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10:50 AM ET, May 1, 2012

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Daily Mail:
SEALs slam Obama for using them as ‘ammunition’ in bid to take credit for bin Laden killing during election campaign  —  Serving and former US Navy SEALs have slammed President Barack Obama for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as ‘ammunition’ for his re-election campaign.
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BuzzFeed:
Will The Navy SEALs Swift Boat Obama?  —  The operators' resentment is real.  And their criticism could undermine the president's clearest-cut victory, the slaying of America's most notorious enemy.  —  President Barack Obama making a statement on the death of Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
McCain on Bin Laden raid: 'The thing about heroes, they don't brag'  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) continued to hammer the Obama re-election team over its use of the death of Osama bin Laden in a campaign commercial, echoing Mitt Romney's statement that any president - including Jimmy Carter - would have made the same call.
First Read / msnbc.com:
Obama, Romney engage over bin Laden decision  —  *** Obama, Romney spar on bin Laden: It started with surrogates on the Sunday shows, but yesterday the political debate over the killing of bin Laden — one year ago today - bubbled up to the candidates.  Mitt Romney said at a rope line yesterday …
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Mukasey: Obama and the bin Laden Bragging Rights
Discussion: Betsy's Page, Politico and Hot Air
CNN:
Obama campaign's latest ad targets Romney's ‘Swiss bank account’
Los Angeles Times:
Obama denies ‘excessive celebration’ over Bin Laden anniversary
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Romney needs to go on offense on national security
Pew Global Attitudes Project:
On Anniversary of bin Laden's Death, Little Backing of al Qaeda
Discussion: Via Meadia and Politico
BBC:
Rupert Murdoch ‘not a fit person’ to lead News Corp - MPs  —  The MPs were “misled repeatedly”, says chairman John Whittingdale  —  Rupert Murdoch “is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company”, MPs have said.  —  The culture committee questioned journalists …
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CNN:
Rupert Murdoch not fit to run business, UK lawmakers rule  —  London (CNN) — Global media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is not a “fit and proper person” to run a major international company, British lawmakers investigating phone hacking at his tabloid the News of the World reported Tuesday.
New York Post:
Anguish of Edwards' pal wife  —  By TARA PALMERI in Greensboro, NC, and CHUCK BENNETT in NY  —  The wife of John Edwards' former top aide broke down in tears yesterday as she testified about the insane demands Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, made as the witness helped hide the affair.
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Ancestry Irrelevant in Hiring, Law Schools Say  —  Elizabeth Warren, the likely Democratic challenger to Senator Scott P. Brown in the closely watched Senate race in Massachusetts, released statements on Monday night from officials at all of the law schools …
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newsroom.fb.com:
Organ Donation: Friends Saving Lives  —  Facebook is about connecting and sharing - connecting with your friends, family and communities, and sharing information with them about your life, work, school and interests.  On any given day more than half a billion people share billions of stories, updates and photos.
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Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Zuckerberg's Dinners with Girlfriend Help Spur Life-Saving Facebook Tool
Discussion: New York Times and The Verge
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Taxes and Employment  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.  He is the author of “The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform - Why We Need It and What It Will Take.”
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Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
House Republicans: No offsets for extending Bush-era tax rates
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
President Obama, campaigner in chief  —  The preezy of the United Steezy is making me queasy.  —  I'm not troubled by President Obama's slow jam with Jimmy Fallon, who dubbed the commander in chief “preezy” during Obama's appearance on late-night TV.  No, preezy is making me queasy …
Victor Morton / Washington Times:
New Obama slogan has long ties to Marxism, socialism  —  The Obama campaign apparently didn't look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, “Forward” — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.  —  Many Communist and radical publications …
Fox News:
5 arrested for allegedly trying to blow up Ohio bridge  —  URGENT: Five people described as anarchists were arrested Monday in a Cleveland-area park for trying to blow up a bridge, sources tell Fox News.  —  The public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were inoperable …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Fails to Stem Middle-Class Slide He Blamed on Bush  —  Barack Obama campaigned four years ago assailing President George W. Bush for wage losses suffered by the middle class.  More than three years into Obama's own presidency, those declines have only deepened.
Jared Hunt / Charleston Daily Mail:
Statewide poll gives Romney big edge over Obama  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has a 17-point lead over President Barack Obama among West Virginia voters, according to new results from The West Virginia Poll.  —  The poll found Romney …
Ofer Aderet / Haaretz:
Pioneer of global peace studies hints at link between Norway massacre and Mossad  —  In several anti-Semitic remarks, Norwegian sociologist Johan Galtung also defends ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ and says Jewish influence was one of the factors leading to Auschwitz.  —  Get Haaretz on iPhone
New York Times:
Ties to Romney '08 Helped Fuel an Equity Firm  —  About a month after Mitt Romney ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in February 2008, his eldest son, Tagg, and Spencer Zwick, the campaign's top fund-raiser, met with a beef company executive who had been a major campaign donor …
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
PEREZ HILTON TAKES A STAND AGAINST DAN SAVAGE'S BULLYING  —  Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton wrote this evening to condemn the actions of Dan Savage:  —  UGH ....  Savage later called the walk-out “pansy-a**ed” which, from someone who helms an anti-bullying campaign, is obviously a very negative thing to say ....
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
No alternative to austerity  —  Spanish unemployment is nearing 25 per cent.  The suicide rate is climbing in Greece.  Britain is in a double-dip recession.  Amid all this pain, the cry is growing louder.  Austerity policies in Europe are dangerous.  Someone has to stop this madness.
Megan DeMarco / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie shakes off Jimmy Kimmel's jabs at his weight  —  TRENTON — Getting called fat isn't so bad when Sofia Vergara is there to make you feel better.  —  “When you have her next to you to console you, let me tell you, you don't care what the heck Jimmy Kimmel said,” …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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