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11:30 PM ET, May 12, 2011

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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich Was More Supportive Of Individual Mandates Than Mitt Romney … Elections 2012 , Newt Gingrich , Romney Health Care , Gingrich Mandates , Gingrich Mandates Health Care , Healt Care Reform , Newt Gingrich Individual Mandate , Newt Health Care , Romney Individual Mandates , Politics News
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Avik Roy / National Review:
Mitt Romney's Illogical, Terrible Health-Care Address  —  Mitt Romney just gave a more articulate defense of Obamacare than President Obama ever has.  He continues to believe that the individual mandate is a good idea, despite the fact that the “free-rider” problem is a myth.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Rand Paul Is Really Crazy  —  When the devoted follower of crackpot cult leader Ayn Rand gets elected to the Senate, you wind up having Congressional hearings filled up with feverish reasoning like this: … Except, of course, we already have a system that establishes the right to health care for elderly Americans.
Discussion: Salon and Top of the Ticket
CNNMoney.com:
Your family's health care costs: $19,393
Discussion: Firedoglake
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: No apologies for Mass. plan
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Aims to Inoculate Himself on Health Care
blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Osama bin Laden to al-Qaeda: 'Don't bother assassinating Joe Biden'  —  US officials have revealed that Osama bin Laden's diaries contain the rather startling conclusion that he didn't think Vice President Joe Biden was worth bumping off (hat tip: a tweet from my New York colleague Jon Swaine).
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John McCain / Washington Post:
Bin Laden's death and the debate over torture  —  Osama bin Laden's welcome death has ignited debate over whether the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques used on enemy prisoners were instrumental in locating bin Laden, and whether they are a justifiable means for gathering intelligence.
Sebastian Rotella / ProPublica:
New Details in the bin Laden Docs: Portrait of a Fugitive Micro-Manager  —  During his final years, Osama bin Laden expressed interest in everything from killing President Obama to his deputies' personalities to an article in an extremist magazine that he didn't like, according …
Washington Post:
Bin Laden's preoccupation with U.S. said to be source of friction with followers  —  U.S. officials said bin Laden had a relatively short list of senior al-Qaeda members whom he was in touch with frequently and directly, albeit through messages smuggled out of the compound by couriers.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
McCain's Rejection of Torture Puts Brakes on Neocon Assault
David Martin / CBS News:
SEAL helmet cams recorded entire bin Laden raid  —  More accurate version of what happened includes details that bin Laden first emerged on third floor, retreated to bedroom after shot fired  —  WASHINGTON - A new picture emerged Thursday of what really happened the night the Navy SEALs swooped …
Discussion: Associated Press and Hot Air
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Juana Summers / The Politico:
Ron Paul wouldn't have approved Osama bin Laden operation
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Tom Coburn Helped Cover Up John Ensign Affair: Senate Ethics Report … John Ensign , Senate Ethics Committee , Tom Coburn , C Street , Coburn Ensign Affair , Coburn John Ensign Affair , Cynthia Hampton , Doug Hampton , John Ensign Affair , John Ensign Scandal , John Ensign Tom Coburn …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate ethics committee: Ensign violated federal laws
Roll Call:
Ensign Accused of Violating Laws, Senate Rules
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
President Obama, Completely Wrong on Reason for High Unemployment  —  CBS's Mark Knoller, covering a town hall on the economy with the president this morning, reports: “President Obama blames high unemployment rate on ‘huge layoffs of government workers’ at federal, state and local levels.”
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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Laid-off government worker to Obama: “What would you do, if you were me?”
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Opposition Grows to White House Executive Order on Contractors  —  Opposition to a White House proposal to require federal contractors to disclose all campaign contributions intensified on Thursday as Republicans - and some Democrats - said it would skew the government's bidding process.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem opposition to disclosure plan grows
Discussion: The Politico and Mother Jones
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:   Democrats slam Issa for rejecting witness
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
I.R.S. Moves to Tax Gifts to Groups Active in Politics  —  Big donors like David H. Koch and George Soros may owe taxes on their millions of dollars in contributions to nonprofit advocacy groups that are playing an increasing role in American politics.  —  The Internal Revenue Service confirmed …
Rich Johnston / Bleeding Cool Comic Book …:
Superman Loves America Again - It's Official  —  In Action Comics #900, a back up strip by David Goyer, showed Superman announcing he was to go to the UN and give up his citizenship of the USA, so to ensure his actions were not mistaken for US government policy.  —  And the news exploded.
