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9:30 AM ET, May 4, 2011


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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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
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.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
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 …
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
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.”
Robin Bravender / The Politico:
Richardson: Climate right for change  —  Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson hopes that Osama bin Laden's death will spur President Barack Obama to promote climate change legislation.  —  “My hope is that from this success in the foreign policy arena two days ago, that he will be emboldened …
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 …
New York Times:
Bush Declines Obama's Invitation to Ground Zero  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama invited former President George W. Bush to join him at Ground Zero in New York City on Thursday to mark the killing of Osama Bin Laden, but Mr. Bush declined, a spokesman for the former president confirmed on Tuesday.
James Ball / Guardian:
US troops were yards from Osama bin Laden house in 2008 - WikiLeaks files
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Pelosi thanks President Bush for his role in bin Laden's destruction
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Panetta: “Open Question” If Waterboarding Helped Find Bin Laden
Osama Bin Laden dead: White House backtracks on how bin Laden died
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Back Bin Laden Mission; Credit Military, CIA Most
Little Green Footballs:
Pamela Geller: A Military Coup Forced Obama to Act
Adam Curtis / Guardian:
For 10 years, Bin Laden filled a gap left by the Soviet Union. Who will be the baddie now?
Discussion: normblog, Big Peace and Global Spin
Stu Kreisman / The Huffington Post:
Why The Bin Laden Death Photos Should Be Seen by Everyone
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Charlie Cook /
A Change in Perception  —  The news about Osama bin Laden …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
White House Corrects Bin Laden Narrative
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Dems push tough oil vote on GOP  —  Democrats are trying to force Republicans into a series of uncomfortable votes on repealing billions of dollars in oil industry tax breaks.  —  With gas prices nearing $4 a gallon, Democrats want to exploit what they see as a small crack in Republican ranks on the issue of oil industry subsidies.
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 …
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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