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2:50 PM ET, May 13, 2011

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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: 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, Gawker, 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
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee will show his hand on Saturday
Discussion: FrumForum
Huck PAC:
Mike Huckabee Media Alert
Discussion: msnbc.com
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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Stuart Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Wisconsin Senate: Moved from Safe Democrat to Lean Democrat
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. …
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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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
Avik Roy / National Review:
Mitt Romney's Illogical, Terrible Health-Care Address
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
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
CNN:
Source: George Mitchell stepping down as Middle East envoy  —  Washington (CNN) — Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell is resigning as the Obama administration's Mideast envoy, a senior U.S. official told CNN Friday.  —  Mitchell has served as President Barack Obama's point man in the region …
Dan Carden / nwitimes.com:
Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home  —  Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes.  —  In a 3-2 decision …
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.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TIME: Ensign Ethics Charges Referred to Justice Department and FEC, Lurid Details Emerge  —  (TIME) - The Senate Ethics Committee released a report Thursday afternoon alleging that former Sen. John Ensign broke federal laws in a cover-up of the extramarital affair that torpedoed his once-promising career.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
The Sustainability of Greece  —  I'm not intimately familiar with the details of Greek public finance, but it does occur to me that sage words I keep reading in the American press about how Europe's leaders can't just keep kicking the can down the road and need to deal with Greece's basic insolvency strike me as unwarranted.
Discussion: Free exchange and Crooked Timber
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama: My reelection not guaranteed by bin Laden killing
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