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The Takeaway

Bin Laden's Death: A Blow to Al-Qaeda

Monday, May 02, 2011

How has Al Qaeda changed in the past few years, and what does this blow mean to the organization? Ahmed Rashid, journalist and author of Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia and other books, speaks with us about the future of Al Qaeda.

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Transportation Nation

After Bin Laden Death, New Yorkers Go to Work as Usual

Monday, May 02, 2011

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)  On September 12th, 2001, New Yorkers tried to go to work.   Since so many subway lines were disrupted, that often meant taking routes WAY out of the way, and miles and miles of walking.    But, accustomed to getting around obstacles, New Yorkers shrugged and tried anyway. What else could we do?

When, a few days later, the city began offering a ferry service from Brooklyn to replace the lost subways, those ferries were packed.  I rode the first one over into Manhattan, tilting my head from side to side, trying to comprehend the Lower Manhattan skyline without the twin towers.

Later that fall, when the U.S. declared war on the Taliban, Mayor Rudy Giuliani encouraged everyone to go out, go to work, "go see "Proof" -- referring to a popular Broadway show.    The streets were packed that day, a gorgeous October Sunday,  even though New York City was more or less on red alert.

After the London Underground was bombed in July 2005, I was posted at Grand Central station.   Commuters were taken aback that I would even ask if they'd thought twice about going to work.   "What else would I do, stop my life?" was the general sentiment.   (And "No" was the answer.)

Today was no different.  Osama bin Laden was shot and killed, the government is on high alert for retaliation, and we are going to work.

WNYC's Jim O'Grady has been at Grand Central Station.  He writes:

"Checked every train, bus and light rail line on NJ Transit website and found no current delays. Boards at Grand Central still reporting good service, as is the MTA website, but for a train delayed on the Ronkonkoma line due to medical emergency.

"In a sign of normalcy, a man billing himself as Galdort Gumbo is playing a Yamaha piano in the lower concourse and singing emo versions of Billy Joel, James Taylor and "Easy" by Lionel Ritchie. America endures."

WNYC's Ailsa Chang was reporting from Times Square.  She noted any obvious increased police presence as "very minimal.  Times Square looked only slightly more policed today, but I think I only noticed because I was trying to look for police cars."

One WNYC staffer's husband said the car commute through the Lincoln Tunnel was faster than usual, but so far, most other reports are that this was a normal morning commute, and MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin says the Authority didn't note any drop in ridership.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Bin Laden's Death Drops Oil Prices, Boston Prepares for Bike Share

Monday, May 02, 2011

Oil prices fall on news of Osama bin Laden's death. (Marketplace)

Washington's Metro transit system is stepping up security as a precaution. (AP)

More coverage of the NYC DOT's "Sustainable Streets Index" report in the Wall Street Journal.

A Boston Globe editorial lauds the city's biking efforts, but says "the city must also work to cultivate the good habits, among bicyclists as well as motorists, that will allow both types of vehicles to coexist." The Globe also looks at DC's Capital Bikeshare program -- and wonders if its success can be replicated in Boston.

Chrysler posts its first profit since going through bankruptcy two years ago. (New York Times)

Ray LaHood kicks off Bike Safety Month and urges people to be "Roll Models."

New York City's Five Boro Bike Tour took place yesterday. (WNYC)

Five Boro Bike Tour (photo by Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

--NYC DOT says biking is up, streets are safer (link)

--The increase in gas prices drove bus ridership up as well (link)

--you can now take the train to the track in NY again (link)

--the federal government told NJ it absolutely positively had to repay ARC tunnel money (link)


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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Osama Bin Laden is Dead, Morning Headlines

Monday, May 02, 2011

Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in a firefight yesterday, according to U.S. officials, who reported this news late last night and early this morning. Word of the death is rippling around the world, and crowds started gathering immediately in Times Square and at Ground Zero here in New York. Celeste Headlee reports live from Ground Zero.

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The Takeaway

Video: Osama Bin Laden Dead, Celebrations in Times Square

Monday, May 02, 2011

Early this morning, a few hundred people gathered in Times Square to celebrate the news that Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and the most wanted man in the war on terror, is dead. Below, a video of the scene there.

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The Takeaway

Osama Bin Laden Dead, 9/11 Family Members and Others Celebrate in Times Square

Monday, May 02, 2011

While a large gathering at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan featured cheers, tears, and even the popping of champagne, a somewhat smaller but still-jubilant gathering was happening in Times Square early in the morning.

A few hundred people, waving flags, chanting "USA" and even singing the song "Don't Stop Believing" by American power ballad band Journey packed into the middle of the street at 42nd, as onlookers and journalists on the periphery watched.

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It's A Free Country ®

Video and Transcript: President Obama's Speech on bin Laden's Death

Sunday, May 01, 2011

President Obama: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world, the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory - hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Osama bin Laden

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Michael Scheuer, the chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999 and a counterterrorism analyst until 2004, explains why Osama bin Laden continues to be a significant and powerful figure—he’s devout, talented, patient, ruthless, and a formidable, implacable enemy of the West. In Osama Bin Laden, Scheuer shows bin Laden to be a figure of remarkable leadership skills, strategic genius, and considerable communication abilities.

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It's A Free Country ®

Why We're Still Trying to Catch Osama Bin Laden

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Finding people is tricky, particularly if they're not making the kind of errors that get you caught. Typically, criminals go to their mother's house or call their family. Bin Laden is not doing these things. On the other hand, this is a big failure, and we've spent half a trillion dollars on our intelligence agency since 9/11, and this basic question, which after all the war was about, has not been answered, which was bringing Bin Laden to justice.

Peter Bergen, author of The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda, on The Brian Leher Show.

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WQXR News

France Receives Threats from Al Qaeda

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WNYC

France's interior minister says there is a "real" threat against French citizens, after hearing an audio recording on Wednesday sent to France from Al Qaeda, the Associated Press reports.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Oath: Filming in Yemen

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Laura Poitras, documentary filmmaker and director of The Oath, discusses the film about Osama Bin Laden's bodyguard Abu Jandal and her two years spent filming in Yemen.

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The Takeaway

Osama bin Laden Releases New Threat to Americans

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A new audiotape aired on Al Jazeera this morning that appears to be Osama bin Laden promising to kill Americans if authorities execute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. According to Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA bin Laden unit, the threat is a response to a poor play on behalf of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

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