The Final Countdown of the Year

Posted on December 18, 2012
Because next week is Christmas break, and the following is New Year's, the Countdown team will be too busy enjoying the holidays to write to you. But don't worry, it's not like it'll be an eventful period or anything; we're just leaving you in the midst of a power-grab by the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt, an announcement of new settlements in East Jerusalem, an explicit acknowledgement by the Assad government that it can't militarily defeat the opposition in Syria, a weak attempt to end indefinite detention in the NDAA 2013 update... Ok, maybe there is much to talk about. But let's continue this conversation in 2013 anyway.
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Well, Someone Should Do Something

Posted on December 11, 2012
Well, if you thought he’d still be curled up in the fetal position after the shellacking he took, you’d be wrong. He’s actually quite active, going out and about, meeting with John Boehner and Eric Cantor and stuff. By the way, do you know what he discussed with Boehner and Cantor? Apparently, he discussed “possible changes to [sic] Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the anti-bribery law under which Las Vegas Sands [his company] is being investigated.” If you’re wondering why this isn’t a bigger story, welcome to the Countdown club. Oh wait, you already are in the Countdown club.
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Believe Your Eyes: Countdown is Back

Posted on December 04, 2012
Believe your eyes, Countdown is back! With the mid-term elections only 700 days away... Ok, this really isn’t about how close the mid-term elections are; we’re back by popular demand. You and Countdown haven’t seen each other in a few weeks, and we can’t bear to keep you apart another minute longer, so let’s get right to it:
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The Final Countdown

Posted on October 30, 2012
Well, folks, it’s been quite a ride, and we actually are saying goodbye (we were just trying to put it off for a few more seconds). But worry not, you’re in for one magnificent substitute weekly publication from AAI. And if that doesn’t quench your Countdown thirst, don’t panic, we’ll be back before you know it. Presidential elections are our bat signal in the sky, and given that these campaigns now start literally years before the actual election, you can sleep tonight knowing that we’re practically just around the corner. Until then, stay politically active and keep the Arab American community strong.
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Two Weeks Out

Posted on October 23, 2012
Spontaneous collective laughter broke out in the Palestinian territories when they heard that apartheid and fake endless negotiations were mentioned in the context of standing up for Israel against its enemies, in what Israeli security officials initially thought was an explosion in a laughing-gas factory. After a few minutes, the laughing died down when the Palestinians realized, on second thought, how unfunny that really is, especially after the release of this disheartening poll on Israeli public opinion, which ran in one of Israel’s leading newspapers under the headline “Survey: Most Israeli Jews would support apartheid regime in Israel.”
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Into the 10th Inning

Posted on October 16, 2012
Whether you loved it or hated it, thought it was necessary or unjustifiably rude, the story of the debate was definitely how Vice-President Biden aggressively handled Congressman Paul Ryan, with “that’s a bunch of malarkey” and “oh, now you’re Jack Kennedy!” zingers. But the real winner of the vice-presidential debate wasn’t Biden, or Ryan, or the entertained audience, but debate moderator Martha Raddatz who was gaining 1,000 Twitter followers per minute during a good part of the debate for a superb performance; demanding specifics and calling out nonsense from the VP candidates.
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No Need to Panic

Posted on October 10, 2012
Well, things just got confusing: according to a new poll, Allen West hasn’t only managed to close the 9 point gap in just a week, but is now ahead of his opponent by 12 points. Ok now, either the pollsters are messing with us, or Florida’s 22nd District is home to the most capricious set of voters in the country (we’re ruling out the “bad polling” explanation because it’s too plausible and not funny enough).
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Keeping It Interesting

Posted on October 02, 2012
Depending on which pundit you ask, this debate will change the direction of the race in one direction or the other, or not matter at all (thank you, pundits).
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Like We Haven’t Had Enough

Posted on September 25, 2012
The law, which requires voters to present a photo ID at the polls, was initially upheld in a ruling that cited a legal precedent, from 1869, which advocated implementing a discriminatory registration process in order to avoid placing “the vicious vagrant, the wandering Arabs, the Tartar hordes of our large cities, on a level with the virtuous and good man” (we’re not kidding).
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