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Osama bin Laden colored his beard black before he made the video tapes broadcast across the world that became his trademark. He also liked to watch himself on TV.

Those are two takeaways from a series of bin Laden "home movies" seized by intelligence officials during the May 1 raid that left the terrorist leader dead at the hands of a Navy SEAL team. The Pentagon released copies of the videos to the public on Saturday, following a closed briefing to reporters.

In the tapes, bin Laden is seen with a dark beard recording the kind of one man testimonials that were a mainstay of his time at the head of Al Qaeda. One fascinating tape shows the terrorist leader gray-bearded and sitting on the floor of his Abbottabad compound, watching himself on satellite TV.

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Obama: 'Not A Day That Goes By That I'm Not Focused On Your Jobs' In this weekend's YouTube address, President Obama spoke from the Allison Transmissions plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, a clean ' company, to stress that he is still focusing on the economy in addition to the big news from the past week about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

"A lot of folks are still looking for work. And many folks who do have jobs are finding that their paychecks aren't keeping up with the rising costs for everything from tuition to groceries to gas. In fact, in a lot of places across the country, like Indiana, gas is reaching all-time high," said Obama. "So although our economy hasn't been the focus of the news this week, not a day that goes by that I'm not focused on your jobs, your hopes and your dreams. And that's why I came here to Allison Transmissions. The clean ' jobs at this plant are the jobs of the future - jobs that pay well right here in America. And in the years ahead, it's clean ' companies like this one that will keep our economy growing, create new jobs, and make sure America remains the most prosperous nation in the world."

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Yes, America, there are pro-choice Republicans. But after this week, there's some question about whether are any left in the U.S. Congress.

H.R. 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act" that passed the House May 4 is not likely to become the law of the land. But the fact that it passed the House with unanimous Republican support means the pro-life members of the party, which includes all the House leadership, can tout their attachment to social issues, even after the supposedly fiscal-first tea party movement helped take over the GOP last year.

For pro-choice Republicans, the vote means embarrassing questions. Basically every pro-choice group says H.R. 3 is an anti-abortion bill that goes far beyond the government's current prohibitions on abortion funding and actually raises taxes on women who want to seek abortion coverage in their private insurance plans.

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The White House issued its strongest denouncement to date on the Syrian government's bloody crackdown on peaceful protesters demanding democratic reforms.

A statement on Friday from press secretary Jay Carney said the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's desperate attempt to hold onto power isn't working and "will not restore stability and will not stop the demands for change in Syria."

In addition to a series of sanctions the U.S. has imposed on Syria, the White House warned Assad that the U.S. would "take additional steps to make clear our strong opposition to the Syrian government's treatment of its people," although he did not specify what those steps would be. He also welcomed the European Union's decision to impose sanctions on Syrian officials responsible for human rights abuse.

The full statement from the White House:

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Updated with video and a response from ASA below:

Two Muslim men were removed from a Delta commuter flight operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Friday after the pilot refused to fly with them on board.

Masudur Rahman, an Arabic-language instructor at the University of Memphis and Mohamed Zaghloul, a religious leader in the Islamic Association of Greater Memphis told the AP they were removed from a flight leaving Memphis International Airport, heading for Charlotte, after the pilot refused to takeoff.

According to Charlotte-area station WBTV, the men have "retained counsel and the US attorney's office has already been contacted about the incident."

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The White House has released the text of President Obama's speech to the troops at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Hello, Fort Campbell! 101st Airborne Division--Air Assault, hello!

General Colt, thank you for that great introduction -- it was great because it was brief. More importantly, thank you for the extraordinary leadership that you've shown here at one of the largest Army bases in America.

And let me just say, I make a lot of decisions; one of the earliest and best decisions I made was choosing one of the finest Vice Presidents in our history -- Joe Biden, right here.

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After President Obama announced Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed, hundreds of New Yorkers gathered in spontaneous celebration at Ground Zero. Among them was Naqeeb Memon, who wore a shirt that said "I'm A Muslim -- Don't Panic," which got him a lot of attention from the crowd and from the media in the days after (and a spot in TPM's slideshow of the celebration).

In an interview with TPM, Memon said that when he heard about Osama Bin Laden's death "he felt both relief at someone who's been a symbol of terrorism finally being taken down, [who] did not represent me as a Muslim or me as an American."

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On Thursday, while House Republicans were dealing with a small Medicare privatization snafu, their Senate counterparts laid down an impossible marker. Forty four of their 47 members have signed on to a letter threatening to filibuster any nominee to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unless it is dramatically weakened.

"We will not support the consideration of any nominee, regardless of party affiliation, to be the CFPB director until the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is reformed," reads a letter, co-authored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), ranking member of the Banking Committee.

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President Obama flew to Fort Campbell, Ky., Friday to personally congratulate the special operations team responsible for the killing of Osama bin Laden, telling them and the rest of the troops on the base "job well done."

Vice President Joe Biden joined Obama in privately thanking the Navy SEAL team just hours after bin Laden's terror network al Qaeda confirmed the death of their leader and vowed to avenge it and retaliate against Americans.

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The Texas legislature passed a bill on Thursday requiring doctors to conduct a sonogram before performing an abortion, and to describe to the woman seeking an abortion what the sonogram shows before moving ahead with the procedure.

The bill, which passed the Texas House on Thursday by a 94-41 vote, forces doctors to perform a sonogram at least 24 hours before performing an abortion, and to show the resulting images to a woman if she requests to view them. And even if the woman declines to view the sonogram, the bill mandates that she must still listen to the doctor describe the images before going ahead with the abortion.

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