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12:30 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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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
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 …
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
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.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Bin Laden in Pakistan: Sen. Carl Levin ‘Deeply Disturbed’
Discussion: TPMDC
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
Sky News:
Al Qaeda Confirms Osama Bin Laden's Death
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
April Job Data Is Strong, but Some Doubt Trend Can Last  —  The United States economy added far more jobs than expected in April, but with more than 13 million people still out of work, analysts cautioned that it was too early to say whether the momentum could be sustained for a full recovery in the labor market.
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Jobs, unemployment rise in April
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
The Conservative Recovery Continues
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Correcting the Picture on Jobs
Discussion: Washington Post and TPMDC
The Note:   Jobs Numbers Explained: Employers Add 244,000, But Unemployment Ticks Up
Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Rate Rises
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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Ben Smith / The Politico:
TPaw in draw with MIA Mitt
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
As Boeing factory debate heats up, past writings of NLRB member Craig Becker raise questions
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Foreign policy dominates GOP debate in South Carolina
CBS News:
John Boehner declines to watch first GOP debate
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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New York Times:
G.O.P. Rethinking Bid to Overhaul Medicare Rules
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: Mother Jones and Mediaite
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Business, Economy Edge Up as Top Issues for Republicans
Discussion: The Note, The Politico and Daily Kos
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Boehner: Time to talk trillions
Judy L. Randall / Staten Island Advance:
Doctors and hospital workers may be banned from wearing neckties under New York state law
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Condi Smacks Down O'Donnell During Hostile MSNBC Interview
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Nice Deb
 Earlier Items: 
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Tina Brown Is Still Hungry for Buzz
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
On entitlements, outlines of a Pawlenty plan
Discussion: CNN
Mike / Rortybomb:
Peter Thiel and the Challenging of the Meritocracy
Discussion: Yglesias
Guy Adams / The Independent:
Haiti's cholera misery: 5,000 dead - and UN peacekeepers to blame
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Vox Popoli
Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld / Algemeiner.com:
Tony Kushner, an Extremist, Can't Represent CUNY
Discussion: American Power and Salon