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5 Republicans who still insist torture led to bin Laden

Some Republicans just can’t accept that fact that waterboarding didn’t provide the crucial intelligence leading to the death of Osama bin Laden. The Associated Press reported Monday that the enhanced interrogations techniques put in place by the Bush White House did not reveal intelligence about Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the courier…

WATCH LIVE: White House press briefing on Osama bin Laden

Watch live as White House spokesman Jay Carney briefs the press two days after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

After killing bin Laden, Obama’s approval highest since 2009

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama enjoyed his highest favorable ratings in well over a year on the day after he ordered a U.S. operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. Fifty-six percent said they approve of Obama’s performance as president, according to a Washington Post-Pew Research poll…

‘Forcible rape’ returns as House plans vote on GOP abortion bill

WASHINGTON – The House is poised to vote Wednesday on H.R. 3, the GOP’s “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act” — and Republicans may have reignited an explosive controversy they swiftly backed down from at first. The initial version of the legislation sought to limit government-subsidized abortion coverage even in…

Minnesota lawmaker: Sexual orientation is a gift from God

A Minnesota Senate committee passed the GOP’s same sex marriage ban along a party-line vote Monday but one lawmaker pleaded with others to examine how they view sexuality. Scott Simon of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party explained that a priest told him that sexual orientation was a gift from God. “Ask yourself,…

Exclusive: GOP Rep. Jones says ‘let’s declare victory and bring our troops home’

WASHINGTON – Republican Rep. Walter Jones (NC) told Raw Story that the death of Osama bin Laden gives the United States an opportunity to “declare victory” and pull out of Afghanistan. “I hope, after taking out bin Laden, that maybe President Obama will feel better about bringing our troops home,”…

Obama advisor: Waterboarding didn’t lead to bin Laden kill

White House deputy national security advisor John Brennan Tuesday knocked down the myth that waterboarding provided crucial intelligence that led to the location of Osama bin Laden. “So we’ve been talking about the different details and methods that lead up to this moment, and obviously there is word out today…

Blagojevich back in court to face corruption charges

CHICAGO (AFP) – Prosecutors described the ousted Illinois governor accused of trying to auction President Barack Obama’s vacated senate seat as a greedy shakedown artist desperate for money. “The governor of Illinois was shaking people down,” prosecutor Christopher Niewoehner said in opening statements of Rod Blagojevich’s retrial on corruption charges.…

Pakistan’s president hails bin Laden’s death, promises probe

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AFP) – Pakistan’s president has dismissed as “baseless” accusations that his nation extends safe haven to extremists and insisted its long-term help was crucial to the US success in gunning down Osama bin Laden. Asif Ali Zardari’s defence came after Washington warned it would probe how the Al-Qaeda…

How US spies found bin Laden’s hideout

WASHINGTON (AFP) – It took years of painstaking intelligence analysis to find Osama bin Laden in Pakistan — but only three words “It’s a go” uttered by President Barack Obama to launch the strike that would kill him. Obama told his national security advisor Tom Donilon and several other top…

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