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Oops: Pentagon loses contact with nukes in Wyoming

An equipment failure disrupted communication between 50 nuclear missiles and the launch control center at Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming over the weekend, although the Air Force never lost the ability to launch the missiles. Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Vician said the break occurred early Saturday and…

Obama: ‘I am a Christian by choice’

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday he was a Christian “by choice” in remarks lent added significance by recent surveys showing many Americans think mistakenly that he is a Muslim. “I am a Christian by choice,” Obama said at a backyard conversation with voters in New Mexico, in response to…

Conservatives still livid about ‘Ground Zero mosque’ miss SNL punchline

SNL parody ad jokes that Islamic center will offer abortions and gay weddings It’s not a mosque, proponents have argued for weeks. A parody ad on Saturday Night Live agreed. The Park51 cultural center will also be a one stop shop for illegal alien naturalization, abortions and gay weddings, according…

80 percent of New Yorkers agree that ‘Ground Zero mosque’ is legally allowed: poll

More than two thirds of New Yorkers do not want Muslims to build an Islamic center near the site of the 9/11 attacks on Manhattan, although nearly all agree that they have the legal right, a poll said Friday. The poll by Quinnipiac University showed 67 percent of voters across…

Strip club near planned NYC mosque means block not ‘hallowed’ ground, imam Rauf argues

The imam leading the controversial plan for an Islamic center near Ground Zero on Monday rejected arguments from 9/11 survivors that he was seeking to build on “hallowed” ground. “It’s absolutely disingenuous… that that block is hallowed ground,” imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said, noting that the immediate area, a busy…

Dueling protests occupy sites near Ground Zero following 9/11 memorial service

Family members of Sept. 11 victims recited loved ones’ names through tears on the ninth anniversary of the attacks Saturday, avoiding direct mention of the political furor centered two blocks from ground zero. Soon after, demonstrations began over the mosque planned for the spot. After the ceremony, around 1,000 activists…

Islam controversies cast shadow over 9/11 events

Politics threatened to overshadow a day of mourning Saturday for nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 victims amid a polarizing national debate over a planned mosque blocks from the site where Islamic extremists attacked America. Chants of thousands of sign-waving protesters both for and against the planned Islamic center were expected after…

Dalai Lama gives $50K to support brain research

Dalai Lama gives $50,000 grant to support Wisconsin research into kindness, compassion The Dalai Lama is putting his money where his mouth is. The Tibetan spiritual leader has given $50,000 from his personal trust to support research into the science behind kindness and compassion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The…

US church vows Koran burning will go on despite concerns

A Florida evangelical church vowed Tuesday to go ahead with plans to burn the Koran on the 9/11 anniversary despite fears it may fuel an angry backlash and endanger US and allied troops in Afghanistan. The White House lent its voice to growing concern from military leaders that the incendiary…

Many ground zero mosque opponents hate Fox News too

Although not all opposition to the building of an Islamic community center near the former site of the World Trade Center grows out of anti-Muslim extremism, some of the most fanatical opinions of the project have received sympathetic coverage from Fox News. As a result, commentators and humorists like Comedy…

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