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Save the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

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The developer is walking away from an idea that became a hater’s dream. If a mosque doesn’t return, it’s a loss for everyone who loves America.

As if out of a Muslim hater’s dream, New York City Buildings Department demolition permits No. 121955946 and No. 121955134 authorize the holder to reduce the so-called ground zero mosque to rubble. But the person authorized to perform the demolition is not Sarah Palin or some other purveyor of junk jingoism.The destroyer of the mosque will be Sharif El-Gamel, the same real-estate developer who created such a furor when he established it as part of a proposed Islamic cultural center four years ago.

CNN: After the Missing Plane


Ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, CNN has devoted hours of its programming to little else. They were right to, insisted CNN chief Jeff Zucker, as he unveiled the channel’s new raft of shows.

That missing plane? Still missing.Malaysia Airlines Flight 370—whose strange disappearance five weeks ago continues to be an on-camera staple and ratings godsend for CNN—was barely mentioned in the cable outlet’s slick presentation Thursday afternoon of its new programming plans, re-branded corporate identity and re-jiggered slogan, which happens to be “Go there.”        The “upfront” as these network rollouts are called—CNN’s first in several years—featured a video in which anchors aplenty from Chris Cuomo to Don Lemon to Sanjay Gupta to Erin Burnett revealed how many different ways, and with how many repetitions, they could use the phrase “Go there.

Sign of Spring

It’s Peak Cherry Blossom Time!

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Our endless winter is really over—weeks after the official beginning of spring, the cherry blossoms are finally in bloom. See photos of the blooms around Washington, D.C.

What 4th Amendment?

The Towns the Constitution Forgot

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One hundred miles inland from the U.S.-Mexico border, the ACLU says, border patrol agents are harassing American citizens with arbitrary search and seizure methods and even arrests.

“I was in the middle of nowhere. Three agent men against one woman—with her two children—in the middle of the desert where nobody is around. They could have done anything to me and my kids.”In a video posted on the ACLU’s website this week, Clarisa Christiansen recalls her chilling encounter with a posse of Border Patrol agents while driving her two children home from elementary school last May. Despite being accustomed to seeing agents regularly roving around Three Points, Arizona, the desert community approximately 40 miles north of the U.

Penn. Attack

Thank God It Wasn’t Guns

Twenty-one were stabbed in a Pennsylvania school rampage Wednesday, but all are expected to live—and one even took a selfie. Think how different the toll would have been with bullets.

The dead take no selfies.So there might well never have been the remarkable selfie that 16-year-old Nate Scimio took after his heroism at Franklin Regional High School if he had faced a gun rather than two knives on Wednesday morning. In all, Scimio and 19 other students, along with one staff member, were stabbed when a sophomore allegedly stormed through the school in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Three students were critically injured.One, a girl, was saved from bleeding to death when a classmate kept paper towels pressed against her wound.

That Was Easy

Congress: Hail Our Media Overlords

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Those expecting Comcast to be on the ropes at a Senate hearing Wednesday into its multibillion-dollar merger with Time Warner Cable were in for a surprise. The company batted off concerns over rising prices and the detrimental effects on competition and consumer choice.

For much of Wednesday’s Senate hearing into the proposed $45.2 billion merger of the nation’s two biggest cable television and Internet service providers, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, David Cohen wore a tiny smile.The round, open face of Comcast’s top lobbyist and spin doctor—framed by non-threatening wire-rimmed specs—formed itself into a cat-who-ate-the-canary grin, even as various senators, both Democrats and Republicans, raised questions about the troubling impact such a corporate fusion will have on competition and consumer choices, along with rising prices.


‘He Was Just Stabbing Everybody’

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At least 20 were injured, several seriously, by a teenage suspect who attacked this morning. A security guard and principal stopped him.

At 7:13 a.m. Wednesday at the Franklin Regional Senior High School near Pittsburgh, twenty students were injured in a mass stabbing as they headed to class. According to officials, the 16-year-old male suspect, went to the school armed with two knives.Nate Moore, 15, was slashed in the face and required 11 inches. Moore described the attack as "really fast. It felt like he hit me with a wet rag because I felt the blood splash on my face.


PBS vs. Creationists

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A PBS series aims to show how humans evolved from creatures of the deep. But creationists have denounced it as an attempt to ‘package unconditional blind faith in evolution as scientific literacy in an effort to create interest in science.’

If you think Neil deGrasse Tyson’s discussion of the Big Bang, the origins of life, and scientific method in Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey has pissed off creationists, just wait for the inevitable uproar over a taxpayer-funded documentary miniseries that asks viewers to contemplate their own evolution.Your Inner Fish, based on the eponymous bestselling book by paleontologist and anatomy professor Neil Shubin, aims to answer one question: Why do we look the way we do? Shubin, who also narrates the series, is the discoverer of the Tiktaalik, a 375-million-year-old “fish with hands” that many paleontologists cite as a crucial snapshot of Earth evolution.

American Hustle

Al Sharpton: I’m No Snitch

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The reverend tells The Daily Beast he never ratted out the Mafia to the FBI, but The Smoking Gun, which made the charges, is sticking to its story.

“If I brought down the Mob,” the Rev. Al Sharpton demanded on Monday, “I want my ticker tape parade.”The civil rights activist and MSNBC host was referring, facetiously, to’s meticulously detailed, epic account, rife with court documents and law enforcement sourcing, of Sharpton’s apparent four-year career in the 1980s as one of the FBI’s more valuable mafia informants—a narrative that can best be described as The Sopranos meets American Hustle.

Breaking: Trend Stories Are B.S.

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When a phrase like ‘The Knockout Game,’ ‘Crack Babies,’ or ‘Super Predators’ is dubbed in the media, the story takes on a life of its own, with the name itself in the starring role.

In a matter of weeks last fall, several Brooklyn residents—from a 78-year-old woman to a 19-year-old man—were attacked in the street with a swift “knock out” blow to the head. The randomness and regularity of the crimes immediately sparked speculation that it was part of “The Knockout Game,” a phrase initially coined more than 20 years ago when a Norwegian MIT student was walking with a friend when three teenage assailants punched both of them, and then fatally stabbed one.

Who Is Frazier Glenn Miller?

Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon dissects the story of Miller, a 'nightmare image' of 'hate groups nestled in the heartland' who went on a Kansas killing spree on Sunday.

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