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1:35 PM ET, May 11, 2011

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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Bin Laden death now part of Obama's re-elect message  —  President Obama speaks at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Austin, Tex. Tuesday.  (Jim Young/Reuters)  —  Reporting from Austin, Tex.— Osama bin Laden, mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, is now an applause line in a presidential campaign speech.
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New York Times:
Statement From the Family of Osama bin Laden  —  Statement from the family of Sheikh Osama bin Laden  —  I Omar Ossama Binladin and my brothers the lawful children and heirs of the Ossama Binladin (OBL) have noted wide coverage of the news of the death of our father, but we are not convinced …
Charles Stimson / National Review:
The Bin Laden Killing: Perfectly Legal
Discussion: Hot Air, The Foundry and Telegraph
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
Bin Laden Killing Now Part of Obama Stump Speech
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
And the award for the most ridiculous poll sampling goes to ...  Move over, CBS.  Hang up the kid-leather gloves, WaPo/ABC.  There's a new sample-skewing sheriff in town, and it's the Associated Press.  In a new definition of “outlier,” the AP reported that its latest poll …
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Associated Press:
AP-Gfk poll: Obama approval hits 60 percent  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 percent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Latest AP Poll Sample Skews to Democrats by 17 Points
Discussion: Guardian
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ryan: GOP faces messaging challenge in selling 2012 budget  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that Republicans are running into a “communications challenge” in selling their 2012 budget proposal to Americans.  —  Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee who authored the 2012 budget …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Paul Ryan takes aim at AARP, but misses
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
Daniel Malloy / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Party Lines  —  Post-Gazette.com … Sen. Pat Toomey is serious …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Naked Politics
Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Galleon's Rajaratnam Found Guilty  —  Updated  —  Raj Rajaratnam, the billionaire investor who once ran one of the world's largest hedge funds, was found guilty of fraud and conspiracy on Wednesday by a federal jury in Manhattan.  He is the most prominent figure convicted in the government's crackdown …
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Reuters:
Sweeping guilty verdict against Rajaratnam
Discussion: Truthdig
Bloomberg:
Boehner's Views on Economy Contradicted by Studies  —  House Speaker John Boehner, giving Wall Street leaders his prescriptions for growing the U.S. economy and reducing the nation's debt, built his case on several assertions that are contradicted by market indicators and government reports.
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Wall Street says cuts alone won't fix budget
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Potential presidential candidate Jon Huntsman makes a stop in St. Petersburg  —  Jon Huntsman and his wife, Mary Kaye, met with potential donors Tuesday night in Snell Isle in St. Petersburg.  Homeowner James MacDougald introduced Huntsman.  Al Austin, standing by the chair, led Tampa's successful bid for the 2012 GOP convention.
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McKay Coppins / The Daily Beast:
Huntsman's 2012 Buzz Caused Friction With Obama Team
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Top Democrats: Huntsman Would Be Toughest to Beat in 2012; Won't Win GOP Nomination
Discussion: New York Magazine
Wall Street Journal:
President to Renew Muslim Outreach  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is preparing a fresh outreach to the Muslim world in coming days, senior U.S. officials say, one that will ask those in the Middle East and beyond to reject Islamic militancy in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death and embrace a new era of relations with the U.S.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Obama hits Fox News  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama used an immigration speech Tuesday to take a jab at News Corporation CEO, Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News Channel.  —  Obama quoted the CEO, an Australian native, who said “Immigrants have made America great as the world leader in business …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Same-sex marriage and the '16 nomination  —  It's basically self-parody here at POLITICO to write about the 2016 presidential campaign, and I don't plan to do it much.  But I thought it was worth passing on a point Bob Shrum made to me yesterday about one of the three or four Democrats already operating …
Galactic Empire Times:
Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Dead, Vader Says  —  CORUSCANT — Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mastermind of some of the most devastating attacks on the Galactic Empire and the most hunted man in the galaxy, was killed in a firefight with Imperial forces near Alderaan, Darth Vader announced on Sunday.
Kevin Lamarque / The Atlantic Online:
How Perpetual War Became U.S. Ideology  —  Since the last realist president, George H.W. Bush, left office, two groups— neoconservatives and liberal interventionists—have overtaken American foreign policy  —  The United States has found itself in a seemingly endless series of wars over the past two decades.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
White House backs down after subpoena threat from Rep. Issa  —  The Obama administration will send an official to testify at a House Oversight Committee hearing after Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) threatened to issue a subpoena.  —  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …
Discussion: FrumForum and Hot Air
Jim McNerney / Wall Street Journal:
Boeing Is Pro-Growth, Not Anti-Union  —  Washington's actions have assaulted the capitalist principles that have sustained America's competitiveness since it became the world's largest economy nearly 140 years ago.  —  Deep into the recent recession, Boeing decided to invest more than $1 billion in a new factory in South Carolina.
