Countdown Vol. 15 No. 4: Color Me Shocked

Posted on October 06, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: The VP debate's unexpected outcomes, an unconvincing end to an FBI program, Congress regrets JASTA already, the two state solution takes a new beating, and CIA torture finds new tactics and new lows.
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Yalla Vote's 2016 Voter Guides are Here!

Posted by Arab American Institute on October 05, 2016 in Blog
The Arab American Institute’s 2016 state voter guides cover the basic rules of the upcoming election on November 8th specifically for the 12 states with the highest concentrations of Arab American voters. You’ll find information on registration deadlines, absentee voting, early voting, voter ID requirements, campaigning around the polls and information on poll watching. We’ve also included key demographic information for your state as well as the names of candidates seeking federal office. We hope you find this guide useful as you prepare for Election Day! Yalla Vote!
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Countdown Vol. 15 No. 3: Shimmy on Down to the Gutter

Posted on September 29, 2016 in Countdown
This week on AA's Countdown: How Clinton and Trump faired on the issues the Arab American Institute cares about, Countering Violent Extremism hearings, Syria disasters, Trump's plans for an Embassy in Tel Aviv, and anti-BDS bills pass in California and Pennsylvania.
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Dr. Jill Stein

Posted on June 08, 2016 in Election Central

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Dr. Jill Stein is a Massachusetts physician running as the Green Party candidate for President in 2016. This is her second time representing the party, as she also did so in 2012. Stein has been active in local government, and she previously ran for Massachusetts State Representative in 2004 and Secretary...

California Delegate Applications to DNC, RNC Up 5X

Posted by Shadi Matar on April 06, 2016 in Blog

As the primary season continues, many voters in California are gearing up to register as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in July. California’s Democratic Party has already received 4,600 applications for 317 district level delegate spots. The state’s Republican Party has received over 1,000 applications for its 172 delegates to their convention. The number of applicants so far is already five times the number in 2012.

If you want to apply, April is the month to do it. The parties have various deadlines in the coming...

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AIPAC 2016: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on March 22, 2016 in Blog

The following are excepts from speeches given by 2016 Presidential candidates at the 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Video of each speech is available on CSPAN here. AAI tracks and records candidates' statements on 12 key issues for the Arab American community. Go to our Election Central for candidate profiles.

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Ted Cruz Announces Scary Foreign Policy Team Because Ted Cruz is Scary

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on March 18, 2016 in Blog

Headlines are making a big deal out of the list of national security advisors the Ted Cruz campaign announced this week, rightly pointing out that some names on the list including Frank Gaffney easily qualify as “fringe conservatives.” It’s worth remembering that Ted Cruz is very appropriately described as a “fringe conservative” himself.  Since the beginning of his political career, Cruz has sold himself as an defiant outcast and agitator of the establishment Republican Party. A hardline Tea Party man. Unwilling to compromise with anyone,...

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Half a Million Arab Americans will make a Difference in the Michigan Primaries

Posted by Shadi Matar on March 07, 2016 in Blog

In the lead up to tomorrow’s primary in Michigan, both parties’ candidates have been courting the votes of the sizeable Arab American community, which accounts for at least 5% of the Michigan electorate. With almost half a million Arab Americans in the state, and 147 and 59 delegates on the line for the Democratic and Republican candidates respectively, the community will be a definitive factor in the upcoming primary. Over the last few weeks, many members of the Arab American community have gotten opportunities to meet with Republican and Democratic candidates to engage them on the issues that matter deeply to the nation and the Arab American community.

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Trump: Feeding the “Monster”

Posted on February 29, 2016 in Washington Watch
Donald Trump's candidacy is American politics reduced to the absurd. It is theater in its most stripped down form—a show where the content is not as important as the event and the raw emotion it evokes.
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The "Meta-Issues" Behind the Sanders-Clinton Contest

Posted on February 22, 2016 in Washington Watch
The Democratic presidential primary race is shaping up to be a fascinating contest between the voters' views of two distinct political personalities. Some find this state of affairs confounding, believing that the election should have been a "slam-dunk" for Hillary Clinton—the former First Lady, twice elected Senator from New York, and former Secretary of State. That a 74-year-old socialist Senator from Vermont is giving her, quite literally, a "run for the money," is stunning.
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