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12:40 PM ET, May 13, 2011

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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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The Note:
George W. Bush Eating Souffle When Obama Called About Osama bin Laden
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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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New York Times:
At Deadline, U.S. Seeks to Continue War in Libya
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Lawfare and News Desk
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 …
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, Daily Kos and Suburban Guerrilla
The Note:
Mike Huckabee Teases ‘Very Important Announcement’ Coming On Saturday  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:  —  Former Arkansas governor and potential presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee is telling a radio audience on Friday that he plans to make “a very important announcement” over the weekend.
Discussion: The Politico, Weasel Zippers and TPMDC
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Huckabee Teases Decision on Presidential Run  —  Is Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, finally ready to give up his show on Fox News and jump into the Republican presidential contest?  —  He's not saying.  But he is dropping a big, fat hint.  On his radio show this morning …
Huck PAC:
Mike Huckabee Media Alert
Discussion: msnbc.com
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
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. …
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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Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Getting to Yes for Mitch and Cheri Daniels
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitch Daniels, the reluctant candidate
Discussion: CNN and Right Wing News
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Kohl decides against '12 bid in blow to Dem efforts to keep Senate  —  Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) will announce Friday that he won't seek reelection in 2012, a Democratic source confirmed.  —  Kohl, the quiet Wisconsin senator and owner of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, will depart from the Senate …
Discussion: The Note and CNN
Matt Caron / WWLP-TV:
Controversy over child's flag drawing  —  Teacher allegedly refused to hang up picture  —  ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) - A civil rights controversy is brewing at an elementary school in the Town of Orange, and it all surrounds an11 year-old's drawing of the American Flag.
Mary Elizabeth Williams / Salon:
Why the right hates Common  —  Limbaugh and Palin's rage over the hip-hop artist's performance proves just how little they understand poetry  —  On Wednesday, the White House honored arts education with a Celebration of American Poetry.  There was a poetry workshop for children during the day …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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Michael Hirsh / The Atlantic Online:
Slow Dance: Obama's Romance With the CIA  —  How the president learned to stop worrying and love hard power — as long as it's covert  —  Was there ever an unlikelier pair to be leading a team of elite warriors?  The man up on the screen was a pudgy, avuncular Californian, Leon Panetta …
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 …
WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM:
Washington state suspends 2012 presidential primary  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington became the first U.S. state to suspend its 2012 presidential primary election on Thursday, a move signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire to save some $10 million from the state budget.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
SC Gov. Haley doesn't rule out serving as VP nominee
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. to limit Afghan troop expansion
Discussion: Firedoglake
Fox News:
Ron Paul: I Would Not Have Ordered Bin Laden Raid
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama: My reelection not guaranteed by bin Laden killing
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Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
CIA not bringing photos of bin Laden's body onto Capitol Hill
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 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
Then Came ‘Geronimo’  —  Before the raid on Osama bin Laden's …
Christopher Shea / Ideas Market:
White Americans See Anti-White Bias on the Rise
Discussion: Colorlines, Balloon Juice and Yglesias
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Europe moves to close borders in migrant row
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Axel W. Caballero / The Huffington Post:
Immigrants For Sale  —  Georgia is the latest state to pass …