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Congrats! to Egyptian Pundit Deena Adel, who was named a finalist for the 2011 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Cash prize of $10,000 for the leading journalists under 35.
Obama's 'Mission Accomplished' Moment? – At 7:31 pm ET on Tuesday, President Obama delivered the first presidential address live from a war zone. The President delivered a previously unannounced address from Afghanistan to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama Bin Laden: "[O]ver the last three years, the tide has turned. We broke the Taliban's momentum. ... I recognize that many Americans are tired of war. ... Yet here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. "As we emerge from a decade of conflict abroad and economic crisis at home, it's time to renew America -- an America where our children live free from fear and have the skills to claim their dreams. ... This time of war began in Afghanistan and this is where it will end."
Bon Apetit, Yanks! – "If French political debates are like five-course meals, filled with delicious hors-d'oeuvre like foie-gras, American debates are like a cheap NY hot-dog stand." Follow French elections expert William Bauer as he live blogs the showdown we've all been waiting for on Wednesday night: Hollande vs. Sarkozy on French TV.
Viral Video – The West Wing is back, back again. The cast of the hit television show star has reunited for a Funny or Die video to promote a new healthy living initiative called "Every Body Walk," which encourages everyone to spend at least 30 mins of their day walking. Video here.
Harlem is Buzzing – About how stupid NY Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire is for punching glass after the team's disappointing Game 2 loss vs. the Miami Heat. Stoudemire will miss Game 3 and potentially the remainder of the playoffs. Heard from the 127th street corner: "We want J.Lin back!"
Top Stories – Why You Should "Like" Facebook's New Organ Donation Option (Jacob Cogan) – As of March 2012, over 113,000 Americans are awaiting organ transplants, including 1,800 children. Facebook's new feature giving you the option of publicizing if you’re an organ donor on your timeline might help to reverse this.
Two Birds, One Stone: Bin Laden’s Death Marks End of Al-Qaeda (Nathan Lean) – On the one-year anniversary of bin Laden’s death, the story of his once-prominent terrorist group has fizzled out like a bad batch of sparklers.
Paul Krugman Wipes the Floor With Ron Paul and His Economic Nonsense (Andrew Hanson) – In a recent debate on Bloomberg TV, economist and New York Times pundit Paul Krugman debunked Ron Paul's bizarro economic theories.
'Homophobic? Maybe You Are Gay' NYT Story is Hardly a Shocking Study (Jeffrey Hartinger) – New insights on how those who oppress those in the LGBT community may be gay or lesbian themselves.
Fun Stories – Where do all those cute Buzzfeed animal photos come from? (The Atlantic); Why videos go viral (The Guardian); Twitter nearly ruined Obama's secret trip to Afghanistan (Mashable).
What We’re Reading – GOP: No gays allowed (Daily Beast); Malcolm Gladwell: NCAA football should be banned (Slate, tip-off: @Christian Tom); 9 articles 'for women' that journalists should stop writing (The Atlantic); Joe Scarborough: Stop this endless war (Politico); Rumsfeld: Obama Bin Laden decision "Not a Tough Call."
Dessert – Political cartoon of the day: