Osama bin Laden

The new CRS report found that slightly more than half the $1.6 trillion in total spending went to military operations in Iraq, where allied forces toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime and then waged war for years in a desperate effort to prop up a new government. An additional $686 billion was spent on U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, which began with U.S. forces seeking to hunt down Osama bin Laden and others behind the 9/11 attacks. (The Fiscal Times)

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In the first year of the century, Yahoo released the 20 most popular terms for the first time.

The Yahoo! Buzz Index Top 20 Leaders for 2001:

  1. PlayStation 2
  2. Britney Spears
  3. WWF
  4. Dragon Ball Z
  5. Napster
  6. World Trade Center
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  8. Dale Earnhardt
  9. NASCAR
  10. Internal Revenue Service
  11. Jennifer Lopez
  12. `NSYNC
  13. Las Vegas
  14. Eminem
  15. Osama Bin Laden
  16. Nostradamus
  17. Backstreet Boys
  18. Pamela Anderson
  19. Morpheus
  20. Pokemon
The number one slot belonged to PlayStation 2, which led to the optimistic prognostication "that gaming culture may be on the verge of eclipsing movies and television in the pop culture lexicon."

The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, pushed the term "world trade center" into No. 6. The mastermind, Osama bin Laden, registered at No. 15, followed by Nostradamus, due to a hoax that the 16th-century so-called prophet predicted the events. Searches at the time also underwent an "upswing in patriotism. Searches on anthems, patriotic speeches and songs, and the American flag (26) soared as Americans looked for ways to express their support for their country."

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Osama bin Laden

FILE - In this May 1, 2011 image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to obscure the details of a document on the table, President Barack Obama, second from left, Vice President Joe Biden, left, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, right, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, second right, and members of the national security team watch an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington. The killing of Osama bin Laden, first presented as a moment of national unity by the president, has become something else: a political weapon. Obama's re-election campaign is portraying his risky decision to go after America's top enemy as a defining difference with his Republican presidential opponent, suggesting Mitt Romney might not have had the guts to order a mission that put lives and perhaps a presidency at stake. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)

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