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3:20 PM ET, May 1, 2012

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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.
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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.
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: The attacks begin  —  The Obama campaign released a new ad this morning attacking Mitt Romney over his “Swiss bank account.”  The spot will be widely seen as the most direct and negative assault on Romney's background yet, and it's certainly an effort to define the challenger early …
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Mukasey: Obama and the bin Laden Bragging Rights
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich: Thanks and goodbye
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Senators Reject Claim That Torture Helped Hunt for Bin Laden
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
House Republicans: No offsets for extending Bush-era tax rates  —  House Republicans say they have no plans to pay for the extension of the Bush-era tax rates, a move that could erase the deficit reduction they have achieved since winning their majority in the chamber in 2010.
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Ezra Klein:
Has Team Romney forgotten that the Bush years were terrible?  —  There's not much in politics that allows me to say, “I'm old enough to remember when.”  But here's one: I'm old enough to remember when George W. Bush was president.  —  It was, after all, only four short years ago.  And it didn't go so well.
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Taxes and Employment  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles …
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 …
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David Ariosto / CNN:
5 arrested in alleged plot to blow up Cleveland-area bridge
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren's embattled campaign: Cherokee tie found 5 generations ago  —  Cherokee tie found 5 generations ago  —  Desperately scrambling to validate Democrat Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage amid questions about whether she used her minority status to further her career …
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Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Genealogist says Warren may be able to claim Cherokee heritage; Brown and Warren campaigns continue to trade barbs
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Ancestry Irrelevant in Hiring, Law Schools Say
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
Romney Quietly Meets With Bloomberg  —  The pursuit of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's presidential endorsement is headed into overdrive.  —  On Tuesday, Mitt Romney had a private breakfast with Mr. Bloomberg at the headquarters of the mayor's philanthropic foundation on Manhattan's Upper East Side …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Gothamist and Washington Post
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New York Post:
Obama arrives in Afghanistan report says; White House denies it
Discussion: Mediaite and White House Dossier
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney, Bloomberg hold secret breakfast meeting
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Reuters:
Occupy's May Day protests off to slow, soggy start in NYC  —  (Reuters) - Occupy Wall Street's call for a general strike to mark International Workers Day got off to a slow start on Tuesday, with sparse gatherings at a handful of spots around a rainy New York City.
Discussion: National Review and Althouse
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Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Brown says daughter, 23, insured under health law  —  Senator Scott Brown, who won office vowing to be the 41st vote to block President Obama's health care law and who has since voted three times to repeal it, acknowledged Monday that he takes advantage of it to keep his elder daughter on his congressional health insurance plan.
Discussion: Wonkette, TBogg and ThinkProgress
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Scott Brown benefits from health care act
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Stranger …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Victims of Communism Day  —  Today is May Day.  Since 2007, I have been commemorating this day here at the Volokh Conspiracy as Victims of Communism Day.  Various other websites and blogs have promoted the same concept.  In time, we hope to make this a worldwide commemoration similar to Holocaust Memorial Day.
Discussion: Haemet and Moe Lane
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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Benjamin J. Dueholm / Washington Monthly:
Rules of Misbehavior  —  Dan Savage, the brilliant and foul-mouthed sex columnist, has become one of the most important ethicists in America.  Are we screwed?  —  ive months after the death of Esther “Eppie” Lederer in 2002, the bulk of her estate—a sprawling Chicago apartment's worth of furniture …
Discussion: American Prospect
Vivian Ho / San Francisco Chronicle:
Protesters trash Mission District businesses, cars  —  (05-01) 06:46 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Broken glass littered several streets in San Francisco's Mission District after protesters vandalized cars and buildings Monday night, including a police station.  —  The vandals were in a group …
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Zuckerberg's Dinners with Girlfriend Help Spur Life-Saving Facebook Tool  —  Conversations over the dinner table with his med-student girlfriend helped Mark Zuckerberg formulate his latest big idea — harnessing the power of Facebook to help eliminate the critical shortage of organs …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Virginia  —  Barack Obama continues to look like the favorite to win Virginia this fall.  He has a 51-43 lead over Mitt Romney in the state.  We have consistently found Obama leading in Virginia by margins similar to his 6 point victory there in 2008- he led Romney by 6 in December …
Discussion: American Prospect and Ballot Box
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
 
 
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Yahoo! News:
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Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Why Condi won't be VP  —  Right now there's some chatter …
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Jared Hunt / Charleston Daily Mail:
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Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
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Megan DeMarco / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie shakes off Jimmy Kimmel's jabs at his weight
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Victor Morton / Washington Times:
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Financial Times:
SoftBank buys struggling UK-based chipmaker Graphcore with regulatory approval; sources: the deal is valued at ~$600M, less than the ~$700M Graphcore had raised

 
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