Osama bin Laden
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DURHAM — Experts anticipate the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death could improve President Barack Obama's approval rating, even if just temporarily. "I think what you are going to see is a rally effect," said Andrew Smith, University of New Hampshire political science professor. "You'll see an improvement that is of an overall job approval." Obama's job performance rating in New Hampshire has dropped to its lowest level since his election, according to the latest WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the UNH Survey Center. Survey results, completed before the president's announcement, of 504 randomly selected Granite State adults show Obama's popularity is continuing to slide. About 44 percent of the adults said they approve of the job the president is doing, while 52 percent disapprove and 5 percent are neutral.
Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 05/03/2011 May 03, 2011 03:16 PM EDT TheWashingtonPost Was Osama bin Laden assassinated? (Mazhar Ali Khan/AP) A BlogPost reader, James, writes in: Why have there been virtually no expressions of concern from those who normally uphold fundamental due process, as well as from civil libertarians?
Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 05/03/2011 May 03, 2011 10:40 PM EDT TheWashingtonPost By Ross Berg As details surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden continue to emerge , this week’s episode of The God Vote , hosted by Sally Quinn and Jacques Berinerblau, considers the political and religious ramifications of bin Laden’s demise.
By Jim Michaels, USA TODAY Updated 5/4/2011 1:49 PM | Even before the death of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda was losing relevance in the Arab world as youth-led uprising swept leaders from power and left other countries racked by violence, some experts say. By Asif Hassan, AFP/Getty Images
A decade ago they were just kids -- elementary school students with Pokémon backpacks; middle and high schoolers slogging through classes. Then terrorists directed by Osama bin Laden hijacked four passenger jets on Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000, bringing down the World Trade Center towers, damaging the Pentagon -- and redefining the world for a generation. Today they are young adults, college students and high schoolers who have been shaped, in part, by the collective anxiety bin Laden helped to create. Beyond the usual benchmarks, their youths have been marked by color-coded terror alerts and fears of when the next attack might come, as well as by multiple wars, a declining economy and increasing concern that America is losing its footing as the world's most powerful and prosperous nation.