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12:40 AM ET, May 6, 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 …
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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 …
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden Evidence: Al Qaeda Considered 9/11 Anniversary Attack
Discussion: Emptywheel, Politics and ProPublica
CNN:   ‘Deathers’ take over where ‘birthers’ left off
Associated Press:
Fidel Castro criticizes US for bin Laden kill
Washington Post:
In killing Osama bin Laden, U.S. had the law on its side
Monica Morales / Sun-Sentinel:
9/11 Family Invited To Presidential Ground Zero Visit Snubs Obama  —  pix11.com  —  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.
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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.
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
President Obama to Thank Navy SEAL Team That Killed Bin Laden
Discussion: The Democratic Daily and FrumForum
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John / Power Line:
Stop Digging!  Please!  —  Someone needs to explain the First Rule of Holes to the Obama administration.  Military and intelligence professionals executed an important mission brilliantly, carrying out their assigned task of killing Osama bin Laden and dumping his body into the ocean.
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Paul Ryan Agrees That His Budget Includes An Individual Mandate  —  Simon Lazarus thinks that Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) proposal to require future retirees to purchase coverage from an exchange of private insurers is reminiscent of the dreaded individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Health Care Repeal Is ‘Dead,’ Says Top Republican, Sights Turned To Repealing Individual Mandate
The Caucus:
Chairman of House Tax Committee Backs Off Medicare Plan
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
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 …
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Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Cash pours in for Paul's ‘money bomb’  —  An online “money bomb” fundraiser for likely GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has netted his campaign hundreds of thousands of dollars.  —  As of 4:48 p.m. on Thursday, supporters had donated nearly $590,000 to Paul's campaign, according to his website.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Noah Kristula-Green / FrumForum:
Why is Pawlenty On Stage With These Crazy People?
Discussion: The Nation and Indecision Forever
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.
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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.
wisdems.org:
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
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.
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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
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Watchdog group is prepared to sue for photos of bin Laden  —  A watchdog group says it is prepared to file a lawsuit to obtain photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse.  —  Judicial Watch, which has sued the government multiple times for documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
Jeb Boone / Washington Post:
U.S. drone strike in Yemen is first since 2002  —  SANAA, Yemen — The United States military used a drone to strike Thursday at an al-Qaeda target in Yemen, the first such American attack using unmanned aircraft in that country since 2002, according to U.S. and Yemeni officials.
 
 
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
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Exxon Makes $30.5 Billion, So GOP Votes Unanimously To Give Them Tax Breaks
The Atlantic Online:
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Bryan Preston / Pajamas Media:
NYT magazine cover story: ‘A Beast Within the Heart of Every Fighting Man’ (Update: Blackfive fisks the story)
Discussion: The Greenroom