The soon-to-be Director of the FBI has a concerning track record on First Amendment rights. “As expected” is the best description of the Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump’s pick to be the next Director of the FBI, Christopher Wray. Wray responded to a variety of questions about his independence...
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Washington Watch: The History Is Too Deep, the Pain Is Too Real
by James Zogby in Washington Watch
A week ago, a pro-Israel media monitoring group accused me of making "an unsubstantiated charge that Israel supporters are responsible" for discrimination, hate crimes, and the political exclusion of Arab Americans. Because this issue is so important to Arab Americans and because some hardline pro-Israel groups refuse to acknowledge their role in harming my community, I am obliged to respond with a few examples representing just the tip of the iceberg of painful acts of defamation, discrimination, exclusion, threats, and violence. Continue reading...
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Today the Supreme Court affirmed an expansion of “familial relationships” exception to Trump’s Muslim Ban, but allowed the Administration to further limit refugee resettlement until later courts weigh in. WHERE WE ARE NOW: Citizens of Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Iran are not allowed to travel to the United...
If you ever go online to criticize renowned ‘New Atheist’ Sam Harris for any of his baseless assertions or wrong-headed arguments, you’ll likely find yourself on the receiving end of literally hundreds of tweets claiming you were misquoting him, misunderstanding him, or reading him out of context. Though Harris’s tweeps...
Early in July Representative Trent Franks of Arizona offered a troubling amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. That amendment was entitled “Strategic assessments of the use of violent or unorthodox Islamic religious doctrine to support extremist or terrorist messaging and justification.” The amendment sought to empower the...