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10:30 AM ET, May 13, 2011

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David Martin / CBS News:
SEAL helmet cams recorded entire bin Laden raid  —  More accurate version of what happened includes details that bin Laden first emerged on third floor, retreated to bedroom after shot fired  —  WASHINGTON - A new picture emerged Thursday of what really happened the night the Navy SEALs swooped …
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Fran Townsend / CNN:
U.S. interviews ‘hostile’ bin Laden widows, with Pakistan officials  —  (CNN) — Three of Osama bin Laden's widows have been interviewed by U.S. intelligence officers under the supervision of Pakistani's intelligence service, according to sources in both governments.
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Pakistan Army Chief Balks at U.S. Demands to Cooperate  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Despite mounting pressure from the United States since the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, seems unlikely to respond to American demands to root …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:   CIA not bringing photos of bin Laden's body onto Capitol Hill
Washington Post:
Bin Laden's preoccupation with U.S. said to be source of friction with followers
Discussion: Danger Room
Gallup:
Americans Oppose Raising Debt Ceiling, 47% to 19%  —  Thirty-four percent don't know enough about the issue to say  —  PRINCETON, NJ — By a 47% to 19% margin, Americans say they would want their member of Congress to vote against raising the U.S. debt ceiling, while 34% don't know enough to say.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Seniors, Guns and Money  —  This has to be one of the funniest political stories of recent weeks: On Tuesday, 42 freshmen Republican members of Congress sent a letter urging President Obama to stop Democrats from engaging in “Mediscare” tactics — that is, to stop saying that the Republican …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Mitch McConnell's not-so-secret strategy  —  When it comes to raising the debt ceiling, House Republican leaders have been sticking to an aggressive hostage strategy: give them the (unspecified) cuts or the GOP will create a recession on purpose.  Thus far, Senate Republicans haven't played much of a role …
Discussion: Slate and Suburban Guerrilla
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
McConnell Ties Debt Limit to Spending Reductions
Discussion: The Talking Dog and FrumForum
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
McConnell demands spending cuts, Medicare overhaul for deal on debt limit
Avik Roy / National Review:
Mitt Romney's Illogical, Terrible Health-Care Address  —  Mitt Romney just gave a more articulate defense of Obamacare than President Obama ever has.  He continues to believe that the individual mandate is a good idea, despite the fact that the “free-rider” problem is a myth.
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Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Daredevil Act  —  On health care, Mitt tries to bridge the unbridgeable.  —  F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote that “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”
Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Daniels closer to deciding on presidential bid  —  INDIANAPOLIS — With 1,100 people chanting “Run Mitch, Run,” Gov. Mitch Daniels took the stage here Thursday night and did something he's never done before: He introduced his wife Cheri, and then he turned the microphone over to her to address the sold-out crowd.
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitch Daniels, the reluctant candidate  —  INDIANAPOLIS -It's becoming a recurring pattern: the more supporters of Mitch Daniels attempt to pump him up, the less he appears to want to run for president.  —  At a state Republican Party dinner here Thursday night, Daniels backers thronged a hotel ballroom …
Discussion: CNN and Right Wing News
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. …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden Scouted Multiple Reporters to Be His New Communications Director  —  Joe Biden has a thing for reporters.  Back in December 2008, the vice-president hired former Time Washington bureau chief Jay Carney to be his communications director.  When Carney was promoted earlier this year …
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.
Discussion: The Note and Runnin' Scared
blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Osama bin Laden to al-Qaeda: 'Don't bother assassinating Joe Biden'  —  US officials have revealed that Osama bin Laden's diaries contain the rather startling conclusion that he didn't think Vice President Joe Biden was worth bumping off (hat tip: a tweet from my New York colleague Jon Swaine).
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Laid-off government worker to Obama: “What would you do, if you were me?”  —  In one of the more personal exchanges from CBS News' town hall with President Obama, one audience member, a pregnant woman who recently found out she was being laid off from her government job …
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Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Tom Coburn Helped Cover Up John Ensign Affair: Senate Ethics Report … John Ensign , Senate Ethics Committee , Tom Coburn , C Street , Coburn Ensign Affair , Coburn John Ensign Affair , Cynthia Hampton , Doug Hampton , John Ensign Affair , John Ensign Scandal , John Ensign Tom Coburn …
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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Haley Barbour Shrugs As Mississippi Floods  —  Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour just gave small government a whole new meaning.  Small, as in mean and cold-hearted.  While Barbour bows and scrapes to the Conservative God of the Almighty Dollar, people are bracing to lose everything in what could be the worst flooding in history.
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 80 in Pakistan  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — More than 80 paramilitary soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up Friday morning at a military training center in northwest Pakistan, a commander of the Frontier Constabulary said.
Rich Johnston / Bleeding Cool Comic Book …:
Superman Loves America Again - It's Official  —  In Action Comics #900, a back up strip by David Goyer, showed Superman announcing he was to go to the UN and give up his citizenship of the USA, so to ensure his actions were not mistaken for US government policy.  —  And the news exploded.
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Pawlenty Attracts Wealthy Donors  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty remains little-known beyond his home state, but he has begun to line up wealthy donors, a critical constituency.  —  Even as he draws low single-digit support in early polls, Mr. Pawlenty has amassed a substantial roster …
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Europe moves to close borders in migrant row  —  European interior ministers agree to ‘radical revision’ of Schengen amid fears of a flood of migrants from north Africa  —  European nations moved to reverse decades of unfettered travel across the continent when a majority of EU governments agreed …
Discussion: ParaPundit and Instapundit
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
I.R.S. Moves to Tax Gifts to Groups Active in Politics  —  Big donors like David H. Koch and George Soros may owe taxes on their millions of dollars in contributions to nonprofit advocacy groups that are playing an increasing role in American politics.  —  The Internal Revenue Service confirmed …
Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
Then Came ‘Geronimo’  —  Before the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound earlier this week, President Obama had experience monitoring a white-knuckles counterterrorism operation.  In the early morning hours of April 12, 2009, less than three months after the president took office …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Axel W. Caballero / The Huffington Post:
Immigrants For Sale  —  Georgia is the latest state to pass an anti-immigrant bill like SB1070, with Governor Nathan Deal expected to sign it tomorrow.  Georgia is also home to the largest private prison in the country.  Coincidence?  Not even close.  —  It's hardly a secret …
Discussion: The Nation and Truthdig
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
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