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11:01 AM, May 3rd, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, May 3rd

  1. Bin Laden Documents Published: Several of the documents seized during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden were posted online by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point on Thursday, which show that the al Qaeda leader still hoped to pull off one big attack. 
  2. Sen. Rockefeller: Investigate MurdochSen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) asked to the British committee investigating News Corp. to look into whether the company had broken any American laws. Murdoch was censured earlier in the week by the British Parliament and declared not “fit and proper” to run News Corp.
  3. Chen: I Want to Leave with Hillary: Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, whose daring escape last week from house arrest is straining U.S.-Chinese relations, said Thursday that he wanted to leave his home country with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton is currently in China for a previously scheduled meeting on unrelated topics. 
  4. Poll: Tie in Florida, Ohio: A new poll by Quinnipiac University found President Obama and the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney virtually tied in the key swing states of Florida and Ohio, but Obama held onto a solid lead in Pennsylvania. 
  5. Munch’s ‘Scream’ Sells for $119.9MIt’s not the most expensive painting in history, but Edvard Munch’s The Scream ranks up there as one of the few works of art to fetch a nine-figure sum. The painting was sold on Wednesday evening in New York to an anonymous buyer who will pay $119.9 million for the masterpiece.

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Photo: Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ was sold on Wednesday in New York for a staggering $119.9 million. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) More of the world’s most expensive art

12:40 PM, May 2nd, 2012

So President Obama is launching his reelection campaign and happens to mention one of the greatest foreign-policy achievements of our time: the killing of Osama bin Laden.

And Republicans go bananas.

C’mon people, it would have been absurd not to mention it.

10:51 AM, February 27th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, Feb. 27th

  1. 'The Artist' Wins Big at Oscars: French favorite The Artist picked up beaucoup awards at the Oscars last night, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and two other smaller prizes. 
  2. Diplomatic Call Syria Vote a ShamThe Syrian city of Homs remains under fire Monday by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, even as the government tallies votes on a constitutional referendum that Western leaders have dismissed as a sham. 
  3. Plot to Kill Putin Foiled: A plot to kill Vladimir Putin by a group of Ukrainian assassins was uncovered by a joint operation of Ukrainian and Russian intelligence services, according to Russian news sources. 
  4. Santorum Gets Secret Service Detail: Rick Santorum will get Secret Service protection beginning Tuesday, according to an administration official. He will be the second current Republican candidate to receive protection from the Secret Service, following Mitt Romney, who has been covered since Feb. 1.
  5. Deepwater Horizon Trial Delayed: The civil trial against BP over the disaster that took 11 lives and caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history was pushed back a week Sunday as the company continues to seek settlement with the more than 120,000 individuals and businesses that have filed suit against it. 

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Photo: Pakistani security forces began demolishing the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was found and killed by American soldiers last May.

2:01 PM, November 7th, 2011
SEAL Target Geronimo explodes a number of media myths about the raid to kill bin Laden. It was not a “kill mission” from the start. The SEALs had no explicit orders to kill the archterrorist and would have captured him if possible. There was no “45-minute” running gun battle. The SEAL team fired only 12 bullets, and the whole operation lasted only 38 minutes.

Richard Miniter reviews the new book detailing the night al Qaeda’s chief died—and the headaches it could cause Obama.

6:35 PM, May 13th, 2011
I was eating souffle at Rise Restaurant with Laura and two buddies. … I excused myself and went home to take the call. … Obama simply said ‘Osama Bin Laden is dead.
Fmr. President George W. Bush, describing how he got the phone call from President Obama telling him that Osama bin Laden was killed. When Obama described the mission and the decision he made, Bush told Obama, “Good call.” (via officialssay)
2:53 PM, May 13th, 2011
The Sheik told me of all of his top aides who had been killed or captured. So he said he had no choice but to be active and meet people, despite the security risks.
On The Daily Beast, a Taliban leader details his final visit with Osama bin Laden.
2:44 PM, May 13th, 2011

And now we can add porn to the list of Osama’s favorite things. Porn and thumb drives.

(Source: reuters.com)

9:40 AM, May 13th, 2011
officialssay:

“I have gotten from friends all over the country copies of the picture that was this iconic picture taken in the Situation Room while we were watching the operation. And they have been photoshopped in every way you can imagine, including putting you know, coming after the royal wedding, one of these had all of us in one of these big, wide-brimmed hats from the wedding,” said Defense Secretary Robert Gates, noting the potential for manipulation and misuse if the U.S. were to release the photos of bin Laden’s corpse.

Just because we can’t reblog this photo enough.

officialssay:

“I have gotten from friends all over the country copies of the picture that was this iconic picture taken in the Situation Room while we were watching the operation. And they have been photoshopped in every way you can imagine, including putting you know, coming after the royal wedding, one of these had all of us in one of these big, wide-brimmed hats from the wedding,” said Defense Secretary Robert Gates, noting the potential for manipulation and misuse if the U.S. were to release the photos of bin Laden’s corpse.

Just because we can’t reblog this photo enough.

10:05 AM, May 12th, 2011
It’s true that my life is one of moving between caves in Afghanistan, but despite the bitterness of this life … I’m comfortable with Osama.
Amal Ahmed Abdel-Fatah al-Sada, Osama bin Laden’s fourth wife.

(Source: MSNBC)

11:35 AM, May 10th, 2011
One is okay, like walking. Two is like riding a bicycle: it’s fast but a little unstable. Three is a tricycle, stable but slow. And when we come to four, ah! This is the ideal. Now you can pass everyone!
Osama bin Laden on polygamy, as quoted in Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower. Bin Laden has three living widows, whom Pakistan has finally decided to allow the U.S. to interview. More about bin Laden’s loyal harem.
10:05 AM, May 9th, 2011

Osama bin Laden’s favorite things: Pepsi and Coke, Al Jazeera, Whitney Houston, volleyball, and more…

3:30 PM, May 6th, 2011

Uncanny Tom Clancy Predictions

A Clancy fan on Facebook notes:

Clancy’s prophetic Dead or Alive has (a) very quiet behind the scenes intelligence work, (b) follow the courier, (c) waterboarding, (d) kill them without Miranda, (e) the ‘emir’ (Osama) living in luxury right under our nose in a major city, (f) silent spec ops warriors who do the job without asking or getting credit. Along with airliners crashing into U.S. ‘high value targets’ (ie. the capital), bureaucrats & politicians who leave special ops guys stranded in the field…

For those keeping tabs, Clancy’s next book will be about the Pakistani military infiltrating the Taliban.

12:15 PM, May 5th, 2011

"I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs," she [Hillary Clinton] said. “So, it may have no great meaning whatsoever.”

via NYMag

10:15 AM, May 5th, 2011

A shepherd or a Malinois runs twice as fast as a human.

More about the dog that accompanied the SEALs on their bin Laden mission. And a great excuse for a dog article. 

A shepherd or a Malinois runs twice as fast as a human.

More about the dog that accompanied the SEALs on their bin Laden mission. And a great excuse for a dog article. 

(Source: The New York Times)

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