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3:55 PM ET, May 4, 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.
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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Says He Won't Release Photos of Bin Laden's Corpse  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has decided not to release photographs of Osama bin Laden's body, CBS News reported on Wednesday.  Mr. Obama apparently concluded that images of Bin Laden bloodied by gunshots would do little …
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 …
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 …
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: Guardian and The Agitator
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
TX Teacher Suspended After Telling Muslim Student 'I Bet You're Grieving'  —  A Texas high school teacher has been placed on administrative leave following an incident where he allegedly told a 9th grade Muslim girl in his algebra class “I bet that you're grieving” on Monday following the death of Osama bin Laden.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
GOP Intelligence chief on photo debate: ‘Bin Laden is not a trophy’  —  The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence panel opposes releasing photos of Osama bin Laden's body.  —  In a statement, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said releasing the photos would endanger American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Charles McChesney / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Onondaga Nation leaders blast ‘Geronimo’ codename for Bin Laden  —  Onondaga Nation Territory — Leaders of the Onondaga Nation blasted as “reprehensible” the code name used for Osama bin Laden in the commando assault that killed him: “Geronimo.”  —  “We've ID'd Geronimo,” U.S. forces reported by radio Sunday to the White House.
Mitchell Landsberg / Los Angeles Times:
Dalai Lama suggests Osama bin Laden's death was justified
Discussion: Swampland and Babylon & Beyond
BREAKING: President Obama will not release bin Laden photos
The Atlantic Online:
The Situation Room Meme: The Shortest Route From Bin Laden to Lulz
For Obama, Killing-Not Capturing-bin Laden Was Goal
Anwar Shakir / Bloomberg:
Bin Laden Aides Are Said to Have Bought Pepsi, Coke in Bulk
Discussion: Online NewsHour and Poynter
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Senate official: Wrong to link bin Laden, Geronimo
Discussion: Guardian, CBS News and TigerHawk
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:   Who Is Osama Bin Laden?
First Read /
President will not release photos of bin Laden's body
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Bill would withhold aid until Pakistan shows it did not harbor bin Laden
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The illogic of the torture debate
Discussion: TalkLeft
Dan Collins / The Huffington Post:
Obama at Ground Zero: Emotion, Memories (and Some Embarrassment for New York)  —  Barack Obama , Larry Silverstein , Osama Bin Laden , Port Authority , World Trade Center , Barack Obama Ground Zero , Freedom Tower , World Trade Center Construction , World Trade Center Memorial , New York News
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Bush declines NYC invite
Washington Wire:   Obama at Ground Zero: Laying a Wreath, Visiting With Victims' Families
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 …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Daniels: Not ‘too late’ to run in '12  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said it's still possible for him to successfully pursue the GOP's 2012 presidential nomination despite the fact several of his potential competitors have launched their campaigns.  —  Daniels, during a speech in Washington Wednesday …
The Note:
Mitch Daniels: It's Not ‘Too Late’ To Jump Into Presidential Race, Late Start To 2012 A ‘Blessing’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Toby Harnden /
Joe Biden opens his mouth about US Navy SEALs  —  Since President Barack Obama announced that “a small team of Americans” had killed Osama bin Laden, US government officials have carefully stuck to the line that they will not talk about which units were involved.  —  Obama did not say it was the SEALs.
Dan McFeely / Indianapolis Star:
Campaign grows to set early bump day for Trump  —  Many offended by remarks they view as racist  —  A groundswell of pressure is starting to build on Indianapolis 500 officials to dump Donald Trump as pace car driver at this month's race.  —  A Facebook page has rallied more than 7,500 supporters …
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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key GOP senator asks administration to ‘immediately’ raise threat level
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Note and The Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Civilization Vindicated  —  It took an advanced society …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Rasmussen Reports:
86% Approve of Obama's Decision to Kill bin Laden
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid dislocates his shoulder in fall during early morning run
Discussion: Gawker
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Outsider hired for Obama speeches
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