Ken Silverstein

Open Society Institute

Guest

Fellow at George Soros' Open Society Institute and Washington Editor for Harper's magazine, he writes the blog, Washington Babylon, on its website; author of Private Warriors and Turkmeniscam: How Washington Lobbyists Fought to Flack for a Stalinist Dictatorship

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It was Sunday's killing of Osama bin Laden that brought  President Obama  to New York City today.

The Death and Deadly Legacy of Osama bin Laden

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President Obama  laid a wreath at Ground Zero  today, met with the families of victims and visited with police and firefighters.

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