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4:00 AM ET, May 5, 2011


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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Obama: I won't release bin Laden death photos  —  In an interview with Steve Kroft for this Sunday's 60 Minutes, President Obama says he won't release post-mortem images of Osama bin Laden taken to prove his death.  —  Video of the comments will appear on the CBS “Evening News” on Wednesday.
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Top Secret Stealth Helicopter Program Revealed in Osama Bin Laden Raid: Experts  —  Before an elite team of U.S. Navy SEALs executed a daring raid that took down Osama bin Laden, the commandos were able to silently sneak up on their elusive target thanks to what aviation analysts said were top secret …
Discussion: FrumForum
Steven Swinford / Telegraph:
Osama bin Laden dead: Blackout during raid on bin Laden compound  —  The head of the CIA admitted yesterday that there was no live video footage of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound as further doubts emerged about the US version of events.  —  Leon Panetta, director of the CIA …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Good Grief... Now the CIA Admits There Was “No Live Video Feed” During Osama Raid  —  Good Grief...  The head of the CIA admitted yesterday that there was no live video footage of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound as further doubts emerged about the US version of events.
The Note:
Congress to Examine “Inappropriate” and “Devastating” Use of “Geronimo” Codename in bin Laden Mission  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe (@jaffematt) reports:  —  The Senate Indian Affairs committee will hold a hearing Thursday on racist Native American stereotypes, a hearing that will now also address …
Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
Photo: Dead Man at bin Laden Compound Had ... WATER GUN???  (UPDATED: 2nd Photo Added) **Sticky**  —  Toy water gun?  —  Photos showing three dead bodies at Osama bin Laden's compound were sold to Reuters by a Pakistani security official.  Reuters has copyrighted the pictures so won't allow us …
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Navy SEALs Who Captured, Killed Osama Bin Laden Return to United States  —  The elite Navy SEAL fighters responsible for capturing and killing Osama bin Laden returned to the United States today.  Before their return, a trove of information seized by the SEALS arrived at a FBI laboratory.
Spiegel Online:
Merkel Comments on Bin Laden Killing Draw Criticism  —  On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “glad” about the killing of Osama bin Laden.  Now, though, criticism of the comment is mounting — even within her own party.  German Foreign Minister Westerwelle, meanwhile …
New York Times:
Account Tells of One-Sided Battle in Bin Laden Raid  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama decided Wednesday not to release graphic photographs of Osama bin Laden's corpse, as new details emerged about the raid on Bin Laden's fortified compound that differed from the administration's initial account of the 40-minute operation.
Senators misled by likely fake bin Laden photos
Russell Berman / The Hill:
No House resolution honoring SEAL's bin Laden mission
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Hoyer: 'There's Absolute Proof' Bin Laden's Dead, No Need to Release Death Photo
Discussion: American Thinker
Cynthia Needham / Boston Globe:
Brown admits he was fooled by fake pictures of bin Laden body
Discussion: Verum Serum, The Hill and
The Atlantic Online:
Youth Culture  —  A significant number of teens didn't know …
Discussion: The Agitator and The Other McCain
Francisco Liriano / Washington Post:
Right Matters … Killing bin Laden, Loving Our Enemies
Discussion: CNN
Jason Burke / Guardian:
Osama bin Laden's daughter witnessed his death, says Pakistani official
Discussion: TalkLeft and Outside the Beltway
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Budget talks: Republicans offer to seek common ground with Democrats  —  Senior Republicans conceded Wednesday that a deal is unlikely on a contentious plan to overhaul Medicare and offered to open budget talks with the White House by focusing on areas where both parties can agree, such as cutting farm subsidies.
Diane Webber / The Politico:
Eric Cantor: I'm still with Paul Ryan on Medicare
Discussion: National Review
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Herman Cain Set to Win S.C. Debate  —  Herman Cain appeared on the Neal Cavuto show Wednesday afternoon to talk about Thursday's debate in Greenville, South Carolina.  Asked about the presumed GOP 2012 candidates who are skipping the debate, Cain said: “I think they're making a mistake by not being here.”
David Weigel / Weigel:
The Line-Up for the First Republican Presidential Primary Debate: Cain, Johnson, Paul, Pawlenty, Santorum
Discussion: Wonkette, Gawker and Fox News
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology  —  OVERVIEW  —  With the economy still struggling and the nation involved in multiple military operations overseas, the public's political mood is fractious.  In this environment, many political attitudes have become more doctrinaire at both ends …
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Reuters, AP photojournalists describe staging of Obama photo taken after TV announcement of bin Laden's death  —  The White House continues to debate whether to release photos showing Osama bin Laden's body.  In theory, the photos would be proof to any doubters that the terrorist is dead.
Laura Rozen / Yahoo! News:
Al Qaeda member surrenders, Saudi Arabia says  —  In the wake of Osama bin Laden's demise, is al Qaeda falling apart?  —  The Saudi Interior Ministry said today that a senior al Qaeda member on Riyadh's most-wanted list named Khaled al-Qahtani called from abroad and turned himself in.
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Times of India:
India had twice told US about Osama's likely presence close to Islamabad
Discussion: FrumForum
Sean D. Naylor / Army Times:
Mission helo was secret stealth Black Hawk
Discussion: Danger Room and Pajamas Media
The Jewish Week:
Tony Kushner Responds to CUNY Board Decision
Martin Feldstein / American Enterprise Institute:
America's Challenge  —  Thank you.  I am very honored …
Treasury suggests $2 trillion U.S. debt cap raise: sources
Steven Aftergood / Secrecy News:
Annual Secrecy Costs Now Exceed $10 Billion
Discussion: The Nation and Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
Mr. Daniels comes to Washington
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
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How Much Does a Typical Navy SEAL Earn?
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
House passes healthcare defunding bill
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Big Republican Budget Lie
Sara Mayeux / American Prospect:
The University And Its Discontents  —  Here's a tale of two pronouncements.
Discussion: Yglesias