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12:15 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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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 …
New York Times:
At Deadline, U.S. Seeks to Continue War in Libya
Discussion: Lawfare and News Desk
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: Right Wing News and CNN
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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama: My reelection not guaranteed by bin Laden killing  —  President Obama said Thursday that he agrees with Republicans who say his reelection isn't guaranteed by the killing of Osama bin Laden.  —  Obama downplayed the political windfall he stands to collect from the discovery …
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. to limit Afghan troop expansion  —  The decision is intended to help curb the cost of the Afghan war as training and salaries are paid by the U.S. But experts say it may necessitate a smaller initial reduction in U.S. troops set to begin in July.  —  Afghan national army troops go through …
Discussion: Firedoglake
 
 
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
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Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
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