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This month's most hotly debated issue is the mosque which isn't really at Ground Zero. We hear how it moved from the blogosphere to politics and what the consequences might be. Also, unemployment and the economic recovery, and the last American combat detachment has left Iraq. How do the soldiers feel?

Banner image: Screen grab of Pamela Geller discussing the proposed mosque on CNN's American Morning, July 14, 2010.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Karen Radziner
Sonya Geis

Reporter's Notebook Iraq in the Rear-view Mirror 6 MIN, 15 SEC

The Army's 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division was the last combat detachment to leave Iraq after seven years of warfare. Over the course of three days, 360 military vehicles and 1800 soldiers went from Baghdad through the Shiite south and finally into Kuwait. "The road out is marked with blood and regret for the years [these soldiers] spent away from family." That's according to Ned Parker, an embedded reporter from the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Ned Parker, Reuters News Service (@nedmparker1)

Main Topic How an Uncontested Mosque Became the 'Ground Zero Mosque' 36 MIN, 51 SEC

Seven out of every 10 Americans now oppose the mosque to be located inside an Islamic center two blocks from the World Trade Center site in Manhattan. A few months ago, nobody cared. But what's come to be called "the Mosque at Ground Zero" is this month's angriest political issue. Last Friday, President Obama said Muslims have a right to include a mosque in their new community center. On Saturday, he said he did not mean to comment on the "wisdom" of the project, which many interpreted as a retreat from his first remarks. How did that happen? Was it a creation of right-wing Islamophobes? Are politicians now exploiting fears of a highly diverse religion? Have the mainstream media played a paradoxical role by downplaying Islamic extremism? 




Guests:
Justin Elliott, Salon.com (@elliottjustin)
Clifford May, President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Brian Levin, California State University, San Bernardino (@proflevin)
Haris Tarin, Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council's Washington Office

Making News Jobless Claims Cast Doubt on Economic Recovery 7 MIN, 43 SEC

For the first time since November, the number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose to a half million last week, the third straight week that claims have been on the rise. Ryan Sweet is senior economist at Moody's Economy.com.

Guests:
Ryan Sweet, Senior Economist, Moody's Economy.com

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