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9:05am

Thu June 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Did Conan O'Brien Give 'The Greatest Commencement Speech Ever?'

As they write over at the conservative Hot Air website, when a diverse set of bloggers are saying something's a "must-see," it's worth noting.

That's the case with the commencement address that talk show host Conan O'Brien gave last weekend at Dartmouth College. Hot Air says O'Brien just may have given the "greatest commencement speech ever." An analysis that's a bit over-the-top, perhaps, but judge for yourself.

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8:35am

Thu June 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Al-Qaida Makes Al-Zawahri It New Leader

Good morning.

There's word on a "Jihadist website" that Osama bin Laden's longtime deputy, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahri, is taking over the leadership of al-Qaida.

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8:34am

Thu June 16, 2011
Opinion

The Root: Obama Helps Dads Do It Better

Cynthia Gordy is The Root's Washington reporter.

It sometimes rubs people the wrong way. But President Obama has a tendency to talk about parental responsibility, especially as it pertains to absentee dads, when addressing African-American audiences.

"Michelle and I happen to be black parents, so I may add a little 'umph' to it when I'm talking to black parents," he joked to the National Urban League last summer by way of explanation.

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8:08am

Thu June 16, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Damascus Still Has Gay Girls

Daniel Nassar is the pseudonym of a Syrian man based in Damascus.

In a city like Damascus, with its beautiful culture, amazing people, lovely food, and unmatchable history, one feels like they could be anything — anything but gay, that is.

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7:45am

Thu June 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Win Or Lose, Some Fans Choose To Riot

A man with a Candanian flag walked in front of a burning vehicle Wednesday night (June 15, 2011) in Vancouver, Canada.
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In recent years, fans in Montreal have burned cars and smashed windows after their beloved Canadiens won key playoff games. It happened in 2008 and again in 2010.

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