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lim­ited po­lit­i­cal ben­e­fits from the death of Osama bin Laden, some say, though the tim­ing and tone of his sur­prise an­nounce­ment had plenty of fire­power. In­deed, Mr. Obama’s state­ment pro­vided a dra­matic fi­nale to his birth-cer­tifi­cate duel with Don­ald Trump and tem­po­rar­ily quelled crit­i­cism of re­cent heavy-handed fundrais­ing.

“He was mat­ter-of-fact, he was per­func­tory in his de­liv­ery of very se­ri­ous news, and that worked for him,” Bruce Buchanan, a Univer­sity of Texas pres­i­den­tial his­to­rian, tells In­side the Belt­way.

“Mr. Obama was the one who got to pull the trig­ger on this rather than Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, though there is a cer­tain luck of the draw in­volved. Still, Mr. Obama gets only a short­term po­lit­i­cal boost,” Mr. Buchanan says. “We are still far, far away from the 2012 elec­tion, and those pub­lic pas­sions can fade very quickly.” “Will I have to live with a gay Marine?”Af­ter the re­peal, bil­let­ing as­sign­ments will made with­out re­gard to sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion.

“You can live with some­body in the bar­racks. You don’t have to be their friend,” the of­fi­cer told the class, adding that com­man­ders may elect to re­as­sign room­mates on a case-by-case ba­sis if it poses “too much of a dis­rup­tion for the unit.”

Mean­while, Marines with re­li­gious con­cerns about their ho­mo­sex­ual com­rades were told that they “re­tain the right to their re­li­gious be­liefs, but their con­duct must re­main pro­fes­sional and they must treat fel­low Marines with dig­nity and re­spect.” The CBS Evening News an­chor chair shuf­fle: It’s one lib­eral mak­ing way for an­other, says Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter re­searcher Ge­of­frey Dick­ens.

“CBS News of­fi­cially an­nounced that long­time cor­re­spon­dent Scott Pel­ley will take the reins from de­part­ing an­chor Katie Couric. A re­view of our archive re­veals Pel­ley will most likely con­tinue the long tra­di­tion of lib­eral bias ad­vanced by his an­chor pre­de­ces­sors Couric, Dan Rather and Wal­ter Cronkite.”

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