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3:00 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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
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.
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 …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden Raiders Encountered False Door, Found Small Arsenal in Compound  —  New revelations about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden reveal that the SEAL raiders encountered a false door and found a small arsenal of weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle in bin Laden's bedroom.
Osama bin Laden's wife recovering in hospital
Tanya Somanader / American Prospect:
What We Got From Waterboarding  —  Claiming Osama bin Laden's death …
Discussion: New York Times and Big Government
Soeren Kern / Pajamas Media:
The European Media Reacts to Death of Osama Bin Laden
Discussion: RedState and Datechguy's Blog
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 …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Chairman of tax-writing panel puts damper on GOP's Medicare overhaul
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:
Paul Ryan doubts Medicare deal with Joe Biden
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.
Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
Previewing tonight's GOP debates
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Roger Simon / The Politico:   Does this make Obama invincible?
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Rallies Six Points to 52% After Bin Laden Death  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' approval of President Barack Obama is up six points after the death of Osama bin Laden in a U.S. raid on the al Qaeda leader's Pakistan compound.  Obama averaged 46% approval in Gallup Daily tracking …
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 …
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.
Donald J. Boudreaux / Wall Street Journal:
If Supermarkets Were Like Public Schools  —  What if groceries were paid for by taxes, and you were assigned a store based on where you live?  —  Teachers unions and their political allies argue that market forces can't supply quality education.  According to them, only our existing system …
Discussion: Swampland and Cafe Hayek
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
CUNY Blocks Honor for Tony Kushner  —  In a rare move, the trustees of the City University of New York have voted to shelve an honorary degree that one of its campuses, John Jay College, planned to award to Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “Angels in America.”
The Atlantic Online:
The Double Dip's Official: Home Prices Fall to New Low  —  National home prices are officially on the hunt for a new bottom.  After beginning to decline again this summer, once the home buyer credit expired, home prices hit a new post-bubble low in April, according to housing industry consulting firm Clear Capital.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Abby Phillip / The Politico:
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Discussion: Yglesias and FrumForum
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Greenroom
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