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Obama on ’60 Minutes’: Osama bin Laden mission was ‘worth the risk’

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In a pre-taped interview on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night, President Barack Obama said that he didn’t regret the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

“As nervous as I was about this whole process, the one thing I didn’t lose sleep over was the possibility of taking bin Laden out,” Obama said. “Justice was done. And I think that anyone who would question that the perpetrator of mass murder on American soil didn’t deserve what he got needs to have their head examined.”

Obama said that the safety of the Navy SEALs was his number one concern in giving the mission to raid bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan the go-ahead. There was not complete certainty of whether bin Laden was inside the compound, and there was no way to know whether the compound contained booby traps or jury-rigged explosives.

He also said that past failures in U.S. military missions abroad, such as the Iranian hostage crisis, served as a warning when he was mulling whether to give the greenlight on the mission to Pakistan.

“You think about what happened with the Iranian rescue, and I am very sympathetic to the situation for other presidents where you make a decision, you make your best call, give it your best shot, and something goes wrong,” he said. “The day before, I was thinking about it quite a bit.”

A big part of being the president means being able to multitask, said Obama, who had a hectic schedule of events between Friday morning, when he gave the greenlight for the mission, and Sunday night, when he announced bin Laden’s death. In that time, he surveyed tornado damage in the southern U.S., attended the White House Correspondents Dinner, visited a shuttle launch, and more.

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He said the mission in Pakistan was in the “back, center and front” of his mind the whole time.

“I concluded that it was worth it,” he said of the risk, citing the “enormous blood and treasure” that have been devoted to fighting AQ in the past decade. “If we have a chance of not defeating, but badly disabling al-Qaeda, it was worth not only the political risks, but the risk to our men.”

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quit’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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