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1:55 PM ET, September 11, 2010

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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama: U.S. not at war with Islam; ‘sorry band of men’ hit us on 9/11  —  President Obama stressed that America was not at war with Islam as he decried the “sorry band of men” who attacked the nation nine years ago in memorial ceremonies at the Pentagon on Saturday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
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New York Times:
Sept. 11, 2010: The Right Way to Remember  —  Nine years after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, a memorial and a transportation hub are taking recognizable shape and skyscrapers are finally starting to rise from the ashes of ground zero.  —  That physical rebirth is cause for celebration on this anniversary.
Erica Werner / ABCNEWS:
Obama Remembers Sept. 11, Calls for Unity  —  Obama tells Americans lesson of Sept. 11 is ‘we are one nation, one people’  —  Amid an atmosphere of unease, President Barack Obama wants Americans to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by recapturing the sense of common purpose felt on that dreadful day.
Discussion: The Politico
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Solemn 9/11 ceremonies held at Ground Zero, Pentagon, Shanksville, Pa.  —  Solemn ceremonies are being held today at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa., to mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  President Obama said Americans held true to their ideals in the face …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Islam controversies cast shadow over 9/11 events
CNN:
Florida pastor calls off Quran burning  —  (CNN) — The pastor of a Florida church says his congregation has decided to call off the burning of the Quran that was to be held Saturday — the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States by the al Qaeda terror network.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Florida pastor will ‘not ever’ burn Qurans  —  Florida pastor Terry Jones said Saturday that he would never carry out plans to burn copies of the Quran, according to NBC.  —  Jones had planned to burn the Muslim holy text on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, but now says he'll never go through with it.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Berreby / New York Times:
Engineering Terror  —  They say they believe in freedom and share our values.  They say a few bad apples shouldn't bring down judgment on their entire kind.  Don't be fooled.  Though they walk among us with impunity, they are, in the words of Henry Farrell, a political scientist …
Discussion: Unfogged
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
King: Imam behind Ground Zero-area mosque ‘blackmailing’ U.S. on project  —  The ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee accused the imam behind the mosque project near Ground Zero of arm-twisting and “blackmailing” to push Park51 through.  —  “To me, it's almost …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Administration Tells Regulated Industry That There Will Be “Zero Tolerance” for Alleged “Misinformation” in Industry's Statements About Government Policy  —  From the Department of Health & Human Services: … The precise nature of the threat — as with so many threats — is not made entirely clear …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
NRA backs Tea Party candidate in Delaware  —  The National Rifle Association endorsed conservative commentator Christine O'Donnell Friday in Delaware's Republican Senate primary.  The Tea Party-backed O'Donnell is looking to upset Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) on Tuesday.
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Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
DeMint backs O'Donnell, Lamontagne
Discussion: Power Line
CNN:
O'Donnell picks up another big endorsement
Discussion: The Politico
DeAnn Komanecky / Savannah Morning News:
Effingham deputies call feds after arresting Russians with shovel, wire cutters outside Georgia Power plant  —  SPRINGFIELD — Effingham County sheriff deputies have reported the early Sunday morning arrest of three men to the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
Unremembering 9/11  —  President Obama, whom Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger says is beginning to sound like “the most embittered American president this country has ever known,” will not remember 9/11 well this weekend, and it will mar his presidency.  —  He will be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Robert Spencer: Jesus Would Have Burned Qurans Too  —  Jihad Watch “director” Robert Spencer must be getting pumped up for the big day of rabble rousing tomorrow; usually he's more careful with his rhetoric.  He just posted a link to an article arguing that Jesus would have burned Qurans just like psycho preacher Terry Jones.
John M. Broder / Green:
White House Spurns Solar Panel  —  Bill McKibben, an environmental campaigner from Vermont with a flair for showmanship, was rebuffed Friday morning in his effort to get the White House to reinstall one of the solar panels that President Jimmy Carter had placed on the White House roof.
The Politico:
PRESIDENT OBAMA GOES RINGLESS AT PRESSER  —  Sometimes, a White House press conference can be a chance for a president to take some weight off his shoulders ... but weight off his fingers?  —  Eagle-eyed reporters noticed that President Barack Obama wasn't sporting his wedding ring during Friday's White House press conference.
Wayne Drash / CNN:
2 Muslims travel 13,000 miles across America, find an embracing nation  —  (CNN) — The blue Chevy Cobalt broke down amid the mountains of Montana in an area where there was no cell phone reception.  The Muslims in the car, on a cross-country journey for the holy month of Ramadan, approached a bushy-bearded fisherman.
Discussion: Wonkette
 
 
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