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Here's a fun fact: It turns out that another Senate candidate is involved with the right-wing doctors group that has dabbled in such topics as birtherism, HIV-denial and opposition to Medicare. It's none other than Rand Paul.

As we posted earlier today, Sharron Angle will be headlining a Tea Party rally organized by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. They have stated that the establishment of Medicare in 1965 was "evil" and "immoral"; they have denied the link between HIV and AIDS; they have dabbled in birtherism; they have argued that President Obama may have used "covert hypnosis" to rally his crowds; and have suggested that the Food and Drug Administration is unconstitutional.

But it should be noted that Rand Paul is also a member.

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The group behind the recently opened "Museum of Tolerance" museum in Manhattan has come out against a planned Islamic community center, which includes a mosque, near Ground Zero.

"Religious freedom does not mean being insensitive...or an idiot," Rabbi Meyer May, the Wiesenthal Center's executive director, told Crain's New York.

"Religion is supposed to be beautiful," he said. "Why create pain in the name of religion?"

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

• ABC, This Week: Gen. Ray Odierno, Gen. Peter Chiarelli.

• CBS, Face The Nation: Adm. Thad Allen, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins.

• CNN, State Of The Union: Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA), Adm. Thad Allen.

• Fox News Sunday: Former Solicitor General Ted Olson, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN).

• NBC, Meet The Press: White House Energy Adviser Carol Browner, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), former Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN), House Republican Conference Chair Mike Pence (R-IN).

Rasmussen's out with some new numbers from the seldom-polled Delaware Senate race for Joe Biden's old seat, and it looks like Democrat Chris Coons's chances will depend upon which GOP nominee gets the nod.

Republican Rep. Mike Castle has a 49%-37% lead over Coons, a margin a tad wider than the 47%-36% lead he had in Rasmussen's July 14 poll. Coons, in turn, has a 46%-36% lead over Republican Christine O'Donnell, theTea Party Express-endorsed Republican in the race. Support for O'Donnell has flagged since July 14, when she led Coons 41%-39%, and her unfavorable rating has jumped from 33% to 38%. Castle is the favorite in the September 14 Republican primary.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told The Weekly Standard that a Muslim community center should not be built near Ground Zero in New York, though at the same time he said this was only his own opinion and not a pronouncement on law.

"I understand that I am a senator from Arizona, and I'm a long way from New York City," said McCain. "But I am entitled to my opinion. And obviously my opinion is that I'm opposed to it. I think that it's something that would harm relations, rather than help."

McCain was asked what President Obama, the man who defeated him in the 2008 election, should say about the topic. "I don't tell him what to say," McCain responded. "He should say what he feels."

The Senate tried twice yesterday to pass the Pigford II settlement, a $1.15 billion authorization for African-American farmers who were discriminated against by the USDA. The Senate failed, twice -- and now the authorization will have to wait until September, when senators return from recess.

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Rep. Anthony Weiner has broken his silence on the controversial Cordoba House Muslim Community Center that will be built a few blocks from Ground Zero, writing a letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that says "elected officials should endeavor to stay out of the business of deciding where houses of worship may or may not be."

Weiner does add, however, that "fair questions" should be allowed to be raised.

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