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1.) Common feels the noise — After the week “conscious rapper” Common has had, he may feel like changing his name to Mister Souljah. The Daily Caller’s report on some of his past lyrics and poetry made it all the way to the White House, where yesterday Jay Carney passed along Barack’s attempt to sound disapproving: “The president does not support and opposes the kind of lyrics that has been written about… He has in the past spoken very forcefully out against violent and misogynistic lyrics.” When Common missed the afternoon session of the White House’s poetry event yesterday, it looked like he had become yet another Barack supporter who wound up under the bus. But wait! As TheDC’s Neil Munro reports: “Common was introduced at the evening session without any reference to the conservatives’ derision of his poetry or to some police advocates’ dismay at his poetic validation of cop-killers. ‘Thanks very much, I appreciate being here,’ Common said, according to a CBS news report. He repaid the first couple for sticking with him by declaiming three times the line ‘One King’s Dream, He was able to Barack us.'” Wait, what rhymes with “Barack us”? Maybe the line after that was, “He’s not much, but at least he ain’t Dukakis.”

2.) Yes, at one point Bin Laden actually had a brain in his head — The rest of us won’t be able to see the pictures of Osama Bin Laden’s newly renovated skull until they’re leaked onto the Internet, but now members of Congress are being allowed to view them at CIA headquarters. Senator James Inhofe told Shepard Smith about them yesterday, as relayed by TheDC’s Jeff Poor. (Warning: It’s pretty rough stuff.) “They are gruesome, of course, because it was taken right after the incident. And so, of the 12, three of them were older pictures so that we could actually compare what he looked like when he had the black beard and what he looked like after he was killed. And that was part — the good way of making that presentation. Then they had some of his ear. Now, what had happened in those, I couldn’t tell whether the bullet went through the ear and out the eye cavity or through the eye and out the ear because a lot of brains were draped out from the socket. But it clearly — what we saw there was it was him. There is no question he was dead… Now, what happened was if the bullet went into the eye socket, then it was an explosive, it detonated once it was in so that caused the brain to come back out of the eye socket. That’s what made it look so gruesome.” Still want to see those pictures? In other news: Bin Laden died in his underpants.

3.) Not All Muslims post Photoshopped image of Barack with head wound — WaPo’s steady decline shows no signs of stopping, according to Neil Munro: “The Washington Post’s Outlook section just gave ex-jihadi Moazzem Begg a half-page this Sunday to lament the U.S. war on jihadis, and Begg repaid the Post by showcasing a photoshopped image of a dead President Barack Obama on his advocacy website… The image, which can be seen at Begg’s Cage Prisoners website, shows a doctored image of Obama with fatal head-wounds. The image is headlined ‘Breaking News: Barack Obama is Dead,’ and comes with a subhead declaring that ‘American War Criminal Barack Obama has been killed by Pakistani security forces in the UK, Prime Minister Hasan Abdullah of Pakistan has said.'” The Secret Service is investigating this, right? Just imagine if this sort of imagery had debuted on a sign at a Tea Party. But hey, no big deal, it’s just the official website of a Washington Post contributor…

4.) Gingrich Fever to break out any minute now — Get excited, everybody: Newt Gingrich is running for president. TheDC’s Paul Conner: “Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich formally announced his candidacy for president of the United States Wednesday via Twitter. ‘I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States because I believe we can return America to hope and opportunity, to full employment, to real security, to an American energy program, to a balanced budget,’ Gingrich said in a video released on YouTube.” So. Yep. That definitely happened.

5.) Cindy McCain doesn’t like Glenn Beck — Earlier this week, Meghan McCain bared some epidermis as part of a skin cancer PSA for the Style Network. It was more than Glenn Beck cared to see, and he made fun of her. Then her mom went on Twitter and called Beck a doodyhead: “I’m so glad Glenn Beck is leaving Fox. Enough vitriol and hate. Glenn you are no rodeo clown. They are decent and nice. You aren’t.” Fortunately, liberals will have no problem picking sides on this one, because Cindy’s husband is no longer a threat.

6.) Labash asked — Some say Matt Labash is the funniest person at TheDC. Others point out that there’s not much competition. In this week’s “Ask Matt Labash” column, he fields a question about Cornel West (The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions) running for president: “True, West would paint the walls in blood during debates when talk turned to post-analytic philosophy or ethics, historicism and the Marxist tradition. But I’m just not sure Cornel West will play in Middle America. First off, we are a nation of optimists. And his all-black funeral suits might make you want to buy an urn from him in which to store your favorite loved one, but don’t necessarily make you want to vote for him. If he were to run, he’s going to need to lighten things up a bit. Bright ginghams really seem to be in this season at The Gap.”

VIDEO: Newt Gingrich seems sincere enough about running for president

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