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12:15 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
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
The Atlantic Online:
The Situation Room Meme: The Shortest Route From Bin Laden to Lulz
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Lawrence O'Donnell: Time For ‘Bush/Cheney Fanatics’ To Learn From Obama ‘How To Fight Terrorists’
Iranian MP: Bin Laden was Zionist puppet
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:   To get bin Laden, Obama relied on policies he decried
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Senate official: Wrong to link bin Laden, Geronimo
Discussion: TigerHawk and protein wisdom
Pakistan argues against Panetta's charge it didn't do enough to find bin Laden
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
U.N. rights boss asks U.S. for facts on bin Laden killing
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Carter likes the idea of candidate Huntsman  —  Washington (CNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter called former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman an “attractive” candidate for president in 2012.  —  Although the one-term president said President Obama will be his choice in the next election …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Democrat wins Wisconsin District 94 Assembly seat previously held by Republican  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrat Steve Doyle defeated Republican John Lautz for the Wisconsin District 94 Assembly, flipping a seat held by Republicans for 16 years in a race that focused attention on Republican …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Crooks and Liars
The Daily Caller:
GOPs, here's a post-Osama anti-Obama meme  —  Attention, Republicans: Looking for a theory that will allow you to reconcile Obama's Abbottabad success with the unfavorable portrait of him that before Sunday was just beginning to come together and burn itself into the collective mediamind …
Discussion: Althouse
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Don't Worry: Osama Was Shot in Accordance with Islamic Tradition