Corn on MSNBC: Bush Declines Ground Zero Invite

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David Corn joined Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC’s The Last Word to discuss former President George W. Bush’s decision to decline President Obama’s invitation to attend a ceremony at Ground Zero following the death of Osama bin Laden. They also discuss the political gamble Obama took in authorizing the attack and how the success of the operation might influence his popularity.

Elsewhere in Mother Jones, Dave Gilson breaks down the numbers behind the most expensive manhunt in history, Adam Weinstein reports on the reactions of bin Laden’s supporters as well as active-duty soldiers, and Josh Harkinson rounds up ten ways the right is spinning bin Laden’s death. Stephanie Mencimer checks in on the tea party, and Mike Mechanic pulls together a slideshow of major daily front pages.

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