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11:45 AM 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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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 …
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, Guardian, In the Arena and msnbc.com
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.
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.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Bin Laden in Pakistan: Sen. Carl Levin ‘Deeply Disturbed’
Discussion: TPMDC
Sky News:
Al Qaeda Confirms Osama Bin Laden's Death
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Deal on covert programs reached
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Simon Hughes / The Sun:
New Osama urges UK terror blitz
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda data yield details of planned plots
Discussion: The Foundry and Guardian
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Strong Job Report Shows U.S. Economy Gaining Steam  —  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.
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David Leonhardt / Economix:
Correcting the Picture on Jobs  —  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.
Discussion: Washington Post and TPMDC
The Note:
Jobs Numbers Explained: Employers Add 244,000, But Unemployment Ticks Up
Discussion: The Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Rate Rises
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
U.S. Payrolls Grew 244,000 in April; Unemployment at 9%
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 …
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CBS News:
John Boehner declines to watch first GOP debate
United States Senator Richard Shelby, Alabama:
44 U.S. Sens. to Obama: No Accountability, No Confirmation  —  44 Republican U.S. Senators today sent a letter to President Obama stating that they will not confirm any nominee, regardless of party affiliation, to be the Director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
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New York Times:
Foes Revise Plan to Curb New Agency
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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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: Mediaite
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Don't Leak to the Wall Street Journal's New Wikileaks Knockoff  —  The Wall Street Journal is trying to make a play for whistleblowers with its very own Wikileaks clone, SafeHouse.  But SafeHouse is the opposite of safe, thanks to basic security flaws and fine print that lets the Journal rat on leakers.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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