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4:10 PM ET, May 5, 2011


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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.
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.
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 …
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Top Secret Stealth Helicopter Program Revealed in Osama Bin Laden Raid: Experts  —  Before an elite team of U.S. Navy SEALs executed a daring raid that took down Osama bin Laden, the commandos were able to silently sneak up on their elusive target thanks to what aviation analysts said were top secret …
Steven Swinford / Telegraph:
Osama bin Laden dead: Blackout during raid on bin Laden compound  —  The head of the CIA admitted yesterday that there was no live video footage of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound as further doubts emerged about the US version of events.  —  Leon Panetta, director of the CIA …
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 …
Mark Halperin / Reuters:
Five Mistakes the Obama Administration Has Made in the Aftermath of Bin Laden Killing  —  Aftermath can be heck.  —  The White House's brilliant conceptualization and execution of the plan to bring Osama bin Laden to justice has, in the last 48 hours, been complicated by mistakes.
Washington Post:
In killing Osama bin Laden, U.S. had the law on its side
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden Raiders Encountered False Door, Found Small Arsenal in Compound
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner supports Obama decision not to release bin Laden photos
Discussion: Gothamist and Mother Jones
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
McCain: Waterboarding didn't help
Laura Payton / CBC News:
NDP deputy leader doubts bin Laden photos exist
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Budget talks: Republicans offer to seek common ground with Democrats  —  Senior Republicans conceded Wednesday that a deal is unlikely on a contentious plan to overhaul Medicare and offered to open budget talks with the White House by focusing on areas where both parties can agree, such as cutting farm subsidies.
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 …
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 …
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.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pawlenty skipping pre-debate Tea Party rally
Discussion: GOP 12
Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
Previewing tonight's GOP debates
Discussion: CNN and Booman Tribune
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
The Atlantic Online:
Torture Opponents Were Right  —  They've long insisted that a “ticking time bomb” exception would set us on a slippery slope.  The reaction to bin Laden's death proves their point  —  Torture apologists claiming that the death of Osama bin Laden justifies America's use of …
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Poll: Number of ‘birthers’ plummets  —  The number of Americans saying President Obama was born in another country has been sliced in half, according to a new Washington Post poll.  —  In interviews following the public release the president's “long-form” birth certificate last week …
Wesley P. Hester / RTD Virginia Politics Blog:
Allen being tracked by Alan  —  George Allen has a new shadow, and his name is Alan.  Alan Piracha.  —  Piracha, 23, is working as a tracker for the Democratic Party of Virginia, following Allen, a Republican U.S. senate candidate, around the state, videotaping his appearances.
Hendrik Hertzberg:
Daniels in the Lamb's Den  —  A month from now, Mitch Daniels, the Governor of Indiana, will probably be a declared candidate for President.  His candidacy, if it comes off, will test the (rather dubious) hypothesis that Republicans might be willing to forgo some of the visceral pleasures …
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