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The top two Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature say they'll make an end run around the judicial branch in early June if the courts haven't ruled on the legality of the anti-union law that put the state in the headlines earlier this year.

From the La Crosse Tribune:

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald both told The Associated Press that it would make the most sense for the committee to add the language into the budget before it comes up for debate before the full Legislature.

However, both Fitzgeralds are hoping the courts rule that the bill passed in March is legal and can take effect so further legislative action isn't necessary. The state Supreme Court has been asked to take the case, but it has not said if it will. Two lawsuits are pending in circuit court.

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The House of Representatives just passed H.R. 3, the controversial abortion-funding law that pro-choice critics and the White House has said will make it harder for woman to pay for abortion coverage with their own money.

The passage was expected, considering 227 members signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation. The final vote was 251-175. Sixteen Democrats and 235 Republicans voted aye. The full rollcall vote is here.

It's not likely the bill will move along much further past the House. Democrats control the Senate and the Obama administration has promised to veto the bill if it ever land on the president's desk.

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After two days of administration officials offering up conflicting details and accounts of the intense U.S. assault-team raid on Osama bin Laden's compound and his subsequent killing, the White House has completely shut down press attempts to get a full accounting of what transpired.

White House spokesman Jay Carney Wednesday referred all questions about operational aspects of the mission to the Defense Department, even refusing to say who, if anyone, was shooting back at the Navy Seals during the "firefight" that Carney and other administration officials earlier in the week has said took place during the 40-minute raid Sunday night.

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The Republican plan to privatize Medicare may need life support.

In a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, a robust majority of registered voters disapproved of Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) proposal to privatize Medicare and cap spending on the program that provides health care assistance to the elderly. And further, a strong majority said they supported an alternate path toward deficit reduction: raising taxes on top income earners, a proposal the GOP leadership has said is a non-starter.

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Just three days after the world learned President Obama ordered a daring special operations mission resulting in the death of Osama bin Laden, Sarah Palin has come around to claim he's "pussy-footing around" -- specifically by not immediately releasing photos of the deceased al Qaeda leader. To underscore the irony, Palin claims the pictures should be released "as warning to others seeking America's destruction" -- one day after numerous reports had her moving in a more pragmatic direction on foreign policy.

Palin took to Twitter, one of her go-to modes of communications, moments after news broke that Obama would not release the bin Laden photos.

"Show photo as warning to others seeking America's destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama;it's part of the mission," she said.

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Attorney General Eric Holder accused Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) of making statements that were "grossly unfair," after Gohmert implied that a U.S. Attorney declined to prosecute the Council On American-Islamic Relations for political gain.

Jim Jacks was the federal prosecutor in the trial over the Holy Land Foundation -- a Muslim charity -- in 2008. A jury convicted five men with ties to the group of providing material support to Hamas. Omar Ahmad, the founder of CAIR, and several other leaders of Islamic groups, were deemed unindicted co-conspirators and never charged.

In April , Rep. Peter King (R-NY) wrote a letter to the DOJ saying that he'd been "reliably informed" that the decision not to prosecute CAIR officials was "usurped by high-ranking officials at Department of Justice" and that prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's office in Dallas objected.

Jacks, now a U.S. Attorney, told the Dallas Morning News that King was "misinformed. That did not happen."

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Update at 3:47 p.m.: Sen. Saxby Chambliss' office says he didn't show Ayotte the photo and he has not seen it himself.

Amid reports that the White House will not release a photo of a slain Osama bin Laden, a photo of bin Laden is circulating among some senators.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) tells TPM another senator showed her a photo of a deceased bin Laden with the understanding that it was an authentic photo the Navy Seals took of him after he was killed.

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Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), the author of the controversial H.R. 3 bill that pro-choice critics and the White House say will severely limit the ability of women to find abortion coverage in private insurance plans, would not explicitly sign on with fellow Republicans calling for it to be tied to the debt ceiling vote.

Speaking with reporters on Wednesday as the House prepares for its expected passage of the "No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act," Smith -- one of the House's most ardent opponents of abortion and a leader on the issue for decades -- brushed off direct questions about a plan floated by some Republicans to tie HR 3 to the upcoming vote to raise the nation's debt limit. Republicans were able to attach an anti-abortion rider to the budget deal preventing Washington, DC from spending its taxpayer funds on abortion coverage for poor women, and some Republicans hope to repeat that strategy with Smith's bill.

Smith dodged when asked if he'd support the plan.

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