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Photo: Attack during prayers

A deadly attack strikes a mosque in Pakistan during morning prayers.


Banned Books Week: Putting censorship on the map

Free speech advocates look to connect book banning to political trends, like the Tea Party.


Wieseltier on the mosque

The New Republic literary editor delivers a clarion defense for the Cordoba House.


Finally, an official plan for the World Trade Center site

The government agency that owns the site of the 9/11 attacks has finally formalized a deal with the real estate tycoon who plans to builds two new towers there.


  Need to Know, August 20, 2010

This week on Need to Know: The religious history of lower Manhattan. The U.S. transition in Iraq. And best-selling author Gary Shteyngart, who absolutely loves “weiner dogs.”


  Lower Manhattan: Birthplace of religious freedom

Jon Meacham travels to lower Manhattan to explore the history of religious freedom there, in light of the controversy over a proposed Muslim cultural center near Ground Zero.


Obama forcefully defends plan to build mosque near Ground Zero

President Obama issued a forceful defense of plans to a build a mosque and Muslim community center near ground zero on Friday, stepping directly into one of the thorniest political conflicts of the year.


@ Sarah Palin, pls understand, this is America

This Sunday, Palin tweeted to “Peace-seeking Muslims” entreating them to “pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation.”

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