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Axelrod: Obama still a ‘progressive,’ hasn’t moved to center

WASHINGTON – White House senior adviser David Axelrod rebuffed the growing view among pundits that President Barack Obama is repositioning himself as a centrist this year, declaring that he is and always has been a “progressive” at heart. “I mean, there’s no doubt he is progressive in his outlook and…

Conservative movie warns ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ is ‘second wave’ of 9/11

Furor over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” has long since died down, but a group of conservatives has refused to let the issue drop. A new movie titled “The Ground Zero Mosque: The Second Wave of the 911 Attacks” is set to premier at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference…

Judge backs US detention of Al Qaeda-linked Algerian

WASHINGTON — A US federal judge Tuesday affirmed the government’s right to hold at the Guantanamo Bay detention center Abdul Razak Ali, a 40-year-old Algerian suspected of ties to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Judge Richard Leon, in a decision issued on the ninth anniversary of the opening of the controversial…

Scientists sound alarm over animal research

Scientists who use monkeys, mice and dogs for research on human diseases fear that the US government is restructuring the massive National Institutes of Health in a way that could slash their funding. As the NIH forges ahead with a plan to speed up the way scientific discoveries are transformed…

Student protests turn violent in Rome

Italian students throwing eggs clash with police over reforms in protest that paralyzes Rome Italian students angry at state university budget cuts clashed Tuesday with riot police who used tear gas and police vans to seal off much of Rome’s historic center to stop protesters reaching Parliament. There were no…

Arson at mosque linked to Portland bomb suspect

Officials say arson caused a fire at an Oregon Islamic center that was the occasional place of worship for a Somali-born teen who two days ago was arrested on charges of plotting a terror attack in Portland. The fire broke out Sunday at the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center, which is…

Cheney: History beginning to ‘come around’ on ‘stand up guy’ Bush

Dick Cheney thinks the sun of history is beginning to shine on his former boss. Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush presidential center in Dallas, Cheney said that “history is beginning to come around” to a rosier view of Bush’s presidency. Cheney asserted that history’s view…

Church in Arizona protested because it looks like a mosque

Islamophobia may have reached a point in this country where people condemn Christians that they suspect are Muslims without ever checking the facts. In Phoenix, Arizona, a new Christian church has residents fearing that it is an Islamic mosque. The Light of the World multidenominational church is being built just…

Grayson: Democratic ‘appeasement’ cost us the election

‘There is no center left,’ iconoclastic politician says Alan Grayson, the defeated Democratic congressman of “die quickly” fame, went on the offensive Thursday, telling reporters that the Democrats’ “appeasement” of Republicans cost them the election. In an appearance on MSNBC and an interview with Salon.com, Grayson argued that the “enthusiasm…

Justice Stevens voices support for NYC mosque

Justice Stevens says Americans should accept mosque near Ground Zero in spirit of tolerance Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said Thursday that Americans should be tolerant of plans to build an Islamic center and mosque near the site of the World Trade Center in New York. The 90-year-old…

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