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10:30 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 …
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
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, In the Arena, and Guardian
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 …
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Weasel Zippers
Erika Solomon / Reuters:
Al Qaeda confirms bin Laden death and vows revenge  —  (Reuters) - Al Qaeda confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden on Friday in an Internet message that vowed revenge on the United States and its allies, including Pakistan, according to a statement issued by the Islamist militant group.
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden Evidence: Al Qaeda Considered 9/11 Anniversary Attack  —  al Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden, left, is seen in this April 1998 file photo in Afghanistan.  The hideout of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is pictured after his death by US Special Forces in a ground operation in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.
Sky News:
Al Qaeda Confirms Osama Bin Laden's Death  —  Al Qaeda has confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden and vowed to launch revenge attacks on the US and its allies.  —  Al Qaeda has confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden and vowed to launch revenge attacks on the U.S. and its allies.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Mediaite
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
‘Deathers’ take over where ‘birthers’ left off
Discussion: The Reaction
Sarah Owen / New York Magazine:
David Koch Gives President Obama Zero Credit for Bin Laden's Death
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 …
CBS News:
John Boehner declines to watch first GOP debate
Ben Smith / The Politico:
TPaw in draw with MIA Mitt
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.
Job Creation Much Better Than Expected; Rate Hits 9%  —  Employment increased more than expected in April as private companies created jobs at the fastest pace in five years, pointing to underlying strength in the economy, even though the jobless rate rose to 9.0 percent.
Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Rate Rises
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
New York Times:
Foes Revise Plan to Curb New Agency
New York Times:
Stalled Mission in Libya  —  Unless NATO, including the United States, get more serious, Libya's liberation war could turn into a prolonged, bloody stalemate.  Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi is ruthless, and rebel forces are weak and disorganized.  NATO still has the military means to help tip …
Discussion: Eunomia and The Agonist
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 …
The Note:
Jobs Numbers Explained: Employers Add 244,000, But Unemployment Ticks Up  —  ABC's Dan Arnall (@abcmoneyguy) reports:  —  The recovery is on track according to new government figures on the nation's jobs situation out this morning even though the unemployment rate ticked back up to 9 percent.
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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 and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: National Review
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