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4:30 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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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 …
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 …
Daily Mail:
This just in from London-istan: Violent clashes outside U.S. Embassy after hundreds of UK Muslims stage mock funeral for ‘murdered’ Bin Laden  —  Violent clashes broke out around the world today as thousands of supporters of Osama bin Laden took to the streets to protest at the Al-Qaeda leader's death.
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 …
Washington Post:
CIA spied on bin Laden from safe house
Discussion: msnbc.com, Guardian, CNN and In the Arena
Fox News:   Pakistan Forces Arrest 40 Suspects Connected to Bin Laden
Washington Post:
Suspected U.S. strike kills 15 near militant hub in Pakistan tribal area
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Bin Laden in Pakistan: Sen. Carl Levin ‘Deeply Disturbed’
Discussion: Politics and TPMDC
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
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 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
Aaron Y. Zelin / JIHADOLOGY:
New statement from al-Q'idah: “You Lived Benevolent and Died a Martyr: Statement on the Death of Usmah Bin Lden”  —  Update 5/6 8:39 AM: Via CNN, here is an English translation of the below statement:  —  Al-Qaeda statement calls the day " a historic day of the days of the great Islamic umma …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
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Mallory Simon / This Just In:
Full statement from al Qaeda on Osama bin Laden's death
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Slate Magazine:
Cats of War  —  The Pentagon's top-secret feline special-operations program, revealed.  —  RECOMMEND...  The American commando team that killed Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, reportedly included a dog, sparking furious speculation about the dog's identity and discussion of the role of canines in war.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
DeMint Tries To Spin Away His Past Support For RomneyCare (VIDEO)  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) takes Dave Weigel for a spin in South Carolina.  In 2007 DeMint endorsed Mitt Romney for President — indeed, served as his campaign co-chair — but reportedly won't do so again unless Romney disavows …
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Jim DeMint on Romneycare (The Health Care Plan Signed by the Guy He Endorsed in 2008)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Ramesh Ponnuru Tries To Lead The Right Out Of The Dark Age, Neil Ferguson Tries To Drag Us Deeper In  —  Alongside complaints about the dark age of economic understanding into which monetary policy cranks like Paul Ryan have led the right, it's worth hailing the efforts of those like Ramesh Ponnuru …
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.
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
New York Times:
Bloomberg to Lay Off Thousands of Teachers  —  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg intends to eliminate 4,278 teaching jobs through layoffs, and about 1,500 through attrition, marking the first significant layoffs of teachers since the fiscal crisis of the 1970s.  —  The slashing of jobs are part …
 
 
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