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10:35 AM ET, May 12, 2011


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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Running Mate  —  Mitt Romney's ObamaCare problem.  —  Mitt Romney travels to Ann Arbor today to deliver what his campaign bills as a major address laying out his “2012 principles for health-care reform.”  These are likely to be sensible, but what we'll be listening for is how he explains …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and
Members of Congress see bin Laden photos  —  Washington (CNN) — More members of Congress are seeing something cleared for only a select group of Americans: Photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse.  —  Republican Sen. James Inhofe told CNN's Eliot Spitzer on Wednesday he saw about 15 photos of bin Laden's body …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Ron Paul would not have ordered bin Laden mission  —  Likely GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul said this week he would not have authorized the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, raising concerns about international law.  —  Paul, a congressman from Texas with a libertarian bent …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hotline On Call
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Rep. Schakowsky: Young people felt like America was ‘kind of a loser’ until after OBL ‘murder’
Discussion: Althouse
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: ‘Easy’ to criticize W.H. show  —  Sarah Palin threw some more fuel onto the fire of the Drudge Report-led controversy swirling around the White House's decision to host the rapper Common at a celebration of poetry.  —  “It is just too easy,” Palin said of criticizing the decision …
Discussion: CNN, The Note and Big Hollywood
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Weighing a White House Bid as Opening a Door to Past Pain  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Cheri Daniels has made no secret of her distaste for politics.  She did not campaign for her husband, Mitch Daniels, during two races for governor.  She did not fully move into the governor's mansion after his election.
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Am I Running? Ask My Wife
Discussion: The Page
Southern Fried Scientist / Southern Fried Science:
Florida Senate fails basic biology, accidentally outlaws sex.  —  Question: If your elected officials fail basic taxonomy, promote anti-science curriculum, and consistently attempt to undermine the fundamental unpinning of all biology, what happens when they start trying to legislate from this flawed view of reality?
John Cogan / Wall Street Journal:
The Millionaire Retirees Next Door  —  Typical retired couples will collect $1 million or more in Social Security and Medicare.  This is more than they paid in, and the cost will fall on today's workers.  —  Readers may recall the 1950s TV show, “The Millionaire,” which portrayed stories …
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: BBC, FP Passport and FrumForum
Al Baker / New York Times:
Two Men Arrested in New York Terror Case  —  Two men who the authorities said intended to carry out a terrorist attack in New York City were arrested late Wednesday, two law enforcement officials said.  —  Details were not immediately available, and the identities of the men were not released.
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
WikiLeaks Threatens Its Own Leakers With $20 Million Penalty  —  Julian Assange.  Photo: Wikimedia Commons  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange now makes his associates sign a draconian nondisclosure agreement that, among other things, asserts that the organization's huge trove of leaked material is …
New York Times:
Mr. Gingrich's Intolerant History  —  Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and latest entrant in the Republican presidential field, has money, experience and name recognition.  His introductory video is all serenity and hope, a deceptively calm way for many voters to meet a splenetic politician …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Seeks Reset in Arab World  —  WASHINGTON — For President Obama, the killing of Osama bin Laden is more than a milestone in America's decade-long battle against terrorism.  It is a chance to recast his response to the upheaval in the Arab world after a frustrating stretch in which the stalemate …
The Atlantic Online:
Why Not Charge People to See Bin Laden's Death Photo?
Melinda Henneberger / Time:
The Cool Kid  —  Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman has just proved he can keep 1,100 graduating college kids awake for 17 minutes — and even led them in a popular local cheer about kicking ass.  But Obama's lean, understated former ambassador to China is really here to prove …
William D. Cohan / Opinionator:
Don't Let Go of the Anger  —  One of the most frustrating facts of the recently abated financial crisis is that those who might have been partly responsible for it have got off scot-free.  The only two people prosecuted criminally — the Bear Stearns hedge fund managers Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Greg / New York Communities for Change:
May 12'ers taking over NYC!
