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As president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Dr. Richard Land is an influential opponent of the Cordoba House project in New York. But when he's not speaking on behalf of one of the most powerful religious bodies in the country, Land has a second -- some would say ironic -- ecumenical role: member of the federally created United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

In his role as a commissioner, Land's job is to press for a U.S. foreign policy that advances religious freedoms around the world. Reached by phone today, Land maintained that there is no contradiction between his service on the Commission and his efforts to see the Cordoba House Islamic cultural center project moved farther north in Manhattan.

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Pamela Geller, one of the most prominent opponents of the proposed Islamic center two blocks from the former World Trade Center, said today in an interview the treatment of the "South Park" creators is a prominent factor in her quest to stop the center from being built.

Geller, author of the book, The Obama Administration's War on America, is the force behind the anti-Muslim group Stop Islamization of America and the Atlas Shrugs blog but insists her opposition to the Islamic center is not racist or bigoted. "It's a common decency issue," she said.

In a lengthy phone interview today with TPM, Geller cited her problems with Islam and its practices; offered spotty historic references and cherry picked the things she doesn't like about those "non-secular" Muslims while swearing she has no problem with most members of the Islamic faith.

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Want to see part of the brilliant strategy Minnesota Republicans have cooked up for November? Here's a video the state GOP made that shows how totally hot conservative babes are, and how nasty (and hairy) liberal women are. The crafty video, via Mother Jones, first goes through pictures of super sexy Republican babes -- like Sarah Palin, all the Fox News hotties, and so on -- set to Tom Jones' "She's a Lady." Ooh, they're so hot. Then come the Democrats! This one took a lot of brain power, and Photoshop skills, to get the point across. With the Baha Men's classic "Who Let the Dogs Out?" playing in the background, you'll see Rosie O'Donnell's head pasted onto Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's recently waterboarded body, Janeane Garofalo several times, as well as former US Attorney General Janet Reno and very old, former White House reporter Helen Thomas. They even remembered Cindy Sheehan.

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Keep America Safe, the group run by Liz Cheney and Bill Kristol which brought the world the "Al-Qaeda Seven" campaign in the spring, is out with a new video today featuring the family members of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks who oppose the construction of a Muslim center in lower Manhattan.

The two-minute YouTube video is titled "We Remember," and features first responders and family members of Sept. 11 victims who are opposed to the construction of the Islamic cultural center two blocks away from the site of the attacks, the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque."

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Both nominees for Senate in Arkansas have made it clear they're not interested in signing onto the planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.

Republican nominee John Boozman is especially clear on his disdain for the concept of the so-called "Ground Zero mosque." In a post to his campaign blog this week, Boozman dinged President Obama's speech on the Cordoba House as "unfortunate, albeit not entirely unexpected," and further evidence that the White House is "completely out-of-touch with the American people."

As for the project itself, Boozman could hardly have been stronger in his condemnation of the Cordoba House.

"Put simply, the construction of the Ground Zero mosque is an insensitive, aggressive political statement whose principle purpose is to irritate the public and stoke controversy," he wrote. "Instead of acknowledging this reality, the President bought the activists' plea for religious expression hook-line-and-sinker and caved to the winds of political correctness in support of the building."

So Boozman's no fan. But neither is the Democratic nominee, Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

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The liberal group Patriot Majority has a new ad against Sharron Angle in the Nevada Senate race, attacking the Republican nominee for her praise last week of privatizing Social Security as it was done in Chile -- a system that was enacted by the brutal military dictator Augusto Pinochet.

"Chile. A country once led by Augusto Pinochet, the military dictator and human rights violator," the announcer says. "Chile's privatization scheme has resulted in hidden fees... fewer benefits... and millions of people with no coverage."

"Privatize. Phase out. Pinochet," the announcer says, cut in with video of Angle's talking up Chile. "Another day and another bad idea from Sharron Angle. What's next?

The TPM Poll Average currently puts Harry Reid ahead by 46.4%-43.8%.

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A source sent over the audio of a brutal ad running on Louisiana radio. The one-minute segment, paid for by Republican Senate hopeful Chet Traylor, calls on voters to "man up" and oppose David Vitter, citing his long record of public scandals over the years.

"Why is Congress so corrupt? David Vitter, he's part of the corruption," the ad's narrator says.

Now it's time to man up. A judge found Vitter committed battery on a woman. It was an unprovoked attack. Next, Vitter's notorious scandal with the DC Madam. She ran an escort service for powerful men in Washington, if you know what I mean. Then a former prostitute said she, well, serviced Vitter on numerous occasions in New Orleans. That's family values, right? Now, Vitter's Senate aide for women affairs holds his girlfriend hostage while slashing her face with a knife. Vitter didn't fire the aide. Vitter gave him two more years on his public payroll. Some conservative, huh? Hey Vitter. What's next? Republicans, it's time to man up for change.

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The new Rasmussen poll of the Kentucky Senate race shows Republican Rand Paul continuing to lead Democrat Jack Conway in the contest to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Jim Bunning.

The numbers, including leaners: Paul 51%, Conway 41%. The survey of likely voters has a ±4.5% margin of error. In the previous Rasmussen poll from a month ago, Paul led by a similar margin of 49%-41%.

The TPM Poll Average currently gives Paul a lead of 46.2%-40.8%.

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