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2:25 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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Max Fisher / Vox:
The many problems with Seymour Hersh's Osama bin Laden conspiracy theory  —  On Sunday, the legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh finally released a story that he has been rumored to have been working on for years: the truth about the killing of Osama bin Laden.
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.
Alexandra Jaffe / CNN:
White House rejects Seymour Hersh ‘baseless assertions’ on bin Laden raid
Discussion: Western Journalism
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.
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
THE / Los Angeles Times:   Editorial Tightening up on super PACs
Politico:
Trade bill fate in doubt as debate kicks off
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.”
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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
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.
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 …
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Politico:
A Saudi snub?  —  Saudi King Salman will skip Camp David summit …
Discussion: POLITICO
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 …
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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Kevin Clay / WESH-TV:
George Zimmerman involved in shooting in Lake Mary, police say  —  Zimmerman appeared to suffer minor wound, officers say  —  George Zimmerman was involved in a shooting incident in Lake Mary on Monday afternoon, according to Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell.
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
Neil Macdonald / CBC News:
Ottawa considering hate charges against those who boycott Israel  —  Blaney's office cites ‘comprehensive’ hate laws for new zero tolerance plans  —  The Harper government is signalling its intention to use hate crime laws against Canadian advocacy groups that encourage boycotts of Israel.
Office of Media Relations:
American Electorate Skeptical of Every 2016 Candidate, New GW Battleground Poll Shows  —  Economic Focus May Offer Advantage for Democrats Leading into Campaign Season  —  MEDIA CONTACTS:  —  Jason Shevrin: jshevrin@gwu.edu, 202-994-5631  —  John Brandt: johnbrandt@gwu.edu, 202-994-3199
Discussion: Politico and OnPolitics
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 …
Richard Fry / Pew Research Center:
Millennials surpass Gen Xers as the largest generation in U.S. labor force  —  More than one-in-three American workers today are Millennials (adults ages 18 to 34 in 2015), and this year they surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce, according …
 
 
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USA Today:
Defense, prosecution rest in Tsarnaev sentencing
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Senate Intelligence chairman: NSA ruling returns US to ‘pre-9/11’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
New York Post:
Parents ‘stalked’ coach who put their kid on the bench
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Yaël Ossowski / Watchdog.org:
Charles Ergen dished cash to Dems to push FCC special treatment
Discussion: BarbWire.com
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner press aide Michael Steel takes job with Jeb Bush
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Liberland president arrested by Croatia for trespassing in 'no man's land'
Discussion: BarbWire.com
Argus Leader:
Last Slide
Discussion: Fox News Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Why New Hampshire matters
Discussion: RedState
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Of Museums and Racial Relics
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Marco Rubio / USA Today:
Sen. Rubio: Now's no time to end NSA program
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
ABC News Has No Idea What Alex Jones' Deal Is
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
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