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3:25 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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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.
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Jim Inhofe: Bin Laden photos ‘pretty graphic’
Discussion: The Note and USA Today
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
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 …
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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
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 …
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
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 …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
John Boehner dodges specifics on debt limit cuts
Discussion: The Hill and The New Republic
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Democrats slam Issa for rejecting witness  —  House Democrats say Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has refused to allow one of their invited witnesses to testify at a hearing on Thursday.  —  Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee invited Fred Wertheimer …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem opposition to disclosure plan grows
Discussion: The Politico
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:   McCaskill expresses concerns about draft executive order on political contributions
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
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
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
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.
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
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Taller Buildings Would Improve The Efficacy Of Regional Mass Transit Systems  —  Dana Hedgpeth writes up new research comparing metropolitan areas by the efficacy of their transit systems in getting people to work: … Robert Puentes is quoted as saying that the general problem nationwide …
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
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.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Mike Huckabee Fixes American History (VIDEO)  —  Don't worry, American youth: Mike Huckabee has fixed American history.  No longer will you suffer under what Huckabee calls “the ‘blame America first’ attitude prevalent in today's teaching.”  —  Late Wednesday, Huckabee announced LearnOurHistory.com …
 
 
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
President Obama, Completely Wrong on Reason for High Unemployment
Discussion: CBS News and Confederate Yankee
Brookings Institute:
Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America
Discussion: The New Republic and The FastLane
Alana Goodman / Commentary Magazine:
Palestinian Flag to Fly at CUNY Commencement
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Weasel Zippers
Wendell Potter / The Huffington Post:
Dear Mr. President, I Wish I Had Known...
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ron Paul to launch W.H. bid Friday
BBC:
Setbacks at Japan nuclear plant
 Earlier Items: 
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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
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Interview With Warren Farrell, The Author Of “Why Men Are the Way They Are.”
Discussion: YID With LID
Washington Post:
Guantanamo Bay detainees' family members may be allowed to visit