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5:50 PM ET, May 6, 2011

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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 …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
P.S. Turns out now, those photos of Obama giving his ‘I caught Bin Laden’ speech were faked  —  Could the Obama White House communications folks have found anything else to step in over the presentation this week of their boss and the dramatic recounting and re-recounting of the execution …
CNN:
Al Qaeda, in Web message, confirms bin Laden's death  —  (CNN) — Al Qaeda released a statement on jihadist forums Friday confirming the death of its leader, Osama bin Laden, according to SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors Islamist websites.  —  The development comes days …
Daily Mail:
On this day of all days!  Hundreds of militant Muslims stage mock funeral for Bin Laden outside U.S. embassy in London... as relatives of 7/7 terror attack victims weep at inquest just three miles away  —  A protest by hundreds of Osama Bin Laden supporters sparked fury outside the US Embassy …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Weasel Zippers
Daily Mail:
This just in from London-istan: Violent clashes outside U.S. Embassy after hundreds of UK Muslims stage mock funeral for ‘murdered’ Bin Laden  —  Violent clashes broke out around the world today as thousands of supporters of Osama bin Laden took to the streets to protest at the Al-Qaeda leader's death.
Washington Post:
CIA spied on bin Laden from safe house
Discussion: msnbc.com, CNN, In the Arena and Guardian
Fox News:
Pakistan Forces Arrest 40 Suspects Connected to Bin Laden
Discussion: Fox Nation
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
WTF at WTC?  Obama Has American Flag Removed From Ground Zero Site Moments Before Photo Shoot!  [Updated: or Perhaps Tapper Just Confused All of Us]  —  ABC's Jake Tapper was on the scene.  He disbelievingly tweeted:  —  Here's his photo of the take-down.
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Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Conservative Bloggers Contend That President Obama Hates the American Flag
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Herman Cain makes splash at first 2012 GOP debate  —  To get an idea of the strangeness of the first debate of the 2012 presidential cycle - the unofficial kickoff to the 2012 GOP race - consider this: Based on the Fox News focus group conducted immediately following the event, Herman Cain is about to run away with the GOP nomination.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Waterboarding as litmus test
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Noah Kristula-Green / FrumForum:
Why is Pawlenty On Stage With These Crazy People?
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
A Motivational Poster for George W. Bush's Library  —  A motivational poster, sent in from a reader:  —  In case the font is too small, the words at the bottom are: “VINDICATION: When the loudest critic of your policies achieves his greatest success because of them.”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and GayPatriot
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Pawlenty Hopes 'I'm Sorry' Is Enough  —  It's a question every candidate faces: how to deal with political liabilities.  Do you face them head-on and try to get them out of the way, or try to work around them in the hope that voters will lose interest?  —  Last night, at the first Republican …
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Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:   Pawlenty: “I'm Sorry” I Once Cared About Climate
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
G.O.P. Medicare Plan Shakes Up Race for House Seat  —  Only weeks ago, top Democrats appeared to have all but written off a special election for a Congressional seat in the suburbs of Buffalo.  After all, Republican voters vastly outnumber Democrats in the district, and the Republican candidate …
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
NY-26 Siren: Dem poll shows 3-way race
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's ‘Gangster Politics’  —  The president is about to order companies that do business with the federal government to disclose their political donations.  —  President Obama has officially kicked off his 2012 re-election campaign, and don't Republicans know it.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Betsy's Page
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Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Republican leaders blast disclosure order as ‘blatant’ assault on free speech
Spiegel Online:
Judge Files Complaint against Merkel over Bin Laden Comments  —  A Hamburg judge has filed a criminal complaint against Chancellor Angela Merkel for “endorsing a crime” after she stated she was “glad” that Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces.  Meanwhile a new poll reveals that a majority …
Christian Reiermann / Spiegel Online:
Greece Considers Exit from Euro Zone  —  A protest against austerity measures in Athens.  Greece is considering leaving the euro zone, according to sources in the German government.  —  The debt crisis in Greece has taken on a dramatic new twist.  Sources with information …
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
SEIU drops mask, goes full commie  —  A May Day rally in Los Angeles, co-sponsored by the SEIU and various communist groups, as well as other unions, reflected yet another step in the normalization of self-identified communist and socialist ideologies in the Obama era.
Brian Hamacher / msnbc.com:
Bills banning bestiality, baggy pants pass in Fla.  —  Legislation awaits Gov. Rick Scott's signature  —  Below:  —  NBCMIAMI.com  —  Floridians are going to have to start pulling up their pants and stop having sex with animals soon.  —  It's up to Gov. Rick Scott to sign off …
Discussion: Yglesias, Mother Jones and Mediaite
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fears and Failure  —  From G.D.P. to private-sector payrolls, from business surveys to new claims for unemployment insurance, key economic indicators suggest that the recovery may be sputtering.  —  And it wasn't much of a recovery to start with.  Employment has risen from its low point …
Washington Post:
Suspected U.S. strike kills 15 near militant hub in Pakistan tribal area  —  Kirsty Wigglesworth/ AP - An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on Jan. 31, 2010.  The latest strike in North Waziristan could further sour U.S.-Pakistan relations in the wake of the bin Laden killing.
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Bin Laden in Pakistan: Sen. Carl Levin ‘Deeply Disturbed’
Discussion: Politics and TPMDC
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: If Our ‘Food Stamp Recovery’ Persists, Obama Will Lose Big  —  I have noticed something unsettling in my own life lately: I know a lot of people who are on food stamps or some kind of extraordinary government assistance.  The count right now stands around 10 people, which is a lot for a small town denizen such as myself.
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Ramesh Ponnuru Tries To Lead The Right Out Of The Dark Age, Neil Ferguson Tries To Drag Us Deeper In  —  Alongside complaints about the dark age of economic understanding into which monetary policy cranks like Paul Ryan have led the right, it's worth hailing the efforts of those like Ramesh Ponnuru …
Slate Magazine:
Cats of War  —  The Pentagon's top-secret feline special-operations program, revealed.  —  RECOMMEND...  The American commando team that killed Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, reportedly included a dog, sparking furious speculation about the dog's identity and discussion of the role of canines in war.
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Correcting the Picture on Jobs  —  11:29 a.m. |  Updated This is one of those months when it's impossible to tell a consistent story about the jobs report.  —  Job growth was unexpectedly strong last month.  The unemployment rate rose to 9 percent, from 8.8 percent, its biggest one-month increase in more than a year-and-a-half.
New York Times:
Bloomberg to Lay Off Thousands of Teachers  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg intends to eliminate 4,278 teaching jobs through layoffs, and about 1,500 through attrition, marking the first significant layoffs of teachers since the fiscal crisis of the 1970s.  —  The slashing of jobs are part …
CNN:
Huntsman: ‘Things are moving pretty quickly’  —  Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman spoke to reporters Friday for the first time since returning home from Beijing last week to explore a possible bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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