The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday May 2nd, 2011

By Jayson

May 2, 2011 4:34am

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday at

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants Claudia Morales, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Amanda VanAllen

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer and Jake Tapper: Osama Bin Laden Operation Months in Making” President Obama heralded Osama bin Laden’s death as a major milestone in the war against al Qaeda, and "justice" for families of the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Obama said the operation carried out Sunday afternoon in northwest Pakistan resulted from "years of painstaking work" by intelligence agencies that yielded new clues to bin Laden's whereabouts starting last summer. "I met repeatedly with my National Security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located Bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside Pakistan," Obama said in an address from the East Room of the White House Sunday night. LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker, Helene Cooper and Mark Mazzetti:  “Bin Laden Is Dead, Obama Says”Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the most devastating attack on American soil in modern times and the most hunted man in the world, was killed in a firefight with United States forces in Pakistan on Sunday, President Obama announced. In a dramatic late-night appearance in the East Room of the White House, Mr. Obama declared that “justice has been done” as he disclosed that American military and C.I.A. operatives had finally cornered Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda who had eluded them for nearly a decade, and shot him to death at a compound in Pakistan. LINK

The Washington Posts’ Philip Rucker, Scott Wilson and Anne E. Kornblut: “Osama bin Laden is Killed by U.S. Forces in Pakistan” Osama bin Laden, the long-hunted al-Qaeda leader and chief architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, was killed by U.S. forces Sunday in a firefight in Pakistan, President Obama announced.In a rare Sunday night address from the East Room of the White House, Obama said a small team of U.S. personnel attacked a compound Sunday in Pakistan’s Abbottabad Valley, where bin Laden had been hiding since at least last summer. After a firefight, the U.S. team killed bin Laden, 54, and took custody of his body in what Obama called “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaeda.”LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall and Richard Wolf: “How the U.S. tracked down bin Laden” Two years ago, when senior U.S. intelligence officials figured out where the man they thought might be hiding Osama bin Laden was living, they were astounded. LINK

The Hills’ Sam Youngman: “US Forces Kill Osama bin Laden in Raid on Pakistan Compound” U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden during a firefight in Pakistan, President Obama announced Sunday. Almost a decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, Obama said a small team of U.S. troops killed the al Qaeda leader, who was holed up not in a cave, but in a mansion in an affluent part of Abbottabad, a city about 100 miles north of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Obama said no U.S. citizens were harmed in the attack and that the U.S. has possession of bin Laden's body. LINK

Los Angeles Times’ Bob Drogin, Ken Dilanian and David Cloud: “Osama bin Laden Dead” A CIA-led team killed Osama bin Laden at a compound inside Pakistan Sunday and recovered his body, bringing to a close the world's highest-profile manhunt after a decadelong search, President Obama announced to the world Sunday night. "Justice has been done," the president said solemnly in a hastily arranged late-night TV address from the East Room of the White House. Bin Laden, he said, "murdered thousands of innocent men, women and children" and his death was "the most significant achievement to date" in the U.S. war against the Al Qaeda terrorist network that Bin Laden founded, led and inspired. LINK

NY Daily News’ Joshua Greenman:  Barack Obama Proves Critics Wrong, Announces Bin Laden Killed After Decade of Fruitless U.S. Pursuit”  The critics say Barack Obama is our first "post-American President" – the one who doesn't believe in the war on terrorism or in American exceptionalism. This is the one who's making us systematically weaker in the world. Yet he's the one who just announced that after almost 10 years of fruitlessly pursuing Osama bin Laden, we finally got the mad killer. It's not just an Obama achievement. LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman: “Osama Bin Laden Killed in U.S. Raid on Compound, Obama Says” Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by a team of U.S. operatives early yesterday morning after a firefight at a house in Pakistan where he had been hiding, President Barack Obama said. “On nights like this one we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done,” Obama said in a late-night televised address from the White House. LINK

Politico’s Julie Mason and Josh Gerstein: “Osama Bin Laden killed, Obama announces” President Barack Obama on Sunday night announced that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in a brief U.S.-led operation that brought a stunning end to nearly 10 years of international pursuit of the world’s most notorious terrorist. “A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and ability,” Obama said in a surprise address just after 11:30 p.m. Sunday. “For over two decades, bin Laden has been Al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, he has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid and Damian Paletta: “Senate ‘Gang’ Hashes Out Deficit Plan” Sen. Mark Warner brings a buzzer to meetings of the "Gang of Six" senators who are working to craft a grand deficit-cutting deal. If talks get too tense, Mr. Warner, a Virginia Democrat, hits the button, which intones: "Bull— detected. Take precautions." LINK

Newsweek “The Democrats' Last, Best Hope” Jon Tester, United States senator, is face down in the mud. Earlier today, Tester and his wife, Sharla, drove from Great Falls, Mont., to their home, T-Bone Farms, 80 miles northeast. It’s a journey the Testers have been making nearly every weekend since Jon joined the Senate in January 2007. As usual, they followed the Teton River through sloping sandstone canyons and out onto a vast expanse of flat, treeless farmland, with only the occasional man-made interruption: the United Grain silos in Kershaw, the Ace High Casino in Loma, a billboard about chewing tobacco. “Quitting Was Tough,” it said, “But I’m Tougher.” The trip took 80 minutes. LINK


The Washington Time’s Tim Devaney: “Bloomberg: U.S should invite illegals to live, work in Detroit” New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has a proposal to solve the nation’s illegal-immigration problem: invite the new arrivals to earn their citizenship by living and working in Detroit for a few years. LINK


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