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The Day Ahead: Monday, May 2

President Obama to award the medal of honor at noon to Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano and Henry Svehl, both posthumously. Brief bios of the two Korean War heroes are after the jump (White House)

Obama will also host a dinner party with a bipartisan group of congressmen, to discuss the deficit strategy (Washington Post)

Congress returns to Washington after a two-week recess. Big ticket items: the long-term budget, the debt ceiling, and energy (The Hill)

Chrysler reports first quarterly profit since entering bankruptcy (USA Today)

Canadians will vote in a federal election today (Global Post)

Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden:

On the main site:

Firing into a Continent, by Matthew Omolesky: Humanitarian intervention in Libya — “an appalling fatuity,” to borrow words from Joseph Conrad.

Santorum’s Clarity of Vision, by Quin Hillyer: His substantive foreign-policy speech merits praise.

Obama vs. the ‘Undisclosed Donors’, by Jed Babbin: There he goes again, moving corruptly and unconstitutionally.

The One ‘Big’ You Can’t Escape, by Eric Peters: Big Banks or Big Oil you can ignore. Not so Big G.

Obama and the Nature of Truth, by G. Tracy Mehan, III: What would Lincoln think? Mistake him for Stephen Douglas, probably.

Defending Constantine and Christendom, by Mark Tooley: Restoring a great Roman emperor to his rightful place in the history of the West.

Letting Go in Russia, by Michael Johnson: My Perestroika is a wonderful documentary, must viewing not just for old Cold Warriors.

About the medal of honor recipients:

Private First Class Kaho’ohanohano will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in combat on September 1, 1951, while in charge of a machine-gun squad with Company H, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea.

When faced by an enemy with overwhelming numbers, Private First Class Kaho’ohanohano ordered his squad to take up more defensible positions and provide covering fire for the withdrawing friendly force.  He then gathered a supply of grenades and ammunition and returned to his original position to face the enemy alone – delivering deadly accurate fire into the ranks of the onrushing enemy.  When his ammunition was depleted, he engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat until he was killed.  His heroic stand so inspired his comrades that they launched a counterattack that completely repulsed the enemy.

Private First Class Kaho’ohanohano’s sister, Elaine Kaho’ohanohano, and brother, Eugene Kaho’ohanohano, will join the President at the White House to commemorate their brother’s example of selfless service and sacrifice.

Private First Class Henry Svehla will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in combat on June 12, 1952, while serving as a rifleman with Company F, 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea.

Coming under heavy fire and with his platoon’s attack beginning to falter, Private First Class Svehla leapt to his feet and charged the enemy positions, firing his weapon and throwing grenades as he advanced.  Disregarding his own safety, he destroyed enemy positions and inflicted heavy casualties.  When an enemy grenade landed among a group of his comrades, without hesitation and undoubtedly aware of the extreme danger, he threw himself on the grenade.  During this action, Private First Class Svehla was mortally wounded.

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