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8:00 AM ET, May 4, 2011


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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.
Daily Mail:
Obama took SIXTEEN HOURS to make up his mind about Bin Laden mission  — Outpouring of emotion on streets down to ‘the same sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11’ Obama told members of Congress  —  Barack Obama kept military commanders hanging by declaring he would ‘sleep on it’ before taking 16 hours …
Issues / Socyberty:
White House Insider: Obama Hesitated - Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden  —  “What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him -and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound.”
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 …
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.
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
7 Minutes Vs. 16 Hours: How The Media Reports Delay  —  George Bush was relentlessly mocked for waiting seven minutes (actually waiting for his security detail to ready the exit and for his vehicle to be readied) before leaving the school he was visiting.  He calmly finished reading My Pet Goat …
J'lem imam: Obama will soon hang  —  (Video) Al-Aqsa Mosque imam vows to avenge killing of Osama bin Laden in Youtube video.  ‘Dogs should not rejoice too much for killing lions’  —  Elior Levy  —  VIDEO - An imam from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem vowed to take revenge over “the western dogs” for
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 …
Spiegel Online:
Was Bin Laden's Killing Legal?  —  An Analysis by Thomas Darnstädt  —  Is this what justice looks like?  Al-Qaida boss Osama bin Laden was killed on Sunday in a secret military operation in Pakistan.  Americans are celebrating, but there are serious doubts about whether the targeted killing …
Palestinian Media Watch:
Fatah military wing calls Bin Laden killing “catastrophe”  —  Fatah military wing calls Bin Laden killing “catastrophe”  —  by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik  —  The military wing of Fatah, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, published a long statement in reaction to the killing of Osama bin Laden calling it a “catastrophe.”
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Lawrence O'Donnell: Time For ‘Bush/Cheney Fanatics’ To Learn From Obama ‘How To Fight Terrorists’  —  Lawrence O'Donnell wanted another victory lap for President Obama after finding Osama bin Laden, but he also wanted former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry to join in on the recognition because …
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bush declines Obama invite to Thursday's Ground Zero event  —  No reason given, but I think we can guess. … Only two possibilities.  One: Bush recognizes that this is, more or less, an Obama campaign commercial and would rather not be part of it.  Two: Bush doesn't want to encroach …
New York Times:
New U.S. Account Says Bin Laden Was Unarmed During Raid
Discussion: Politics and New York Magazine
Stu Kreisman / The Huffington Post:
Why The Bin Laden Death Photos Should Be Seen by Everyone
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Little Green Footballs:
Pamela Geller: A Military Coup Forced Obama to Act
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public “Relieved” By bin Laden's Death, Obama's Job Approval Rises
WikiLeaks: Bin Laden's courier ‘trained 9/11 hijack team’
Adam Curtis / Guardian:
For 10 years, Bin Laden filled a gap left by the Soviet Union. Who will be the baddie now?
Discussion: normblog and Global Spin
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
White House Corrects Bin Laden Narrative
Charlie Cook /
A Change in Perception  —  The news about Osama bin Laden …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Senate Intel Chair: Torture Did Not Lead To Bin Laden In Any Way
Massimo Calabresi / Swampland:
CIA Chief Breaks Silence: Pakistan Would Have Jeopardized bin Laden Raid, ‘Impressive’ Intel Captured
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.
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
South Carolina presidential debate still on, with or without candidates
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Hit & Run
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huntsman forms federal PAC
Discussion: MyDD and AMERICAblog Elections
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 …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Anatomy of a Fake Quotation
Frank J. Fleming / Pajamas Media:
Don't Worry: Osama Was Shot in Accordance with Islamic Tradition  —  Frank J. Fleming knows the very first thing that went through your mind when you heard of bin Laden's death: were all the religious niceties observed?  —  I know what was probably the first thing to go through your mind …
Coon Rapids man accused of killing stepdaughter in Michigan for leaving home, not following Islam  —  WARREN, Mich. — A Twin Cities man is accused of killing his 20-year-old stepdaughter in Michigan because she left home and wasn't following Islam, police said Tuesday.
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