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1:45 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 …
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 …
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: Booman Tribune
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 …
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.”
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Avik Roy / National Review:
Mitt Romney's Illogical, Terrible Health-Care Address
Christian Heinze / The Hill:
Pawlenty: Let Romney explain his healthcare plan
Discussion: National Review
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: Race 4 2012
Huck PAC:
Mike Huckabee Media Alert
Discussion: msnbc.com
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
Discussion: GOP 12
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitch Daniels, the reluctant candidate
Discussion: CNN and Right Wing News
Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Getting to Yes for Mitch and Cheri Daniels
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. …
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: CNN, The Note and UrbanGrounds
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JSOnline:
Kohl announces he will not seek re-election
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Ron Paul announces third presidential run  —  Popular libertarian Texas congressman launches 2012 bid on “Good Morning America”; Event planned later Friday  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Rep. Ron Paul announced Friday that he will run for the GOP nomination for president in 2012 …
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Fox News:
Ron Paul: I Would Not Have Ordered Bin Laden Raid
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Market Ticker
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
 
 
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Paolo Biondi / Reuters:
Gaddafi likely wounded and not in Tripoli: Italy
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Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Daily News Intern's Viral Hydrofracking Rap!
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Jess Bravin / Law Blog:
Justice Stevens Okays bin Laden Killing
Discussion: Washington Wire and Hit & Run
Ben White / The Politico:
What's up with Boehner?  - Warren recess appointment?  - Treasury waits on GM - Wall Street eyes Afghanistan
Discussion: Washington Post
The Note:
Newt Gingrich Unveils Economic Plan
Discussion: CNN
Aharding / CNN:
Source: George Mitchell stepping down as Middle East envoy
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Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
The Sustainability of Greece
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
SC Gov. Haley doesn't rule out serving as VP nominee
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama: My reelection not guaranteed by bin Laden killing
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