The White House declined to condemn the controversial hearing on Capitol Hill about American Muslims and the threat of "homegrown" terrorism Thursday.
Now that President Obama has addressed and amplified the issue, the political debate over the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero is being felt far from Lower Manhattan -- in the Nevada Senate race.
President Obama will deliver remarks about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday morning when he appears at a church in the District for the second time since he was inaugurated and the third since his election.
For the fourth time since being elected president, President Obama and family attended church in the District on Sunday.
When the Dalai Lama visits Washington next week, it will be the first time since 1991 that he hasn't been greeted by the sitting American president.
President Obama will deliver the eulogy at Kennedy's funeral.