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Politicians across the political spectrum have been taking digs at Pakistan in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death in that country, but Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) offered up perhaps the toughest assessment yet from a senior lawmaker on Thursday.

In an interview with ABC News, Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was opening up an investigation into whether elements of Pakistan's government had foreknowledge of bin Laden's location.

"I think at high levels, high levels being the intelligence service, at high levels they knew it," Levin said. "I can't prove it. I just think it's counterintuitive not to."

The Senator tied the issue to a review of billions of dollar in economic and military aid to Pakistan.

"Some of it is in our interest. Some of it seems to be, is not clearly in our interest, and that's why the questions that we are asking the Pakistan government to answer need to be answered," Levin said.

The National Education Association -- which represents 3.2 million teachers and education professionals across the country -- took its first step Thursday toward endorsing Barack Obama for president in 2012, TPM has learned.

The NEA is the country's largest union, and the news makes it the first to signal formal support for Obama's reelection bid.

The union's Political Action Committee sent a recommendation to its governing group, the Representative Assembly, urging the full membership of the union to stand behind Obama's bid for a second term.

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Stephen Colbert is pleased the Osama bin Laden is dead, but he wishes President Obama wasn't getting all the credit.

On his show Thursday night, Colbert said he longed for old Obama, the one who was easier to criticize because he hadn't killed bin Laden. And as for the killing itself, Colbert was upset that it had altered the Muslim attack angle on the president.

"I don't like this new Obama who hunts Muslim extremists," Colbert said. "I like the old Obama who is a Muslim extremist."

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Donald Trump practically wrote The Daily Show's jokes when he talked about his preference for a certain shaft length of golf club as a metaphor for his opposition to gay marriage.

"I don't wanna say anything, but I think gay people and straight people use the same putters," Jon Stewart said on Thursday night. "Really a matter of hole selection."

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The CIA had for months been spying on the compound where Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. forces earlier this week, according to reports.

The agency maintained a rented safehouse near bin Laden's compound, where a small team of spies "relied on Pakistani informants and other sources to help assemble a 'pattern of life' portrait of the occupants and daily activities at the fortified compound where bin Laden was found," officials told The Washington Post.

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The economy added 244,000 jobs in April, significantly more than predicted, indicating that the recovery still has legs despite disappointing projections from the Federal Reserve last month.

The private sector led the charged with an impressive 268,000 new jobs added, including 57,000 new retail positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to last month's growth, the previous two month's numbers were revised upwards to include 46,000 more jobs. In another positive sign, the number of long-term unemployed -- those who have not held a job for 27 weeks or more -- declined by 283,000.

While economists and leaders from both political parties hailed the report as a positive sign, the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 9.0% from 8.8% in March. The downward turn did not come from higher participation in the job market by previously discouraged workers, writes the New York Times' David Leonhardt, but from revisions to slightly inflated numbers in previous jobs reports.

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Obama To Meet SEAL Team Involved In Bin Laden Operation CNN reports: "President Barack Obama will meet Friday with members of the U.S. Navy SEAL team involved in the assault on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, a senior administration official told CNN...'The president met with Adm. McRaven at the White House yesterday to thank him personally in the Oval Office and will have the opportunity to privately thank some of the special operators involved in the operation tomorrow at Fort Campbell' in Kentucky, the official said."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will depart form the white House at 9:30 a.m. ET, and depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 9:45 a.m. ET, arriving at 11:20 a.m. ET in Indianapolis, Indiana. At 11:55 a.m. ET, he will tour Allison Transmission Headquarters, and deliver remarks to workers there at 12:15 p.m. ET. He will depart from Indianapolis at 1:30 p.m. ET, arriving at 2:25 p.m. ET at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. At 3:55 p.m. ET, he will deliver remarks to service members who have recently returned from deployment. He will depart form Fort Campbell at 4:40 p.m. ET, arriving at Andrews Air Force Base at 6:15 p.m. ET, and arriving back at the White House at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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The biggest boon for the five Republican presidential candidates who showed up in South Carolina for the first debate of the GOP 2012 race Thursday night may have been simply allowing viewers to put a name to a face.

The GOP field is still shaking out, and the debate was perhaps less notable for who was in attendance -- Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Gary Johnson, and Ron Paul -- than for who wasn't -- Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, and Mike Huckabee.

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Republicans are predictably pushing back against President Obama's proposed executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political donations to third-party groups.

House GOP leaders and 19 other Republicans sent a letter to Obama Friday urging him not to issue the executive order, arguing it would introduce politics into the federal-government contracting practice and stifle political speech.

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