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9:50 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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Majority in U.S. Say Bin Laden's Death Makes America Safer  —  Still, 62% say it is likely that terrorists will act against the U.S. in the next few weeks  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans express mixed views on how Osama bin Laden's demise will affect U.S. national security, according to a Monday night USA Today/Gallup poll.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Top of the Ticket
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: Yglesias and The Agitator
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
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 …
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 …
Osama Bin Laden dead: White House backtracks on how bin Laden died
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Panetta: “Open Question” If Waterboarding Helped Find Bin Laden
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The Slippery Story of the bin Laden Kill
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
Little Green Footballs:
Pamela Geller: A Military Coup Forced Obama to Act
Massimo Calabresi / Swampland:
CIA Chief Breaks Silence: Pakistan Would Have Jeopardized bin Laden Raid, ‘Impressive’ Intel Captured
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Huntsman takes big step toward 2012 bid  —  Washington (CNN) - Jon Huntsman formed a federal political action committee on Tuesday, taking his first concrete step toward a presidential campaign since returning from his post last week as ambassador to China.  —  Huntsman filed papers …
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.
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.
Discussion: National Review, FrumForum and ACS Blog
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