8 Mysteries About bin Laden Killing, Obama's Remarks About Birth Certificate Take on New Meaning and More

In today's link roundup: We've hand-picked a few pieces written in the aftermath of the al-Qaida leader's death, covering everything from open questions about what exactly happened to a request for your one-word reaction.

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Eight mysteries about bin Laden's killing: It hasn't even been 24 hours, so perhaps these questions will be answered soon. But for now, Slate has put together a list of eight issues about which they say President Obama and senior U.S. officials have given partial accounts that only raise further questions. Read and find out just how much you don't know.

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Why al-Qaida is still a deadly threat: Feeling a little cocky about the end of terrorism? Don't, says NPR's Daveed Gartenstein Ross. He argues in no uncertain terms that there's still much more work to be done, writing, "In fact, bin Laden's death does not close this chapter in history. Two points are worth bearing in mind. First, bin Laden's strategic ideas for beating a superpower (which U.S. planners never fully understood) have permeated his organization, and are widely shared by al-Qaida's affiliates. Second, one critical lesson of 2001 is that we should not allow bin Laden's death to cause us to lose sight of the continued threat that al-Qaida poses." It's not exactly uplifting, but it's real.

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Your reaction to bin Laden's death in one word: The Internet went abuzz with speculations, reactions and opinions about the death of the al-Qaida leader shortly after major news networks announced that the president was making a major announcement on national security Sunday night. The Washington Post is now asking readers to express their reactions in just one word (and you thought Twitter's limits were challenging!). The results will combine to form a giant word cloud. So far it looks like "finally" and "justice" are in the lead. Choose yours and weigh in about this historic event.

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Obama’s remarks on birth certificate take on new meaning: Remember last Wednesday when President Obama concluded his remarks about the release of his birth certificate by chiding his critics and the press about all the more important things that needed his attention? ("We do not have time for this kind of silliness," Obama said. "We've got better stuff to do. I've got better stuff to do. We've got big problems to solve. And I'm confident we can solve them, but we're going to have to focus on them -- not on this.") He wasn't kidding. As the New York Times' The Caucus blog points out, those words take on a whole new meaning (and make the birth certificate fuss retroactively more irritating, in our opinion) when you realize he was just 48 hours from authorizing the raid in Pakistan that killed bin Laden.

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