16 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Remarks by the President at Iftar Dinner Regarding the “Ground Zero Mosque”

President Obama Addresses the "Ground Zero Mosque" Controversy

President Obama Addresses the "Ground Zero Mosque" Controversy

Weighing his words carefully on a fiery political issue, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Muslims have the right to build a mosque near New York’s ground zero, but he did not say whether he believes it is a good idea to do so.

Obama commented during a trip to Florida, where he expanded on a Friday night White House speech asserting that Muslims have the same right to freedom of religion as everyone else in America.

The president’s statements thrust him squarely into a debate that he had skirted for weeks and could put Democrats on the spot three months before midterm elections where they already were nervous about holding control of the House and maybe even the Senate. Until Friday, the White House had asserted that it did not want to get involved in local decision-making.

Obama told CNN’s Ed Henry Saturday that he supported the developers’ right to build:

My intention was to simply let people know what I thought. Which was that in this country, we treat everybody equally in accordance with the law. Regardless of race. Regardless of religion. I was not commenting on and will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right that people have that dates back to our founding. That’s what our country’s about and I think it’s very important that as difficult as some of these issues are, we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about. […]

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09 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

FCC Responds to a Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Takeover

FCC Responds to a Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Takeover

FCC Responds to a Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Takeover

FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps responded tersely to the joint net neutrality statement issued earlier today by Google and Verizon. Copps crafted a one paragraph statement that re-asserted FCC authority over telecommunications and emphasized consumer rights over corporate interests.

“Some will claim this announcement moves the discussion forward. That’s one of its many problems. It is time to move a decision forward—a decision to reassert FCC authority over broadband telecommunications, to guarantee an open Internet now and forever, and to put the interests of consumers in front of the interests of giant corporations.” […]

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