Congressman Chet Edwards, D-Waco, is the latest Democratic member of Congress to say they oppose the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York. Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, also came out against the planned mosque today. It's been an especially touchy topic for Democrats seeking re-election to Congress because President Barack Obama said in a Friday night speech that Muslims have a right to build the mosque. Democrats nationwide have questioned the wisdom of Obama making the comments because Republicans will use it in this fall's campaigns for the control of Congress. But the White House reiterated today that Obama thought it was "his obligation as president" to speak out on the contentious issue.
-- John Gravois