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12:15 PM ET, May 14, 2011

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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Four Dems vote ‘present’ on honoring Bin Laden mission  —  After more than a week of deliberation, the House overwhelmingly approved a measure honoring the intelligence community for the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.  —  The vote wasn't unanimous, however.
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Pornography Is Found in Bin Laden Compound Files, U.S. Officials Say
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden Wanted To Kill President Obama
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 …
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TPMDC:
Ron Paul: I Would Not Have Voted For The 1964 Civil Rights Act (VIDEO)
Associated Press:   From Dr. No to tea party godfather: Ron Paul says he's running for president a third time
Aljazeera:
Palestine Papers: Why I blew the whistle  —  The mislabeled “peace talks” were instrumental in creating divisions amongst Palestinians, compelling me to speak out.  —  In Palestine, the time for national reconciliation has come.  On the eve of the 63rd commemoration of the Nakba, this is a long-awaited and hopeful moment.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Darren Goode / The Politico:
Obama says drill  —  President Barack Obama is looking to bolster U.S. oil drilling, announcing Saturday a preemptive strike against bolder efforts from Capitol Hill as consumer unrest deepens over the price at the pump.  —  The White House will move forward without congressional action …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Fausta's Blog
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Under pressure on gas prices, Obama shifts on domestic drilling  —  The White House will take a series of steps — including expediting drilling plans on government lands in Alaska — designed to show that the administration is serious about expanding domestic oil production and lowering gas prices.
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 …
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CNN:
U.S. imams arrested for alleged Pakistani Taliban links  —  Miami (CNN) — Two South Florida imams and a third family member were arrested Saturday on charges of providing support to the Pakistani Taliban, the Justice Department said.  —  In addition, three others in Pakistan were also indicted on the same charges.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Joseph Williams / The Politico:
Shirley Sherrod returns to the USDA  —  Shirley Sherrod, the U.S. Department of Agriculture employee who was forced out after a videotape misleadingly showed her making racially insensitive remarks, will start working for the USDA again, the department told POLITICO Friday.  But she's not getting her old job back.
Discussion: CBS News and TPMDC
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: The Moderate Voice and Dot Earth
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
What If the U.S. Treasury Defaults?  —  'People aren't going to wonder whether 20 years ago we delayed an interest payment for six days.  They're going to wonder whether we got our house in order.'  —  'A financial crisis is surely going to happen as big or bigger than the one we had in 2008 …
Discussion: FrumForum and Pajamas Media
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.
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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.
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Health Insurers Making Record Profits as Many Postpone Care  —  The nation's major health insurers are barreling into a third year of record profits, enriched in recent months by a lingering recessionary mind-set among Americans who are postponing or forgoing medical care.
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.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Facebook, Foe of Anonymity, Is Forced to Explain a Secret  —  Facebook, it seems, doesn't always practice what it preaches.  —  For years, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, has extolled the virtue of transparency, and he built Facebook accordingly.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
 
 
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Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
McConnell Admits Bipartisanship is About Subverting Accountability
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Daily Mail:
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Discussion: Power Line
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
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