Osama bin Laden goes green?

By Mark Carlson, Herald staff

The environment: Osama bin Laden, whose public pronouncements usually center on the killing of nonbelievers, ventured into Al Gore territory Friday, blaming the United States and other industrialized nations for global warming.

The terror kingpin also said he’s doing his part for the planet; he’s having a 2010 Prius delivered to his cave.

Mother warrior spited: Bill Gates says he’ll donate $10 billion to research new vaccines and bring them to the world’s poorest countries.

The Microsoft co-founder says his intentions are twofold: to eliminate preventable diseases in the Third World, and to really, really tick off Jenny McCarthy.

Question time: President Barack Obama dropped by the House Republican caucus retreat for a lively and unscripted debate Friday.

At the White House’s request, the encounter was on live TV, a move that some Republican strategists later regretted because they felt it gave Obama the upper hand.

All three cable news networks televised the event. MSNBC added canned applause every time Obama drove a point home, while Fox News countered with a laugh track.