First Presidential Debate: Our post-debate thoughts

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 27, 2016 in Blog

Yesterday we shared information on what the candidates have said about issues we expected to arise during the first presidential debate – and many of the topics were in fact discussed over the course of the 95 minute debate. That includes the government’s use of watch lists, profiling, surveillance, and domestic countering violent extremism programs. We’ve provided a brief snap shot of some of the candidates’ statements from the first debate and how AAI views the issues.   Civil Rights and Profiling: Hillary Clinton:  “Lester, I think implicit...

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2016 Arab American Candidate: Matt Heinz for Arizona's 2nd Congressional District

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 27, 2016 in Blog

Hi, I'm Matt Heinz - an attending physician, a former state legislator, and a former senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about me here:

What are you on the ballot for?

To represent Arizona's 2nd district in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

What is your ethnicity? 

My grandfather is from the village of Dhour El Choueir in Northern Lebanon. 

What's your immigration story?

My grandfather came over...

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First Presidential Debate: What You Need to Know

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 26, 2016 in Blog

Tonight is the first of the three presidential debates ahead of November 8th. Moderated by Lester Holt of NBC, the debate is expected to be cover three topic areas: America’s Direction, Achieving Prosperity, and Securing America.  We have heard a lot from the 2016 candidates already, and have been tracking their policy positions and public statements on AAI’s Election Central Candidate Profiles. Below is a snap shot of what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have already said regarding the issues we expect to arise during tonight’s debate.  Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Hillary Clinton:  "I am...

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Washington Watch: Stymied (and Appalled)

Posted on September 22, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby I am stymied. I've been writing this column each and every week for almost 24 years now. Since it appears in papers across the Arab World, I've attempted to explain American politics and policy to Arab readers.         

Most weeks, the columns practically write themselves. This week is different with the news dominated by events that almost defy explanation. In the first place, there's Donald Trump leading or tied in a number of national polls. Added to this, Congress overwhelming passed legislation allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi...

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Washington Watch: For Trump, It's the Show that Counts

Posted on September 03, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Late last year, as the primaries were just heating up, pundits and commentators were busy trying to make sense of the Donald Trump phenomenon. His stump speeches were more akin to the stream of consciousness rantings of an out-of-control id than what was expected from a serious presidential candidate. He frequently contradicted himself and, more often than not, told bold-faced lies. He insulted groups and individuals, making his party's leaders squirm. And yet his crowds were huge and passionate and his poll numbers were high and getting higher. The political class was baffled.

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Washington Watch: To Hell in a Handbasket

Posted on August 13, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby This presidential election is exposing deep fault-lines in our society and the failure of some of the basic institutions of our democracy. If we don't change direction, we're on our way to "hell in a handbasket".   I begin with the difficult situation in which Republicans now find themselves as they watch their out-of-control nominee wreaking havoc. Once the "party of Lincoln", the GOP was, as late as a generation ago, led by George H.W. Bush and James Baker, in whose steady hands we emerged from the Cold War, and Congressional leaders like Howard...

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Election Central

Posted on August 12, 2016 in #YallaVote

Find out what all the 2016 candidates are saying about the issues that matter most to Arab Americans

Countdown Vol. 14 No. 21: Guess Who's Back, Back Again

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Countdown
95 days until the Election! This week on Countdown: convention chaos, Israeli settlement controversy, voting rights wins, CVE in the classroom + more!
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