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Former U.S. President George W. Bush may wish to remain out of the spotlight, even in the wake of Osama Bin Laden's death, but that's not stopping the wheels of parody. In a new Funny or Die video, Will Ferrell's back in his tremendously popular impersonation of Bush, issuing a statement from the "Sizzler Steakhouse on Canyon Ranch Road." In the video, Ferrell's Bush details how he's personally overseen a "strategic and covert operation that killed the gopher who's been tearing up my backyard."

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How close to the Pakistani military was Osama bin Laden hiding? Close enough that the military could have captured him using an oversized magnet like the whole thing was a classic carton gag, according to Jon Stewart.

Stewart was incredulous Tuesday night that the Pakistani military had no idea where bin Laden had been hiding, even though the Pakistani equivalent of West Point was just a half mile away from where bin Laden was ultimately found.

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As elite opinion rapidly sours on Pakistani's government following the revelation that Osama bin Laden was hiding in an elaborate compound outside a major city there, key officials and regional experts are counseling patience with what they admit is a tense and difficult alliance.

While lawmakers on the relevant House and Senate committees acknowledged that bin Laden's discovery raised new questions about whether elements of Pakistan's government and military are tied to terrorism, many also warned that there are few alternative options when it comes to engaging the government. In doing so, they pushed back against growing calls from some lawmakers to review America's aid and ties to the country.

"Pakistan," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said at a press briefing Tuesday. "You can't trust them and you can't abandon them."

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The killing of Osama bin Laden put domestic politics on the back burner for members of Congress, who returned to Washington on Monday after a two week recess. But only briefly. Already Republicans are eager to change the topic, and both parties are returning to the enormous business at hand.

Democrats arrived on Capitol Hill Monday having walked deep into enemy territory. A series of missteps, driven by divisions within their party, have helped Republicans move the center of the legislative debate on Capitol Hill far to the right. Now Dems are trying to hold the line as the GOP advances on a decades-long goal of eroding the social safety net.

Over the past several months, Democrats have ratified two key GOP positions: first that reducing the deficit should be the government's top priority; and second, that the best -- if not the only -- way to do this is by slashing spending. That's a formula for eviscerating necessary programs, particularly the big entitlements like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Democrats are belatedly waking up to this. They spent the recess attacking Republicans for voting to phase out Medicare, and trying to box them into ending tax loopholes that serve as corporate welfare for oil companies. But these peripheral political fights are actually stage-setters for the main event.

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Democrats Put On Combat Boots The Hill reports: "Welcome to Bizarro Washington, where Republicans are trusted to lead on the economy and President Obama is the man with the big stick who killed Osama bin Laden. For decades, the roles of the two major parties were clearly defined by voters: Republicans were strong on national security, and Democrats, the mommy party, were the anti-war crowd whose strength was the economy. Now that Obama can claim the scalp of bin Laden, voters, especially those under 30 years old, might be forced to reevaluate those traditional views."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET, and Obama will meet at 10:30 a.m. ET with senior advisers. At 3:15 p.m. ET, Obama will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride. Then at 4:30 p.m. ET, Obama will meet with Prince Charles.

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1||Members of the media, politicians, and celebrities gathered in Washington on April 30 for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.



President Obama drew loud applause during his speech, particularly when he ribbed Donald Trump -- who was in the audience. ||Martin Simon/Martin Simon - Pool via CNP/Newscom&&

2||SNL's Seth Meyers and First Lady Michelle Obama. Meyers was the event's emcee. ||CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom&&

3||CBS correspondent Lara Logan ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

4||Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

5||Geraldo Rivera ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

6||MSNBC's Tamron Hall ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

7||NBC's Brian Williams || Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

8||CIA Director and Secretary of Defense-nominee Leon Panetta ||CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom&&

9||Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam records. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

10||Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

11||Sarah Palin and Todd Palin ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

12||Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

13||Jim Miklaszewski, Chief Pentagon correspondent for NBC news ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

14||Donald Trump ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

15||Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) with his wife, Gail Huff ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

16||Rupert Murdoch ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

17||Cee Lo Green ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

18||Jonathan Capehart (right), an editorial writer for the Washington Post. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

19||MSNBC host Ed Schultz with his wife, Wendy ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

20||Secretary of Defense Robert Gates ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

21||Joan Rivers || TRIPPLAAR KRISTOFFER/SIPA/TRIPPLAAR KRISTOFFER/SIPA/Newscom&&

22||Hall of Fame baseball player Cal Ripken Jr. ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

23||Former Sen. Tom Daschle ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

24||Interim head of the DNC Donna Brazile, and Fox News' Bill O'Reilly ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

25||SNL's Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, and Fred Armisen ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

26||MSNBC's Chris Matthews ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

27||MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

28||NFL player Terrell Owens || Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

29||Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

30||David Gregory, host of Meet the Press ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

31||Rosario Dawson ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

32||Scarlett Johansson and her brother, Hunter ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

33||Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

34||John Legend ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

35||Colin Powell ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

36||Actress Cheryl Hines and actor Mekhi Phifer ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

37||MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell and Norah O'Donnell ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

38||Amy Poehler and Fred Armisen ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

39||CSI: NY actor Hill Harper ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

40||Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

41||Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

42||CNBC host Jim Cramer ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

43||will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas and CNBC correspondent John Harwood (not of the Black Eyed Peas) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

44||MSNBC's Chuck Todd ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

45||Comedian Chelsea Handler ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

46||Actress Tyne Daly and brother, Tim Daly ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

47||CNBC host Joe Kernen ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

48||Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

49||Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD), and his wife, Katie ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

50||Fox News host Greta Van Susteren ||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

Lawmakers gathered in Congress Tuesday for a classified briefing from CIA director Leon Panetta on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Though it's become a defining political split following the death of the terrorist leader, discussions about the role of torture to obtain bin Laden's location did not make it to the briefing. "We didn't talk about that at all," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters following the session with Panetta. Pelosi said she had "no idea" whether torture played a part in capturing and killing bin Laden.

Some have used bin Laden's death to justify the Bush administration's controversial use of so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" while Democratic intelligence leaders on Capitol Hill have dismissed the argument that bin Laden's death means torture works.

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