Discussion: Big Hollywood and Hot Air
New York Post:
Two men arrested over alleged terror plot in New York  —  Two men arrested in relation to an alleged terror plot in New York City were of Moroccan and Algerian descent, FOX News reported Thursday.  —  Moroccan Mohammad Mamdouh and Algerian Ahmed Serhani were arrested late Wednesday …
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Dem Candidate Targets Asian Vote With Bizarre Ad: ‘We Minorities Should Stick Together’  —  The jury's out on just how seriously Democratic candidate Dan Adler should be taken in the crowded primary to replace departed Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) in California's 36th district …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
NBC Planning News Magazine Show With Brian Williams  —  NBC is developing a new prime-time news magazine show hosted by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, according to people familiar with the matter, as the network's new management attempts to buck NBC's prime-time slump.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Haley Barbour Shrugs As Mississippi Floods  —  Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour just gave small government a whole new meaning.  Small, as in mean and cold-hearted.  While Barbour bows and scrapes to the Conservative God of the Almighty Dollar, people are bracing to lose everything in what could be the worst flooding in history.
LeAnne Gendreau / msnbc.com:
Obama SEAL doll marks bin Laden killing  —  Company's action figure features muscular president with assault rifle  —  Below:  —  NBCConnecticut.com  —  Navy SEALs have become national heroes since news broke that they took down Osama bin Laden, so it's fitting that the newest action figure …
Jessica Calefati / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie won't say if he believes in evolution or creationism  —  JERSEY CITY — Gov. Chris Christie refused to comment when asked if he believes in evolution or the theory of creationism when asked at a press conference earlier today.  —  “That's none of your business,” Christie said.
Axel W. Caballero / The Huffington Post:
Immigrants For Sale  —  Georgia is the latest state to pass an anti-immigrant bill like SB1070, with Governor Nathan Deal expected to sign it tomorrow.  Georgia is also home to the largest private prison in the country.  Coincidence?  Not even close.  —  It's hardly a secret …
Discussion: The Nation and Truthdig
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Despite adviser's warnings, Obama calls bin Laden ‘jihad’ leader  —  It didn't get much attention over the weekend, but, in his interview with “60 Minutes,” President Barack Obama described Osama bin Laden as a leader of a global “jihad.”  That's a word that he and his advisers generally avoid.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Who you calling ‘un-American’?  —  ConocoPhillips, one of the world's largest and most profitable oil companies, yesterday said it's “un-American” to take away taxpayer subsidies from the oil industry.  This wasn't a verbal slip; the comment was put in a press release.
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Facebook Busted in Clumsy Smear on Google  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The social network secretly hired a PR firm to plant negative stories about the search giant, The Daily Beast's Dan Lyons reveals—a caper that is blowing up in their face, and escalating their war.
Michael Moore / MichaelMoore.com:
Some Final Thoughts on the Death of Osama bin Laden  —  “The Nazis killed tens of MILLIONS.  They got a trial.  Why?  Because we're not like them.  We're Americans.  We roll different.”  - Michael Moore in an interview last week  —  Last week, President Obama fulfilled a campaign promise and killed Osama bin Laden.
James Taylor / Endpoint Analysis:
NASA-Funded Group Doctors Sea Level Data  —  Catastrophic sea level rise is one of the most valued hole cards played by alarmists in the global warming debate.  In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore showed computer generated images of what Manhattan would look like if sea level rose 20 feet.
 
 
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Jill Dougherty / CNN:
U.S. State Department condemns ‘odious’ Ugandan anti-gay bill
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Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Ed Schultz To Al Sharpton: Is There ‘Underlying Racism’ Behind Fox News Criticizing Common's WH Invite?
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Black Caucus pushes Obama to ease minorities' economic ‘pain’
Discussion: The Politico
Al Baker / City Room:
Kelly Is Praised as the Man for the Job Atop the F.B.I.
Discussion: PolitickerNY
Jordana Horn / Jerusalem Post:
2 nabbed on suspicion of plotting NY synagogue attack
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Lawsuit revives fears of foreign cash
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: No to debt ceiling if no entitlement cuts
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