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The hunt for bin Laden, then and now

05/03/11 10:51PM

Lawrence reflects on the Bush administration's change in tone concerning the hunt for Osama bin Laden in 2002, and the lessons we can learn after the Obama administration's successful mission to take the al Qaeda leader out. read more

Leon Panetta's path less traveled

Leon Panetta's path less traveled

05/03/11 09:15PM

CIA director Leon Panetta -- named just days ago as President Obama's nominee to be Defense Secretary -- walked away from a rising career in California politics to serve in Washington.  Political Reporter Conan Nolan of NBC Los Angeles offers unique insight into what Panetta passed up long before being part of the team that got Osama Bin Laden. read more

"Trump" claims he killed bin Laden

05/03/11 07:31PM

 The late night comedy shows have been having a field day with the death of Osama bin Laden. Some are even having fun with the fact that President Obama's announcement about bin Laden's death came during Donald Trump's show. During his monologue last night Conan O'Brien said, "The news of Osama bin Laden's death interrupted last night's Celebrity Apprentice. Yeah... which begs the question: how do we kill bin Laden again next Sunday?"But our 30 Rock neighbor a few floors down, Jimmy Fallon, went a bit further using this as another chance to don that amazing wig and do his Trump impression. read more

Dr. Martin Luther King, 1965

Fake MLK quote from bin Laden's death

05/03/11 03:35PM

As the news began to sink in about Osama bin Laden's death yesterday, a quote attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr. went viral:"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy."The facts first - this is not a quote from Dr. King.Yesterday before I knew that fact, I tried to track down the origins of this quote and determine if, in fact, it was said/written by Dr. King. My initial Google search produced hits. Lotsa hits. But all from blogs and aggregated quote sites without any real journalistic credibility. That was a red flag... read more

The Rewrite: Who's soft on defense?

05/02/11 10:13PM

For years the conventional wisdom in politics has been that Democrats are soft on matters of defense. So how does the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden change that notion? Lawrence has the answer in the Rewrite. read more

What did Pakistan Know?

What did Pakistan Know?

05/02/11 08:00PM

How much did Pakistani officials know about Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts? NBC News National Investigative Correspondent Mike Isikoff has the latest. watch