Leadership or Pandering: Grading Our Elected Officials

Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Blog

One of the many ways we are ghting intolerance is by holding public of cials accountable for the rhetoric they espouse. The Arab American Institute’s “Leadership or Pandering” series examines statements made by policymakers and candidates as they address divisive issues that provide clear opportunities to stand against bigotry. Though not comprehensive, and while no of cial can be judged fairly by any single action or statement, we hope that it will provide a useful look at the debate and its participants.

This edition of “Leadership or Pandering” examines xenophobia and...

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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 21: Let Us Never Fear to Negotiate

Posted on July 15, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: the Iran deal, Sanders and Clinton on the Hill, Scott Walker, the U.S. position on BDS, and more
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Assessing Policy Changes in the President’s Counterterrorism Speech

Posted by on June 04, 2013 in Blog

On Thur., May 23rd, President Obama delivered a major speech at the National Defense University in Washington laying out his vision for the future of American counterterrorism policy. Since 9/11, much of American foreign policy has been consumed by the fight against al Qaeda and Islamic extremism more generally, and terrorism concerns have provided the rationale for two wars (Iraq and Afghanistan), smaller incursions into other countries (Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan) as well as countless changes to federal law in areas as diverse as immigration, electronic surveillance and detainee policy. The federal government has spent...

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What (Not) To Expect from the State of the Union

Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Blog

President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address tonight, amidst a flurry of political activity on the Hill. The speech will be his first substantive foray into the political agenda of his second administration, and many are hoping to get a sense of Obama’s priorities for the coming years.

Here are a few issues Obama will likely tackle tonight, and others that he probably won’t.

On Immigration

What To Expect

Obama has bluntly stated that he hopes to make immigration reform a top priority in the coming years. Considering the importance of the Latino vote in...

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US presidential election: The Middle East factor

Posted by on November 01, 2012 in News Clips

Dubai: Arab-American votes traditionally go to the Democratic ticket, and will continue to do this year. But this time, they will be fewer than before.

The enthusiasm of the Americans of Arab origins to vote for US president Barack Obama in 2008 presidential elections is expected to decrease in next month’s race, but not to the extent to lean more towards the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, Arab American activists said and polls showed.

“The president’s support among Arab American communities is likely to decline this year,” said Ramzy Baroud, Arab-American Author and Journalist.

And this...

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Obama Strong but Wilting With Arab-Americans

Posted by on October 01, 2012 in News Clips

A new poll issued by the Arab American Institute (pdf here) yesterday and conducted by JZ Analytics reports that President Obama maintains a commanding lead over Governor Mitt Romney in the election but that Obama's edge has dropped by 15 percent since the 2008 election.  Arab-Americans are defecting from both both the GOP and the Democratic Party and are increasingly identifying as Independents (24 percent, according to James Zogby. That said Arab-American Dems stand at 46 percent of their population as compared to 22 percent who are GOPers.In terms of what Arab-Americans thought was "very important"...

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Survey of Arab-Americans highlights drop in support for Obama

Posted by on September 28, 2012 in News Clips

The Arab-American community still largely supports President Barack Obama, but 15 percent of Arabs who voted for Obama in 2008 have not declared their support for him this year, according to a new poll released by the Arab American Institute (AAI).

52 percent of all Arab-Americans say they will vote for Obama, compared to 28 percent who have declared their support for Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate. The numbers are also broken down by religious identity. “Arab American Muslims support Obama overwhelmingly (75% to 8%), while Orthodox/Protestants support Romney by a 16% margin,” according to the poll....

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Poll: Obama Has Strong Lead Over Romney Among Arab Americans

Posted by on September 27, 2012 in News Clips

The Arab American Institute has released the results of a September survey of 400 Arab Americans, which shows that a majority support Democratic President Barack Obama in the race for the White House.  There has been a significant 15 percent drop in support for Obama compared with his strong numbers in 2008, but Republicans are not making gains with Arab American voters either.   There is good news and bad news for President Barack Obama in a recent poll of Arab American voters conducted by the Arab American Institute.  AAI President Jim Zogby said the president enjoys a 24...

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Media Watch: Key Reads in POLITICO

Posted by on August 01, 2012 in Blog

Over the past few days, POLITICO has been doing an exceptional job covering a number of the key issues we deal with on a daily basis and which affect our community politically and socially. Among others, POLITICO has covered the fallout of the Michele Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy, Mitt Romney’s latest trip to Israel, and how Islamophobia is factoring into certain congressional races. We encourage you to read the following articles which are extremely informative, and shed light on the some of the arguments being used to characterize these larger issues.

Romney in Israel  During Romney’s recent trip to...

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John Zogby says Election is “The President’s to Lose”

Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Blog

The President’s performance as of late, according to analysis by AAI Board Member and Pollster John Zogby, has been relatively dismal overall. However, despite the unimpressive performance, Zogby says the President is “pretty much where he needs to be” election-wise. Zogby writes a weekly report card for the Washington Times in which he grades the president’s performance with key voting constituencies. In his analysis, Zogby cites polling data and popular responses to the week’s top political issues to back up the grades he issues the President. Going back through the report card to mid-May, the President rarely receives better than...

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