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9:25 PM ET, May 5, 2011


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Sarah Owen / New York Magazine:
David Koch Gives President Obama Zero Credit for Bin Laden's Death  —  Considering the stark partisan divide over the amount of credit President Obama deserves for the death of Osama bin Laden, it should probably not come as a surprise that billionaire David Koch, a rabidly anti-Obama conservative activist …
Fox News:
Sources: Bin Laden Acted ‘Cowardly,’ Confused in Final Moments  —  Sources involved in the operation that took down Usama bin Laden told Fox News the terrorist leader acted “scared” and “completely confused” in his final moments, “shoving his wife” at the Navy SEAL who ultimately shot him.
Toby Young /
Jay Carney is floundering under pressure, say Washington insiders  —  There is increasing concern in Washington that Jay Carney, the new White House Press Secretary, isn't up to the job.  Even when faced with an innocuous question that requires only that he trot out the official line …
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Michael Moore: Bin Laden Wasn't Killed, He Was Executed  —  Osama bin Laden wasn't killed by a Navy SEAL team — he was straight up executed, Michael Moore told TheWrap on Wednesday.  —  The “Fahrenheit 9/11” director has been setting Twitter aflame Wednesday afternoon urging the Obama administration …
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Franks: Obama Won't 'Do What's Necessary To Protect This Country' After Killing Bin Laden  —  While most reasonable people are praising President Obama for his “gutsy” call to get Osama bin Laden, some on the right are still harboring partisan grudges.  Conservative billionaire David Koch …
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Bush feels Obama ignoring ex-president's role in Osama Bin Laden strike for ‘victory lap’: source  —  WASHINGTON - George W. Bush won't be at Ground Zero with President Obama Thursday in part because he feels his team is getting short shrift in the decade-long manhunt for Osama Bin Laden.
CNN:   Goodbye ‘birthers,’ hello ‘deathers’
Washington Post:
In killing Osama bin Laden, U.S. had the law on its side
Mark Halperin / Reuters:
Five Mistakes the Obama Administration Has Made in the Aftermath of Bin Laden Killing
Monica Morales / Sun-Sentinel:
9/11 Family Invited To Presidential Ground Zero Visit Snubs Obama  —  —  NEW YORK (PIX11)— As 50 carefully selected families prepare to join President Barack Obama for a ceremony at the World Trade Center site Thursday, one of the invited 9/11 families have decided to pass on the Commander-in-chief's visit.
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
President Obama to Thank Navy SEAL Team That Killed Bin Laden
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Honors Victims of Bin Laden at Ground Zero
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Health Care Repeal Is ‘Dead,’ Says Top Republican, Sights Turned To Repealing Individual Mandate … Dave Camp Reform , Dave Camp , Mandate Repeal , Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, acknowledged Thursday …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Still no front-runner in the battle for the GOP nomination  —  Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - A new national poll indicates the race for the Republican presidential nomination remains wide-open, with none of the probable or potential GOP White House contenders above 20 percent, according to a new national poll.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Fox ends contracts of Gingrich, Santorum  —  Fox News has terminated its contracts with former Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Senator Rick Santorum after the deadline for them to decide on presidential bids passed on May 1, a source familiar with the move told POLITICO.
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Fox denies making ultimatum to Huckabee
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Obama floats plan to tax cars by the mile  —  The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.  —  The plan is a part of the administration's …
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Half Of Adults In Detroit Are Functionally Illiterate  —  Something that I think drives at least some of my disagreements with other liberals about education policy is that I think a lot of middle class liberals implicitly underestimate the extent of really bad learning outcomes.
Discussion: American Times
Wall Street Journal:
Signs Point to Pakistan Link  —  U.S. Probe of Aid to bin Laden Likely to Focus on Islamabad's Military and Spy Services  —  U.S. and European intelligence officials increasingly believe active or retired Pakistani military or intelligence officials provided some measure of aid …
GOP Election Fraud Exposed  —  Formal Challenge Reveals GOP Recall Petitions Plagued by Pattern of Misconduct and Abuse Tarnished Out-of-State Firm Hired by GOP Uses Systemic Election Fraud to Fill Papers with Invalid Signatures  —  Hundreds of Claims from Wisconsin Citizens Prove
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Burlingame After Meeting With Obama: He Turned His Back On Me  —  Debra Burlingame, the sister of Charles “Chic” Burlingame (pilot of the plane that crashed into the Pentagon) met with President Obama today, along with other families who were victims of 9/11.
Peter Doocy / Fox News:
Firsts in the South: Debaters Square off in South Carolina  —  FOX News is hosting the first 2012 presidential debate in one of the first primary states Thursday night in Greenville, S.C. Five of the men trying to become the next Republican nominee will do their best to be considered the GOP frontrunner …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Haley to GOP field: 'It's go time'
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Tonight's GOP Pre-Debate Rally Sponsored By Extremists: John Birch Society And The Oath Keepers  —  In Greenville, South Carolina tonight, five presidential contenders will meet for the first GOP presidential primary debate.  According to the official program of the pre-debate “Freedom Rally …
Rebecca Frankel / Foreign Policy:
War Dog  —  There's a reason they brought one to get Osama bin Laden.  —  Dogs have been fighting alongside U.S. soldiers for more than 100 years, seeing combat in the Civil War and World War I. But their service was informal; only in 1942 were canines officially inducted into the U.S. Army.
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Exxon Makes $30.5 Billion, So GOP Votes Unanimously To Give Them Tax Breaks  —  Exxon Mobil is by far the most profitable company in the new Fortune 500 list, riding “high oil prices to a staggering $30 billion in income” in 2010.  Exxon made over $10 billion more than fellow oil giant Chevron …
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
House GOP rejects effort by Democrats to vote on repealing oil industry tax subsidy
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Democrats Love Compromise  —  Matthew Yglesias flags the latest Pew survey, which attempts to provide a political typology to describe the different ideological groups that reside in each party.  Looking at the extent to which Democrats are divided on social issues and immigration …
Discussion: Yglesias
Terrorist Group Setting Up Operations Near Border  —  Hezbollah Considered To Be More Advanced Than Al-Qaida  —  SAN DIEGO — A terrorist organization whose home base is in the Middle East has established another home base across the border in Mexico.  —  “They are recognized by many experts …
Pamela Geller / WorldNetDaily:
An illegitimate child, an illegitimate president  —  Talk about your proverbial can of worms.  It is now clear that Barack Hussein Obama Sr.'s immigration file was the impetus for President Obama to release his “long form” last week.  If he thought that release would put the matter to rest, it has had the opposite effect.
Martin S. Feldstein / New York Times:
Raise Taxes, but Not Tax Rates  —  REDUCING the budget deficit and stopping the explosion of our national debt will require more tax revenue as well as reduced government spending.  But the need for more revenue needn't mean higher tax rates.  —  As the bipartisan fiscal commission appointed …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE CAP ACT IS ARGUABLY WORSE THAN THE RYAN PLAN.... and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich have a new video out today, slamming the “CAP Act” being championed by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Claire McCaskill's (D-Mo.).  Reich makes a brief, compelling case, calling it “the Republican plan with lipstick.”
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
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