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May 2nd, 2011
02:56 PM ET

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Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

America’s most wanted – and perhaps most reviled – enemy is dead. Killed by courageous Navy SEALS in a daring 40 minute raid in Pakistan. President Obama put it this way: “We can all agree this is a good day for America. Our country has kept its commitment to see that justice is done.” Hard to argue with that, and as you see below our contributors don’t. Every new detail we learn makes the operation all the more fascinating – and makes you respect and admire the intelligence and military personnel involved all the more. We’re heading deeper into a campaign season and we will have plenty of feisty, partisan debates. But not today. – John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– bin Laden is dead. The announcement came on the anniversary of the announcement of Hitler's death, both of which happened on May Day – the favorite holiday of communists everywhere.

– Navy SEALs took him out. He sleeps with Davy Jones. Try not to cheer too much. Nah, who am I kidding?! Fire up 'Anchors Away' and rejoice.

– Congrats Mr. President. Now aren't you glad you kept so much of the Bush era policies in place even though you pretend that you didn't?

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Portrait Hall: Move over Ronald Reagan and make room for Obama, as menacing as the Berlin Wall was, it did not breathe, walk, and kill Americans as bin Laden once did.

– Rogues Gallery: After dominating the recent political media landscape with outlandish rhetoric Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich woke up today to what will be called a “stature problem”.

– Wallet Photo: Marco Rubio spent his Sunday attempting to enlarge his image by repeating the GOP mantra that “Obama can’t lead” and woke up today to a political world led by Obama.

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  1. Jutta

    Is the Mission really accomplished now?. I guess not.
    There are some questions to the pakistani governement and secret service. OBL lived such a long time under their noses and nobody should know that? Peculiar.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  2. Tracy T.

    In response to political leaders' comments about the Osama Bin Laden events on Huffington Post and here, with Marco Rubio ( and other "Presidential Hopefuls") saying that Obama is not able to be an effective leader– Time to be able to admit the truth, and be humble– especially those who believe they are more "Christian". Sarah Palin can't even commend the President for his gutsy deicision.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  3. meenal

    American-Pakistani Relationship is like a Bad Marriage
    A woman (Pakistan) marries a Rich Man (America) for money and continues to have extra marital affair with her ex-lover (al Qaeda).
    Now the question is “ What to do with his UNFAITHFUL WIFE”.
    Pakistan was Hiding bin Laden in their own backyard, and the ambassador is busy convincing the Americans that they have always been on American side fighting against bin Laden, helping them catch bunch of few terrorists .
    President Obama please think twice before you sign the next 10 billion dollar check to Pakistan. The so called money being used to fight TERRORISM in Pakistan so they wont attack US.

    May 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  4. P wright

    Let's not rest on are laurels, Bin Laden is gone , my question is why did it take so long? Let's not forget that there are still cells out there with money and power. Also Bin Ladin successor is already on task and the 10 others behind him. Thank God the courage of our military men and women. I am very proud of my commrades in arms as former Navy river boat sailor the SEALS are one of the bravest and brightest heroes. Peace Pat

    May 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm |