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Victor Morton

Articles by Victor Morton

Far from ground zero, mosque issue raised in races

The controversy over a proposed mosque near ground zero has become a national political issue, expanding its reach into individual U.S. House races far from Lower Manhattan in every conceivable way: for example, Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District. Published August 18, 2010

Imam Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society's Freedom Foundation, holds up a copy of the U.S. Constitution as he defends the mosque project in New York. (Associated Press)

Obama remarks on mosque take root in races

Democrats tried to tamp down the controversy over the ground zero mosque and President Obama's comments on it Tuesday, while New York's Democratic governor jump-started his bid to find a new place to build the Muslim community center. Published August 17, 2010

Spate of grim data raises specter of 'double-dip' slump

The recent run of bad economic figures continued Thursday, as new jobless claims reached a six-month high, Wall Street lost more ground, several companies released disappointing earnings reports and the foreclosure rate rose for the eighth month in a row. Published August 12, 2010

D.C. OKs charter, adult-ed funding

The D.C. Council unanimously proposed Tuesday to bolster funds for charter schools, restore cuts to adult-education programs and leave several aspects of the mayor's education spending plans unchanged. Published May 12, 2010

Pope's childhood home vandalized

The childhood home of the future Pope Benedict XVI was paint-vandalized Tuesday evening with obscene writings, according to German police. Published April 14, 2010

School denies canceling Coulter speech

The University of Ottawa denied responsibility Wednesday for the cancellation of Ann Coulter's speech there, a claim ridiculed by the conservative commentator's team. Published March 25, 2010

Canadian protest shuts down Coulter

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, on a speaking tour of Canada this week addressing political correctness and freedom of speech, found herself silenced Tuesday when organizers canceled a speech at the University of Ottawa after deciding it was too risky to stage the event. Published March 23, 2010

Airliner suicide mission blessed by imam

The Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner had his suicide mission personally blessed in Yemen by Anwar al-Awlaki, the Muslim imam suspected of radicalizing the Fort Hood shooting suspect. Published December 30, 2009

Obama hits 'systemic failure' over terror tip

President Obama said Tuesday that U.S. intelligence agencies suffered an unacceptable "systemic failure" in their handling of information from the father of a Nigerian man suspected of trying to blow up an airliner over Detroit. Published December 30, 2009

Awlaki personally blessed Detroit attack

The Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner had his suicide mission personally blessed in Yemen by Anwar al-Awlaki, the same Muslim imam suspected of radicalizing the Fort Hood shooting suspect, a U.S. intelligence source has told The Washington Times. Published December 29, 2009

Inside Blogotics

At his popular Red State site, Erick Erickson quoted extensively from a Sept. 19, 2001, column by Barack Obama, in which the future president blamed the previous week's terrorist attacks on "a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair." Published December 29, 2009

Inside Blogotics

Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, said on Sunday's political talk shows that he could not vote for a bill that includes either a "public option" government-run insurance program or the substitute proposal to let people between ages 55 and 64 "buy into" Medicare. Published December 15, 2009

Inside Blogotics

Jill Stanek wasn't shedding any tears; Sunsara Taylor was. They agreed on one thing: Last week's Stop Stupak rally was a bust. Published December 8, 2009