September 10th, 2010
09:46 PM ET

Donald Trump's Offer Still Stands: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight, we go one on one with Donald Trump. He says he's got a way out for the planners of that Islamic Center near the World Trade Center site. His way out is a buy out. But they say they're not selling.
So, is he taking no for an answer? Stay tuned and hear it as only Trump can tell it. Plus, ahead of the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks we take you inside the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

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Filed under: Live Blog
September 10th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

'Take Back America' but from whom?

Dave Schechter
CNN Senior National Editor

A lot of Americans want to “Take Back America” . . . for the most part, from other Americans.

Frankly, I’ve come to view the use – and abuse – of the phrase “Take Back America” as divisive, not unifying.

To be clear, both the left and the right are guilty of painting the other as the source of any and all ills in society. It seems that whichever feels itself out of power lays claim to the slogan “Take Back America.” At present, that would be mantra mostly of those who identify as being on the right, whether in terms of politics, culture or religion.

Filed under: David Schechter • Opinion
September 10th, 2010
05:40 PM ET

Beat 360° 9/10/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

In a ceremonial cattle drive, farmers lead cattle down from the mountains on September 10, 2010 in Oberstaufen, Germany. (Photo credit: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

Update: Beat 360° Winners:

Chuck Hadad
"Finding the pressure overwhelming in the United States, Pastor Terry Jones retreats back to Germany with the entirety of his 2 member flock."


Greg Myers, Houston TX
"This pic needs more cowbell!"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
September 10th, 2010
03:33 PM ET
September 10th, 2010
03:13 PM ET

Did the U.S. overreact to 9/11?

Editor's note: Fareed Zakaria is an author and foreign affairs analyst who hosts "Fareed Zakaria GPS" on CNN U.S. on Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET and CNN International at 2 and 10 p.m. Central European Time/5 p.m. Abu Dhabi/9 p.m. Hong Kong.

New York (CNN) - The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, prompted the U.S. to take sensible security measures and launch a justified counterattack against al Qaeda, says analyst Fareed Zakaria. But he says they also led to an overreaction that continues today.

Zakaria argues the organization behind the attacks, al Qaeda, has been greatly diminished by the U.S. response to 9/11 and by growing opposition to the group in the Muslim world:

"All these trends have worked to further diminish the threat al Qaeda poses to us. We're in a strange situation where the right doesn't want to acknowledge it because it would suggest we don't need to be in quite this much of a war footing and ... the left seems reluctant to accept some of this because it suggests that, God forbid, George W. Bush might have done something right.

"As a result of our political dysfunction, we have lost the ability to have a rational conversation about 9/11," Zakaria said.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Fareed Zakaria • Terrorism
September 10th, 2010
03:08 PM ET

Trump's offer for Islamic center site called a 'pathetic' PR attempt

CNN Wire Staff

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New York (CNN) - New York (CNN) - Donald Trump's offer to buy the lower Manhattan site where a Muslim group plans to build an Islamic community center is just a "pathetic" attempt to get publicity, said the lawyer for one of the land owners.

Real estate mogul Trump made the offer Thursday in a letter to Hisham Elzanaty, an investor in the controversial Islamic center site. But Elzanaty does not consider Trump's proposal a real offer, attorney Wolodymyr Starosolsky said Thursday night.

Elzanaty has received other offers, but has declined them, the lawyer said. Elzanaty thinks the property might be worth more down the road, so he might hold on to it. Trump had offered 25 percent more than the current owners paid for it.

Elzanaty owns more than 51 percent of the property, and has no more than three partners, the lawyer said.

But another owner, developer Sharif El-Gamal, disputes that Elzanaty owns controlling interest in the project and says Elzanaty could not sell to Trump even if he took the offer seriously.

CNN could not confirm stories from either side and it is unclear who holds controlling interest of the project.

Trump's offer stipulated that, if a mosque is to be built, it will be located at least five blocks further from the World Trade Center site. He also said he would pay cash for the site, with an immediate closing.

Full story

Updated 9/11/10, 12:20 p.m.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Islam
September 10th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Poll: Bin Laden will never be caught, most Americans say

CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - Nearly nine years after the September 11 terror attacks, a record number of Americans believe the United States is unlikely ever to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday reveals that 36 percent think the country is safer from terrorism than it was before the 2001 attacks.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans, however, are not personally worried about becoming a victim of terrorism. And most said they are prepared to deal with an attack if the worst should happen.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Terrorism
September 10th, 2010
01:40 PM ET

Deadly California fire fully contained

CNN Wire Staff

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San Bruno, California (CNN) - The gas line fire in San Bruno, California, that killed four people and destroyed 38 homes is now fully contained with small hot spots, Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado told reporters Friday. He said the search effort is about 75 percent complete.

The fire chief of San Bruno, California, told reporters Friday everyone is accounted for after a massive gas line fire there that killed four people.

"We haven't had reports of missing people," said Chief Dennis Haag.

The inferno in the city of San Bruno's normally quiet Glenview neighborhood sent fireballs 80 feet into the air and destroyed or damaged 45 homes.

"It looks like a moonscape in some areas," said San Haag, who was visibly shaken at a Friday news conference.

California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado said he was shocked by the "horrible tragedy." He declared a state of emergency in San Mateo County.

Full story

Updated: 5:00 p.m.

Filed under: 360° Radar
September 10th, 2010
01:25 PM ET

Report: al Qaeda poses changing threat to America

CNN Wire Staff

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Washington (CNN) - Nearly nine years after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, Americans still face a serious threat from al Qaeda, according to a new report from a panel of top national security experts.

Among other things, the 42-page analysis warns of the expanding role played by U.S. citizens and residents within al Qaeda and allied organizations. It describes an increasingly wide range of "U.S.-based jihidist militants" who do not fit "any particular ethnic, economic, educational, or social profile."

The United States, the report asserts, now confronts "a dynamic threat that has diversified to a broad array of different attacks, from shootings to car bombs to simultaneous suicide attacks to attempted in-flight bombings of passenger aircraft."

Would-be terrorists are now likely to attempt more frequent and less sophisticated attacks compared to what transpired in 2001, the report states. Preventing such attacks will require greater involvement from state and local public safety officials, it says.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • al Qaeda • T1 • Terrorism
September 10th, 2010
01:15 PM ET

Obama: Recession recovery has been 'painfully slow'

CNN Wire Staff

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(CNN) - President Obama acknowledged Friday that bouncing back from the recession has been "painfully slow" but insisted that the economy continues to grow as he pushed his administration's new economic proposals at his first news conference in months.

Obama once again urged the Senate to pass his small-business jobs bill, arguing that it has been blocked by "a partisan [Republican] minority." Obama praised Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, for announcing that he would not help GOP leaders block the bill.

Still, he said, there is "room for discussion" on competing tax plans. "If the Republican leadership is prepared to get serious ... I would love to talk to them," he said at the White House.

Obama insisted, however, that the GOP plan to extend the Bush tax cuts for individuals earning over $250,000 is a bad idea.

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Filed under: Economy • President Barack Obama
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