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8:55 AM ET, May 11, 2015


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Seymour M. Hersh / London Review of Books:
The Killing of Osama bin Laden  —  It's been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  The killing was the high point of Obama's first term, and a major factor in his re-election.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Report: Obama lied about bin Laden raid  —  An expose published on Sunday alleges that President Obama deceived Americans with his narrative of the 2011 assassination of Osama bin Laden.  —  Author Seymour M. Hersh accuses Obama of rushing to take credit for the al Qaeda leader's death.
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Dems to GOP: We're ready to fix ObamaCare, why aren't you?  —  Democrats are chiding Republican leaders in Congress as standing in the way of improvements to ObamaCare that enjoy bipartisan support.  —  More than a half-dozen proposed changes to the law boast approval from at least some Democrats …
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Cohn / The Huffington Post:
The Clock Is Ticking And Republicans Still Have No Serious Obamacare Alternative  —  Republicans keep saying they'll be ready to act if the Supreme Court upholds the big legal challenge to Obamacare, thereby wiping out financial assistance for millions of people in two-thirds of the states.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Political Wire
Trade bill fate in doubt as debate kicks off  —  Both sides are racing to sway lawmakers on President Barack Obama's top priority.  —  A controversial trade bill is well shy of the votes needed to pass the House and faces a difficult vote in the Senate as the debate in Congress kicks off in earnest this week.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Waiting for Jeb to jump  —  Bush is in no hurry to formally declare his candidacy, and it might be hurting his chances.  —  Getty  —  By the end of last week, almost everyone had jumped into the pool.  Almost everyone except John Ellis Bush, who still sits at the water's edge …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Jeb Bush: I Would Have Invaded Iraq
Discussion: Horizons
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Says King Won't Attend Meetings in U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that its new monarch, King Salman, would not be attending meetings at the White House with President Obama or a summit gathering at Camp David this week, in an apparent signal …
Discussion: The Week and NPR
Juan Williams / The Hill:
The GOP's festival of flip-flopping  —  Do Republicans care that their presidential primary is turning into an exhibition of cartwheel-size political flip-flops?  —  Politicians have every right to change their mind as the facts and pressures change.  But politically expedient flip-flopping …
Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Why Huckabee, Carson and Fiorina Will Matter
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wall Street Vampires  —  Last year the vampires of finance bought themselves a Congress.  I know it's not nice to call them that, but I have my reasons, which I'll explain in a bit.  For now, however, let's just note that these days Wall Street, which used to split its support between the parties …
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Seattle Times:
Anti-government resistance now the beating heart of GOP  —  Some folks thought it was “inflammatory.”  Some said it was “irresponsible,” others, “absurd,” still others, “disappointing.”  —  Those are some of the words affronted conservatives used in emails last month to describe my column …
Marco Rubio / USA Today:
Sen. Rubio: Now's no time to end NSA program  —  We must provide those we charge with protecting us every tool they need to do so.  —  Today our nation faces a greater threat of terrorist attack than any time since Sept. 11, 2001.  Because of the dedicated work of U.S. intelligence …
Ruben Navarrette / Mercury News:
Halperin interview of Ted Cruz was painful  —  SAN DIEGO — Imagine the following pep talk that a young Ted Cruz might have gotten from his father, Rafael, about 35 years ago.  —  “My son, I was tortured in a jail cell in Cuba, but I managed to come to the United States and build a life so that you could live your dreams.
Baltimore Sun:
Thousands turn out for Prince's ‘Rally 4 Peace’ benefit concert  —  Devoted fans like Luther Washington said Prince's “Rally 4 Peace” concert Sunday was just what Baltimore needed to heal after massive protests shook the city in recent weeks.  —  Outside Royal Farms Arena …
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
ABC News Has No Idea What Alex Jones' Deal Is
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Mark Bauerlein / New York Times:
What's the Point of a Professor?
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Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
A new world order? Putin and Xi put friendship on display
Discussion: The Atlantic and New York Times
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Handgun Found In Prisoner's ‘Butt Cheeks’ During Search
Discussion: Liberaland
New York Times:
Obama's Pacific Trade Push Faces a Senate Vote This Week
Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Houthi Rebels Agree to 5-Day Cease-Fire in Yemen
Discussion: Common Dreams, CNN, NPR and The Week
Andres Jauregui / Reuters:
Nine Georgia Deputies Fired Over Death Of Student Matthew Ajibade
Discussion: Mediaite and theGrio