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1:25 PM ET, May 8, 2011


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Stephanie Coontz / New York Times:
When We Hated Mom  —  ONE of the most enduring myths about feminism is that 50 years ago women who stayed home full time with their children enjoyed higher social status and more satisfying lives than they do today.  All this changed, the story goes, when Betty Friedan published her 1963 best seller …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Christiane Amanpour / ABCNEWS:
Donilon: Osama Bin Laden Did Not Surrender  —  White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon appears on ‘This Week with Christiane Amanpour.’ Fred Watkins/ABC News  —  Osama bin Laden did not surrender, said White House national security advisor Tom Donilon.
Discussion: CNN
Times of India:
Pakistan breaches trust, names local CIA boss
Discussion: The Talking Dog and Weasel Zippers
Egyptian Copts, reeling from violence, want protection  —  From Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Ian Lee, For CNN  —  Cairo (CNN) — Muslim-Christian sectarian violence intensified in Egypt this weekend, spurring an emergency meeting of the Cabinet and public exhortations from Coptic Christians for international protection.
Associated Press:
Muslim-Christian Clashes Kill 5 in Cairo
Discussion: Israel Matzav and FrumForum
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Killing Evil Doesn't Make Us Evil  —  I don't want closure.  There is no closure after tragedy.  —  I want memory, and justice, and revenge.  —  When you're dealing with a mass murderer who bragged about incinerating thousands of Americans and planned to kill countless more …
Daily Mail:
Robed Muslim clerics kicked off U.S. flight after pilot refuses to take off with them (and they were en route to conference on Islamophobia)  —  Two Muslim religious leaders were asked to leave a commercial airliner in Memphis - and were told it was because the pilot refused to fly with them aboard.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Beth Shayne / WCNC-TV:
Muslim men say they were taken off flight to Charlotte
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Now, to Find a Parking Spot, Drivers Look on Their Phones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It is the urban driver's most agonizing everyday experience: the search for an empty parking place.  —  It is part sleuthing and part blood sport.  Circling, narrowly missing a spot, outmaneuvering other motorists …
Discussion: Yglesias, Althouse and Eschaton
John / Power Line:
Time to Celebrate?  —  No doubt, very few of those who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 anticipated that the high point of his administration would be the extra-judicial killing of a terrorist leader by a team of Navy SEALs.  This, as our involvement in Iraq winds down on the Bush administration's timetable …
Discussion: Bookworm Room
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
In Another Universe  —  Think Progress returns to Silsbee, Texas, where a deplorable sexual assault of a cheerleader by a star athlete took place.  —  The timeline of events is not controversial, yet Think Progress simply can't or won't present the facts accurately.  And the facts do seem to matter.
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
If You Have the Answers, Tell Me  —  AFTER more than a quarter-century as a professional economist, I have a confession to make: There is a lot I don't know about the economy.  Indeed, the area of economics where I have devoted most of my energy and attention — the ups and downs of the business cycle …
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / Pajamas Media:
Thoughts on a Surreal Depression  —  Here in Fresno County, in the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley, the official unemployment rate in February to March ranged between 18.1 and 18.8 percent.  I suspect it is higher in the poorer southwestern portions, especially near my hometown of Selma, about two miles from my farm.
Discussion: EconLog
Greg Allen / NPR:
Florida Bill Could Muzzle Doctors On Gun Safety … Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign a bill that will make the state the first in the nation to prohibit doctors from asking patients if they own guns.  The bill is aimed particularly at pediatricians, who routinely ask new parents …
The Huffington Post:
Nearly Half Of Detroit's Adults Are Functionally Illiterate, Report Finds … Detroit's population fell by 25 percent in the last decade.  And of those that stuck around, nearly half of them are functionally illiterate, a new report finds.  —  According to estimates by The National Institute for Literacy …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
The Post Bombards Readers With Misinformation About Jobs and the Economy
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Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
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Bin Laden's Secret Life in a Diminished World
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Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Why Pakistan knew it could hide Osama
Discussion: Hot Air
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Video Catches Obama Passing Secret Note to Air Force General
Discussion: Mediaite