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6:30 AM ET, May 7, 2011

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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Rick Santorum: Obama 'Didn't Get Osama Bin Laden!'  —  Since President Obama's surprise announcement Sunday night that American forces had killed Osama bin Laden, conservatives and Bush loyalists have been trying to claim some of the glory and redeem the discredited torture policies of the Bush administration.
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Michael Hirsh / NationalJournal.com:
Obama's War  —  The secret behind the bin Laden takedown is the president's new conception of terrorism.  —  Ever so gingerly, even as they praised President Obama's success against Osama bin Laden, some former senior Bush administration officials have sought to take a little credit for the mission themselves.
Matt Hadro / NewsBusters.org:
Michael Moore: You ‘Hate Being an American’ If You Wanted Bin Laden Killed Without a Trial  —  Ever looking to criticize the American populace from his cardboard platform, filmmaker Michael Moore lashed out Thursday on CNN at supporters of Osama bin Laden's assassination.
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden Raid: Al Qaeda ‘Playbook’ Revealed  —  U.S. intelligence is now in possession of a veritable “playbook” of al Qaeda operations — from potential terror attack targets to information on international safe houses and top commanders — thanks to the Navy SEAL raid that took …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Daily Mail:
On this day of all days! …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Brendan Abbot / Daily Express:
FURIOUS BIN LADEN SUPPORTERS VOW TO TAKE REVENGE
Discussion: Hot Air and Atlas Shrugs
Daily Mail:
This just in from London-istan: Violent clashes outside U.S. Embassy after hundreds of UK Muslims …
CNN:
Santorum: Obama doesn't understand America  —  Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had a ballroom packed with South Carolina Republican insiders all to himself on Friday night when he addressed the state party's annual fundraising banquet in Columbia.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Graham to absentees: Come next time  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sen. Lindsey Graham on Friday warned the Republicans who didn't show up this week for the state's first presidential primary debate, telling them “you sure as hell better come next time.”  —  And he jokingly warned a gathering …
CNN:
Huntsman: ‘Things are moving pretty quickly’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tried but Failed to Kill Yemeni Cleric  —  A U.S. drone strike in Yemen Thursday was aimed at killing Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric suspected of orchestrating terrorist attacks in the U.S, but the missile missed its target, according to Yemeni and U.S. officials.
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Drone Strike in Yemen Was Aimed at Awlaki
Discussion: TalkLeft
New York Times:
Probing Link to Bin Laden, U.S. Tells Pakistan to Name Agents  —  WASHINGTON — Pakistani officials say the Obama administration has demanded the identities of some of their top intelligence operatives as the United States tries to determine whether any of them had contact with Osama bin Laden …
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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.
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Giuliani: Running a possibility  —  Rudy Giuliani called for a return to American exceptionalism Friday, telling a group of GOP lawyers gathered in the nation's capital that Ronald Reagan fundamentally changed how Americans felt about themselves.  —  Before Reagan was elected, Giuliani said …
Discussion: Reuters
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to special ops team that killed bin Laden: ‘Job well done’
Discussion: The Politico and 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
JSOnline:
Unions might drop state status  —  Some would skip facing difficult annual recertification votes  —  By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — If Gov. Scott Walker's union bargaining measure becomes law and forces do-or-die recertification votes for public employee unions …
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 …
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 …
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama: Nation can't drill its way out of soaring gas prices  —  President Obama called for the elimination of billions of dollars in oil industry tax breaks Friday, while stressing that the United States can't drill its way out of high gas prices.  —  “We can't just drill our way out of the problem …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Politics of Solipsism  —  The United States, as you know, was founded as a republic, not simply as a democracy.  The distinction has been lost over the past few decades, but it is an important one.  —  The believers in a democracy have unlimited faith in the character and judgment …
Discussion: Balkinization and Salon
Press Association:
Vote 2011: UK rejects alternative vote  —  The UK has voted overwhelmingly to reject changing the way MPs are elected - dealing a bitter blow to Nick Clegg on top of heavy Lib Dem poll losses.  —  Officials say 19.1m people voted in the second UK-wide referendum in history - a higher than expected turnout of 41%.
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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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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
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Bloomberg:
China Paying ‘Close Attention’ to U.S. Debate on Increasing Debt Ceiling
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Facing possible Tea Party challenger, centrist Snowe moves to the right
Discussion: The Reaction and Wonk Room
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
A University Trustee Expands on His View of What Is Offensive
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