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11:30 PM ET, May 6, 2011


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Michael Hirsh /
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.
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 …
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.
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: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
Torture May Have Slowed Hunt For Bin Laden, Not Hastened It … Torture apologists are reaching precisely the wrong conclusion from the back-story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, say experienced interrogators and intelligence professionals.  —  Defenders of the Bush administration's interrogation policies …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, PERRspectives and FrumForum
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 …
New York Times:
Probing Link to Bin Laden, U.S. Tells Pakistan to Name Agents
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to special ops team that killed bin Laden: ‘Job well done’
Discussion: The Politico and Fox Nation
Matt Hadro /
Michael Moore: You ‘Hate Being an American’ If You Wanted Bin Laden Killed Without a Trial
Discussion: Examiner and Fire Andrea Mitchell!
Daily Mail:
This just in from London-istan: Violent clashes outside U.S. Embassy after hundreds of UK Muslims …
Santorum: Obama doesn't understand America  —  Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had a ballroom packed with South Carolina Republican insiders all to himself on Friday night when he addressed the state party's annual fundraising banquet in Columbia.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Graham to absentees: Come next time
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Huntsman: ‘Things are moving pretty quickly’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Conservative Bloggers Contend That President Obama Hates the American Flag
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.”
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Tried but Failed to Kill Yemeni Cleric  —  A U.S. drone strike in Yemen Thursday was aimed at killing Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric suspected of orchestrating terrorist attacks in the U.S, but the missile missed its target, according to Yemeni and U.S. officials.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Drone Strike in Yemen Was Aimed at Awlaki
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Politics of Solipsism  —  The United States, as you know, was founded as a republic, not simply as a democracy.  The distinction has been lost over the past few decades, but it is an important one.  —  The believers in a democracy have unlimited faith in the character and judgment …
Some unions would drop official status instead of recertifying  —  By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — If Gov. Scott Walker's union bargaining measure becomes law and forces do-or-die recertification votes for public employee unions, some large public unions may simply skip …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Try Not to Think of a Waterboard  —  Everyone's talking about how we shouldn't talk about “torture.”  —  (Best of the Tube Tonight: We'll be on “Hannity” as part of the “Great American Panel.”  Fox News Channel, 9 p.m. ET, with a repeat showing at midnight ET.)
David Weigel / Weigel:
Jim DeMint on Romneycare (The Health Care Plan Signed by the Guy He Endorsed in 2008)  —  GREENVILLE, SC — Sen. Jim DeMint endorsed Mitt Romney in the last GOP primary, back when he was just a freshman senator and his endorsement didn't mean so much.  Now he's recognized as one of the political icons …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
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 …
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 …
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