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2:25 PM ET, May 14, 2011

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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.
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Pornography Is Found in Bin Laden Compound Files, U.S. Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The massive cache of computer files taken from Osama bin Laden's compound contained a considerable quantity of pornographic videos, American officials said on Friday, adding a discordant note to the public image …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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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Alex Weprin / FishbowlNY:
Disney Trademarks “Seal Team 6″  —  In a perfect example of a big media company looking to capitalize on current events, The Walt Disney Company has trademarked “Seal Team 6,” which also happens to be the name of the elite special forces team that killed Osama Bin Laden.
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)
Darren Goode / The Politico:
Obama says drill  —  President Barack Obama is looking to bolster U.S. oil drilling, announcing Saturday a preemptive strike against bolder efforts from Capitol Hill as consumer unrest deepens over the price at the pump.  —  The White House will move forward without congressional action …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Fausta's Blog
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Under pressure on gas prices, Obama shifts on domestic drilling
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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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 …
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
CNN:
U.S. imams arrested for alleged Pakistani Taliban links  —  Miami (CNN) — Two South Florida imams and a third family member were arrested Saturday on charges of providing support to the Pakistani Taliban, the Justice Department said.  —  In addition, three others in Pakistan were also indicted on the same charges.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Aljazeera:
Palestine Papers: Why I blew the whistle  —  The mislabeled “peace talks” were instrumental in creating divisions amongst Palestinians, compelling me to speak out.  —  In Palestine, the time for national reconciliation has come.  On the eve of the 63rd commemoration of the Nakba, this is a long-awaited and hopeful moment.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
British Parakeet Boom Is a Mystery, and a Mess  —  STANWELL, England — The evening started peacefully enough at Long Lane Recreation Park in the western suburbs of London, disturbed only by the occasional rumble of a distant jet landing at Heathrow Airport.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Dot Earth
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Boehner describes tumultuous House tenure to graduates  —  An emotional House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) detailed the ups and downs of his Congressional tenure in a commencement address Saturday.  —  Speaking to the 2011 graduates of Catholic University, Boehner used a tumultuous stretch …
Discussion: The Note
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.
Discussion: CBS News and TPMDC
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
Mike Carter / Seattle Times:
Man injured in bomb blast suspected of terrorism ties  —  Federal prosecutors in Spokane are looking into charging an Asotin County man, who was critically injured in a bomb accident last year, with attempting to aid Islamic terrorists.  —  Joseph Jeffrey Brice, 21, is accused of creating …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Associated Press:
Court: No right to resist unlawful police entry  —  INDIANAPOLIS— People have no right to resist if police officers illegally enter their home, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled in a decision that overturns centuries of common law.  —  The court issued its 3-2 ruling on Thursday …
 
 
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
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Iran to blind criminal with acid in ‘eye for an eye’ justice
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Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
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Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
HHS approves 200 more new healthcare reform waivers
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