The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, May 03, 2011

By Jayson

May 3, 2011 4:28am

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 right here at

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

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer and Michael Falcone: “President Obama Approval Rating: Boost From Osama Bin Laden Death Likely” The death of Osama bin Laden is an enormous and immediate political victory for President Obama, who has faced periodic criticism for his handling of the fight against al Qaeda and struggles to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan. LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg: “Obama Finds Praise, Even From Republicans” President Obama drew praise from unlikely quarters on Monday for pursuing a risky and clandestine mission to kill Osama bin Laden, a successful operation that interrupted the withering Republican criticism about his foreign policy, world view and his grasp of the office. LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and Paul Kane: “Bin Laden’s death may give Obama new authority on Afghan war” Osama bin Laden was why the United States went to war in Afghanistan. His death, coming at a moment when President Obama is considering the size and speed of his promised troop drawdown in the increasingly unpopular conflict, seems likely to change the calculation surrounding any exit strategy. LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson and Anne Kornblut: “Obama: ‘The world is safer… because of the death of Osama bin Landen’” The Obama administration presented new details Monday about the death of Osama bin Laden, portraying the spiritual leader of al-Qaeda as a reclusive figure who had lived in relative luxury and whose final moments had finally exposed his cowardice. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Carol E. Lee and Janet Hook: “A Boost for Obama Likely to Be Fleeting” The U.S. strike against Osama bin Laden will likely give President Barack Obama an immediate boost in popularity at a moment when unemployment and high gas prices are taking a toll on his approval rating and Republican opponents are criticizing his foreign policy. LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: “Bin Laden demise boosts Obama, but doesn’t ensure re-election” These are the moments that presidents hope to be remembered for: The operation to get Osama bin Laden, a goal that eluded George W. Bush, brought Barack Obama a triumphant achievement and the most unifying episode of a presidency held during sharply partisan times. LINK

The Washington Time’s Kara Rowland: “Obama calls for ‘sense of unity’ after Bin Laden death” President Obama told congressional leaders Monday night he wants the “sense of unity that prevailed” in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, and again this week after news of Osama bin Laden’s death, to carry over to other big challenges the country faces. LINK

LA Times’ Paul West: “Killing of Bin Laden May Alter Dynamic of Presidential Race” The killing of Osama bin Laden has altered the contours of the 2012 presidential contest, offering President Obama an unforeseen lift and creating turbulence within a Republican campaign that was already struggling for focus. LINK

New York Daily News’ Rich Schapirio: “Osama Bin Laden Death: Donald Trump Congratulates President Obama, U.S. Armed Forces for Strike” Donald Trump praised President Obama Monday for ordering the fatal attack on terror lord Osama Bin Laden. "I want to personally congratulate President Obama and the men and women of the Armed Forces for a job very well done," read a message posted on Trump's Twitter feed. LINK

The Hills’ Alexander Bolton: “Obama Calls for Unity on Challenges in Wake of bin Laden Victory” President Obama urged Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress Monday evening to lay partisanship aside and rally behind a successful military operation that killed Osama bin Laden Sunday. He said the unity that people across the nation felt after hearing of bin Laden’s death should serve as a model for lawmakers, as they approach difficult problems, such as dealing with a $1.6 trillion budget deficit. LINK

Boston Globes’ Julie Pace: “Obama Going to NYC to Mark Osama bin Laden's Death” President Barack Obama plans to visit New York City on Thursday to mark the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. The White House says Obama will visit ground zero, the site of al-Qaida's attack on the World Trade Center, and meet with the families of those killed nearly 10 years ago. U.S. forces killed bin Laden during a raid on a compound in Pakistan where he had been hiding, then buried him at sea. LINK

Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer and John McCormick: “Bin Laden Death Takes Weapon From Republican 2012 Candidates” President Barack Obama’s approval of the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden stymies a central tenet of Republican campaigns for the White House: that Democrats can’t pull the trigger. As he seeks re-election next year, Obama can claim a willingness to take military action — including authorizing attacks on pirates in the Indian Ocean, the firing of missiles on Libya and, most prominently, the successful mission that landed helicopters inside Pakistan in the compound of the world’s most-wanted fugitive. LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “U.S. 'Gut Punch' Could Weaken Al Qaeda” The killing of Osama bin Laden will send Al Qaeda reeling, but likely won’t be a death knell for the anti-American terrorist network because of the way the movement has morphed in recent years, some analysts said Monday. As intelligence analysts and military officials sifted through what they learned during the U.S. raid Monday, policy experts tried to divine what bin Laden’s death means for the “global war on terror” that President George W. Bush launched after Sept. 11, 2001. Many saw it as the most important U.S. victory to date, though they differed about its long-term significance. They also warned the operation could roil U.S.-Pakistan relations. LINK

Cheney 'Very Pleased' with Osama Bin Laden DeathLINK
Mike Rogers: Bin Laden Had 'Lots of Cachet'LINK
Osama Bin Laden Dead: Boehner Thanks Obama and BushLINK

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