The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, May 04, 2011

By Jayson

May 4, 2011 3:40am

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 www.abcnews.com

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

OSAMA BIN LADEN:
ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: Osama Bin Laden Death Photo: How Gruesome? Representative Peter King said this afternoon he’s heard the Bin Laden death photos aren’t that bad. “They’re not ghoulish, they’re not going to scare people off, they’re not offensive,” King told reporters after the briefing.  “Nothing more than you expect with a person with a bullet in his head.” But, as Mr. King acknowledged, he has not seen the photos.  King was speaking after Leon Panetta gave House members a classified briefing, but Panetta did not show the photos at the briefing. LINK

The New York Times’ Scott Shane and Charlie Savage: “Bin Laden raid Revives Debate on Value of Torture” Did brutal interrogations produce the crucial intelligence that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden? As intelligence officials disclosed the trail of evidence that led to the compound in Pakistan where Bin Laden was hiding, a chorus of Bush administration officials claimed vindication for their policy of “enhanced interrogation techniques” like waterboarding. LINK

The Washington Post’s Rajiv Chandrasekaran: “With bin Laden’s death, U.S. sees a chance to hasten the end of the Afghan war” The Obama administration is seeking to use the killing of Osama bin Laden to accelerate a negotiated settlement with the Taliban and hasten the end of the Afghanistan war, according to U.S. officials involved in war policy. LINK

The Washington Post’s Greg Miller and Joby Warrick: “Osama bin Laden ‘resisted’ assault but was unarmed, U.S. officials say” The White House retreated Tuesday from its most provocative assertions about the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, acknowledging that the al-Qaeda leader was neither armed nor hiding behind a female “human shield” when U.S. commandos fatally shot him during a predawn raid. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Farah Stockman: “Harsh tactics may have aided US raid” Hassan Ghul, an Al Qaeda courier arrested in Iraq in 2004, spent two years in a secret CIA prison, where detainees were subjected to interrogation practices such as facial slaps and sleep deprivation. Sometime during those two years, Ghul named another important courier, a crucial tip that eventually helped lead to Sunday’s daring raid on Osama bin Laden’s hide-out, according to the Associated Press. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA ADMINISTRATION/BIN LADEN:
New York Daily News’ S.E. CUPP: Osama Bin Laden's Burial at Sea: Obama Administration Made Right Call to Show World our Good Faith When news broke late Sunday night that an elite group of Navy SEALs had killed Osama Bin Laden, Americans all over the country felt like celebrating. And celebrate we did. But almost just as quickly, we started asking about the body. Where is it? Will we see it? What did he look like when he died? LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: “Poll: Bin Laden’s death boosts confidence in war on terror, Obama” The daring military operation that killed Osama bin Laden has boosted Americans' confidence that the United States can succeed in the war on terrorism and faith in President Obama as commander in chief, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Monday finds.LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS/PAKISTAN:
The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon, Laura Meckler, and Tom Wright: “U.S. and Pakistan Try to Ease Tensions” U.S. and Pakistani governments sent conflicting signals about their increasingly rocky ties Tuesday, as each sought to minimize mounting domestic backlashes two days after Navy commandos killed Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil. LINK

Politico’s Erika Lovley: “Steny Hoyer questions aid to Pakistan” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that Osama bin Laden’s hideaway in Pakistan raises serious questions about why the Pakistani government hadn’t found the terrorist leader sooner and he suggested Congress might need to reconsider the billions in American aid the country receives.“I think the Pakistanis have motivation that terrorists do not reside in their midst,” Hoyer said. “If we don’t get a strong response I think it will reduce Congress’ willingness to [help].” LINK

The Washington Time’s Seth McLaughlin: “Further U.S. aid could hinge on What the Pakistanis Knew” Several lawmakers said Tuesday that it is time to rethink U.S. aid to Pakistan in light of revelations that Osama bin Laden spent the past six years squirreled away in a safe house a mere football field away from one of country’s top military academies and miles from the capital of Islamabad. LINK

IMMIGRATION REFORM:
The Hills’ Jordy Yager: “President Punts Immigration Reform Issue to Congress” President Obama is urging Congress to pass immigration reform, but has given no indication he will craft a plan of his own. Immigration reform is widely regarded as having little chance of passing in the divided 112th Congress, especially if Obama does not take an active role in crafting a bill. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:
“Joe Heck: Bin Laden 'Photos Have to Be Released'” LINK
“Eric Holder 'We Can't Become Complacent'” LINK
“Osama Bin Laden Dead: Dick Cheney Credits Obama” LINK

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