The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday May 9th, 2011

By Jayson

May 9, 2011 6:38am

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

NY Daily News' Helen Kennedy: "Cheney, Rumsfeld, Other Bush Officials Claim Credit for Nabbing Bin Laden, Talk up Waterboarding"  A parade of former Bush administration officials went on the Sunday political shows to talk up waterboarding and claim a measure of credit for bagging Osama Bin Laden. LINK

The Hills' Michael O'Brien: "Obama says bin Laden Benefited From 'Support Network' in Pakistan" When hiding out in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was aided by a "support network" the extent of which the U.S. is still trying to understand, President Obama said Sunday. The president said that bin Laden, who'd been living in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, for at least five years before being killed in a U.S. raid last Sunday, had been the beneficiary of others in his efforts to evade American forces. LINK

ABC News' Christiane Amanpour and Sherisse Pham: "Osama Bin Laden's Death Sparks Criticism of Pakistan" Osama bin Laden did not surrender, said White House national security advisor Tom Donilon. In an interview with ABC News' Christiane Amanpour,Donilon said the United States forces made the right decision when they killed the al Qaeda leader on May 2. "Osama bin Laden did not give any signal that he was intending or had any intention to surrender," said Donilon. "And in those settings, our forces, I think, made the absolutely appropriate judgment that he was a threat, given all the techniques we knew al Qaeda to use." LINK

The Washington Time’s Tim Devaney: “Intel from bin Laden raid called a ‘treasure’” White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said Sunday the volume of information seized from the terrorist al Qaeda network during last week’s mission to kill Osama bin Laden was “the size of a small college library.”LINK

The New York Times’ Kevin Sack: “Battle Over Health Care Law Shifts to Federal Appellate Courts” A five-week flurry of federal appellate hearings on the constitutionality of the Obama health care law kicks off Tuesday in Richmond, Va., beginning the second round of a race to the Supreme Court among a multitude of litigants eager to strike down the president’s signature domestic achievement. LINK

The Washington Post’s Amy Gardner and Jon Cohen: “Bin Laden death helps Obama reposition in Virginia, but big challenges remain” The targeted killing of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden boosted President Obama’s prospects for reelection over several potential Republican challengers in the battleground state of Virginia, according to a Washington Post poll. LINK

The Washington Post’s Joby Warrick and Karin Brulliard: “Obama’s national security team was sharply divided over Osama bin Laden raid” President Obama faced sharply divided counsel and, to his mind, barely better-than-even odds of success when he ordered the commando raid last week that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the president said in an interview broadcast Sunday. LINK

Bloomberg’s Phil Mattingly: “Obama says Bin Laden Raid Among ‘Longest 40 Minutes” of Life” President Barack Obama said monitoring the raid that ended in Osama bin Laden’s death in an Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound was “the longest 40 minutes” of his life, with the possible exception of when his daughter Sasha was gravely ill as a three-month-old baby. Obama said in an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” program that he made the decision to send U.S. Navy SEALs in to raid the compound on April 28 and informed his team the next morning. LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: “Obama: Bin Laden must have had Pakistani ‘support network’” In his first public comments on Pakistan since the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama, said the al-Qaeda leader must have had "some sort of support network" there, although he doesn't know if it included government officials. LINK

LA Times: "Immigration: A Better Farm Worker Fix" The debate over a guest-worker program is heating up again in Congress. At issue is the H-2A visa program, which allows agricultural growers to legally hire temporary or seasonal foreign workers. Rooted in the controversial bracero program that recruited thousands of Mexicans to work on U.S. farms during the 1940s and '50s, it was overhauled in 1986 to protect field workers against wage and housing abuses. LINK

Politico’s Jake Sherman: “John Boehner goes to New York to talk debt” House Speaker John Boehner will step up his efforts Monday to lay out a strategy for raising the debt ceiling to a crowd heavy on Wall Street players who are anxiously watching the fierce debate over the debt ceiling unfold. In a speech to the Economic Club of New York in Midtown Manhattan, the Ohio Republican is set to reiterate to leading financial executives that he believes that reforming Medicare should be part of negotiations in raising the debt ceiling, saying that there needs to be “an honest conversation,” because the program is on an “unsustainable path if changes are not made,” according to sources familiar with the speech. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy: “Giuliani: Another GOP Maybe” On the long list of noncommittal GOP presidential candidates in 2012, don’t cross off Rudy Giuliani. LINK

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