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First Word: May 4, 2011

05/04/11 02:52PM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What headlines are you clicking on right now?President Obama has decided not to release the photo of a dead Osama Bin Laden.Former President George W. Bush has declined an invitation from President Obama to join him at Ground Zero tomorrow.Osama Bin Laden has cash sewn into his clothes when he was killed.In a speech at USC, the Dalai Lamaimplied the killing of Osama Bin Laden was justified.The House has begun debate on H.R. 3 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act."  read more

Bin Laden photos won't be released

Bin Laden photos won't be released

05/04/11 01:31PM

NBC News White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie is reporting President Obama has decided not to release photographs of Osama bin Laden's body, according to a senior White House official.UPDATED: Speaking at today's White House briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney said the President consulted with his National Security Team about the photos and the determination was made that it was a risk to national security to release the photos. Carney added that the President's number one priority is the safety of all Americans. read more

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