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In news sure to stir the ire of opponents of the ”Ground Zero mosque,” a spokesman for New York City Comptroller John Liu has said that the proposed Muslim community center might qualify for tax-free financing, in effect a public subsidy.

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The former presidential candidate says opposition to building a mosque near Ground Zero "is all about hate and Islamaphobia" and that the "justification to ban the mosque is no more rational than banning a soccer field in the same place because all the suicide bombers loved to play soccer." (Full statement after the jump).

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Two rival rallies did a lot of shouting at each other in New York on Sunday, but otherwise kept things civil. Hey, this is America, where everyone has the right to express themselves, eat canned cheese and *gasp* worship as they please. Even Scientologists.

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Salman Hamdani died on Sept. 11, 2001. The 23-year-old police cadet raced to Ground Zero to save others. His selfless act cost him his life.

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