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1:15 PM 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.
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.
Jose A. Rodriguez Jr / Washington Post:
The path to bin Laden's death didn't start with Obama  —  Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. is a 31-year veteran of the CIA and the author of “Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives.”  —  As we mark the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, President Obama deserves credit …
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Mukasey: Obama and the bin Laden Bragging Rights
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich: Thanks and goodbye
Discussion: Politico and Washington Wire
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Bin Laden's last stand: In final months, terrorist leader worried about his legacy
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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.
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.
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.”
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 …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Senators Reject Claim That Torture Helped Hunt for Bin Laden
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 …
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
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 …
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
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:   Europe's Jew Hatred Isn't Just On The Fringe
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: The Hill and Washington Post
New York Post:
Obama arrives in Afghanistan report says; White House denies it
Discussion: Mediaite and White House Dossier
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Averages 47% Job Approval in April  —  Highest monthly average since last May  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Obama's job approval rating averaged 47% in April, Obama's highest monthly average since last May, when he averaged 50% after U.S. Marines killed Osama bin Laden in a May 2, 2011, raid.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Firedoglake
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.
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
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.
Rachel Rickard Straus / Daily Mail:
Dolphin who got stuck in California wetlands may be the victim of BULLYING  — When it tried to swim back towards the ocean, two other dolphins appeared and apparently blocked its path  —  A solitary dolphin who has spent the past five days swimming in California wetlands while the rest …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Lugar Loss Could Provide Pickup Opportunity for Democrats  —  The latest veteran lawmaker to be the subject of a vigorous primary challenge is the 80-year-old Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, who is being challenged for the Republican nomination by State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
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Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
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Data Engineer in Google Case Is Identified
Discussion: Guardian, GigaOM and AllThingsD
National Review:
Chris Christie's Islam Problem
Discussion: and Mediaite
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Brown says daughter, 23, insured under health law
Discussion: Politico, TBogg and ThinkProgress
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
What Brabender said, what he meant  —  Rick Santorum is scheduled …
Occupy the Bridge:
Occupy Oakland and the Golden Gate Bridge
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ann Romney on Mitt: 'There's a wild and crazy man inside there'
Discussion: CNN
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
OVERNIGHT TECH: Consumer groups slam Hulu decision to switch to pay model
Megan DeMarco / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie shakes off Jimmy Kimmel's jabs at his weight
Discussion: Politico