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Published: 03/29/11

House Votes to End Mortgage Reduction Program

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House Votes to End Mortgage Reduction Program

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans pushed through legislation Tuesday to terminate an underachieving Obama administration program designed to reduce mortgage payments for homeowners in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. Most Democrats, while acknowledging that the Home Affordable Modification Program has fallen short of original goals, protested the vote to kill it. The White House, in a statement, said that if the bill ever reaches President Barack Obama's desk, his senior advisers would recommend he veto it. The vote was 252-170. The GOP-led House this month has voted to kill three...

Published: 03/10/11

Emotions Dominate Congressional Panel's Muslim Hearing

By  Sharon Weinberger - AOL News
Emotions Dominate Congressional Panel's Muslim Hearing

WASHINGTON -- Do radicalized Muslims in America pose a unique threat to the country's security? This was the central question argued today at an emotionally charged hearing on the Hill. The hearing, headed by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has been at the center of a political firestorm. Critics have painted it as a blatant attempt to justify ethnic profiling; supporters have argued for the need to address a real and growing threat. King started the session warning against outbursts and placards. Then he defended the hearing as a needed...

Published: 03/10/11

Emotions Run High at Rep. Peter King's Hearings on Radical Muslims in the U.S.

By  Patricia Murphy - Politics Daily
Emotions Run High at Rep. Peter King's Hearings on Radical Muslims in the U.S.

After a firestorm of controversy, Rep. Peter King pressed ahead with his hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee Thursday examining the threat of radical Islam within the United States. He defended his decision to investigate the role of the Muslim community in homegrown terrorism even as his colleagues accused him of singling out Muslims, suggesting that fanatics from other religions deserve similar scrutiny. "There is nothing radical or un-American about holding these hearings," King, a New York Republican, told the Capitol Hill hearing overflowing with reporters, network...

Published: 03/10/11

Rep. Peter King's Hearing on American Muslims: How Radical? How Dangerous?

By  Patricia Murphy - Politics Daily
Rep. Peter King's Hearing on American Muslims: How Radical? How Dangerous?

Rep. Peter King's controversial hearing today examining the threat of radical Islam will feature two men whose family members became caught up in violent extremism, with tragic consequences. A glimpse of the hearing emerged Wednesday as critics implored the New York Republican to scrap the session or broaden its focus. But King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, defended his approach even as he faced threats as well as questions about his own past as a supporter of the anti-British Irish Republican Army. On Wednesday, a group of more than 50 Democrats, including the two...

Published: 03/6/11

White House Praises Muslims Ahead of House Hearing

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White House Praises Muslims Ahead of House Hearing

STERLING, Va. -- Muslim Americans are not part of the terrorism problem facing the U.S. - they are part of the solution, a top White House official said Sunday at a Washington-area mosque. Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough set the Obama administration's tone for discussions as tensions escalate before the first in a series of congressional hearings on Islamic radicalization. The hearings, chaired by New York Republican Peter King, will focus on the level of cooperation from the Muslim community to help law enforcement combat radicalization. The majority of the recent terror...

Published: 03/6/11

Rep. Peter King Says Threat of Domestic Islamic Terrorism Justifies Upcoming Hearing

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Rep. Peter King Says Threat of Domestic Islamic Terrorism Justifies Upcoming Hearing

Rep. Peter King of New York defended on Sunday a congressional hearing he will hold this week on the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism that focuses on Muslim-Americans, calling it an issue "which is not being talked about publicly" and needs to be. "People in this country are being self-radicalized, whether it's Major Hasan or whether it's Shahzad or whether it was Zazi in New York," King said on CNN's "State of the Union." "These were all people who were identifying, in one way or another, with al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. So it's an international movement with elements...

Published: 03/6/11

Congress to Hold Hearing on American Muslims; Protest Planned

By  not in system - AOL News
Congress to Hold Hearing on American Muslims; Protest Planned

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says affiliates of al-Qaida are radicalizing some American Muslims and that he plans to hold hearings on the threat they pose to the U.S. Republican Rep. Peter King of New York tells CNN's "State of the Union" that he sees an international movement with elements in the United States of Muslims becoming more radical and identifying with terrorists. A Minnesota Democrat, Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the House, says that while it's proper to investigate radicalization, he thinks it is wrong to single out a...

Published: 11/19/10

Unemployment Benefit Extension Fails, Blame Game Rages On

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Unemployment Benefit Extension Fails, Blame Game Rages On

(Nov. 19) -- Who you gonna blame? On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to muster the votes of two-thirds of its members to pass a three-month extension of unemployment benefits for Americans who have been out of work for more than six months. Almost before all the votes had been tallied, House members and media pundits began assigning blame for the lapse of benefits that could affect approximately 2 million unemployed Americans starting on Nov. 30. Surge Desk has a look who is being taken to task. Blame the Democrats Though only 11 Democrats voted against extending...

Published: 10/29/10

Tea Party Leader: Rep. Keith Ellison Should Be Dumped Because He Is Muslim

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Tea Party Leader: Rep. Keith Ellison Should Be Dumped Because He Is Muslim

A prominent leader of the Tea Party movement has reiterated his view that voters should cast their ballots against Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, in part because he is a Muslim. Judson Phillips, founder of the Nashville-based Tea Party Nation, had sent out an e-mail Monday calling on voters to elect Ellison's independent challenger, Lynn Torgerson, because "Ellison is one of the most radical members of congress. He has a ZERO rating from the American Conservative Union. He is the only Muslim member of congress." Ellison, who also faces Republican Joel Demos as he tries for a...

Published: 09/18/10

IDP Sleepers: Bengals, Bills Provide Prime Matchups for Week 2

By  Antonio D'Arcangelis - AOL News
IDP Sleepers: Bengals, Bills Provide Prime Matchups for Week 2

We had a run of bad luck last week, with Eagles middle linebacker Stewart Bradley suffering a concussion that knocked him out of the game early in the loss to the Packers. Because of his early exit, I lost one experts league IDP matchup by a half-point: 162.0 - 161.5. Not too happy about that turn of events. Still -- injuries are part of the game, and in some cases, a prime opportunity to snag the next man up. Jonathan Goff was a bust -- finishing with just two tackles and no garbage points to speak of. My lone sleeper hit (and I'm looking for at least two out of three linebackers I've...

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