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11:55 PM ET, May 12, 2011

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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.
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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
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Scott Brown hails Romney's ‘courage’ in healthcare speech
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: No apologies for Mass. plan
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
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
McCain's Rejection of Torture Puts Brakes on Neocon Assault
The Note:
John McCain: Waterboarding, Torture Did Not Help Hunt for Osama Bin Laden
Discussion: HotAirPundit and Political Insider
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 …
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Fran Townsend / CNN:
Sources: U.S. grills ‘hostile’ bin Laden wives, via Pakistan officials  —  (CNN) — Three of Osama bin Laden's wives have been interrogated by U.S. intelligence officers under the supervision of Pakistani's intelligence service, according to sources in both governments.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Reuters
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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Roll Call:
Ensign Accused of Violating Laws, Senate Rules
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate ethics committee: Ensign violated federal laws
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?”
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
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Ron Paul wouldn't have approved Osama bin Laden operation  —  Ron Paul says he would not have authorized the mission that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, and that President Barack Obama should have worked with the Pakistani government instead of authorizing a raid.
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John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Ron Paul Says He Wouldn't Have Ordered Bin Laden Raid
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.
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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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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Google Near DOJ Settlement Over Online Drug Ads
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
CNNMoney.com:
Your family's health care costs: $19,393
Discussion: Firedoglake
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Lawsuit revives fears of foreign cash
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Third Party candidate in NY-26 labels video dirty trick
Discussion: WBEN, NY Daily News and The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Opposition Grows to White House Executive Order on Contractors
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Kerry: Libya mission a ‘stalemate’
Discussion: FrumForum and The Page
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Is College a Rotten Investment?
Wendell Potter / The Huffington Post:
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Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Barack Obama's Grandmother Threatened By Al Qaeda
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, Mediaite and FrumForum