September 27th, 2010
10:10 AM ET

Agnostic-turned-Muslim pushes for Tennessee mosque

Ashley Fantz

(CNN) - Camie Ayash was raised in Brooklyn, the daughter of an agnostic nurse and a New York City cop with a skeptic's approach to religion.

She is the last person one might expect to be pushing to build a mosque in middle Tennessee.

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September 27th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Democrat targeted by Tea Party speaks his mind

Randi Kaye | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson from Orlando, Florida, is known for speaking his mind.

It was Grayson who barreled onto the House floor last year to summarize the Republican health care plan as: "If you get sick, die quickly." It was Grayson who compared former Vice President Dick Cheney to a vampire. It was Grayson who called a lobbyist-turned-federal-reserve employee a "K Street whore."

When we asked Grayson about being referred to as "one fry short of a happy meal" he assured us he was not crazy in the truest sense of the word.

"Everybody is entitled to their opinion but I can tell you that if working hard and delivering for people is better, then that may make me crazy. If that's what it takes to call somebody crazy ... then I'm guilty as charged."

Lost in all the headlines about Grayson may be his softer side. This Bronx-born 6-foot-4-inch congressman chokes up often, especially when talking about his family.

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