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Obama Tells Turkey: U.S. Not At War With Islam Speaking to the Turkish Parliament today, President Obama said: "Let me say this as clearly as I can: the United States is not at war with Islam. In fact, our partnership with the Muslim world is critical in rolling back a fringe ideology that people of all faiths reject."

Obama's Day In Turkey President Obama is in Ankara, Turkey, today. At 3:50 a.m. ET, he laid a wreath at Ataturk's Tomb. At 4:55 a.m. ET he met with President Gul, and the two made a statement to the press at 6:56 a.m. ET. At 8:30 a.m. ET he addressed the Turkish Grand National Assembly. At 9:25 a.m. ET he will meet with Prime Minister Erdogan. At 11:10 a.m. ET he will leave Ankara for Istanbul, arriving at 12:10 p.m. ET.

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Obama: We Will Work With International Community To "Deliver A Strong Message" To North Korea A reporter asked President Obama what his message was to North Korea, after today's missile launch. His response, from the White House's transcript: "We delivered it today. They, I think, have taken a provocative action. It creates instability in their region, around the world. If they want to take an appropriate path to rejoin the international community and break out of their isolation, that's available to them. That's not the path they're taking right now. And we intend to work with the international community to deliver a strong message."

Obama's Day In Prague President Obama spent the day in Prague, meeting with Czech President Václav Klaus and Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek at 3 a.m. ET. Obama delivered a speech at 4 a.m. ET, calling for a world without nuclear weapons. He met at 5:30 a.m. ET with EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and then attended an EU summit working lunch. Obama met with leaders from Spain at 8:55 a.m. ET, with leaders from Poland at 10:30 a.m. ET, and with former Czech President Václav Havel at 11:10 a.m., and then left Prague for Turkey at 12 p.m. ET.

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Obama: Global Coordination Needed For Global Crisis In this weekend's YouTube Address, President Obama discussed the work of the G-20 leaders to fix the global economy:

"Ultimately, the only way out of a recession that is global in scope is with a response that is global in coordination," said Obama. "That is why I'm pleased that after two days of careful negotiation, the G20 nations have agreed on a series of unprecedented steps that I believe will be a turning point in our pursuit of a global economic recovery."

RNC Video: Obama Inherited A Fiscal Crisis, Is Making It Worse In this weekend's RNC YouTube, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) gives the GOP's rebuttal on the budget -- and concedes the White House's point that the problems it is facing are inherited, rather than of its own making:

"There is no doubt that President Obama inherited a fiscal crisis," said Ryan. "But the question is, is he fixing it or is he making it worse? The President's budget, which passed the House and Senate this week, will make the crisis much, much worse."

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Here are the line-ups for the Sunday talk shows this weekend:

• ABC, This Week: Dr. Susan Rice, Ambassador to the United Nations.

• CBS, Face The Nation: Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner.

• CNN, State Of The Union: General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson; Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); and former General Electric CEO Jack Welch.

• Fox News Sunday: David Axelrod, Senior Adviser to the President; Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC); and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

• NBC, Meet The Press: General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson.

Investigators are starting to zero in on the crucial issue of how much access AIG's risk control team had to Joe Cassano's deals.

Earlier this week, we wrote about a December 2007 presentation in which AIG execs assured investors that the firm's risk control officers looked closely at the credit default swaps made by Cassano's financial products unit. But as we noted, those assurances were contradicted last month by AIG CEO Ed Liddy, who told Congress that Cassano limited the access of the risk control team to his unit. And there's additional evidence (sub. req.) supporting Liddy's claim.

And now it looks like one Democratic lawmaker is picking up on that same discrepancy.

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A few moments ago we posted that the state's totals in NY-20 showed Democrat Scott Murphy and Republican Jim Tedisco were exactly tied, at 77,225 votes each. But no longer -- in the latest numbers from one county, Scott Murphy has picked up a net 198 votes.

The Albany Project first reported that Murphy had picked up the votes in Washington County, and I have now confirmed it with Donna English, the Republican election commissioner in the county. (Counties in New York have both Dem and GOP election commissioners, working together.)

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And the current leader in NY-20 is...nobody. It's a tie!

The Schenectady Daily Gazette reports that the numbers right now, as the counties go through the standard procedure of proofreading their spreadsheets, are 77,225 votes for Democrat Scott Murphy, to 77,225 votes for Republican Jim Tedisco.

Murphy led by 65 votes on election night, then 25 votes Wednesday afternoon, and Tedisco might have taken a small lead yesterday. The numbers are still in flux, as some counties are still checking everything out -- who knows, these numbers could even be out of date right now, minutes after it was reported.

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One of the more interesting new details in the Blagojevich indictment was the allegation that the former Illinois governor held up the state funds for a publicly supported school, in an effort to pressure an unnamed congressman who supported the school to have his brother hold a fundraiser for Blago.

Who, we wondered, was the congressman? And who was his brother?

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Here's another fun new dimension to Norm Coleman's legal adventures -- and it's not directly related to the election contest.

During an interview with yesterday, Norm was asked whether he'd spoken with the FBI about the Nasser Kazeminy case, which involves allegations that a donor paid a large amount of money to a consulting firm where Coleman's wife worked, with the aim of funneling the money to Norm himself.

And here's what happened:

"I can't say anything," he said. "We want this matter to be fully reviewed and fully investigated because nothing happened and we are looking forward to that taking place." And on that note, we arrived at Coleman's car and he ended the conversation by turning and putting his hands on my shoulders.

"Too many questions," he said, laughing.

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