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With Bin Laden Dead, Should the War in Afghanistan Die With Him?

The killing of Osama bin Laden will reshape the Obama administration's ongoing fight against al-Qaida and other terror groups by ridding the U.S. of its primary battlefield target.  But it could have an even bigger impact on public support for the Afghan war itself, as many Americans take bin Laden's death as a sign that the United States has accomplished it's mission in Afghanistan and should now begin winding down the unpopular conflict.

Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 6:40am

Senators Skeptical About Pakistan, Resolute on Afghanistan

Key senators on Monday said the Pakistani government needs to explain whether it knew anything regarding the location of Osama bin Laden, who was shot and killed on Sunday.

Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 6:40am

N2K: After bin Laden, Will Withdrawal from Afghanistan Hastenr?

Marc Ambinder gives his assessment of the short-term future of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 11:40pm

A Change in Perception

Many Americans will long recall exactly where they were and what they were doing when the news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed by a U.S. Navy SEAL special operations team.  

Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 11:40pm

Sony Says Second Hack Attack Took Credit Card Numbers

Sony reported a second cyber-hack on Monday, this one giving attackers a lode of names, addresses, e-mails, birth dates, phone numbers, and other information from 24.6 million PC games customers, AFP and Reuters reported.

Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 11:40pm

Legislation Congress Wants After Bin Laden's Death

Osama bin Laden might be dead, but that doesn't mean the wars are over. Representative John Conyers thinks, though, that it should mean exactly that. Conyers called for President Obama "to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq," the Democrat wrote in a statement. "With the death of Osama bin Laden, the Long War that began on 9/11 is finally over.

Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 8:40pm

EXCLUSIVE POLL: Insiders from Both Parties Give Obama High Marks

President Obama has received a major political boost—at least for now—from the successful U.S. military action that killed 9-11 master-mind Osama bin Laden, according to a National Journal Political Insiders Poll conducted this afternoon. Asked what the impact of killing Bin Laden would be the President's political standing, more than 90 percent of the Democratic Insiders and two-thirds of the Republican Insiders said that the Obama would see a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of improvement in his position.

Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 8:40pm

Photos: Obama, National Security Team React to Bin Laden Raid

President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and other key members of the national security team react to news of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden from the Situation Room Sunday, in this amazing photo posted to the White House's Flickr stream.

Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 8:40pm

White House Threatens Veto of Republican Health Initiatives

President Obama threatened on Monday to fight or veto three moves afoot in the House to hobble the health care reform law: one that aims to prevent the use of federal dollars to pay for abortions, one that takes money away from new health insurance exchanges, and a third that would expand school health clinics.

Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 7:40pm

EXCLUSIVE POLL: Insider's From Both Parties Give Obama High Marks

President Obama has received a major political boost—at least for now—from the successful U.S. military action that killed 9-11 master-mind Osama bin Laden, according to a National Journal Political Insiders Poll conducted this afternoon. Asked what the impact of killing Bin Laden would be the President's political standing, more than 90 percent of the Democratic Insiders and two-thirds of the Republican Insiders said that the Obama would see a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of improvement in his position.

Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 6:40pm