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11:40 PM ET, May 7, 2011


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Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden Videos Released by Government  —  The government today released five videos found in Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, showing the al Qaeda leader preparing a message to the United States and watching himself on television.  —  The first was a previously …
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Videos From Bin Laden's Hide-Out Released  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Saturday released five videos recovered from Osama bin Laden's hide-out in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that show him threatening the United States, condemning capitalism and, in the most candid scenes, watching news coverage of himself on television.
Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Releases bin Laden Videos  —  The U.S. government released five videos of Osama bin Laden that were seized during the raid on his compound in Pakistan and which help show, a senior intelligence official said, that his hideout was an “active command-and-control center” for al Qaeda.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Salon
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Osama Bin Laden was still in control, U.S. says
Videos show Osama bin Laden's secret life
Discussion: The Wire, Hot Air and TPMDC
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden's Anti-U.S. Strategy: Exploit Minority Converts
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Gothamist
U.S. officials unveil videos of bin Laden
Noam Chomsky /
My Reaction to Osama bin Laden's Death  —  We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush's compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.  —  It's increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law.
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Death of Osama bin Laden: Phone call pointed U.S. to compound — and to ‘the pacer’  —  It seemed an innocuous, catch-up phone call.  Last year Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the pseudonym for a Pakistani known to U.S. intelligence as the main courier for Osama bin Laden, took a call from an old friend.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Noam Chomsky: “It's increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law."  —  “There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition …
Illinois Review:
Palatine Tea Party begins to boil: Failed Priorities of IL Senate Republicans  —  PALATINE — Unfortunately, the Illinois Republican Party continues to turn a deaf ear to the Tea Party activists and grassroots that voted Republican in the 2010 election, putting an Illinois Republican …
Times of India:
Pakistan breaches trust, names local CIA boss  —  WASHINGTON: Amid bitter, recriminatory exchanges between the United States and Pakistan over the Osama bin Laden extermination, planned bilateral visits of President Asif Ali Zardari to Washington DC and a return trip of President Barack Obama to Islamabad are both in jeopardy.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Why Pakistan knew it could hide Osama  —  As my old friends at The Spectator in London pointed out Monday morning, I scooped the entire planet in breaking the news of Osama bin Laden's death: “Osama bin Laden is dead, says Mark Steyn.”  This was in The Spectator's edition of June 29, 2002, which turned out to be a wee bit premature.
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Face That Screamed War's Pain Looks Back, 6 Hard Years Later  —  MOSUL, Iraq — Until the past week, Samar Hassan had never glimpsed the photograph of her that millions had seen, never knew it had become one of the most famous images of the Iraq war.  —  “My brother was sick …
Discussion: Poynter and BAGnewsNotes
Larry O'Connor /
Video Catches Obama Passing Secret Note to Air Force General  —  The scene took place two hours after the President gave the order to launch the raid on Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.
Discussion: Mediaite
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
GOP vow to block nominees makes Warren more likely  —  A promise by Senate Republicans to block anyone President Obama nominates to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has increased the likelihood that Elizabeth Warren will get the job.  —  The president has little choice but to use …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Eric Greitens / Wall Street Journal:
The SEAL Sensibility  —  From a member of the elite force, an inside look at the brutal training and secret work of the commandos who got Osama bin Laden.  —  At Camp Pendleton in California, where I did my initial weapons training, we must have fired thousands of rounds at practice-range targets printed …
Discussion: neo-neocon
Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
“We Dare Not Let This Happen” (But Don't Support Doing Anything About It)  —  Dean Baker is frustrated with a Washington Post editorial telling the public there's nothing we can do about the unemployment problem, a problem it cannot even characterize correctly (see Dean on this point).  Me too.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Andrew Breitbart on mainstream media's “contempt” for Americans  —  Conservative publisher Andrew Brietbart sat down for an extensive interview with Friday in which he discussed his disdain for the mainstream media, offered his perspective on the Republican presidential field …
Alexander Marlow /
Andrew Breitbart on Mainstream Media's ‘Contempt’ for Americans
Discussion: Power Line
Afghanistan: Fierce fighting follows Kandahar attack  —  Heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades have reportedly been used by both sides  —  Intense fighting is taking place in Afghanistan's second city of Kandahar amid co-ordinated militant attacks, including at least six suicide bombs.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
‘Co-ordinated attacks’ hit Afghan city
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Barack Obama: Clean energy will deliver the ‘jobs of the future’  —  For the third weekend in a row, President Barack Obama used his weekly address to the nation on Saturday to promote his energy agenda, calling clean energy jobs the “jobs of the future.”  —  Speaking from the Allison …
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Paul Krugman:
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The rise and rise of a pity-for-Osama lobby
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