Bin Laden Photos: President Obama says he won't release photographs of the dead Osama bin Laden, so as not to inflame sympathizers worldwide. But he may not have the final word, reports our Jenna Greene, because of the Freedom of Information Act. Whether the law would support release depends on several factors, including who actually possesses the photos right now.
Unfortunate Moniker: The Senate Indian Affairs Committee already had a hearing set for today on racial stereotypes, but now it has a new example to talk about: the code name for Osama bin Laden in the military's search and kill mission was "Geronimo," the Apache warrior viewed by Native Americans as a hero, not a terrorist. The Washington Post has the story.
Nominee McConnell Confirmed: Controversial judicial nominee John McConnell Jr. won confirmation for a Rhode Island district court seat yesterday over the objection of 44 Senate Republicans, our David Ingram reports. Republicans viewed McConnell as too sympathetic to mass tort litigation.
'A Crisis on our Hands': That was retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's reaction to news of the latest assessment of students' civic knowledge, according to The New York Times. Among results: fewer than half of eighth-graders knew the purpose of the Bill of Rights.