POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, May 3, 2011
May 3rd, 2011
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

WASHINGTON/POLITICAL
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CNN: U.S. spies dig into data from bin Laden raid
U.S. intelligence officers are digging through a cache of computer equipment and data taken in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in hopes it will yield leads on other al Qaeda leaders and plots, according to American officials.

CNN: For one day, anyway, Republicans praise Obama
From House Speaker John Boehner to Republican Rep. Peter King of New York and, to a lesser degree, even radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, comments from the political right Monday were missing their usual criticism of Obama's leadership to focus on the president's decision to launch the successful mission that took out bin Laden.

Roll Call: Parties Assess Post-bin Laden Politics
Elected officials and campaign operatives were careful Monday to avoid any suggestion that Osama bin Laden’s death would have political consequences. It was clear, however, that the Obama administration’s successful hunting of the world’s top terrorist shifted the 2012 electoral landscape, giving the president and his party new credibility on a potent issue as violence rages across the Middle East. But it also became evident that the road to politicize bin Laden’s death is lined with peril.

The Hill: Lieberman urges administration to release bin Laden photos
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Monday said the Obama administration "probably" should publicly release photos of Osama bin Laden's body. The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said he has no doubt that U.S. forces killed the former al Qaeda leader on Sunday, but said that such a move might be necessary "to quell any doubts" that the operation was somehow a "ruse."

NATIONAL
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CNN: Army Corps starts to blow up levee, flood 130,000 acres in Missouri
The explosions… marked the start of a three-stage process to intentionally breach the levee - and, in the process, pave the way for tons of water to flood 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland - to alleviate pressure caused by historically high water levels in the rivers.

CNN: Sony: PC game network was also hacked
Sony said the Internet security breach targeting its networks was more extensive than originally thought. Hackers also gained access to databases containing subscriber information for Sony Online Entertainment, a San Diego subsidiary that makes online multiplayer games for computers and the PlayStation 3. …With the PC game network also compromised, Sony adds 24.6 million accounts to the pot.

CNN: NASA: Endeavour's earliest launch will be May 10
The final launch of space shuttle Endeavour, originally set for Friday and then delayed until Monday, now will not occur before May 10 at 11:21 a.m., officials said. The launch was initially delayed by at least 72 hours Friday because of concerns about the shuttle's heating system.

CNN: 6 Boy Scouts, 2 troop leaders missing in Arkansas National Forest
A Boy Scout troop from Lafayette, Louisiana, is missing after camping this weekend in a national forest in Arkansas .Arkansas emergency official Tommy Jackson said the search by the Montgomery County Sheriff's office for Troop No. 162 continues in the Ouachita National Forest.

INTERNATIONAL
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CNN: Courier who led US to Osama bin Laden's hideout identified
A diplomatic source has told CNN that the courier, who was in close contact with Osama bin Laden and who eventually led the United States to him, was a Kuwaiti named Abu Ahmad. …Analysis of assessments of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay include several mentions of a man by the name of Abu Ahmad al Kuwaiti, who was reportedly close to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - also a Kuwaiti.

Washington Post: Opinon: Pakistani Pres. Zardari: Pakistan did its part
Although the events of Sunday were not a joint operation, a decade of cooperation and partnership between the United States and Pakistan led up to the elimination of Osama bin Laden as a continuing threat to the civilized world. And we in Pakistan take some satisfaction that our early assistance in identifying an al-Qaeda courier ultimately led to this day.

Foreign Policy: Osama bin Who? A decade of denials and downplaying from Pakistani leaders.
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces on Sunday in the resort town of Abbottabad, just two hours from the Pakistani capital. This ended a nearly decade-long manhunt for the 9/11 mastermind as well a decade of dubious denials from Pakistani leaders that he could possibly be in their country.

ABC News: Osama Bin Laden Is Dead - Where Are the Other 9/11 Perpetrators?
While 19 hijackers were among the nearly 3,000 people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, many of those said to be responsible were nowhere near Washington or New York that morning. Some of the prime actors, like Osama, have been captured or killed, while others remain at large nearly ten years later.

CNN: Middle East reacts cautiously to bin Laden death
News of the death of Osama bin Laden sparked late-night celebrations in the United States - but the response in the Arab world has been more cautious and subdued. There were no scenes of jubilation in streets across the region, though the death dominated news broadcasts.

CNN: A sleepy Pakistani city awakes to violence, a unique place in history
Life tends to be simpler, slower, safer in Abbottabad than in many Pakistani cities. ...Until Monday morning, that is. That's when Abbottabad went from a sleepy northern Pakistani city 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad to the site of a bloody and historic firefight.

BUSINESS
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CNNMoney: Gas could top $4 nationwide this week
After jumping more than 3 cents over the weekend, gas prices across America could top $4 a gallon this week, according to one industry analyst. …As of Monday, the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline now stands at $3.952, according a daily survey from motorist group AAA.

New York Times: U.S. Business Has High Tax Rates but Pays Less
The United States may soon wind up with a distinction that makes business leaders cringe — the highest corporate tax rate in the world. …But by taking advantage of myriad breaks and loopholes that other countries generally do not offer, United States corporations pay only slightly more on average than their counterparts in other industrial countries.

CNNMoney: Oil stabilizes after 'gut reaction' to bin Laden death
Oil prices erased early losses Monday, ending the session only slightly lower, as the knee-jerk optimism triggered by Osama bin Laden's death began to fade.

CNNMoney: Treasury extends debt ceiling window to Aug. 2
In a letter to Congress, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said that he now estimates he can keep the country out of default until Aug. 2, three weeks later than he estimated last month. The reason for the extension: The government has taken in more tax revenue than expected - easing the country's borrowing needs.

In Case You Missed It...
CNN's Tom Foreman shares some details about the elite military team that killed Osama bin Laden.
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2011/05/03/ac.foreman.inside.seals.cnn


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  1. dave john

    Osama bin Laden is dead
    His hard drives and computers were confiscated
    So they can find out who the real terrorists are!
    What are the chances that the white house and the congress stop funding church group to go after innocent Muslims?
    Since we are broke why don’t we use that money to do something useful?
    Let's stop the madness, let's stop the waste.

    Dave

    May 3, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |