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NYPD Top Cop: Obama Was Right Not to Release bin Laden Photos

Thursday, May 05, 2011

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New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said he supports President Barack Obama's decision not to release grisly photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse.

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Obama in NYC: When We Say We Never Forget, We Mean What We Say

Thursday, May 05, 2011

President Barack Obama placed a wreath at the Ground Zero in solemn remembrance of victims of September 11 on Thursday after meeting with emergency workers during a visit to New York City to mark the death of Osama bin Laden. SEE PHOTOS.

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WNYC News

Obama to Lay Wreath at Ground Zero

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

President Barack Obama will attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Ground Zero today and meet with families of September 11 victims and first responders during his visit.

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The Takeaway

Does President Obama's Boost in Polls Matter?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The news of Osama bin Laden's death have helped boost President Obama's poll numbers. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent explains the numbers and warns that the impact may not be as significant as one might think. Although, bin Laden's killing is good for the president, domestic issues will likely bring that boost back down before the elections.

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Did Torture Help or Hinder Efforts to Find Bin Laden?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

There is growing debate among Democrats and Republicans over which president's tactic helped find and kill Osama bin Laden. Was it the harsh interrogation techniques under the Bush administration, that included waterboarding and sleep deprivation of detained al-Qaida members? Or was it old fashioned surveillance and intelligence gathering methods that got bin Laden? Scott Shane, national security reporter for The New York Times says that until all the documents are declassified, it may be difficult to know.

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Transportation Nation

BART Increases Security in Wake of bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

(San Francisco – Casey Miner, KALW News) BART riders shouldn't be surprised to see police from local agencies on their trains over the next few weeks as part of Operation Railsafe, a TSA program that asks transit police to partner with local law enforcement during times of "heightened alert." BART Officials announced stepped-up security in the system yesterday in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death. Spokesperson Jim Allison said a special team, known as the Critical Asset Patrol, will be concentrated in the densest areas of the train system, in downtown Oakland and downtown San Francisco. As for how long the new security measures will last? "That's not made public," said Allison. "We're not going to say, 'Hey, Al Qaeda, we're back to regular security.'" As of this morning Allison said he had heard of no specific threats.

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The Takeaway

How Will Bin Laden's Death Affect Mid East Uprisings?

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Since the start of the political uprisings in the Middle East, regimes have fallen in Egypt and Tunisia. Meanwhile, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and Libya continue their struggles to unseat dictators and bring about democratic change. And throughout it all, the voice of al-Qaida — and more importantly, its leader, Osama bin Laden — has been relatively silent. The question now remains, will the death of bin Laden at the hands of American forces continue to spur democratic movements or could it fuel terrorist organizations to stand in the way of change in the Middle East?

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Features

Donald Trump Says It's 'Great' U.S. Caught Osama: I Hope He 'Suffered A Lot'

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Most of the partygoers at the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute's gala on Monday night were all about Alexander McQueen. But several of them had other things on their minds, including would-be presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Transportation Nation

GOP: Energy Votes to Proceed Amid Obama's Big Moment

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

$4-a-gallon gas in Soho (photo by Kate Hinds)

(Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) The killing of Osama bin Laden has changed a lot in the world. But it won't change GOP plans to take aim at the president and his energy policy later this week.

That's because House leaders plan to go ahead with a series of votes designed to place blame on President Obama for high gas prices.

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The Takeaway

The Conflicted Morality of Celebrating Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Osama bin Laden's death sparked crowds to gather at ground zero in New York City, as well as Times Square, and in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. Cheers and chants of  "USA, USA, USA," were heard. These scenes of exaltation have some Americans wondering if celebrating death, even that of a terrorist, is actually the moral and American thing to do.

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The Takeaway

Details Emerge Following Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

For the latest out of Washington after Osama bin Laden's death, we turn to Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent. New details on the operation that led to bin Laden's death reveal that while American forces knew that bin Laden was living at the Abbottabad compound, they didn't know for certain that he'd be home at the time of the raid. Now, the question remains as to how Washington is planning to deal with Pakistan; did the Pakistani leadership know that bin Laden was hiding out in their country?

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Christie Says He Won't Repay ARC $, Taxi of Tomorrow Winner To Be Unveiled, and DC Bikers Battle Rough Roads

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Christie said he won't repay ARC money: the NJ gov said the $271 million in federal funds that had been designated for the ARC tunnel “is not money that should be paid back to the federal government.” His decision may cost the state $52,000 a week in interest. No word yet on his next move. (Bloomberg)

The winning automaker in New York's "Taxi of Tomorrow" contest will be unveiled soon. (WNYC)

Queens residents and politicians are fed up with New York's #7 subway line, which has had 106 service disruptions since January. (Queens Courier)

Rep. John Mica is worried that Osama bin Laden supporters might target America's transit systems. (The Hill)

The Netherlands has sent three experts on “cycling as transportation’’ to Miami to help figure out how to make that city more bike-friendly. (McClatchy; hat tip to Good)

DC-area bicyclists not only battle cars, but the design of the roads. (WAMU)

Why yes, I would like to build a bicycle that also doubles as a pencil. (Instructables)

Pencil Bike (photo courtesy of instructables.com)

Toyota has sparked a controversy in Brazil for attempting to legally bar a media outlet that published spy shots of a new Corolla from ever mentioning the Toyota brand name again. (Jalopnik)

What happens to the neighborhood when a Borders disappears? Chicago wants to encourage smaller businesses, but parking remains a perpetual concern. (WBEZ)

Honda is recalling hundreds of thousands of vehicles over airbag concerns. (Detroit News)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

--DC's bikeshare gets a boost from a rally held in the wake of bin Laden's death (link)

--as gas prices rise, so does bus ridership (link)

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The Takeaway

Muslim Religious Leader on Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

In the wake of the September 11th attacks, America's relationship to Muslims at home and abroad changed. A new climate of fear and suspicion was born, though in some cases so were attempts at greater understanding between members of different faiths. For a look at how the death of Osama Bin Laden might affect the relationship between Muslims and members of other faiths in the US, we turn to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the Cordoba Initiative, a multi-faith organization which works to build trust among people of different faiths and cultures.

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The Takeaway

Ret. Air Force Col. Sam Gardiner: 'There is No Islamic Extremism'

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The U.S. has been at war in Afghanistan for almost ten years, with one of the main objectives to hunt down Osama bin Laden. With bin Laden now dead — killed by American Navy Seals, and buried at sea — does U.S. foreign policy on the global war on terrorism have to change? Retired Air Force Colonel, Sam Gardiner believes President Obama will have to find a good argument to stay at war in Afghanistan.

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The Takeaway

Reactions from Times Square to Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

Ailsa Chang, reporter for our flagship station WNYC, talks to us about what the scene is like in Times Square this morning, following the news that U.S. forces have killed Osama Bin Laden. 

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The Takeaway

Global Reactions to Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

This morning's news of Osama Bin Laden's death has set up reactions across the world. We've gathered some notable reactions from the international press, including The Times of India, The UK Guardian, and Le Monde. A Times of India editorial says: "The finger of suspicion is now pointing squarely at the Pakistani military and intelligence for sheltering and protecting Osama bin Laden before US forces hunted him down."

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The Takeaway

Hillary Clinton on Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks about Osama Bin Laden's death, saying that "justice has been served," but that the battle against Al Qaeda has not ended with Bin Laden's death.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Osama bin Laden's Effect on the Global Economy

Monday, May 02, 2011

We'll talk about how Osama bin Laden's death could lead to a healthier economy — both here, and abroad.

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BBC World Service: The Hunt for Bin Laden

Monday, May 02, 2011

Yesterday, news broke that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. military action during a firefight in Pakistan nearly a decade after the September 11th terror attacks he helped engineer. This special BBC documentary chronicles the hunt for the mastermind behind al-Qaeda.

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WNYC News

A Closer Look at Osama bin Laden's Secret Hideaway

Monday, May 02, 2011

Osama bin Laden was hiding out in a secret compound in a residential neighborhood in a medium-sized city 35 miles north of Islamabad when two dozen Navy SEALs infiltrated the hideaway and shot him dead.

 

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