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3:05 PM ET, May 7, 2011

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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.
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Daily Mail:
ZAWAHIRI: THE EGYPTIAN TERROR BOSS SET TO REPLACE BIN LADEN  —  Ayman Al Zawahiri met Osama Bin Laden in the mid-1980s while supporting mujahideen guerrillas fighting Soviets in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.  —  The Egyptian was born in Cairo in 1951 to a prominent family …
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Osama Bin Laden was still in control, U.S. says  —  Osama bin Laden maintained operational control of Al Qaeda from his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Saturday, citing material found in the compound.  —  “This compound in Abbottabad was an active command …
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
msnbc.com:
New details about bin Laden being released  —  Meanwhile, Pakistani officials say terror chief may have lived there for more than 7 years  —  Below:  —  WASHINGTON — Video footage recorded at Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbotabad, Pakistan, show the terrorist leader watching news coverage of himself on television.
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden Raid: Al Qaeda ‘Playbook’ Revealed  —  U.S. intelligence is now in possession of a veritable “playbook” of al Qaeda operations — from potential terror attack targets to information on international safe houses and top commanders — thanks to the Navy SEAL raid that took …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Atlas Shrugs
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden's Anti-U.S. Strategy: Exploit Minority Converts
Discussion: Gothamist
New York Times:
U.S. Demands More From Pakistan in Bin Laden Inquiry
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
msnbc.com:
Meanwhile, Pakistani officials say terror chief may have lived there for more than 7 years
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: BAGnewsNotes
Noam Chomsky / guernicamag.com:
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.
Discussion: Althouse, Reuters and Washington Wire
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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Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog:
Weekly Address: Clean Energy to Out-Innovate the Rest of the World
Discussion: CNN
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Kloppenburg Laying Foundation To Delegitimize Inevitable Prosser Win  —  The recount in Wisconsin is moving along pretty much as expected given the history of recounts in Wisconsin: There hasn't been much change in the vote count.  —  As of the end of the day yesterday, with 82% of the voting units in …
BBC:
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
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Aljazeera:
‘Co-ordinated attacks’ hit Afghan city
Discussion: Politics and The Agonist
CNN:
Muslim group: two imams pulled from plane bound for North Carolina  —  (CNN) — An airline is investigating the removal of two imams from a flight headed to North Carolina, ostensibly because passengers felt uncomfortable with their presence of the pair — both clad in Islamic attire.
Paul Krugman:
Shadow of the Torturers  —  After reading John Yoo's attack on the president for not taking Osama alive and bringing him to Gitmo, I thought I might take a minute to explain something I sometimes say.  Once in a while I mention, in passing, that the Bush administration saw torturing people as a plus, not a cost.
Ben Bowens / CBS Philly:
Police: IED Found Near Chester Train Tracks  —  CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) - Chester police are urging vigilance after they found an improvised explosive device, this afternoon, near Amtrak and Septa railroad tracks and the Commodore Barry Bridge.  —  Police say the device consisted of two bottles with a yellow liquid inside.
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
You Call That Tough?  —  The only thing missing from Preet Bharara's press conference was the blaring of trumpets.  —  It was Tuesday, and the U.S. attorney in Manhattan was proudly unveiling a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank that his office had filed that morning.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Brendan O'Neill / spiked-online.com:
The rise and rise of a pity-for-Osama lobby  —  The chattering classes' ‘uncomfortable feeling’ with the killing of bin Laden is underpinned more by moral cowardice than political principle.  —  How did 'I hate bin Laden and I'm glad he's dead' become the most shocking thing one can say in polite society?
Discussion: National Review
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
More U.S. Oil Drilling Won't Lower Gas Prices, Experts Say … WASHINGTON — Republicans used the politically potent argument about the cost of gas Thursday to pass a bill expanding offshore oil and gas exploration.  But analysts say there's a major flaw in their case: More drilling will barely budge prices.
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama: Nation can't drill its way out of soaring gas prices
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
CNN:
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.
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