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Meet the man behind the Muslim conspiracy uproar

July 20, 2012 - Frank Gaffney Jr. of Virginia wrote the controversial report that five members of Congress cited in calling for a probe into alleged Islamist infiltration of the U.S. government. Now known for his anti-Muslim extremism, including efforts against an Islamic center in Tennessee, Gaffney played a key role in shaping U.S. security policy after 9/11.

Oil pipeline fight roils unions

November 11, 2011 - U.S. unions are bitterly split on whether an oil pipeline should be built between Canada and Texas. The conflict has hamstrung the Blue-Green Alliance, which unifies union and environmental efforts, as transit unions argue labor must look beyond its own interests.