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2:20 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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Reuters:
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 …
The Note:
George W. Bush Eating Souffle When Obama Called About Osama bin Laden  —  ABC News' Devin Dwyer Reports: Former president George W. Bush said he was eating souffle at a restaurant with his wife and friends when President Obama called with the Osama bin Laden news.
Discussion: Firedoglake and 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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
National Review Turns On Mitt Romney  —  I had held out some notion that conservatives elites might be willing to forgive Mitt Romney's shameful record of helping the population of Massachusetts get health insurance.  After all, many conservatives backed Romney in 2008 even when they knew his record.
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Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Daredevil Act
Christian Heinze / The Hill:
Pawlenty: Let Romney explain his healthcare plan
Discussion: National Review
Avik Roy / National Review:
Mitt Romney's Illogical, Terrible Health-Care Address
The Note:
Mike Huckabee Teases ‘Very Important Announcement’ Coming On Saturday  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:  —  UPDATED: 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 to Announce Decision on Presidential Run Saturday  —  Updated Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, will announce on Saturday whether he will run for president, the producer of his show on the Fox News Channel said Friday.  —  “Governor Huckabee will announce tomorrow night …
Discussion: Ballot Box, Hot Air and Race 4 2012
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Does the Huck Stop Here?  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee looks like he'll give the 2012 White House campaign a pass, says Mr. Huckabee's top political operative. … Mr. Huckabee has told followers to tune in to his Saturday evening show on Fox News for what he calls a major announcement.
Discussion: GOP 12
Huck PAC:
Mike Huckabee Media Alert
Discussion: msnbc.com
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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Ben White / The Politico:
What's up with Boehner?  - Warren recess appointment?  - Treasury waits on GM - Wall Street eyes Afghanistan
Discussion: Washington Post
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. …
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.
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Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Kohl decides against '12 bid in blow to Dem efforts to keep Senate
Discussion: CNN, The Note and UrbanGrounds
JSOnline:
Kohl announces he will not seek re-election
Discussion: Online NewsHour
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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CNN:
Mitch the moderate? Daniels backers tout his conservative record
Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Getting to Yes for Mitch and Cheri Daniels
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:
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 …
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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 …
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 …
 
 
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Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Medicare to run out of money five years earlier, trustees say
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Paolo Biondi / Reuters:
Gaddafi likely wounded and not in Tripoli: Italy
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Jess Bravin / Law Blog:
Justice Stevens Okays bin Laden Killing
Discussion: Washington Wire and Hit & Run
The Note:
Newt Gingrich Unveils Economic Plan
Discussion: CNN
Aharding / CNN:
Source: George Mitchell stepping down as Middle East envoy
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The Sustainability of Greece
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 Earlier Items: 
WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM:
Washington state suspends 2012 presidential primary
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New York Times:
At Deadline, U.S. Seeks to Continue War in Libya
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Lawfare and News Desk
Mary Elizabeth Williams / Salon:
Why the right hates Common
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama: My reelection not guaranteed by bin Laden killing
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden Scouted Multiple Reporters to Be His New Communications Director