September 8th, 2010
09:57 AM ET

On the Radar: BP findings, Islamic center imam, economy

Islamic center imam speaks - The imam at the center of the controversy over an Islamic center near New York's ground zero is speaking out as a broad coalition of Christian, Jewish and Islamic leaders this week denounced what they described as a rising tide of anti-Muslim bigotry across the United States.

CNN's Soledad O'Brien has an exclusive interview with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on "Larry King Live" at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday. Submit questions for the imam via iReport here.

BP Gulf oil findings - BP's just-released report on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster says that "multiple companies and work teams" contributed to the explosion that caused the oil spill.  It says there's blame to go around, but it assigns much of the early fault to a crew working for rig owner Transocean that "failed to recognize and act" on troublesome well readings over a 40-minute period before the explosion.

Colorado wildfires - A 7,100-acre wildfire burned out of control west of Boulder, Colorado, on Wednesday, threatening hundreds of houses, forcing the evacuation of thousands and pressing additional fire crews into action, authorities said.

Obama's economic push - As President Obama heads to Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday to roll out a set of comprehensive proposals aimed at fixing the ailing U.S. economy, top aides are knocking down suggestions that politics and the midterm elections are driving this effort.

In Ohio - a state especially hard hit by a slumping economy - Obama will propose $200 billion in tax cuts for businesses to purchase new equipment and write off 100 percent of their new investments through the end of 2011, according to a senior administration official. The White House said 1.5 million companies stand to take advantage of the incentives.

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  1. Headnorth

    Moslems who are offended that MOST of America is against this mosque near Ground Zero need to look in a mirror. The cause of the outrage is that Moslems don't exhibit the outrage at THEIR OWN radical extremists. This is NOT an American problem, it is a Moslem problem. Moslem's contribute to Bin Laden's cause, they provide refuge and don't turn him and others in, and they certainly don't mkae it stop. Any effort to stop the radical movement within Islam is lipservice intended to prolong the efforts of radicalism. Some would say "That's not true!" If it is not true, why is radicalism still alive? It's alive because Moslem have done nothing to stop it.

    September 8, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Regina

    As for this mosque near ground zero and as for their bible being burned, i have two things to say. I hope their mosque gets blown up with them in it and i hope their bible gets burned as well.
    my 65 year old cousin was killed in the towers on 9.11. He would have retired the next month but thanks to the muslims that did not happen. A lot of people seemed to forget what u remember in jersey plus in every other state how the american muslims reacted to 9.11???? They celebrated. They burned the american flag and yes our bibles. Boy how we forget. 4400 of our men and women diedfor our country for a war that never should have happened...hello bin laden is in afghanistan or pakistan...i could go on and on but i am not because i am probably wasting my time with some people who no matter what happened, will always be on the side of the muslims.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Judi

    New York City needs to declare a 10 block area as a burial ground. All land use zoning laws should be exempted; taking laws should be used to tear down all buildings including the strip joints and fast food restaurants; every man, woman and child in the US should be taxed at least a 100 dollars a year to compensate NYC for the revenue loss; and the area should be considered a non-religious area with no religious facilities within the 10 block area....

    September 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    I am a baptist minister and what I can't understand this being a country of the free, at least this is what this country was founded on, then why don't we live it. If we are a country of the free, then why is it only some people are free to do what they want and not everyone? Can someone answer that question for me, if everyone is not free we should stop telling other country's that we are? Then maybe everyone would not want to come here so badly, if they know we are not a free country. Francis Scott Key is no doubt turning over in his grave, leave the Muslims alone and allow them to live free.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |