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4:45 PM ET, May 14, 2011

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Neela Banerjee / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to open Alaska petroleum reserve to new drilling  —  The broad energy plan, coming as gas prices continue to rise, would also fast-track environmental assessment of petroleum exploration elsewhere.  —  Reporting from Washington— President Obama will open Alaska's national petroleum reserve …
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Under pressure on gas prices, Obama shifts on domestic drilling
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Huck: I've made '12 decision  —  Mike Huckabee said that he's now “sure” about what he's going to do for 2012, and that he'll “explain all about what went into” his decision Saturday night on his cable TV talkshow.  —  Huckabee made the comments Saturday morning on “Fox and Friends,” …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Dan Fastenberg / The Page:
“Once I Pull the Trigger Saturday Night, Things Will Get Even Crazier, As If That's Possible”  —  First on The Page: Mike Huckabee email to his inner circle seem to lean more in the “yes” direction.  —  Read it here.  —  Tweet  —  Get The Page delivered.  —  Facebook |  Twitter |  Newsletter
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Four Dems vote ‘present’ on honoring Bin Laden mission  —  After more than a week of deliberation, the House overwhelmingly approved a measure honoring the intelligence community for the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.  —  The vote wasn't unanimous, however.
New York Post:
Porn stash found in bin Laden's lair  —  It wasn't just plots to kill Americans that got a rise out of him.  —  It turns out that terror titan Osama bin Laden had a stash of smut to liven up his lair.  —  Investigators poring over the tons of files, computer drives and other recordings hauled …
Discussion: Gothamist
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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
New York Post, With Classy Cover, Lists Bin Laden Porn Titles
Discussion: Mediaite and Pajamas Media
UPI:
Disney seeks SEAL Team 6 trademark  —  Disney has filed an application to trademark the name of the U.S. commando unit credited with dispatching Osama bin Laden.  —  The paperwork filed this week at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office puts The Walt Disney Company subsidiary Disney Enterprises …
Discussion: Truthdig
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New York Times:
As Baghdad Erupts in Riot of Color, Calls to Tone It Down  —  BAGHDAD — In downtown Baghdad, a police headquarters has been painted two shades of purple: lilac and grape.  The central bank, a staid building in many countries, is coated in bright red candy cane stripes.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
CNN:
Pakistan's parliament condemns U.S. raid, threatens sanctions  —  Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Pakistan's parliament threatened Saturday to cut off access to a facility used by NATO forces to ferry troops into Afghanistan, signaling a growing rift that began when U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden during …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Paul says he would have opposed Civil Rights Act  —  Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) suggested Friday that he wouldn't have voted in favor of the 1964 Civil Rights Act if he were a member of Congress at the time.  —  Paul, the libertarian Texas Republican who formally announced Friday that he would seek …
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TPMDC:
Ron Paul: I Would Not Have Voted For The 1964 Civil Rights Act (VIDEO)
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Health Insurers Making Record Profits as Many Postpone Care  —  The nation's major health insurers are barreling into a third year of record profits, enriched in recent months by a lingering recessionary mind-set among Americans who are postponing or forgoing medical care.
New York Times:
Donors to G.O.P. Are Backing Gay Marriage Push  —  As gay rights advocates intensify their campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, the bulk of their money is coming from an unexpected source: a group of conservative financiers and wealthy donors to the Republican Party …
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
South Carolina Republican Named ‘Legislator of the Year’ For Writing A Bill That Disenfranchises Voters  —  Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) is expected to soon sign a Voter ID bill passed by both chambers of the South Carolina Legislature.  When she does, South Carolina will become the second state …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Common Dreams
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
What If the U.S. Treasury Defaults?  —  'People aren't going to wonder whether 20 years ago we delayed an interest payment for six days.  They're going to wonder whether we got our house in order.'  —  'A financial crisis is surely going to happen as big or bigger than the one we had in 2008 …
Discussion: FrumForum and Pajamas Media
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Beyond parody  —  We'll probably learn later today whether Mike Huckabee is running for president, but while we wait, it's worth appreciating what else for the former Arkansas governor is up to.  —  This week, Huckabee launched a new educational company called Learn Our History.
Glenn Davis / Mediaite:
Bill Maher: If You Celebrated Bin Laden's Death, You're Not Really A Christian  —  Reaction to Osama bin Laden's death was overwhelmingly not just positive, but gleeful - and let's face it, it's not tough to see why.  Bill Maher, though, tonight pointed out on Real Time that Christians …
Joseph Williams / The Politico:
Shirley Sherrod returns to the USDA  —  Shirley Sherrod, the U.S. Department of Agriculture employee who was forced out after a videotape misleadingly showed her making racially insensitive remarks, will start working for the USDA again, the department told POLITICO Friday.  But she's not getting her old job back.
 
 
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Mike Carter / Seattle Times:
Man injured in bomb blast suspected of terrorism ties
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Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Tax debate causes rifts among Democrats
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
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Associated Press:
Gingrich: 2012 election biggest since Lincoln in 1860
CNN:
U.S. imams arrested for alleged Pakistani Taliban links
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Jim Forsyth / Reuters:
Texas county official says “stupid” feds sparked fire
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Facebook, Foe of Anonymity, Is Forced to Explain a Secret
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