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LOS ANGELES — It is only a matter of time before Osama bin Laden’s killing by crack US forces is made into a Hollywood film — and one Oscar-winning director could be ahead of the game, reports said Monday.

Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Academy Award for her 2008 film “The Hurt Locker,” was already working on a movie about the Al Qaeda leader’s death — which she could still re-think after Sunday’s covert operation in Pakistan.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter industry daily, Bigelow has already been discussing a project provisionally entitled “Kill Bin Laden,” based on a previous botched attempt to get the Al Qaeda chief.

She and her screenwriting collaborator Mark Boal — who worked with Bigelow on “The Hurt Locker” — have been meeting with actors for the action thriller project, when Sunday’s shock development occurred.

“But now that Bin Laden has been killed, what happens to the Kill Bin Laden project?” it said, adding that the original project was based “on a failed Black Ops mission by the US military to capture the Al-Qaeda leader.”

The actual killing could help the project, although “we can’t imagine the events surrounding Bin Laden’s ultimate killing not being incorporated into the script in some fashion,” it added.

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Or Bigelow could lose interest altogether, it added, “especially given all the other Bin Laden projects that will likely be fast-tracked to capitalize on the intense worldwide interest in this subject.

The daily Variety meanwhile said that Boal’s untitled script about the operatives hunting Osama bin Laden centers on the very team that wound up killing the terrorist leader.

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Sources close to Boal tell Variety that he is still working on the script, and will definitely include the 40-minute fire-fight at the compound in Pakistan where bin Laden was found and shot to death Sunday.

The Hollywood Reporter said its sources said Bigelow and Boal — who could use his contacts as a former investigative journalist to find out more details of Sunday’s operation — will spend this week figuring out their next move.

“The next few weeks will likely see a ton of new Bin Laden projects, especially as the details of the US mission to kill him become known,” it added.

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Anti-LGBT white supremacist to co-host new public affairs TV talk show that will air on PBS

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Pat Buchanan, a longtime anti-LGBTQ white supremacist Christian nationalist pundit will co-host a re-boot of “The McLaughlin Group,” a Sunday morning public affairs, news, and commentary TV  talk show know for the fast and hot takes of its conservative creator, John McLaughlin. The show will be syndicated by Maryland Public Television and air on PBS stations, Media Matters reports.

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WATCH: Trump praises his rally audience for not acting like ‘credible people’ after ‘CNN sucks’ chant

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President Donald Trump praised an unruly crowd at a 2020 re-election campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire on Tuesday.

Trump was falsely claiming that China is paying for the tariffs in his trade war when he went off on the press.

"But when you listen to the fake news -- look how many there are," he said as he gazed out to the press area.

He then stepped back from the microphone as his supporters booed the concept of a free press.

The crowd started chanting, "CNN sucks."

"Are we sure that we are in New Hampshire?" Trump asked. "You know, you have a reputation— I know it is not true because I know you too well. You have a reputation of being staid, very elegant, staid, and credible people. You are not acting it tonight and that's good.

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Chris Cuomo and the racist trolls: An especially stupid new low for Donald Trump

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The man who used an ethnic slur against CNN anchor Chris Cuomo epitomizes everything contemptible about the worst of President Donald Trump's supporters. He was racist, smug, dishonest and — when the going got tough — cowardly.

So, of course, the president backed him up.

This article was originally published at Salon

Spoiler alert: This essay will end by explaining why Trump, those trolls and everyone who defends them are, to use Cuomo's colorful language, "punk-ass bitches." But first, a review of what happened.

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