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Must Reads: New White House Osama Story: Brief, One-sided Firefight

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The Grey Wolf is the only animal ever stripped of endangered species status by an act of Congress.
The Grey Wolf is the only animal ever stripped of endangered species status by an act of Congress.
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Osama, take three: Now with fewer bullets (Plus: No photos for you)
The chronicle of Osama bin Laden's death has gone through rewrite again, with the administration now conceding that the firefight at the Bin Laden compound was brief and one-sided, with only Bin Laden's courier getting off shots at the U.S. Navy SEALs. Separately, president Obama vowed not to release photos of bin Laden's corpse: “That’s not who we are,” the president said in a 60 Minutes interview. “You know, we don’t trot out this stuff as trophies.” [New York Times]

Open Season on the Grey Wolf
The only animal ever stripped of endangered species status by an act of Congress — rather than scientific review — is fair game as of today. The grey wolf of the Rockies can now be shot by licensed hunters and ranchers,  courtesy of a measure slipped into last month's budget deal. In an Orwellian twist, Obama Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called the delisting "a tremendous success story of the Endangered Species Act." [Reuters]

Twenty-somethings staying on Mom and Dad's health plan
Young Americans by the hundreds of thousands are taking advantage of the provision in Obamacare that allows them to stay on their parents' health care plans until the ripe age of 26, far surpassing administration expectations. WellPoint insurance alone has enrolled more than a quarter of a million young adults. The bad news for repeal proponents? The surge coincides with better-than-expected first quarter profits for the insurance industry. [McClatchy]

Mitch Daniels: The new George W. Bush?
The Republican governor of Indiana has raised GOP eyebrows by defending a role for collective bargaining and talking (not scornfully) about "social justice." The Post's Dana Milbank concludes Daniels is positioning himself as 2012's "compassionate conservative," the alternative to his party's cavalcade of heartless ideologues. "So funny, so folksy, and so friendly to the disadvantaged," Milbank writes. "It is eerily similar to how another Republican governor presented himself to America a dozen springs ago." [Washington Post]

First Republican debate, tonight, 9 Eastern
 Think of it as spring training: Fox News is hosting the first GOP primary debate of the 2012 season tonight in Greenville South Carolina. The (pretty thin) field includes Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain and Gary Johnson. [Fox News]


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