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12:55 AM ET, May 14, 2011

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Reuters:
Exclusive: Pornography found in bin Laden hideout: officials  —  (Reuters) - A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.  —  The pornography recovered in bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad …
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Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Porn Found in Osama Bin Laden Evidence Trove
Discussion: Hit & Run and Mediaite
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
George W. Bush Gives First Public Reaction to Osama Bin Laden Death  —  Former President George W. Bush made his first candid public comments on the killing of Osama bin Laden during an appearance Wednesday at a conference of hedge fund managers in Las Vegas.
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Peter Catapano / Opinionator:
Victory Dance?  —  There was a moment in President Obama's appearance at a fundraiser Tuesday evening in Austin, Tex., that became a topic of much discussion during the week.  Peter Nicholas at The Los Angeles Times reported on that moment, at which Osama bin Laden became “an applause line in a presidential campaign speech”:
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Hill
Dan Carden / nwitimes.com:
Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home  —  Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes.  —  In a 3-2 decision …
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Associated Press:
Court: No right to resist unlawful police entry  —  INDIANAPOLIS— People have no right to resist if police officers illegally enter their home, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled in a decision that overturns centuries of common law.  —  The court issued its 3-2 ruling on Thursday …
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
High schooler challenges Bachmann to debate on U.S. Constitution  —  A high school sophomore from New Jersey is challenging Rep. Michele Bachmann to a debate on civics and the U.S. Constitution.  In an open letter to to Bachmann, Amy Myers of Cherry Hill, N.J., said, “I have found quite a few …
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Nick Pinto / The Blotter:
Is Michele Bachmann smarter than a high school sophomore?  —  ​Michele Bachmann is famously reluctant to put herself in positions where she might have to talk to someone who disagrees with her.  —  But Jesus God do we hope she makes an exception in this instance.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl retires  —  Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl won't run for re-election in 2012.  Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg  —  Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl announced his retirement Friday, a decision that sets up a competitive open seat contest in a state that has already drawn considerable national attention this year.
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Marist Poll:
5/12: NY May Bid Farewell to 36% of Young Residents  —  A sizeable proportion of New Yorkers, including more than one-third of those under age 30, may soon be sending out change of address notifications, but those new homes will not be in New York State.  According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll …
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Does the Huck Stop Here?  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee looks like he'll give the 2012 White House campaign a pass, says Mr. Huckabee's top political operative. … Mr. Huckabee has told followers to tune in to his Saturday evening show on Fox News for what he calls a major announcement.
Discussion: Salon, The Raw Story and GOP 12
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CNN:
Mitt Romney hits back  —  (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lashed out at the Wall Street Journal in an open letter Friday, written in response to a scathing editorial published Thursday that criticized health care reform he led in the state.  —  “I was not surprised …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
White House Reacts To Mitt Romney's Speech: He Took A ‘Smart Approach Toward Health Care’
Eddie / Blogger Buzz:
Blogger is back  —  Update (5/13 7:46PM PST): Nearly all posts since Wednesday are restored, now bringing back comments from last couple days.  We expect the comments to be back this weekend or sooner.  —  What a frustrating day.  We're very sorry that you've been unable to publish to Blogger for the past 20.5 hours.
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
British Parakeet Boom Is a Mystery, and a Mess  —  STANWELL, England — The evening started peacefully enough at Long Lane Recreation Park in the western suburbs of London, disturbed only by the occasional rumble of a distant jet landing at Heathrow Airport.
Discussion: Dot Earth
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
John Ensign Sex Report Like Dime Store Novel  —  As unbelievable as it might be from today's perspective, there was a lot of presidential campaign buzz in May 2009 surrounding a trip Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., was planning to the early caucus state of Iowa.  —  Today, Ensign is no longer …
Discussion: Jezebel, CNN and Balloon Juice
David Von Drehle / Swampland:
Newt Gingrich's Friendly Fire Problem  —  The main problem Newt Gingrich faces in his campaign for President is not going to be the number of liberals who don't like him.  It's going to be the number of conservatives who don't like him.  —  This goes way back.
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Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
HHS approves 200 more new healthcare reform waivers  —  The Obama administration approved 204 new waivers to Democrats' healthcare reform law over the past month, bringing the total to 1,372.  —  The waivers are temporary and only apply to one provision of the law, which requires health plans …
Bob Dylan:
To my fans and followers  —  Allow me to clarify a couple of things about this so-called China controversy which has been going on for over a year.  First of all, we were never denied permission to play in China.  This was all drummed up by a Chinese promoter who was trying to get me to come there after playing Japan and Korea.
TPMDC:
Ron Paul: I Would Not Have Voted For The 1964 Civil Rights Act (VIDEO)  —  Another Paul family political announcement, another battle on MSNBC over the landmark law that helped end segregation in America.  —  Just about a year after his son Rand Paul stepped in it when he told Rachel Maddow …
Paolo Biondi / Reuters:
Gaddafi likely wounded and not in Tripoli: Italy  —  (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has likely been wounded in western airstrikes and has probably left Tripoli, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Friday.  —  A Libyan government spokesman immediately denied that Gaddafi had been harmed.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
DOMA Defense: Lawmakers Puzzled Where House GOP Is Getting The Money To Pay Paul Clement … John Boehner , LGBT Rights , Gay Marriage , Gay Rights , Same-Sex Marriage , Defense Of Marriage Act , LGBT Issues , Michael Honda , Mike Honda , Paul Clement , Defense Of Marriage , Doma …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay and Lez Get Real
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Buying a Trump Property, or So They Thought  —  For many middle-class Americans, it is the most coveted brand in real estate, synonymous with sky-piercing luxury and can't-miss quality: Donald J. Trump.  —  Far from the New York City towers that bear his name, in cities like Tampa, Fla. …
 
 
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Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
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Daily Mail:
Al Qaeda's hardmen: New York terror suspect is wannabe model who worked as MAKE-UP salesman at Saks …
Discussion: Power Line
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
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Jess Bravin / Law Blog:
Justice Stevens Okays bin Laden Killing
Discussion: Washington Wire and Hit & Run