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3:30 AM ET, May 1, 2012


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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney undermines his own argument about Bin Laden  —  Today Mitt Romney was asked whether he would have given the order to launch the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden, as Obama did.  —  “Of course,” Romney said.  “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.”
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney on OBL: ‘Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order’  —  Mitt Romney, asked if he would have given the order to go after Osama Bin Laden, as President Obama's new video and his campaign aides have suggested he wouldn't have done, per POLITICO's Ginger Gibson: “Of course, even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.”
TPM2012  —  The Five Stages Of GOP Reaction To Osama Bin Laden's Death — And What's Next  —  As America nears the one-year anniversary of the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, Democrats are running on the tagline, “bin Laden is dead, General Motors is alive,” as Vice President Joe Biden put it this week.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Inside the Mitt Laden Smackdown  —  As you know, on the eve of the anniversary of the targeted killing of arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden, the Obama reelection campaign launched a frontal attack on Mitt Romney.  They not only celebrated Obama's decision but freely suggested that Romney …
Obama Zings Romney on Bin Laden
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Depressed Bin Laden thought about ‘al-Qaida’ name change, White House says
Discussion: Politico
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Elizabeth Warren campaign, challenged on Native American heritage claims, ‘digging up some sort of evidence to appease you’  —  Massachusetts senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren described herself in law-school professional directories as a Native American minority from 1986 to 1995.
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown calls on Warren camp to ‘come clean’  —  Liz listed self as minority in professional directories  —  Despite claiming she never used her Native American heritage when applying for a job, Elizabeth Warren's campaign admitted last night the Democrat listed her minority status …
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Ancestry Irrelevant in Hiring, Law Schools Say
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Stephanie Ebbert / Boston Globe:
Directories identified Warren as minority
Discussion: blogs
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 …
Chris Christie / CNN:
Romney might convince me, Christie says  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said Romney “might be able to convince” him to serve as his No. 2 on the Republican presidential ticket.  —  “He might be able to convince me.  He's a convincing guy, but I really love this job.
Megan DeMarco / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie shakes off Jimmy Kimmel's jabs at his weight
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
Matt Katz /   Romney could ‘convince’ Christie to run for VP
Christie Willing to Be Sold on VP Slot
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
NORTH CAROLINA: Man Films Himself Firing A Shotgun Into Neighbor's Yard Sign Against Amendment One  —  How is NOM going to spin THIS?  Somebody please mirror this clip immediately onto your own YouTube channel and send me a back-up link.  —  UPDATE: Thanks folks, we've now got back-up copies of this shameless a**holery.
Discussion: The Impolitic and Gawker
Stephen King / The Daily Beast:
Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&'s Sake!  —  The iconic writer scolds the superrich (including himself—and Mitt Romney) for not giving back, and warns of a Kingsian apocalyptic scenario if inequality is not addressed in America.  —  Chris Christie may be fat, but he ain't Santa Claus.
Bristol Palin:
Defending the “Palin Pick”  —  Most of you know I'd rather post photos of my family and write about Alaska than talk about politics.  But after reading and watching some recent commentary, I can't help myself.  —  The chattering class is talking - endlessly - about Mitt Romney's choice of a Vice Presidential running mate.
Island Packet:
Bluffton Middle School teacher accused of assault, calling student “Jew”  —  From staff reports  —  Feeds | |  Search the Archive  —  A Bluffton Middle School teacher is accused of grabbing a student by his shirt collar, forcing him under a desk and telling him …
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Why the presidential election could be over at 8:30 a.m., October 26  —  This may be as good as it gets.  Sputter-speed growth of around 2% and a moribund labor market.  As the above chart suggests, the recovery is losing momentum.  Here's Goldman economist Jan Hatzius:
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Hollywood Returning to Obama Fold  —  After Slow Start Tied to Antipiracy Bill Decision, Clooney Says Fundraiser Could Bring in $10 Million  —  President Barack Obama is starting to lure Hollywood donors back into the fold after his decision earlier this year to side with Internet companies …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
TV in real dime  —  Viewers who stream network TV shows may soon discover the free ride is not so free.  —  Hulu, which attracted 31 million unique users in March under a free-for-all model, is taking its first steps to change to a model where viewers will have to prove they are a pay-TV customer …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Joe Walsh Says The Country Only Elected President Obama Because He's Black  —  Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) minced no words at a town hall over the weekend, telling constituents that the only reason President Obama was elected in 2008 was because “he's our first African-American president.”
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Ex-CIA counterterror chief says Pelosi ‘reinventing the truth’ about waterboarding  —  In an explosive memoir released today, former CIA counterterrorism chief Jose Rodriguez provides new evidence that Rep. Nancy Pelosi lied when she declared she had not been briefed about the use of waterboarding.
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Judge grants Planned Parenthood injunction  —  Updated at 1 p.m. to include the judge's order and details on the ruling  —  A federal judge in Austin ruled today that state officials cannot exclude Planned Parenthood from a health care and contraception program for low-income women.
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Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Jpost poll: Most Israelis support US-led Iran strike
Discussion: New York Times and Israel Matzav
Tea Party Congressmen Accept Cash From Bailed-Out Bankers
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Erica Ho /
Tennessee Passes Abstinence-Based “Gateway Sexual Activity” Bill
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Gawker
Mitt Romney Secretly Drops By Grieving Police Station
Discussion: The Hill
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Restore Our Future cleans its YouTube channel of negative primary spots
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
RNC hotel assignments out — Florida gets Innisbrook Resort
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama vs. the rule of law
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
AP EXCLUSIVE: US not reporting all Afghan attacks
Discussion: Hit & Run
Diana Markosian / Washington Times:
Chechen women in mortal fear as president backs Islamic honor killings
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nate Reens /
Obama pictured next to swastika in Grand Rapids flyer that claims U.S. is becoming Nazi Germany
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama's sister releases memoir