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Dan Berman / The Politico:
What to watch when Big Oil testifies  —  It's a tradition in Washington: the annual Capitol Hill version of the perp walk for Big Oil.  —  This time, Senate Democrats are hauling the top executives of five major private oil companies to the Finance Committee to rap them on the knuckles …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Interview With Warren Farrell, The Author Of “Why Men Are the Way They Are.”  —  I really enjoyed Warren Farrell's incredibly insightful book, Why Men Are the Way They Are.  In fact, I liked it so much I put together a list of quotations from the book.  I've also just finished one of his other books, The Myth of Male Power.
Discussion: YID With LID
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
Democrats Increasingly Scared Of Angering Deep Pockets, Survey Says … WASHINGTON — Democratic congressional staffers are increasingly wary of alienating corporate lobbyists for fear of inciting a massive advertising blitz against their bosses, according to an informal survey by the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Marisa Guthrie / Reuters:
Michael Moore joins new Olbermann venture  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Liberal news anchor Keith Olbermann has tapped filmmaker Michael Moore and comedian Richard Lewis as contributors for his upcoming Current TV program, the network said on Wednesday
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Trump blames Ryan budget for GOP woes in NY special election  —  If Republican Jane Corwin goes down in defeat in the May 24 special election in New York's 26th congressional district, blame Rep. Paul Ryan's (R) budget, Donald Trump said Wednesday.  —  Trump, speaking in the first-in-the …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Cindy McCain to Glenn Beck: ‘Enough vitriol and hate’  —  Cindy McCain says she's had enough of Glenn Beck's “vitriol and hate.”  —  Her comments, via Twitter Wednesday, came after the conservative Fox News host criticized a public-service announcement on the dangers of skin cancer in which her daughter, Meghan McCain, appeared.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Erica Ho /
Survey: 85% of New College Grads Move Back in with Mom and Dad  —  The kids are coming home to roost.  —  Surprise, surprise: Thanks to a high unemployment rate for new grads, many of those with diplomas fresh off the press are making a return to Mom and Dad's place.
J.P. Morgan's hunt for Afghan gold  —  A team of bankers starts to tap the country's vast mineral riches, with help from the Pentagon.  —  By James Bandler, editor-at-large  —  Villagers assembled for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the gold mine in Qara Zaghan.
Discussion: The Big Picture
Larry O'Connor /
ACORN's Bertha Lewis Sings ‘Wal-Mart Sucks’ at Church Service  —  This defies any further explanation.
Discussion: Verum Serum and The Other McCain
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
The Monkey Cage Named “Blog of the Year”  —  As Henry alluded to, and Seth Masket already noticed, The Monkey Cage was named “Blog of the Year” by The Week at an a dinner tonight hosted by David Gregory of NBC.  Here is a write-up of the award.  Previous winners of the award—listed here …
Denmark announces decision to reintroduce border controls ahead of Schengen meeting  —  Denmark is to reintroduce controls at its EU borders with Germany and Sweden in an attempt to curb crime and illegal immigration, ahead of today's [Thu] meeting in Brussels that will discuss the visa-free Schengen zone.
Discussion: National Review
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Obama SEAL doll marks bin Laden killing
Associated Press:
Minn. Senate OKs Vote on Gay-Marriage Ban
Robert A. Cronkleton / Kansas City Star:
Photo of pat-down of baby at KCI goes worldwide
Alkman Granitsas / Wall Street Journal:
Greeks Strike Over New Austerity Proposals
Discussion: Reuters and The Foundry
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Battle over national debt ceiling has negotiation experts shaking their heads
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Hill
Washington Post:
Guantanamo Bay detainees' family members may be allowed to visit
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and FrumForum
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Obama plan for health care quality dealt a setback
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The Atlantic Online:
I Feel Like a Black Republican
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rep. Lungren blasts Obama's joke about moats and alligators for border security
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul: If You Believe In A Right To Health Care, ‘You Believe In Slavery’
Discussion: Lez Get Real
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
How Microsoft Caused the DotCom Bubble and why their Skype ‘Hail Mary’ is irrelevant
Discussion: TigerHawk
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Critical Letter By Catholics Cites Boehner On Policies