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8:45 AM ET, May 14, 2011


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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 …
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: Don Surber and Booman Tribune
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
Porn Found in Osama Bin Laden Evidence Trove
Discussion: Althouse, Hit & Run and Mediaite
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Paul says he would have opposed Civil Rights Act  —  Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) suggested Friday that he wouldn't have voted in favor of the 1964 Civil Rights Act if he were a member of Congress at the time.  —  Paul, the libertarian Texas Republican who formally announced Friday that he would seek …
Discussion: FrumForum
Associated Press:   From Dr. No to tea party godfather: Ron Paul says he's running for president a third time
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 …
Dan Carden /
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Mike Huckabee's ‘very important announcement’  —  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has said to expect a “very important announcement” on Saturday (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)  —  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is expected to announce whether or not he will run for president …
Medicare, Social Security Funds Expiring Sooner, U.S. Says  —  Medicare, the U.S. health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, and the Social Security trust for the disabled and retirees are running out of money sooner than the government had projected.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Bill Clinton: Create Internet agency  —  Bill Clinton doesn't like all the misinformation and rumors floating on the Internet.  And he thinks the United Nations or the U.S. government should create an agency to do something about it.  —  “It would be a legitimate thing to do,” Clinton said in an interview airing Friday on CNBC.
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Chamber Urges Lawmakers to Raise Debt Limit ‘Expeditiously’  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce waded into the fight over increasing the government's borrowing limit on Friday by urging members of Congress to raise the debt ceiling “as expeditiously as possible.”
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.
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran to blind criminal with acid in ‘eye for an eye’ justice  —  Retribution granted to woman who had acid thrown in her face by man she refused to marry  —  In a literal application of the sharia law of an eye for an eye, Iran is ready for the first time to blind a man with acid …
Discussion: and Washington Post
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
White House Reacts To Mitt Romney's Speech: He Took A ‘Smart Approach Toward Health Care’
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