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9:15 AM ET, May 6, 2011


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Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden Evidence: Al Qaeda Considered 9/11 Anniversary Attack  —  al Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden, left, is seen in this April 1998 file photo in Afghanistan.  The hideout of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is pictured after his death by US Special Forces in a ground operation in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.
New York Times:
Data Show Bin Laden Plots; C.I.A. Hid Near Raided House  —  WASHINGTON — After reviewing computer files and documents seized at the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed, American intelligence analysts have concluded that the chief of Al Qaeda played a direct role for years …
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.
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
CIA spied on bin Laden from safe house  —  The CIA maintained a safe house in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad for a small team of spies who conducted extensive surveillance over a period of months on the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Operations forces this week, U.S. officials said.
Discussion: CNN, In the Arena and
Associated Press:
Fidel Castro criticizes US for bin Laden kill
CNN:   Goodbye ‘birthers,’ hello ‘deathers’
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Eric Holder's bin Laden Moment
Discussion: Mediaite and Betsy's Page
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Paul's ‘money bomb’ nets over $1M  —  An online “money bomb” fundraiser for likely GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has netted his campaign over $1 million.  —  As of 7:51 a.m. on Friday, donations pushed past the $1 million mark, according to Paul's website.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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 …
Noah Kristula-Green / FrumForum:
Why is Pawlenty On Stage With These Crazy People?
Discussion: Indecision Forever and The Nation
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
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.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Still no front-runner in the battle for the GOP nomination
New York Times:
Republicans in House Signal Retreat on Medicare Plan  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans signaled on Thursday that they were backing away for now from the centerpiece of their budget plan — a proposal to overhaul Medicare — underscoring the political risks of addressing the nation's long-term fiscal problems.
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.
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.
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 …
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Sorcery claim in Iran power struggle  —  Iranian power struggle between president and supreme leader sees arrests and claims of undue influence of chief of staff  —  Close allies of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid …
Guy Adams / The Independent:
Haiti's cholera misery: 5,000 dead - and UN peacekeepers to blame  —  Report likely to raise tensions in earthquake-ravaged nation  —  Five thousand dead, 300,000 ill, and a medical emergency that has already lasted six months; now the people of Haiti have someone to blame for the cholera outbreak …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Vox Popoli
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 and Best of
Didi Kirsten Tatlow / New York Times:
Mao's Legacy Still Divides China  —  BEIJING — “At the center of the center of China lies a corpse that nobody dares remove.”  —  So runs the memorable opening line of “Behind the Forbidden Door,” a book published in 1985 by the Italian journalist Tiziano Terzani.
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld /
Tony Kushner, an Extremist, Can't Represent CUNY  —  Playwright Tony Kushner.  —  Following our consensus decision to table the honorary degree nomination of Mr. Tony Kushner it is worthy to note that Mr. Kushner repeats the ugly charges against Israel for which he is known in a letter …
Discussion: American Power and Salon
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Charlie Joughin / Human Rights Campaign:
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 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
Columbia University Awards Top Journalism Prize to Al Jazeera English
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Watchdog group is prepared to sue for photos of bin Laden
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
GOP senators vow to block any nominee for consumer bureau
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
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