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Obama Hopes Unifying Pride Carries Over To Political Debate CNN reports: "The national unity that emerged in reaction to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has frayed in recent years, but some of it reappeared with the news that U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama told a dinner for congressional leaders Monday night. At the mention of the successful mission to eliminate bin Laden, Obama received a prolonged standing ovation from his dozens of White House guests who included Cabinet members and top senators and U.S. representatives from both parties."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:45 a.m. ET, and Obama will meet at 10:15 a.m. ET with senior advisers. At 11:45 a.m. ET, Obama will honor the 2011 National Teacher of the Year and State Teachers of the Year. Obama will hold a cabinet meeting at 12:45 p.m. ET, which Biden will also attend. Obama will meet at 2:35 p.m. ET with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Obama and Biden will meet at 4:30 p.m. ET with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

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With the death of Osama bin Laden, Jon Stewart announced Monday night that a dark period in America's history was hopefully over, and our country was "back."

Further, he said the news could not have been better for native New Yorkers, as the circumstances of bin Laden's death sounded like the sort of fantasy killing a stereotypical New Yorker would concoct.

"Not only did we kill Bin Laden, but we killed him in Abbottabad?" Stewart said. "Abbottabad sounds like the name most New Yorkers would have invented for the ficitional place they would love to kill Bin Laden."

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President Obama would veto H.R. 3 -- the bill that became infamous earlier this year for its original language about "forcible rape" -- if it were ever to make it to his desk.

The finalized version of H.R. 3, which proponents say is aimed at making existing government restrictions on funding abortion permanent, is scheduled for a House vote on Monday. Critics of the bill, including the White House, have said that it would make it tougher for women to seek abortion coverage from private insurers, effectively expanding government restrictions on abortion funding beyond the accepted practice found in the Hyde Amendment (which needs to be renewed by Congress every year.)

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Like so many memes that persist in politics, this one started on the Internet. The morning after President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan, conservatives started crowing that credit should be given to President George W. Bush -- specifically, for having the foresight and courage to torture the people who provided the initial scraps of intel that ultimately led the CIA to a giant compound just north of Islamabad.

The most prominent of these conservatives was Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who took to Twitter to ask sardonically, "Wonder what President Obama thinks of water boarding now?

About two hours later, the Associated Press published a brief story claiming that the CIA obtained the initial intelligence it needed to find bin Laden from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed -- the so-called mastermind of 9/11 -- and his successor, Abu Faraj al-Libi at CIA black sites in Poland and Romania.

Those secret prisons, which the Obama administration contends to have abandoned, were the facilities where Mohammed and al-Libi were waterboarded. There, the detainees supposedly identified by nom de guerre a courier who would years later be located by American intelligence officials, and lead them to bin Laden's compound.

"The news is sure to reignite debate over whether the now-closed interrogation and detention program was successful," the AP wrote. "Former president George W. Bush authorized the CIA to use the harshest interrogation tactics in U.S. history. President Barack Obama closed the prison system."

There's just one problem. The key bit of intel wasn't acquired via torture, according to a more fleshed out version of the same report.

But the myth provided a brief opening. Thus have Republicans constructed a version of events by which they -- and Bush in particular -- deserve some of credit for bin Laden's death. Not all of it. Indeed they have by and large acknowledged Obama's role, and congratulated him on it. And most have not been as brazen as King or the Tea Party Express in attributing the success of the mission to Bush's interrogation policies. But Bush, they argue, played a big part as well, akin to the husband who loosens the lid to a Mason jar only to watch his wife open it effortlessly.

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1||President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update in the situation room of the White House, as the mission to kill Osama bin Laden unfolded.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

2||Obama and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon during a meeting in the White House's Situation Room.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

3||Obama in the Situation Room.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

4||Obama edits his remarks in the Oval Office prior to making a televised statement detailing the mission that resulted in the death of bin Laden.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

5||Obama reached out to presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, among others, informing them of the successful mission. ||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

6||Senior administration officials listen as Obama delivers a statement in the East Room of the White House. From left: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, CIA Director Leon Panetta, Chair Of The Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

7||Obama announces the death of bin Laden in the White House's East Room.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

8||Obama and senior administration officials after the President's remarks.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

9||Obama and his national security team in the White House's situation room.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

This story was updated at 9:43 a.m.

The House Ethics Committee selected a staff director and chief counsel Monday evening, ending a four-month impasse that had the panel's investigative functions at a standstill, the House Ethics Committee said in a statement.

The panel unanimously chose Daniel Schwager, who currently serves as a counsel for the Senate Ethics Committee and previously worked in the public-integrity section of the Justice Department, the two House sources indicated. The vote on the evenly divided panel was 9-0 with Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) absent.

Both Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL), who chairs the panel, and its ranking member, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), strongly recommended Schwager, the sources told TPM.

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by Marian Wang, ProPublica

The nighttime attack on Osama Bin Laden's compound by the elite Joint Special Operations Command isn't the first time U.S. troops have entered Pakistan for covert raids. In the past, such incidents have drawn protests from the Pakistani government, though it has a history of condemning in public actions that it has endorsed in private.

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With the world's eyes focused on the late Osama Bin Laden and Congress largely quiet, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) ended his tumultuous political career with a farewell speech from the Senate floor on Monday afternoon.

Ensign, who announced his resignation last month almost two years after revealing an extramarital affair with a staffer, issued an apology to his family and fellow lawmakers -- and a warning to avoid his path to ruin.

In his remarks, Ensign lamented how he had grown "blind to how arrogant and self-centered that I had become" en route to his scandal, even as he saw the same self-centeredness exhibited in his Senate colleagues.

"My caution to all of my colleagues is to surround yourself with people who will be honest with you about how you really are and what you are becoming, and then make them promise to not hold back, no matter how much you may try to prevent them, from telling you the truth," Ensign said. "I wish that I had done this sooner, but this is one of the hardest lessons that I've had to learn."

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