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Olbermann: GOP narrative of Obama is ‘as dead as bin Laden’

Former MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, who rose to fame while excoriating Bush-era terrorism policies, said that Osama bin Laden’s death “collapses” the Republican narrative about Obama’s foreign policy weakness. “Barack Obama got Osama bin Laden,” Olbermann said in a “Special Comment” video posted to his website, FOK News, “and every…

Chris Matthews compliments Obama as ‘cold blooded’

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews paid an odd compliment to President Barack Obama Tuesday. “This president is — and I mean this positively — cold blooded,” he said. “I think people who are chief executives of this country and they have all the fire power before them, they have to be willing…

Private sector adds 179,000 jobs in April: ADP

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Private employers added 179,000 jobs in April, coming in shy of economists’ expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP Employer Services report would show a gain of 198,000 jobs. March private payrolls were revised up to an increase…

Texas executes murderer with drug used on animals

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Texas put to death a man convicted of a 2001 rape and murder by using a sedative that has often served to euthanize animals, becoming the third state to do so. The southern state administered pentobarbital instead of sodium thiopental, which is no longer manufactured in the…

NFL player comes under fire for 9/11 tweets

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – Pittsburgh Steelers halfback Rashard Mendenhall remained a target of sharp criticism by Twitter users on Tuesday after he posted a message questioning whether news that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed should be cheered. As spontaneous celebrations broke out in the hours after the nation…

Lawrence O’Donnell: ‘Bush-Cheney fanatics’ could learn from Obama ‘how to fight terrorists’

In the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell said the Bush administration and its backers could learn a lesson in how to fight terrorism from Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and President Barack Obama. “Now is the time for the Bush-Cheney fanatics — the people who created…

Bush declines Obama’s invitation to Ground Zero

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Ex-president George W. Bush, whose presidency was shaped by the September 11 strikes, declined an invitation to join his successor Barack Obama in New York, officials said Tuesday. Obama is scheduled to visit Ground Zero, the simply named site of the felled World Trade Center in New…

Obama ‘increasing skeptical’ about releasing photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse

Jake Tapper of ABC News reports that President Obama is “increasingly skeptical” that there is any value to releasing the photographs that confirm the death of Osama bin Laden, which are “gruesome.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reportedly believe that the photographs could…

EXCLUSIVE: DOJ plan to arrest state licensers, tax dispensaries could doom medical marijuana industry

A recent letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ), threatening state employees in charge of implmenting medical marijuana laws with prosecution, has forced some governors to re-evaluate and even veto popular legislation — all seemingly in violation of what the medical marijauana community thought was a cease-fire with the federal…

CIA director: Photo of bin Laden’s corpse will be released

Despite delays, a photograph depicting terrorist ringleader Osama bin Laden’s dead body will be released for the world to see, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency director said Tuesday night. Speaking to NBC News anchor Brian Williams, CIA director Leon Panetta insisted that “ultimately” everyone will know beyond reasonable doubt that…

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