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2:05 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: Guardian, In the Arena, CNN 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.
Fox News:
Pakistan Forces Arrest 40 Suspects Connected to Bin Laden
Discussion: The Jawa Report
John / Power Line:
Stop Digging! Please!
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Bin Laden in Pakistan: Sen. Carl Levin ‘Deeply Disturbed’
Discussion: TPMDC
Washington Post:
Suspected U.S. strike kills 15 near militant hub in Pakistan tribal area
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
P.S. Turns out now, those photos of Obama giving his ‘I caught Bin Laden’ speech were faked
Discussion: protein wisdom and Israel Matzav
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Deal on covert programs reached
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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.
Discussion: The Note, Washington Post and TPMDC
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
April Job Data Is Strong, but Some Doubt Trend Can Last
Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Rate Rises
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Jobs, unemployment rise in April
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 / Ben Smith's Blog:
Waterboarding as litmus test
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:   Pawlenty: “I'm Sorry” I Once Cared About Climate
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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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Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
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Michael Hirsh / NationalJournal.com:
Obama's War  —  The secret behind the bin Laden takedown …
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These Posts Are Writing Themselves Now
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
U.S. tax burden at lowest level since '58
David Rogers / The Politico:
Medicare fight exposes House GOP's internal rifts
Discussion: RedState and Outside the Beltway
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
As Boeing factory debate heats up, past writings of NLRB member Craig Becker raise questions
 Earlier Items: 
Judy L. Randall / Staten Island Advance:
Doctors and hospital workers may be banned from wearing neckties under New York state law
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
The Conservative Recovery Continues
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Condi Smacks Down O'Donnell During Hostile MSNBC Interview
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Nice Deb
Peter Stevenson / New York Times:
Tina Brown Is Still Hungry for Buzz
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
On entitlements, outlines of a Pawlenty plan
Discussion: Yglesias and CNN
United States Senator Richard Shelby, Alabama:
44 U.S. Sens. to Obama: No Accountability, No Confirmation
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld / Algemeiner.com:
Tony Kushner, an Extremist, Can't Represent CUNY
Discussion: American Power