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Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
WHAT ‘GUTSY CALL’?:  CIA MEMO REVEALS ADMIRAL CONTROLLED BIN LADEN MISSION  —  Today, Time magazine got hold of a memo written by then-CIA head Leon Panetta after he received orders from Barack Obama's team to greenlight the bin Laden mission.  Here's the text, which summarized the situation:
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ABCNEWS:
FLASHBACK: Obama Campaign Accused Clinton Of Using Bin Laden To ‘Score Political Points’ In 2008  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  The Obama campaign opened up a new line of attack on Mitt Romney Friday, suggesting that as commander-in-chief Romney might not have made the same decision …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Campaign Trots Out Bin Laden, Spikes the Football (Updated: Romney Responds)
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Dylan Byersand Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama talks bin Laden in rare sit room interview
BuzzFeed:
McCain Goes Nuclear: “Shame On Barack Obama”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
McCain: Shame on Obama for hyping the death of bin Laden
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Cool Kids Versus Squares, Continued  —  Yesterday, I wrote a post looking at an ad aired by GOP uber-super-PAC American Crossroads that went after Barack Obama for being a “celebrity” and doing things like going on Jimmy Fallon's television show.  I argued that it looked like once again …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Advice To Students: Borrow Money From Your Parents  —  If you're young and you want to start your own business, Mitt Romney's has some advice from you: Borrow money from your parents.  At a “lecture” for students at Otterbein University in Ohio today, Mitt Romney told students that …
Discussion: The Impolitic and Balloon Juice
CBS News:
New code of conduct issued for Secret Service agents  —  (CBS News) The U.S. Secret Service is laying down the law with tough new standards of conduct for its employees.  —  Today deputy director AT Smith e-mailed a memo to all employees reminding them of the five core values of the Secret Service …
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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Bill Plante / CBS News:
Secret Service probing foreign hard-partying allegations going back to 2000
Tim Mak / Politico:
Kids at work at State scandal briefing
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans seek to hold attorney general in contempt over Fast and Furious  —  House GOP leaders draft a citation accusing Eric H. Holder Jr. and the Justice Department of hindering their inquiry into the ATF gun-tracking operation.  —  Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. says he and his Justice Department …
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Fox News:
Issa, Chaffetz confirm contempt plans for Holder over Fast and Furious
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Washington Post:
Let's just say it: The Republicans are the problem.  —  Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party.  Of course, it's not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Mourdock For Indiana  —  I join commonsense conservatives in endorsing Richard Mourdock to be the next Senator from Indiana.  Conservatives of all stripes are uniting behind Richard Mourdock.  It's not just Indiana that benefits from sending the right Senator to serve for the right reasons …
Washington Wire:
Romney Charters Jet From Campaign Treasurer  —  Mitt Romney has a new ride, a midsize jet that his campaign is chartering from its own treasurer. … Mr. Romney's campaign has paid more than $483,000 since Jan. 19 to Easterly Capital LLC to charter the Cessna CJ4, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Discussion: Politico
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Matthew J. Franck / National Review:   Who Is Richard Grenell Anyway?
Alan Schwarz / New York Times:
At 92, Bandit to Hollywood but Hero to Soldiers  —  MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. — One of the world's most prolific bootleggers of Hollywood DVDs loves his morning farina.  He has spent eight years churning out hundreds of thousands of copies of “The Hangover,” “Gran Torino” and other first-run movies …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Arizona Is (Probably) Not a Swing State  —  Two polls released this week show the presidential race essentially tied in Arizona, with one giving Barack Obama a lead of two percentage points and the other giving Mitt Romney a lead of two percentage points.  The Obama campaign has suggested …
CNN:
Martin attorney: Put Zimmerman in jail  —  (CNN) — George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of wrongly killing Trayvon Martin, will not immediately have to turn over donations made to his website, a Florida judge said Friday.  —  Zimmerman collected about $204,000 …
Washington Free Beacon:
Carney: ‘I Never Lie’  —  Jay Carney said he never lies in his capacity as White House press secretary at a Friday scholarship lunch hosted by the White House Correspondents' Association: … Carney has made a number of questionable statements as press secretary, however.
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Don Hudson / KTVX-TV:
Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store  —  SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith's store.  —  Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon.
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Dutch court upholds ban on foreign tourists buying pot  —  AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court on Friday upheld a new law that will prevent foreign visitors from buying marijuana in coffee shops across the Netherlands, potentially ending the decades of “pot tourism” for which this city and others became universally known.
Discussion: Macleans.ca and The BLT
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Elizabeth Warren Isn't the Only One  —  Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren finds herself in a bit of a quandary.  In the mid-90s there was a minor kerfuffle over the lack of diversity on Harvard Law's teaching staff.  At the time, 54 of Harvard Law's 71 professors were white males.
Discussion: Boston Herald and Campaign 2012
New York Post:
Council PR man convicted of setting Army recruitment office ablaze  —  There's a terrorist in City Hall.  —  The mouthpiece for Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) is a cop-hating con who served federal prison time for torching an Army recruitment center in The Bronx, The Post has learned.
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Tucker Carlson's downward spiral  —  Once a promising young magazine writer, the bow-tied Daily Caller pundit has come to epitomize right-wing hackdom … In many ways Tucker Carlson's a better symbol of the pathetic state of what passes for conservative journalism than even Glenn Beck …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Eschaton
Tom Harper / This Is London:
Koo Stark sues Murdoch in US courts over phone hacking  —  Former actress Koo Stark is set to launch a phone-hacking claim against News Corporation in the US courts, bringing the scandal across the Atlantic to Rupert Murdoch's base.  —  Scotland Yard has told Ms Stark, 55 …
Sarah Kliff / Ezra Klein:
How the Prevention Fund is being spent  —  House Republicans want to use money earmarked for health reform's Prevention and Public Health Fund to hold down interest rates on student loans.  The White House has threatened to veto the bill.  So what's that money doing now?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Death of a Fairy Tale  —  This was the month the confidence fairy died.  —  For the past two years most policy makers in Europe and many politicians and pundits in America have been in thrall to a destructive economic doctrine.  According to this doctrine, governments should respond …
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Gay marriage: Pope representatives calls for Catholic alliance with Muslim and Jewish groups  —  The Pope's representative in Britain has urged Roman Catholic leaders to form a united front with their Muslim and Jewish counterparts to oppose gay marriage.  —  The new Nuncio with Archbishop Nichols
 
 
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Landon Thomas, Jr / New York Times:
Spain Is Still Waiting for the Payoff From Austerity
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Ismail Sameem / Reuters:
Elite Afghan soldier kills U.S. special forces mentor
CNN:
Former Edwards aide says he was intimidated by donors
Discussion: Guardian and Clayton Cramer's Blog
Scott Neuman / NPR:
Is Moderate Growth Good For The Economy?
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida Senate: Nelson (D) 47%, Mack (R) 36%
Erica Martinson / Politico:
Jackson: ‘Crucify’ disappointing
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Discussion: The New Republic and GOP 12
Felix Salmon:
Can gold be used as a currency?
Discussion: Business Insider
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Club for Growth urges Republicans in House to vote against student-loan bill
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
David Brooks / New York Times:
Is Our Adults Learning?
Discussion: Firedoglake
BuzzFeed:
'80s Band Contemplating Legal Action Against Rove Group
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Why Jeb Bush doesn't want veep
Discussion: Washington Monthly and GOP 12
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