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GOP strategist says RNC Chairman Michael Steele is a ‘disaster.’

“Michael Steele’s term as Republican National Committee Chairman has been riddled with controversial verbal missteps that have roused the scorn of his Republican colleagues. His most recent gaffe in mischaracterizing the Afghanistan war prompted an outcry among prominent Republicans who called for his ouster. Remarking on the appearance of “Shadow RNC” Chairman Ed Gillespie over Steele as the RNC mouthpiece, Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer asked GOP strategist Ed Rollins today whether the GOP should “do something” about Steele. Rollins doubled-down on his dismissal of Steele’s efficacy, calling him a “disaster” who has “failed miserably” in his mission.”

Gingrich, Bolton, Breitbart Team Up With Far-Right Muslim-Basher Geert Wilders For 9/11 Rally

“The right-wing group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) has announced that it will be hosting a rally against the proposed Cordoba House Islamic community center on September 11.

The confirmed list of speakers includes former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Andrew Breitbart, and, notably, the far-right Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders. “Islam is not a religion, it’s an ideology,” Wilders told the Guardian in 2009, “the ideology of a retarded culture.” “

Nadler Dismantles Right-Wing Arguments Against Mosque: ‘We Do Not Put The Bill Of Rights…Up To A Vote’

“This morning on CNN’s State of the Union, New York congressmen Jerrold Nadler (D) effectively dismantled the arguments of his fellow Empire State colleague Peter King (R), who has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the new Islamic center project in lower Manhattan.

King argued that, while he respects Muslims’ “right” to build a new center, “they should listen to public opinion” and “should voluntarily move the mosque away from Ground Zero.” Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, explained, “We do not put the Bill of Rights…to a vote. The reason we have a Bill of Rights is that you have your religious rights…whether majorities like you or not, frankly.””

Djou breaks with GOP on 14th Amendment: Don’t ‘start tinkering with this fundamental fabric of our union.’

“relegated to the fringe of their party. Pushed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a number of leading Republicans have lent their support to the idea of revoking the right to birthright citizenship. But in an op-ed in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Rep. Charles Djou (R-HI) called changing the amendment a “bad idea,” and warned his colleagues not to follow the path of Europe and enact xenophobic legislation:

I am the child of immigrants, a citizen by birth, and at age 39 I proudly placed my hand on the Bible and swore to protect our Constitution as a member of the U.S. Congress. My story is not unique. For more than 200 years our ancestors abandoned their homes and risked their lives to come here, work hard, and provide a better life for their families. The opportunity to do so is part of what makes our country the greatest on Earth.”

Baby boomers lead new wave of ‘gray divorce’

“As baby boomers approach retirement age looking forward to many more long, healthy years of life, the number of couples calling it quits after decades of marriage is on the rise. Born between 1946 and 1964, boomers already have a divorce rate triple that of their parents. And now they’re pioneering a new trend in splitting up: the so-called “gray divorce” phenomenon of couples going their separate ways after 20 or more years together.”

Tiny toxic Florida town takes on a corporate Goliath

“Environmental contamination threatens to destroy Tallevast, Florida, a century-old hamlet at the edge of the Everglades in Southwest Florida’s Manatee County. In one of the nation’s most emotional environmental divides, the residents of this historic black town find themselves pitted against giant defense contractor Lockheed Martin, Manatee County and the state of Florida.”

As 2010 Midterms Approach, Politicians Ask Whether Pork Really Brings Home the Bacon

“During Utah’s bruising Republican Senate primary battle, challenger Mike Lee repeatedly attacked longtime incumbent Bob Bennett for his habit of requesting earmarks. But Lee also pledged to fight to keep NASA’s Constellation program — a big source of jobs in Utah — alive through congressional spending. Bennett tried in vain in point out the inconsistency of Lee’s statements, but to no avail. He lost his party’s nomination in June.
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The cause for Bennett’s downfall was by no means limited to earmarks — his vote for the Troubled Asset Relief Plan, which bailed out Wall Street banks, arguably played a much bigger role — but it highlights the increasingly thorny political calculus around the longstanding practice of requesting federal funds for specific projects in one’s state or district. Earmarks represent a minuscule portion of the federal budget. But they are acting as potent weapons in political contests this midterm election season, given the widespread concern about the national debt and the yawning budget deficit.”

Bypassing Resistance, Brazil Prepares to Build a Dam

“Despite persistent opposition by environmental and indigenous groups, initial construction on the Belo Monte dam, which will be the third-largest in the world, is slated to begin next month.”

China Passes Japan to Become No. 2 Economy

“Experts say that unseating Japan underscores China’s clout and bolsters forecasts that China will pass the U.S. as the world’s biggest economy as early as 2030.”

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