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8:35 PM ET, May 6, 2011

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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 …
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Daily Mail:
On this day of all days!  Hundreds of militant Muslims stage mock funeral for Bin Laden outside U.S. embassy in London... as relatives of 7/7 terror attack victims weep at inquest just three miles away  —  A protest by hundreds of Osama Bin Laden supporters sparked fury outside the US Embassy …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Evidence at bin Laden's home raises nuclear concerns  —  Pakistani government links suspected  —  Supporters of the Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami rally Friday to condemn the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in Lahore, Pakistan.  Osama bin Laden was killed …
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.
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 …
Daily Mail:
This just in from London-istan: Violent clashes outside U.S. Embassy after hundreds of UK Muslims …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to special ops team that killed bin Laden: ‘Job well done’
Discussion: The Politico and Fox Nation
Fox News:
Pakistan Forces Arrest 40 Suspects Connected to Bin Laden
Discussion: Don Surber
CNN:
Obama meets Osama bin Laden's killers
Washington Post:
CIA spied on bin Laden from safe house
Discussion: CNN, In the Arena, msnbc.com and Guardian
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Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Conservative Bloggers Contend That President Obama Hates the American Flag
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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.
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
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Herman Cain makes splash at first 2012 GOP debate  —  To get an idea of the strangeness of the first debate of the 2012 presidential cycle - the unofficial kickoff to the 2012 GOP race - consider this: Based on the Fox News focus group conducted immediately following the event, Herman Cain is about to run away with the GOP nomination.
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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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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 …
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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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
NY-26 Siren: Dem poll shows 3-way race
Christian Reiermann / Spiegel Online:
Greece Considers Exit from Euro Zone  —  A protest against austerity measures in Athens.  Greece is considering leaving the euro zone, according to sources in the German government.  —  The debt crisis in Greece has taken on a dramatic new twist.  Sources with information …
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 …
CNN:
Huntsman: ‘Things are moving pretty quickly’  —  Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman spoke to reporters Friday for the first time since returning home from Beijing last week to explore a possible bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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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: Yglesias, Mother Jones and Mediaite
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.
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
A University Trustee Expands on His View of What Is Offensive  —  “I want to say something,” Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld said.  “The question is offensive.  Before you even finish.”  —  Mr. Wiesenfeld is the City University of New York trustee who rose this week at a board meeting to block …
 
 
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U.S. Tried but Failed to Kill Yemeni Cleric
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Mark Landler / The Caucus:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Facing possible Tea Party challenger, centrist Snowe moves to the right
Discussion: Wonk Room
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 Earlier Items: 
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
A House Divided: A Content Analysis of Congressional Press Releases on the bin Laden Killing
Discussion: USA Today
New York Times:
Bloomberg to Lay Off Thousands of Teachers
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Ramesh Ponnuru Tries To Lead The Right Out Of The Dark Age, Neil Ferguson Tries To Drag Us Deeper In
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
The Conservative Recovery Continues
Discussion: Washington Monthly