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7:00 PM ET, May 6, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
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
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 …
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
The Waterboarding Trail to bin Laden  —  Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said that as late as 2006 fully half of the government's knowledge about the structure and activities of al Qaeda came from harsh interrogations. … Khalid Sheikh Mohammed  —  Osama bin Laden was killed by Americans …
Daily Mail:
This just in from London-istan: Violent clashes outside U.S. Embassy after hundreds of UK Muslims …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Rick Santorum: Obama 'Didn't Get Osama Bin Laden!'
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to special ops team that killed bin Laden: ‘Job well done’
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Post:
CIA spied on bin Laden from safe house
Discussion: CNN, In the Arena, msnbc.com and Guardian
Fox News:
Pakistan Forces Arrest 40 Suspects Connected to Bin Laden
Discussion: Fox Nation
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Evidence at bin Laden's home raises nuclear concerns
Mallory Simon / This Just In:
Full statement from al Qaeda on Osama bin Laden's death
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
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
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 …
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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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.
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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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Mark Landler / The Caucus:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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CNN:
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Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
The Conservative Recovery Continues
Discussion: Washington Monthly