The Business Insider:
Irish Bombshell: Government Raids PRIVATE Pensions To Pay For Spending  —  The Irish government plans to institute a tax on private pensions to drive jobs growth, according to its jobs program strategy, delivered today.  —  Without the ability sell debt due to soaring interest rates …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Market Ticker
Erik Hedegaard / Rolling Stone:
Donald Trump Lets His Hair Down  —  A conversation with the host of The Celebrity Apprentice  —  Like you, we've always wondered what's inside Donald Trump's wallet.  So, on a recent visit to his office at the top of Trump Tower in Manhattan, the epicenter of his vast real estate empire …
Discussion: CNN
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Palin and the Curse of a Thin Skin  —  In the June Atlantic, Joshua Green has a terrific piece called “The Tragedy of Sarah Palin” that gets at the maddening aspect of Palin's gifts and strengths as a politician better than any single article has with the exception of Yuval Levin's COMMENTARY piece two years ago.
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
GOP frosh protest Dems' rhetoric on Medicare  —  A group of House Republican freshmen, tired of getting hammered on Medicare, is leading a fresh protest against Democrats' tactics on the senior citizen health care program.  —  Rep. Adam Kinzinger sent a letter to the White House Tuesday signed …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
IRS gift tax move could hit new anonymous groups  —  The Internal Revenue Service appears to have begun to enforce a tax on gifts to the non-profit organizations that were a key vehicle for anonymous politics in the last five years and had promised to play a large role in the presidential cycle …
Discussion: Firedoglake, msk.com and Don Surber
NBC New York:
NJ State Police “Outraged” Over Rapper Invite to White House  —  Common at the 2011 Common Ground Foundation gala fundraiser at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago last month.  —  The invitation of rapper Common to the White House this week is drawing the ire of the union representing New Jersey state police.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The New York Times hires a fabulous fabulist  —  Simply The Best  —  A while back I wrote about the recent media tour of James B Stewart, the author a recent book called Tangled Web: How American Society is Drowning in Lies about the culture of lying in America.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Peace Corps Volunteers Speak Out on Rape  —  WASHINGTON — Jess Smochek arrived in Bangladesh in 2004 as a 23-year-old Peace Corps volunteer with dreams of teaching English and “helping the world.”  She left six weeks later a rape victim after being brutalized in an alley by a knife-wielding gang.
Discussion: The Raw Story and msnbc.com
Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
Palin and Trump: It's complicated  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and businessman Donald Trump have formed a political bond, one united by their populist ideology and contempt for the mainstream media.  —  Their kinship grew during the height of the birther controversy.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Prairie Weather
Lindsey Boerma / NationalJournal.com:
Trump Stumped: No Big Announcement on Celebrity Apprentice Finale  —  Reset your DVRs!  You can make that Sunday night dinner with mom after all: Contrary to his own personally advanced hype, Donald Trump will not be making any kind of announcement about his presidential plans on the Celebrity Apprentice season finale.
 
 
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Brian Calle / Orange Punch:
Lifeguarding in OC is totally lucrative; some make over $200k
Discussion: RedState and Wizbang
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Health Care Is Expensive Because America Pays High Prices For Health Care Services
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Kerry to visit Pakistan to get relationship on ‘right track’
Discussion: Reuters
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Presbyterians Approve Ordination of Gay People
Hannah Northey / New York Times:
GAO: Death of Yucca Mountain Caused by Political Maneuvering
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Ends don't justify the means
Fox News:
Navy Halts Move to Allow Gay Marriages by Chaplains After Complaints From Lawmakers
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
New to Teaching, Idealistic, at Risk for Layoff
Discussion: Gawker and Joanne Jacobs
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Federal Retreat on Bigger Loans Rattles Housing
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Source: Retired general to run for Senate as Democrat in Texas
Discussion: Reuters and The Politico
Aluf Benn / Haaretz:
Netanyahu waited too long to strike Iran
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Neo-Nazi Father Is Killed; Son, 10, Steeped in Beliefs, Is Accused
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Guardian
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Southern border is more secure, but not thanks to Obama, says Cornyn
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
New York Times Magazine Relies upon Faked Research to Smear Military
Discussion: Pajamas Media