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Cordoba House Organizer: Anti-Muslim Sentiment 'Like A Metastasized Anti-Semitism' Appearing on This Week, Cordoba House organizer Daisy Khan said there was concern among American Muslims about America being Islamophobic. "Yes, I think we are deeply concerned, because this is like a metastasized anti-Semitism," said Khan. "That's what we feel right now. It's not even Islamophobia, it's beyond Islamophobia. It's hate of Muslims. And we are deeply concerned. You know, I have had, yesterday had a council with all religious -- Muslim religious leaders from around the country, and everybody is deeply concerned about what's going on around the nation."

McConnell: New York Should 'Take Into Account Public Opinion' From Around The Country On Cordoba House Appearing on Meet The Press, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he thinks New York officials should take public opposition to the proposed Cordoba House Muslim community center into account in deciding the project's location: "Well, ultimately that's going to be decided by the people of New York. But I think we--because of the, the nature of the attack on 9/11, a lot of people, not just in New York, but around the country, have strong views about this. And I hope the people of New York who can actually make the decision will take into account public opinion, not only locally, but around the country, in making a final decision on the location of this facility."

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Obama: GOPers Blocking DISCLOSE Act Are 'People With Something To Hide' In this weekend's YouTube address, President Obama promoted the DISCLOSE Act, the set of proposed campaign finance reforms to require disclosure of corporate political spending that takes place as a result of the Citizens United decision. He also lambasted Republicans for filibustering it in the Senate.

"You would think that making these reforms would be a matter of common sense. You'd think that reducing corporate and even foreign influence over our elections wouldn't be a partisan issue," said Obama. "But the Republican leaders in Congress said no. In fact, they used their power to block the issue from even coming up for a vote. This can only mean that the leaders of the other party want to keep the public in the dark. They don't want you to know which interests are paying for the ads. The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide."

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Allen West, the Republican candidate for a swing House seat in Florida held by Democrat Ron Klein, is now under fire for saying that a Democratic tracker sent to tape him was guilty of "Gestapo-type intimidation tactics." And as it turned out, the tracker is the grandson of Holocaust survivors.

Speaking at an event Thursday, the Miami Herald reports, West said: "I know here today we have a representative from the Florida Democratic party and he is here to film me and his whole purpose of filming me is to take what I say and allow other people to distort it so they can misrepresent me. You know if we allow those Gestapo-type intimidation tactics to prevail in the United States of America what happens to our liberties, what happens to our freedoms?"

Klein campaign spokeswoman Sarah Rothschild confirmed that the tracker does indeed work for the Florida Dems -- and that he is the grandson of Holocaust survivors.

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Pamela Geller, the woman who arguably touched off the weeks-long fight over the Cordoba House, is organizing a September 11 protest to stop the project, and she's invited some of America's most high-profile conservatives to attend. But she's also enlisting the help of one of the most controversial anti-Muslim politicians in Europe.

Joining Geller and Andrew Breitbart, among others, will be Dutch politician Geert Wilders, the controversial anti-Muslim leader of the right wing Freedom Party in the Netherlands.

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This is the true story of six Republicans, picked to live in a house, work together and have their lives taped, to find out what happens when people stop being polite, and start getting real...

Or something.

RightNetwork, a conservative TV network scheduled to launch September 8, is planning a reality show called "Running," featuring six current (or failed) congressional candidates. "Their attitudes may vary, but they all have one thing in common," the "Running" promo says. "They love their country, and are willing to do something for her."

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Minnesota Independence Party gubernatorial nominee Tom Horner has a new TV ad up, positioning himself as the candidate of the reasonable middle -- and likening the state under Democrats and Republicans to a severely wall-eyed man.

The ad, entitled "Eyeballs," opens with a black-and-white extreme close-up on a man's face, with a red eye and a blue eye pointed outward and away from each other. "For the past few years, the Republicans and the Democrats have only been looking one direction -- too far to the right, or too far to the left. Most of us would agree that we need a governor with the vision to get Minnesota going in the right direction."

The TPM Poll Average currently has Democratic nominee Mark Dayton leading Republican Tom Emmer and Horner 44.2%-33.6%-9.9%.

I'll say this: Even if Horner doesn't win the gubernatorial race, his ad-man has a future in the horror movie business.

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Target is running into yet another backlash as a result of its $150,000 donation to a business group supporting Republican Tom Emmer in the Minnesota gubernatorial race. And as the Los Angeles Times reports, this time it's not from liberal activists and pro-gay rights consumers in Target's deep-blue home state -- it's from shareholders, who are worried about the damage the flap has done to the company itself.

Target shareholders are demanding that the retail giant review and revamp its political donation process -- to avoid embarrassment and bad press in the future.

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In a letter to President Obama, Senate hopeful Paul Hodes of New Hampshire recommends Elizabeth Warren to serve as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

I believe that we need a strong fighter for the middle class to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and I hope you agree that Dr. Elizabeth Warren is exactly the kind of leader that we need in this critical role," Hodes writes. "In order for middle class families across the country to regain confidence that our economy is working for them, and not Wall Street special interests, I strongly support Dr. Warren to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau."

Hodes becomes the latest Democratic candidate not currently serving in the Senate to press Obama to appoint Warren to head the Bureau. You can read the entire text of the letter below.

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The controversy over the Islamic Center in lower Manhattan has brought up questions about the fate of a church that was destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was a small building that was crushed by the collapse of the South Tower when the World Trade Center was attacked. Then-Governor George Pataki committed in 2001 to making sure that a rebuilt church was part of the planning, and Mayor Bloomberg agreed after he took office. With the state committed to help rebuild the church, a new building six times the size of the original location was proposed nearby. In March 2009, the offer on the table was that the church would directly receive $20-million in public funds, and, since the church would be built above a bomb screening area of the parking structure for the rebuilt towers, the New York-New Jersey Port Authority agreed to pay for a $40-million blast proof platform and foundation for the church.

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America's beloved Miss USA, Rima Fakih -- the first Muslim to hold that title -- will hit the airwaves tonight to give her opinion on Cordoba House: it's too close to Ground Zero! This complicates everything.

Inside Edition has issued a release hyping Fakih's take:

Inside Edition caught up with Fakih backstage as she rehearsed for the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas on Monday.
Fakih says she backs President Obama regarding freedom of religion, but says that there should be sensitivity as to where the NYC mosque is built, and that she does not think it is appropriate to be built near Ground Zero.
Rima Fakih: "I totally agree with President Obama with the statement on Constitutional rights of freedom of religion. I also agree that it shouldn't be so close to the World Trade Center. We should be more concerned with the tragedy than religion."

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