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3:00 PM ET, May 12, 2011

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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.
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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 …
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 …
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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
The Note:
Has Mitt Romney's Massachusetts Health Care Law Worked?
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Daniels solves Cheri problem?  —  It's long been public, if in a quiet way, that Mitch Daniels' wife's jitters were central to his decision, and that they related to her not wanting media scrutiny on the period in the ‘90s when she left him for another guy.  —  Daniels’ hesitation has now forced …
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Am I Running? Ask My Wife
Discussion: The Page
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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Scott Wong / The Politico:
Jim Inhofe: Bin Laden photos ‘pretty graphic’
Discussion: USA Today
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Ron Paul would not have ordered bin Laden mission
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 …
Discussion: National Review and Gothamist
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Associated Press:
Two Men Arrested Over Alleged Synagogue Plot in New York
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: The Note, Wonkette, CNN and Big Hollywood
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David Weigel / Slate Magazine:
People Who Liked This Candidate Also Liked ...  Like This Story  —  Follow Slate's Politics … - Vermont's Not-So-Secret Plan To Bring Canadian-Style Health Care Into America- Neo-Nazi Plumber Murder: Can a Court Deny Child Custody to a Parent Who's a White Supremacist?
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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 …
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Madison Gray / newsfeed.time.com:
Introducing: The Barack Obama SEAL Team Six Action Figure
Bcook / Fox Nation:
The Barack Obama SEAL Team Six Action Figure
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and BLACKFIVE
The Atlantic Online:
GOP Aide: Republicans Not ‘Intellectually Honest’ on Taxes  —  House Speaker John Boehner said he will not agree to any budget compromise that raises taxes, even if it threatens our debt limit, in a speech Monday to the Economic Club of New York.  His message was consistent with the GOP's platform …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Jim Lehrer to step down from daily broadcast at ‘NewsHour’  —  Jim Lehrer, who has anchored PBS's “NewsHour” program for 36 years, said Thursday morning that he is stepping down from the daily broadcast, ending the longest run of a national anchorman.  —  Lehrer, 76, said he would leave …
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Simon Marks / Online NewsHour:
Jim Lehrer Stepping Down From Regular Anchor Role on PBS NewsHour
Discussion: The Washington Note
The Week Magazine:
John Sides and The Monkey Cage: Blogger of The Year  —  Meet the winner of The Week's Blogger of the Year award  —  The Politico's Politico  —  Nate Silver became a superstar during the 2008 election by bringing serious statistical rigor to the horse-race coverage of presidential polling.
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John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
The Monkey Cage Named “Blog of the Year”
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Barack Obama's Grandmother Threatened By Al Qaeda  —  Security has been increased around the home of President Barack Obama's step-grandmother in Kenya after an African al Qaeda branch issued a personal threat against her, police said today.  —  Kenyan police told ABC News they are patrolling round …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, Mediaite and FrumForum
Melinda Henneberger / Time:
Jon Huntsman: The Would Be Republican Presidential Candidate Democrats Most Fear  —  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.
Annie Lowrey / Slate Magazine:
Is College a Rotten Investment?  —  Why student loans are not like subprime mortgages.  —  Here's a familiar story.  Americans had a near-religious belief in the soundness of this investment.  Uncle Sam encouraged it with tax breaks and subsidized it with government-backed loans.
Discussion: Yglesias and Democracy in America
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Trump to Write Policy Book  —  Reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump is working on a policy book, which Regnery Publishing will release in conjunction with his potential presidential campaign, RCP has learned.  —  Regnery intends to place the book on a crash schedule …
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Org prepares for post-Newt future  —  American Solutions, the organization that served as Newt Gingrich's political flagship until he jumped into the presidential race, is planning to forge ahead as a candidate training and issue advocacy group in the former House speaker's absence.
Discussion: American Solutions
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
 
 
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Brookings Institute:
Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
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Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
Democrats Increasingly Scared Of Angering Deep Pockets, Survey Says
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Marisa Guthrie / Reuters:
Michael Moore joins new Olbermann venture
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Cindy McCain to Glenn Beck: ‘Enough vitriol and hate’
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Guantanamo Bay detainees' family members may be allowed to visit