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Wisconsin Democrats scored a small but significant victory Tuesday night in the political battles over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union legislation, picking up a Republican-held Assembly seat in a special election -- in an area that is also caught up in the recall elections for the state Senate, in which Democrats hope to pick up at least three seats and take a majority in that chamber.

Three special elections were held on Tuesday night, to replace Republican legislators who had been appointed to positions in Walker's administration. Two of them were in solidly Republican areas, and were not seriously contested. But the contested race, for the district of former state Assembly Speaker and current Walker Secretary of Administration Mike Huebsch, was also located within the Senate district of GOP state Sen. Dan Kapanke, who is facing a likely recall election.

The result: Democrat Steve Doyle 54%, Republican John Lautz 46%.

As WisPolitics reports, Doyle says Democrats are energized going into the recalls:

The Onalaska Dem said that while going door to door, "I heard, over and over again, two words: Scott Walker."

Stephen Colbert jokingly adopted some conservative talking points Tuesday night, knocking Obama for taking too much credit for bin Laden's death, and lauding President Bush for really getting the job done.

Specifically, Colbert mocked Rush Limbaugh for his claim that Obama was taking too much credit for bin Laden's death.

"Rush is right," Colbert said. "The President is a credit hog, which is deeply offensive to Rush and other hog-Americans."

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CIA Director Leon Panetta sat down with PBS Newshour's Jim Lehrer, and described how before the successful mission to take out Osama bin Laden, they "were never really certain about whether or not bin Laden was there."

"We were never able to verify that in fact it was him," Panetta said. "But when you put all these pieces together, the security precautions, the nature of the compound, some of the additional information that we had gotten, we had the best intelligence case that we ever had on bin Laden since Tora Bora."

I think it was that information that required that we had an obligation to act. That's why the President took his steps, the steps that he did," he said.

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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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