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Cheney

I’m surprised Dick didn’t call a press conference and take the credit himself. He must really be sick:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney — a vocal critic of President Obama’s anti-terror policy since the end of the Bush administration — extended his congratulations to the White House after the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces. Cheney called the killing of bin Laden “a tremendous achievement for the military and intelligence professionals who carried out this important mission.”

“I also want to congratulate President Obama and the members of his national security team,” Cheney said.

Cheney said that though the death of bin Laden is an important step, it doesn’t end the fight against the terrorism that led to the catastrophic events of 9/11.

Spacetime

May not have any time dimension!

Shortages

If we had more professional civil servants instead of outsourcing so many government functions, there might have been someone working for the FDA who saw this coming and did something about it:

Doctors, hospitals and federal regulators are struggling to cope with an unprecedented surge in drug shortages in the United States that is endangering cancer patients, heart attack victims, accident survivors and a host of other ill people.

A record 211 medications became scarce in 2010 — triple the number in 2006 — and at least 89 new shortages have been recorded through the end of March, putting the nation on track for far more scarcities.

The paucities are forcing some medical centers to ration drugs — including one urgently needed by leukemia patients — postpone surgeries and other care, and scramble for substitutes, often resorting to alternatives that may be less effective, have more side effects and boost the risk for overdoses and other sometimes-fatal errors.

“It’s a crisis,” said Erin R. Fox, manager of the drug information service at the University of Utah, who monitors drug shortages for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. “Patients are at risk.”

The causes vary from drug to drug but experts cite a confluence of factors: Consolidation in the pharmaceutical industry has left only a few manufacturers for many older, less profitable products, meaning that when raw material runs short, equipment breaks down or government regulators crack down, the snags can quickly spiral into shortages.

Hey Google

Don’t be evil! (via Lambert)

Allen West

His spokesman is still lying. We already saw people admitting on video that West’s staffers were screening his town hall questions.

Huntsman

Jon Huntsman is the only potential Republican candidate who isn’t too extreme to win in the general election. But how can he get past the fringe-dominated primaries? My guess is that the big-money GOP party bosses like Karl Rove will push out the less desirable Republican nominees and throw their weight behind a Huntsman candidacy:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is returning to the United States this weekend amid speculation that he could be mounting a Republican campaign for the White House.

Huntsman, a former Utah governor who joined President Barack Obama’s administration in 2009, officially completes his work as the nation’s top diplomat in China this week.

[...] Huntsman will be meeting with advisers on Monday to discuss his future, according to a person familiar with his schedule. The person was not authorized to speak publicly about Huntsman’s presidential plans.

Federal laws have barred Huntsman from taking any steps toward a campaign until his diplomatic duties are complete. But supporters have created a campaign in waiting should he decide to pursue the presidency. Next month, Huntsman plans to deliver commencement addresses at universities in South Carolina and New Hampshire, two key primary states.
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Times Square

Firefighters celebrate:

An eye for an eye

I’m not optimistic that this solves anything. It’s inevitable that the cycle of retaliation will continue:

[Updated, 12:35 a.m. ET] The U.S. State Department warned Americans living abroad of “enhanced potential for anti-American violence” following the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. The announcement was made in a worldwide travel alert issued early Monday.

[Updated, 12:24 a.m. ET] A team of U.S. Navy SEALs carried out the operation in Pakistan that ended in the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, CNN’s Chris Lawrence reported. The operation lasted about 40 minutes, and the team had practiced the raid a few times.

Earlier, CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh, citing a senior Pakistani intelligence official, reported that members of Pakistan’s intelligence service – the ISI – were on site in Abbotabad, Pakistan, during the operation that killed bin Laden. The official said he did not know who fired the shot that actually killed Bin Laden.

[Updated, 12:11 a.m. ET] Members of Pakistan’s intelligence service – the ISI – were on site in Abbotabad, Pakistan, during the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh reports, citing a senior Pakistani intelligence official. The official said he did not know who fired the shot that actually killed Bin Laden.

[Updated, 12:06 a.m. ET] The crowd celebrating bin Laden’s death outside the White House has grown significantly. Lots of cheering and waving of the U.S. flag.

[Updated, 11:59 p.m. ET] – More detail on where Osama bin Laden was killed: Forces killed him at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after a firefight, U.S. President Barack Obama said.

Cooperation with Pakistan helped lead U.S. forces to Osama bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding, President Barack Obama said.

Obama said he ordered the attack after he decided last week that the United States had actionable intelligence that bin Laden was in the compound.

[Updated, 11:56 p.m. ET] U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world were placed on high alert following the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death, a senior U.S. official said. The U.S. State Department should be sending out a new “worldwide caution” for Americans shortly.

[Updated, 11:44 p.m. ET] Bin Laden was killed in a military operation in Pakistan that U.S. President Barack Obama ordered today, Obama said.

Obama

“Justice has been done.”

Chet Baker’s unsung swan song

David Wilcox:

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