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2:45 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.
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
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).
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Mark Lagerkvist /
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 …
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.”
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wall Street Vampires
Discussion: Horizons and Daily Kos
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.
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.
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Dems to GOP: We're ready to fix ObamaCare, why aren't you?
Discussion: Politico
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.
Fox News:
Rulers of most Gulf nations to miss US summit, administration denies ‘snub’  —  The White House was scrambling Monday to put a positive face on an upcoming summit of Persian Gulf states after learning leaders from four of the six invited nations are expected to skip.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Says King Won't Attend Meetings in U.S.
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 …
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.
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 …
Shane Vander Hart / Caffeinated Thoughts:
Carly Fiorina Would Not Support Reversing SCOTUS Marriage Decision
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 …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why Hillary Clinton needs Elizabeth Warren  —  Elizabeth Warren has pulled off something remarkable in the Democratic primary: she's managed to set the terms of the challenge to Hillary Clinton without actually entering the race and challenging Clinton herself.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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:, 202-994-5631  —  John Brandt:, 202-994-3199
Discussion: Politico and OnPolitics
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 …
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 …
USA Today:
Defense, prosecution rest in Tsarnaev sentencing  —  BOSTON — Sister Helen Prejean, the Catholic nun and anti-death penalty activist whose story came to fame with the 1995 film Dead Man Walking, took the stand on Monday in the penalty phase of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial.
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Huckabee: “I don't have to defend everything that I've ever done”  —  Shares -  —  Asked about his role promoting a dietary supplement that claims to cure diabetes, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said, “I don't have to defend everything that I've ever done.”
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Senate Intelligence chairman: NSA ruling returns US to ‘pre-9/11’  —  Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Sunday argued that a ruling against the National Security Agency (NSA) and its collection of phone records returned American intelligence to levels not seen since before the 9/11 attacks.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Jeffrey Tayler / Salon:
The left has Islam all wrong: Bill Maher, Pamela Geller and the reality progressives must face  —  Whatever her views on other matters are, Pamela Geller is right about one thing: last week's Islamist assault on the “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest she hosted in Texas proves the jihad …
Discussion: Chicks on the Right
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Jason Furman / New York Times:
Smart Social Programs
Emily Anthes / New Yorker:
Lady Killers  —  In November, 1988, police arrived at 1426 F Street …
Matt Schiavenza / The Atlantic:
China and Russia Grow Even Closer
New York Post:
Parents ‘stalked’ coach who put their kid on the bench
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Yaël Ossowski /
Charles Ergen dished cash to Dems to push FCC special treatment
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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'
Argus Leader:
Last Slide
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Why New Hampshire matters
Discussion: RedState
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Of Museums and Racial Relics
Juan Williams / The Hill:
The GOP's festival of flip-flopping