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Wednesday May 20, 2015

Two Bills Enter, One Bill Leaves

This week, Congress will vote on what do with the controversial surveillance law, the USA Patriot Act, and several influential members of Congress are positioning themselves for an old western standoff. Read More »

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Thursday May 14, 2015

Off to Work We Go

Congress was off to work this week with an extremely busy schedule full of opportunities to disappoint us on foreign and domestic issues alike. If you haven’t heard, a sneaky amendment inserted in a bulky trade bill has essentially made Israeli settlements part and parcel to Israel proper. Read More »

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Thursday May 07, 2015

We’re Back!

We didn't forget about you but were just incredibly busy with our Gibran Gala and Leadership Days, last week. We love our community and thank all those who joined us to commemorate AAI's 30th anniversary at our Gala and Leadership Days. Over 700 guests attended the Gala, and we could not have done any of it without you. Thank you so much for being with us last week to celebrate our heritage, our achievements, and to reflect on the progress that has been made, and the work that still needs to be done. We also want to thank all of our wonderful awardees Salma Hayek Pinault, Lawrence Wright, John Sexton and Michael Baroody for their leadership and for embodying the spirit and tradition of the Arab American poet Kahlil Gibran.  Read More »

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Wednesday April 08, 2015

Hard Road Ahead

In what is likely to be the most complex campaign to earn a GOP presidential nomination, Sen. Paul must tread a very thin line appealing to both his libertarian base as well as a much broader GOP base. Read More »

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Thursday April 02, 2015

How Could This Happen?

The plight of Palestinians living in Syria has been all but ignored since the start of the conflict. As international delegations headed to Kuwait for the third annual donor conference on Syria, UNRWA warned that the emergency fund for Palestinians was dangerously low. Read More »

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Thursday March 26, 2015

And We’re Off!

Tea Party luminary Ted Cruz charismatically launched his bid for the presidency this week. And boy, the champion Princeton debater raised the bar high for those who will follow, even if he did immediately hit his head on that very same bar upon resuming his Senatorial duties. Ted Cruz put together quite a show for the 10,000 Liberty University students who were required to attend. Read More »

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Thursday March 19, 2015

Everything Old Is New Again

The Israeli elections wrapped up on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu securing a fourth term. His public shift to the right in the days ahead of the election, declaring there would be no Palestinian state under his watch, and his racist insult on election day against Israel's Arab citizens, "right-wing rule is in danger, Arab voters are streaming in huge quantities to the polling stations," worked as designed.  Read More »

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Thursday March 12, 2015

“There’s still work left to be done”

While Republicans have railed against the Obama Administration and Democrats for their lack of bipartisan efforts in the past, it seems that there are certain instances in which casting bipartisan efforts aside is appropriate. Senator McConnell seemed to get a little ahead of himself last week after he bypassed the committee process and attempted to bring the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 up for a vote before the March 24th deadline for a political framework. Read More »

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Wednesday March 04, 2015

Keep Your Friends Far and Your Enemies Farther

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Wednesday February 25, 2015

The More Things Change…

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Wednesday February 11, 2015

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

A week ago today, President Obama held the first meeting of his administration with the American Muslim community. It enjoyed the peculiar distinction of simultaneously being a top-secret meeting and publicly disclosed on the White House website. You can imagine the media furor this caused.  Read More »

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Wednesday February 04, 2015

Super Bowl Redux

In what would be the clear winner of the Super Bowl of crazy interviews, last week’s Foreign Affairs interview with Syrian regime leader Bashar Al Assad escalated the strongman’s friendly sociopath persona to new heights.  Read More »

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Wednesday January 28, 2015

We’re Back

We’re back! With a mere 649 days until the 2016 Presidential elections we've got much to cover and no time to waste. So here it is, your first edition of Countdown in 2015! Read More »

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Friday November 14, 2014

Cooperation, Nominations and New Friends

Excuse our absence last week, post-election fatigue got to us. As you have probably heard, the Arab American community experienced its share of triumphs and disappointments. Read More »

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Friday October 31, 2014

Win or Lose

This is our last countdown before the midterms and we just want to take a moment to remind you to #YallaVote. Read More »

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Friday October 24, 2014

Lost In Translation

Last weekend, the Supreme Court denied a request to stop a Texas voting requirement that necessitates all voters to show specific forms of ID before they cast their ballot. The law would disenfranchise an estimated 600,000 people – primarily African Americans and Hispanics – in the State. Read More »

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Thursday October 16, 2014

Ready or Not

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Friday October 10, 2014

It Does Seem Odd

Netanyahu is proud to be an American – apparently the Prime Minister of Israel understands American values better than the U.S. president and the administration does.  Read More »

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Friday October 03, 2014

Know Your Audience

We haven’t even finished with the 2014 elections and candidates are already posturing on foreign policy as Middle East issues take the spotlight. You’ve probably heard of Ted Cruz’s controversial comments to Middle East Christians last month. Well, we are surprised to see Rick Santorum’s lengthy and strong statement against Ted Cruz’s actions at the summit.  Read More »

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Thursday September 25, 2014

You Can’t Have It Both Ways

The Arab American Institute joined thousands of other groups in registering voters across the country for National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday and some big breaking news: our nation’s first African-American attorney general, Eric Holder, is stepping down and will leave his position after six years serving the president. Read More »

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