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1:20 PM 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.
Discussion: MintPress News and Mediaite
Alexandra Jaffe / CNN:
White House rejects Seymour Hersh ‘baseless assertions’ on bin Laden raid
Discussion: Western Journalism
Max Fisher / Vox:
The many problems with Seymour Hersh's Osama bin Laden conspiracy theory
Discussion: Firedoglake
Mark Lagerkvist / Watchdog.org:
Big appetite: Christie buys $300K of food & booze with NJ expense account  —  GRILLED: Chris Christie's state-paid grocery bills shrank after Barbara Walters asked if he was too heavy to be president  —  Chris Christie's expense account tells a story of appetite and ambition …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Prize For The Most Racist Interview Of A 2016 Candidate Goes To Bloomberg's Mark Halperin  —  Bloomberg's Mark Halperin, who somehow managed to act like a bigger jerk than Ted Cruz  —  Late last month, Bloomberg's Mark Halperin conducted a cringe-worthy interview with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Mark Halperin's cringey Ted Cruz interview is all part of the Halperin Primary  —  The San Jose Mercury News's Ruben Navarrette was watching a week-old interview between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Bloomberg's Mark Halperin when he suddenly felt a wave of nausea.
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: Horizons and Daily Kos
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren fires back at Obama: Here's what they're really fighting about  —  In an interview with Yahoo News that ran over the weekend, President Obama intensified his push-back against Elizabeth Warren and other critics of the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, flatly declaring that Warren is “absolutely wrong.”
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.
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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Dems to GOP: We're ready to fix ObamaCare, why aren't you?
Discussion: Politico
Politico:
Trade bill fate in doubt as debate kicks off
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 …
Discussion: Power Line, The Week and NPR
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Saudi King Salman to skip Obama's Camp David summit
Discussion: POLITICO
Ahmed Al Omran / Wall Street Journal:
Rulers Snub Arab Summit, Clouding U.S. Bid for Iran Deal
Tobias Salinger / NY Daily News:
UCSD art student forced to perform naked to pass, mom protests, art professor says that's not the full-frontal truth (VIDEO)  —  Visual arts students at the University of California, San Diego, must exhibit themselves in the buff before a naked class of 20 and a nude professor or fail an upper-level course, a disgusted mom told KGTV-TV.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Clinton Foundation's Behind-the-Scenes Battle With a Charity Watchdog Group  —  After landing on a high-profile watch list, the Clinton group is fighting to recover its good name.  —  Shares  —  Last Wednesday, Bill Clinton ratcheted up Clintonworld's counter assault on Clinton Cash …
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Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Full picture of Clinton charities' foreign government funding remains elusive
Discussion: Political Wire
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Cuomo Orders Emergency Measures to Protect Workers at Nail Salons  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered emergency measures on Sunday to combat the wage theft and health hazards faced by the thousands of people who work in New York State's nail salon industry.  —  Effective immediately …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Can government reach to the womb?  —  Republicans are supposed to be the party of limited government, even in the case of abortion.  —  Republicans are supposed to oppose abortion.  They're also supposed to support small government — and, more specifically, a federal government that exercises …
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Shane Vander Hart / Caffeinated Thoughts:
Carly Fiorina Would Not Support Reversing SCOTUS Marriage Decision
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: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Nicole Hensley / NY Daily News:
Son of Georgia educator behind racist rant asks those offended to ‘come see me face to face’  —  The son of a Lilburn, Ga. educator, whose racist rant at a graduation ceremony went viral over the weekend, came to her defense — in her own fashion.  —  “If anyone has something to say about my mom …
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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
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Why New Hampshire matters  —  On a recent weekend, nineteen people who happen to be Republicans and think they should be president gathered in a hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire to begin to make their case to the voters of that state.  —  If history is a precursor of the future …
Discussion: RedState
Steve Eder / New York Times:
Tony Rodham's Ties Invite Scrutiny for Hillary and Bill Clinton  —  The heavyset 60-year-old man who walked with a cane seemed an unlikely speaker at the glamorous launch party for a cosmetics company held in Santa Monica, Calif., in March.  —  But Tony Rodham appeared at ease among …
 
 
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Yaël Ossowski / Watchdog.org:
Charles Ergen dished cash to Dems to push FCC special treatment
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner press aide Michael Steel takes job with Jeb Bush
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Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Liberland president arrested by Croatia for trespassing in 'no man's land'
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Daily Mail:
Mogul Donald Trump: ‘Politicians are all talk, no action’
Neil Macdonald / CBC News:
Ottawa considering hate charges against those who boycott Israel
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Michael Falcone / ABC News:
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Dennis Wagner / Arizona Republic:
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 Earlier Items: 
THE / Los Angeles Times:
Editorial Tightening up on super PACs
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Clinton campaign's dilemma: What to do with Bill?
Discussion: The Coca-Cola Company
Marco Rubio / USA Today:
Sen. Rubio: Now's no time to end NSA program
Juan Williams / The Hill:
The GOP's festival of flip-flopping
Mark Bauerlein / New York Times:
What's the Point of a Professor?
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money