Posted on August 17, 2010 in Campaign Statements
[discussing Park 51] "Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington."
Posted by on August 06, 2010 in Blog
The epithet “dedication to public service” is often overused by politicians to the point of cliché. Yet a recent conversation with District 38 Colorado State Representative Joe Rice (D) presented a rare and inspiring image of a public servant dedicated to his country and constituents. At the age of 17, Rice signed up with the US Army Reserves and has since served on active duty in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. In public office, Rice first served as a Councilman, then Mayor of Glendale, Colorado, and finally as a State Representative since 2006.
In discussing his heritage, Rice explained...Read more
Posted by on July 23, 2010 in Blog
On July 13, we updated you on the new campaign launched by the Emergency Committee for Israel targeting Democratic candidates deemed not pro-Israeli enough. Their first target was Pennsylvania Senate candidate, Representative Joe Sestak and they began airing attack ads against him in local media markets. The Sestak campaign went directly to Comcast to try to prevent the ad from airing and made an interesting claim in the process. Also Coming to Sestak's defense was J Street who developed their own 30-second spot. It may only be July but it sure feels a lot like November.Read more
Posted on July 21, 2010 in Campaign Statements
“[People] don’t understand that "Cordoba House" is a deliberately insulting term. It refers to Cordoba, Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex. Today, some of the Mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to"symbolize interfaith cooperation" when, in fact, every Islamist in the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest. It is a sign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way.”
Posted on July 19, 2010 in Washington Watch
White House spokesperson, Robert Gibbs, caused a bit of a stir last week when, in an appearance on Meet the Press, he suggested that Democrats might lose control of the House of Representatives in November. To be fair, Gibbs was merely saying what has become accepted as conventional wisdom in Washington. Nevertheless, his comments concerned many Democratic Members of Congress who feared the remarks might serve to depress Democratic voters while emboldening Republicans.
Democratic leaders were also upset feeling that after making tough votes supporting the White House’s agenda—a stimulus package, a “cap and trade” energy bill, health...Read more
Posted by on July 02, 2010 in Blog
Working the graveyard shift as a medical professional can be an extremely taxing experience. How about negotiating that with the demands of a daytime job as well? Arab American Arizona State Representative Matt Heinz does just that—legislator by day, doctor by night, Heinz serves his community in a multitude of ways. Born in Michigan, Heinz is half Lebanese and half German. His grandfather immigrated to Colorado, where his mother was born. Describing visits with his grandfather as a child, Heinz recalls his welcoming nature interspersed with occasional inappropriate remarks in Arabic. Heinz attended Albion College in Michigan...Read more
Posted by on July 01, 2010 in Blog
There is a pause to ponder in almost every interview, a hiccup in the stream of words, a groping for just the right phrase, and then it emerges: “With Ray, what you see is what you get.”
He has worked for three decades in Washington, capital of spin, of parsing, of nuance, of cunning, of backstabbing intrigue, where half-truths are too common to refute and many a flat-out lie goes without rebuke.
Amid all of that, Ray LaHood, the most out-there secretary of transportation in history, is that rare mammal in modern Washington: a regular...Read more
Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Blog
Sunday night Rima Fakih, a Muslim immigrant from Lebanon who now calls Dearborn, Michigan her home, was crowned Miss USA.
Fakih’s win became a source of great pride for many in the Arab American community. And without any commentary on the role of beauty pageants and their depiction of women, as a beauty queen, Ms. Fakih is now as all-American as apple pie and baseball.
That could be the end of this nice story, but no. Because of Ms. Fakih’s ethnicity or faith, it is unfortunately just the beginning.
Talking heads from the right...Read more
Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Blog
On Thursday, April 22, the Arab American Institute (AAI), in cooperation with the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), hosted over 80 Arab American leaders from across the country for an Arab American Leadership Day in Washington DC. The day included a White House Leadership Briefing, followed by a Capitol Hill Meet and Greet Lunch with members of Congress.
AAI worked closely with the White House Office of Public Engagement to organize the briefing with senior Administration officials to discuss issues affecting the Arab American community. Samuel Bagenstos, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at...Read more
Posted by on February 18, 2010 in Blog
As the first Palestinian American to run for governor in Texas, Farouk Shami embodies the classic “American Dream.” Since coming to the U.S. as a student from Ramallah forty-five years ago, Shami has worked his way to the forefront of the business world and is the Founder and Chairman of Farouk Systems, Inc. Although his company has been incredibly successful throughout the world, known for the innovative and extremely popular BioSilk and CHI products, he is now venturing from his role as a businessman into politics. Shami has entered the political scene with a desire to bring economic revival...Read more