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3:15 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, Salon and Booman Tribune
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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David Catanese / The Politico:
Herb Kohl won't seek reelection  —  Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl said Friday he won't pursue reelection in 2012, becoming the ninth senator and sixth Democrat to retire this campaign cycle.  —  “The greatest honor and the greatest responsibility of my life has been to serve as Wisconsin's United States Senator.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
Stuart Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Wisconsin Senate: Moved from Safe Democrat to Lean Democrat
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Kohl decides against '12 bid in blow to Dem efforts to keep Senate
Discussion: CNN, The Note and UrbanGrounds
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
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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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:   White House Reacts To Mitt Romney's Speech: He Took A ‘Smart Approach Toward Health Care’
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. …
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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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
Washington Post:
The appeal of a Mitch Daniels's presidential run
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Paolo Biondi / Reuters:
Gaddafi likely wounded and not in Tripoli: Italy  —  (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has likely been wounded in western airstrikes and has probably left Tripoli, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Friday.  —  A Libyan government spokesman immediately denied that Gaddafi had been harmed.
Discussion: Mediaite and Pundit Press
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 …
 
 
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Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
High schooler challenges Bachmann to debate on U.S. Constitution
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The “Al Gore Problem,” Defined
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TIME: Ensign Ethics Charges Referred to Justice Department and FEC, Lurid Details Emerge
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Medicare to run out of money five years earlier, trustees say
Discussion: White House.gov Blog and CNN
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
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Source: George Mitchell stepping down as Middle East envoy
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
The Sustainability of Greece
Discussion: Free exchange and Crooked Timber
Michael Hirsh / The Atlantic Online:
Slow Dance: Obama's Romance With the CIA
WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM:
Washington state suspends 2012 presidential primary
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Mary Elizabeth Williams / Salon:
Why the right hates Common
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden Scouted Multiple Reporters to Be His New Communications Director