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10:00 AM ET, May 6, 2011


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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 Guardian
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.
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.
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.
Douglas Stanglin / USA Today:
Al-Qaeda confirms bin Laden's death, threatens more attacks on Americans  —  Al-Qaeda has confirmed Osama bin Laden's death in an Internet statement, The Associated Press reports.  —  The terror network says today in a statement that bin Laden's blood “will not be wasted” and that it will continue attacking Americans and their allies.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
Simon Hughes / The Sun:
New Osama urges UK terror blitz
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Sarah Owen / New York Magazine:
David Koch Gives President Obama Zero Credit for Bin Laden's Death
Goodbye ‘birthers,’ hello ‘deathers’
Discussion: The Reaction
Associated Press:
Fidel Castro criticizes US for bin Laden kill
Job Creation Much Better Than Expected; Rate Hits 9%  —  Employment increased more than expected in April as private companies created jobs at the fastest pace in five years, pointing to underlying strength in the economy, even though the jobless rate rose to 9.0 percent.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
U.S. Adds 244,000 Jobs in April; Jobless Rate at 9.0%  —  The United States economy added far more jobs than expected in April as the recovery continued to pick up steam.  —  The Department of Labor said Friday that 244,000 jobs were added last month after a gain of a revised 221,000 in March.
Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Rate Rises  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. companies added more jobs than expected in April, but the unemployment rate rose for the first time in five months and the economy's recent slowdown is likely to keep a lid on gains.  —  Nonfarm payrolls rose by 244,000 last month …
Noah Kristula-Green / FrumForum:
Why is Pawlenty On Stage With These Crazy People?  —  Closing Thoughts:  —  Credit goes to the Fox News anchors who moderated the debate.  They did their research and managed to ask tough questions that trapped some of the candidates.  They managed to get Rick Santorum to come very close …
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Paul's ‘money bomb’ nets over $1M
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Hit & Run
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Eric Holder's bin Laden Moment
Discussion: Mediaite and Betsy's Page
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
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 …
New York Times:
Stalled Mission in Libya  —  Unless NATO, including the United States, get more serious, Libya's liberation war could turn into a prolonged, bloody stalemate.  Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi is ruthless, and rebel forces are weak and disorganized.  NATO still has the military means to help tip …
Discussion: Eunomia and The Agonist
Wall Street Journal:
Probe Eyes Trades by Fund Titan  —  Prosecutors are examining trades made in an account overseen by hedge-fund titan Steven Cohen that were suggested by two of his former fund managers who have pleaded guilty to insider trading.  —  The development surfaced in court filings submitted …
Discussion: DealBook and Law Blog
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.
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.
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
New York Times:
G.O.P. Rethinking Bid to Overhaul Medicare Rules  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans signaled Thursday that they were backing away from the centerpiece of their budget plan — a proposal to overhaul Medicare — in a decision that underscored both the difficulties and political perils of addressing the nation's long-term fiscal problems.
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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