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Most Americans Now Believe It's Wrong to Celebrate Osama's Death

If you thought the midnight "Osama's dead" party in front of the White House was gross, don't worry, you're not alone.


When we questioned the wisdom of the nationwide parties following Osama bin Laden's killing two weeks ago, some readers called us "absurd," "insulting," and "disgraceful." Today, however, it looks as if the drunken revelers are in the minority.

According to a survey released yesterday by the Public Religion Research Institute, a little more than six in 10 Americans believe "it is wrong to celebrate the death of another human being, no matter how bad that person was." The survey also found that the vast majority of Americans—82 percent—think Bin Laden corrupted the teachings of Islam to serve his own purposes, lending credence to the argument that, despite appearances sometimes, most people can be altogether rational.

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Osama's Daughter Says He Was Arrested Then Executed in Front of Her

As the White House clams up, Osama's family is telling their side of the story.

The White House said Wednesday that it will go into no further detail about the covert operation that killed Osama bin Laden, an operation whose narrative has been changed several times in various important ways (all of which you can read about here). But that doesn't mean other people are going to stop talking about it, and Bin Laden's 12-year-old daughter, Safia, reportedly has a lot to say.

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A Continually Updated List of How the Administration Says Bin Laden Died

The story of how Osama met his end has changed a lot over the past few days. Here's a rundown of the inconsistencies thus far.

In the days since a CIA-led mission (codename: Operation Neptune Spear) killed Osama bin Laden, the official Obama administration narrative of exactly how Bin Laden died has changed quite drastically. There's been talk of firefights, human shields, and capture-and-kill missions, much of which has been contradicted over the course of just 72 hours. Here's our rundown of what the official story has been on each dayand how it's changed. We'll update this as often new information warrants it.

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Surprise: Osama Loved American Soda

Though he supposedly hated America and drugs, new evidence suggests bin Laden may have partaken in both.

One of the stranger details to trickle out of Osama bin Laden's former Pakistani compound has to be this: The brutal terrorist whom for decades dedicated himself to the destruction of America nevertheless had a weakness for two of America's biggest soft drink brands.

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