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Morning Headlines: Wednesday, Sept. 7th

09/07/11 05:51AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Briefcase bomb kills 9 near India's High CourtPresident Obama is said to be looking at $300B package'Gentle, kind man' kills 4 at restaurantTeens sought over Texas wildfireGadhafi heading to south border, official saysFor GOP, debate is where expectations meet realityWhy the debate presents crucial GOP testYahoo's CEO was fired...over the phone read more

Irshad Manji: Fear keeps US from open talk on Islam

09/06/11 02:06PM

Willie Geist: "Unfortunately, for a lot of Americans, their introduction to Islam came…on Sept. 11. How do you think the perception of Islam has changed over the last decade?"Irshad Manji, author of "Allah, Liberty and Love": "I think there is still far more confusion than there is clarity. I’ll say something else, and to me it’s the most dangerous F-word in the entire English language…but that word is 'fear.' I see among broad-hearted Americans -- who are non-Muslim – fear about asking questions of Muslims and Islam because they’re afraid of being judged as bigots for doing so. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for September 6, 2011

09/06/11 01:57PM

ONE AND DONE?NEW YORK TIMESBY MAUREEN DOWD SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4 If the languid Obama had not done his usual irritating fourth-quarter play, if he had presented a jobs plan a year ago and fought for it, he wouldn’t have needed to elevate the setting. How will he up the ante next time? A speech from the space station?... Obama is still suffering from the Speech Illusion, the idea that he can come down from the mountain, read from a Teleprompter, cast a magic spell with his words and climb back up the mountain, while we scurry around and do what he proclaimed. read more

Republican presidential candidates from left, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., businessman Herman Cain, former Rep. Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are seen on stage at the American Principles Project...

Top Talkers: NBC News/WSJ Poll shows Rick Perry leading the 2012 GOP field

09/06/11 09:35AM

The new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll shows Rick Perry leading the GOP field with 38% support.  Mitt Romney follows the Texas Governor with 23%.  The poll comes as five of the Republican party's presidential contenders traveled to South Carolina yesterday to participate in a forum hosted by tea party power broker, Senator Jim Demint.  The candidates were pressed on an array of issues ranging from healthcare to abortion to the role of organized labor.  Mitt Romney generally played it safe in front of the conservative crowd, choosing not to criticize any of his opponents at the tea read more