500 supporters …
Wall Street Journal:
Civilization Vindicated  —  It took an advanced society to visit vengeance where it belonged.  —  It took steady application and a few tactical insights to pull off the 9/11 attacks.  You could get box cutters through security at U.S. airports.  Personnel were trained not to worry about box cutters.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Simon Lazarus / Slate Magazine:
Paul Ryan's “Individual Mandate”  —  The Ryan proposal compels Americans to buy insurance—just like Obamacare does.  —  Even before President Obama's new health reform law was enacted, Republicans insisted that its “individual mandate” was an “unprecedented” assault on individual freedom.
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Blackwater's New Ethics Chief: John Ashcroft  —  The consortium in charge of restructuring the world's most infamous private security firm just added a new chief in charge of keeping the company on the straight and narrow.  Yes, John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, is now an …
John Sexton / Hot Air:
Harry Reid: “Marco Rubio has to understand who he is...”  —  About two weeks ago, Harry Reid was interviewed for a Hispanic-oriented political show called Mariowire.  The interviewer asks Reid for his opinion of Marco Rubio whom, he notes, talks like a member of the GOP despite the fact that he is “Latino.”
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key GOP senator asks administration to ‘immediately’ raise threat level
Discussion: The Politico
Rasmussen Reports:
86% Approve of Obama's Decision to Kill bin Laden
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Obama gets big bounce, but handling of economy at all-time low
Discussion: The Foundry and FrumForum
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Eric Cantor, Jon Kyl challenge White House
Discussion: National Review
Dan Collins / The Huffington Post:
Obama at Ground Zero: Emotion, Memories (and Some Embarrassment for New York)
Felix Salmon:
The real reasons for the dollar's decline
Discussion: Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Outsider hired for Obama speeches
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Carter likes the idea of candidate Huntsman
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12 and
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
51% of Households Pay No Income Tax; Share of Taxes Paid by Rich Growing Faster Than Income
Ramesh Ponnuru / Claremont Institute:
Explaining Obama
The Daily Caller:
GOPs, here's a post-Osama anti-Obama meme
Discussion: Althouse
Democrat wins Wisconsin District 94 Assembly seat previously held by Republican
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Crooks and Liars