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12:40 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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama at fundraiser: Killing Bin Laden should inspire us to finish what we started — by reelecting me  —  He didn't bring up Bin Laden himself — an audience member did — but we're going to be hearing about OBL on the trail from now until election day so we might as well get used to it.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Kerry to visit Pakistan to get relationship on ‘right track’
Discussion: Reuters
Charles Stimson / National Review:
The Bin Laden Killing: Perfectly Legal
Discussion: The Foundry, Hot Air and Telegraph
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
Bin Laden Killing Now Part of Obama Stump Speech
Christian Science Monitor:
Bin Laden son calls burial at sea ‘humiliating’
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
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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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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Wall Street says cuts alone won't fix budget
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.
McKay Coppins / The Daily Beast:
Huntsman's 2012 Buzz Caused Friction With Obama Team  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  With Jon Huntsman gearing up for a 2012 campaign, sources in Beijing tell McKay Coppins exclusively that the ambassador's presidential buzz led to clashes with the White House—and the Chinese government.
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Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Potential presidential candidate Jon Huntsman makes a stop in St. Petersburg
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Top Democrats: Huntsman Would Be Toughest to Beat in 2012; Won't Win GOP Nomination
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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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Daniel Malloy / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Party Lines  —  Post-Gazette.com … Sen. Pat Toomey is serious …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Naked Politics
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
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Kerry: It's time to give up on Assad the reformer  —  Now that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has proven that he has no problem killing peaceful protesters in the streets, some of the most prominent advocates of engaging with the Assad regime are rethinking their views.
Discussion: American Spectator and Instapundit
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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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Ends don't justify the means  —  Bin Laden's death does not warrant the use of torture  —  Demonstrator Maboud Ebrahimzadeh is held down during a simulation of waterboarding outside the Justice Department in Washington.  (Reuters)  —  WHEN US Representative Steve King learned …
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.
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: Prairie Weather
Aluf Benn / Haaretz:
Netanyahu waited too long to strike Iran  —  Aluf Benn reflects on developments in Israel's policies toward Iran, claiming Netanyahu makes ‘hollow threats’.  —  1. Barack Obama's achievement: From the day he assumed office, the president of the United States made preventing an Israeli military strike …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Southern border is more secure, but not thanks to Obama, says Cornyn  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) conceded this week that security on the Mexican border has improved under the Obama administration - but not, he said, because of the president's policies.  —  “We are better than we were …
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 and msk.com
 
 
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