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9:20 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.
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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
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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
Politico:   Trade bill fate in doubt as debate kicks off
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 …
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Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Why Huckabee, Carson and Fiorina Will Matter
Glenn Thrush / Politico:   Waiting for Jeb to jump
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
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 …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
ABC News Has No Idea What Alex Jones' Deal Is  —  Conspiratorial radio host Alex Jones and ABC News are at loggerheads over how Jones managed to miss his appearance on This Week Sunday morning.  —  Before a segment about Jade Helm, the military training operation Jones suspects is a dry run …
Discussion: Liberaland
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Of Museums and Racial Relics  —  Recently, Rush Limbaugh lambasted the first lady, Michelle Obama, for bringing up the idea of diversity among museum visitors at the opening of the new Whitney Museum in New York.  —  According to Limbaugh, the first lady said: “Museums and concert halls …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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 …
Fox News:
Exclusive: Jeb Bush says he would have backed Iraq invasion  —  Former Florida GOP Gov. Jeb Bush says that he would have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq but acknowledges that mistakes were made after Saddam Hussein had been removed from power, in an exclusive interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly.
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Jeb Bush: I Would Have Invaded Iraq
Discussion: Horizons
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 …
Mark Bauerlein / New York Times:
What's the Point of a Professor?  —  ATLANTA — IN the coming weeks, two million Americans will earn a bachelor's degree and either join the work force or head to graduate school.  They will be joyous that day, and they will remember fondly the schools they attended.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
 
 
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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
Sean Kelly / OpposingViews.com:
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
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Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Houthi Rebels Agree to 5-Day Cease-Fire in Yemen
Discussion: Common Dreams, CNN and NPR
Andres Jauregui / Reuters:
Nine Georgia Deputies Fired Over Death Of Student Matthew Ajibade
Discussion: Mediaite and theGrio
Ruben Navarrette / Mercury News:
Halperin interview of Ted Cruz was painful