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Obama’s traveling road show

Obama’s traveling road show

President Barack Obama had a simple task for his first morning on vacation: shoot over to a Martha’s Vineyard bookstore to fill out his daughters’ summer reading list and grab himself a novel. Easier said than done. His 20-vehicle motorcade passed through a cordon of police motorcycle officers, in a protective cocoon of Secret Service […]

Mosque debate ignores facts

Mosque debate ignores facts

A New York imam and his proposed mosque near ground zero are being demonized by political candidates — mostly Republicans — despite the fact that Islam is already very much a part of the World Trade Center neighborhood. And that Muslims pray inside the Pentagon, too, less than 80 feet from where terrorists attacked. And […]

Troops punished for exercising religious freedom

Troops punished for exercising religious freedom

The Army said Friday it was investigating a claim that dozens of soldiers who refused to attend a Christian band’s concert at a Virginia military base were banished to their barracks and told to clean them up. Fort Eustis spokesman Rick Haverinen told The Associated Press he couldn’t comment on the specifics of the investigation. […]

Obama’s mortgage bailout program a failure

Obama’s mortgage bailout program a failure

Nearly half of the 1.3 million homeowners who enrolled in the Obama administration‘s flagship mortgage-relief program have fallen out. The program is intended to help those at risk of foreclosure by lowering their monthly mortgage payments. Friday’s report from the Treasury Department suggests the $75 billion government effort is failing to slow the tide of […]

Dems scramble to avoid slaughter in midterms

Dems scramble to avoid slaughter in midterms

Under no illusions about their challenges this fall, Democrats are expressing optimism that the party’s financial might and voter turnout operations will help stem widespread losses. The GOP’s governing track record may help, too, they say. “There’s a lot of doom and gloom about it, but I think we’re going to do a lot better […]

Covering the troop withdrawal

Covering the troop withdrawal

Nowhere was the difference between the cable news networks on starker display than in prime-time coverage on the night the last American combat brigade left Iraq following a war that started seven years and five months ago. MSNBC devoted its entire prime-time footprint to the story, with Richard Engel riding with the troops in a […]

Memo to Sarah: Your 15 minutes of fame are over

Memo to Sarah: Your 15 minutes of fame are over

It’s been a summer of setbacks for Sarah Palin. Candidate “cubs” endorsed by the Mama Grizzly in Chief have been suffering a recent string of primary election losses. The Republicans’ 2008 vice presidential nominee promised a pack of “mama grizzly” candidates would rise up and defeat Democrats in this November’s elections. But office-seekers she supported […]

Ann Coulter bitch-slaps Joe Farah

Ann Coulter bitch-slaps Joe Farah

Two of the rabid right wing’s top character assassins — Conservative columnist Ann Coulter and World Net Daily publisher Joseph Farah — are at each others throats and the rhetoric is getting juicy. Farah dropped Coulter from from a list of speakers at his upcoming “Taking America Back” gathering of right-wing reactionaries after she agreed […]

Skeptical Muslims weigh in on mosque debate

Skeptical Muslims weigh in on mosque debate

American Muslims who support the proposed mosque and Islamic center near ground zero are facing skeptics within their own faith — those who argue that the project is insensitive to Sept. 11 victims and needlessly provocative at a time when Muslims are pressing for wider acceptance in the U.S. “For most Americans, 9/11 remains as […]

Too many Americans incorrectly call Obama Muslim

Too many Americans incorrectly call Obama Muslim

Americans increasingly are convinced — incorrectly — that President Barack Obama is a Muslim, and a growing number are thoroughly confused about his religion. Nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, said they think Obama is Muslim, up from the 11 percent who said so in March 2009, according to a poll released Thursday. […]