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8:40 PM ET, May 1, 2012

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BuzzFeed:
How The White House Smothered The News Of Obama's Trip To Afghanistan  —  How the White House played whack-a-mole, and why I deleted my tweet.  Drudge wouldn't budge.  —  Shortly before 9:19 a.m. this morning the Afghanistan-based 24-hour broadcast news station TOLONews tweeted that President Barack Obama had landed in Afghanistan.
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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.
Jim Inhofe / CNN:
Inhofe fires off on Obama over trip  —  (CNN) - Longtime Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma criticized President Barack Obama over the president's surprise trip to Afghanistan Tuesday, describing the visit as “campaign related” and an “attempt to shore up his national security credentials.”
Mark Landler / New York Times:
On Surprise Trip to Kabul, Obama Signs Afghan Pact  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — President Obama made a surprise trip here on Tuesday to sign a landmark strategic partnership agreement between the United States and Afghanistan in a midnight ceremony meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war that has lasted for more than a decade.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney heckled at event with Giuliani  —  Mitt Romney was heckled Tuesday at a New York City event marking the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.  —  Romney was campaigning with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at an event at the firehouse where the city of New York set …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
BuzzFeed:   Obama Looks To End Of Afghanistan War
CNN:
Excerpts of president's Afghanistan speech released
Discussion: The Stranger …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
McCain on Bin Laden raid: 'The thing about heroes, they don't brag'
Jose A. Rodriguez Jr / Washington Post:
The path to bin Laden's death didn't start with Obama
ABCNEWS:
Obama Greets Troops in Afghanistan on Bin Laden Anniversary
New York Post:
Obama arrives in Afghanistan report says; White House denies it
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Grenell hounded from Romney campaign by anti-gay conservatives  —  Richard Grenell, the openly gay spokesman recently hired to sharpen the foreign policy message of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has resigned in the wake of a full-court press by anti-gay conservatives.
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Kyle Mantyla / rightwingwatch.org:
Fischer: Grenell Resignation a ‘Huge Win’ for the Religious Right  —  It was just last week that Bryan Fischer was declaring that if Mitt Romney wants to win in November, he'd “better start listening to me.”  And the first thing that Romney needed to do was fire Richard Grenell …
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Richard Grenell, Openly Gay Romney Spokesman, Resigns From Post
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Openly-Gay Spokesperson Resigns After Facing Pressure From Anti-Gay Right Wing
Discussion: Mediaite
Dan Riehl / BREITBART.COM:
OCCUPY LEADERS APPARENTLY INVOLVED IN BRIDGE BOMB PLOT, SUSPECTS NAMED  —  One of the leaders of the Occupy Cleveland movement, Brandon Baxter, is one of those arrested for today's terrorist plot to bomb a bridge in Cleveland.  Occupier Brandon Baxter appears to have gotten the guidance he sought.
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Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
Happy May Day!  CNN reports: … Cyco, Skabby, Tony …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:   OccupyCleveland Cancels May Day Event After Bomb Suspects Arrest (Updated)
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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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The NYT reports that “officials involved” …
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Genealogist says Warren may be able to claim Cherokee heritage; Brown and Warren campaigns continue to trade barbs
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.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Trashed Mission District businesses want answers  —  (05-01) 16:39 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Business owners in San Francisco's Mission District, cleaning up after a night in which protesters damaged more than 30 stores and restaurants and vandalized cars, questioned Tuesday why activists had singled …
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 …
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?
Discussion: Campaign 2012
BuzzFeed:
“Black Bloc” Occupiers Turn On Media  —  Protesters attacked photographers, and sought to seize their cameras, during May Day protests, journalists say.  “One girl walks up to one of the photogs and nailed him right in the face,” says Village Voice's Muncy.  —  Source: @CSMuncyPhoto
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.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Republican Judge Jerry Smith Blocks Pro-Planned Parenthood Order Just Hours After It Was Issued  —  Last month, Republican Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry Smith pitched a tantrum in open court, demanding that the Department of Justice respond to some imprecise political rhetoric by President Obama in an attempt to embarrass the president.
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 …
 
 
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