Bin Laden one year later – In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams last night, President Obama revealed new details about how he reacted to the bin Laden raid including that he did “some praying” the night before and avoided “a high five” when he saw the first photos of the dead bin Laden, explaining that “regardless of who it is, you always have to be sober about death.”
Therese Postel writes, My Dad Was at Ground Zero, and I Don't Want Bin Laden Used for Political Gain. “I am thankful that the WTC will be rebuilt, and glad that bin Laden is at the bottom of the ocean. But, nothing will change what happened to the families of the 2,996 people who perished on 9/11.”
La prise de la Bastille – William Bauer on last night’s French presidential duel, “The French presidential debate was never going to be pretty … As the lights went on and the cameras focused, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande emerged on screen. Everyone expected sparks to fly, but little did they were getting a full-blown fireworks display.” Read about it here.
Quote of the day – Mitt Romney, "What I would do? People ask me, `What would you to get the economy going'? and I say, `well look at what the president's done, and do the opposite.'"
Top stories – Why Are There No 1% Occupy Protests in Silicon Valley? (Katie Norkus) – With bank accounts similar to that of stock brokers on Wall Street, why is no one occupying Silicon Valley?
XNA: The Next Evolution in the DNA Science Revolution (Jonathan Booth) – DNA, RNA, and now XNA. What do all these science terms actually mean?
Mad Men Meets Jay-Z: The Future of Hollywood and the Ad Industry (Jonathan Weidman) – The advertising industry and entertainment business are collaborating to create "branded entertainment," and the result is Apple ads like "The Girl With the Macbook Pro."
4 Reasons Why China is Not on the Rise (Seth Green) – Everyone claims that China is well on its way to surpassing the U.S., but a visit to the country proves just how wrong that theory is.
Attack ad of the day – Conservative Super PAC American Crossroads releases "Backward" ("The only thing moving forward is the national debt.") in response to Obama’s “Forward” campaign.
What we’re reading – An audacious promise: The moral case for capitalism(Manhattan Institute); Tax me, for f@%&'s sake! (Stephen King); Megaupload's Kim Dotcom: Inside the wild life and dramatic fall of the nerd who burned Hollywood(Hollywood Reporter).