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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Countdown Vol. 14, No. 5: Calling All Warm & Fuzzies

Posted on February 17, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: AIPAC wins and loses; all out war erupts between Republicans; a race for the races between Dems; the much needed Syria agreement looks shaky; Scalia's replacement fight is a simple matter.
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Sanders is Right: Iraq is Important

Posted on February 15, 2016 in Washington Watch
Bernie Sanders has been unfairly criticized for being a "Johnny One Note" on foreign policy because he continually reminds voters of his early opposition to the Iraq War. To explain why he continues to emphasize the importance of his decision to oppose that war, Sanders has pointed to the speech he gave back in October 2002 in which he laid out five important reasons why he feared the Bush Administration's march to war.
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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Two Arab American Families Play Prominent Role in New Hampshire Politics

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 08, 2016 in Blog

New Hampshire might be the last place one would expect two Arab American households to establish revered political legacies, and on opposite sides of the aisle no less. But in truth, New Hampshire is not only a key electoral state known for setting the tone for presidential primaries, but it is also the home of two Arab American families that are predominant on the political scene: the Shaheen and the Sununu families. Bill Shaheen is an attorney and former District Court Judge, a superdelegate for Hillary Clinton, married to former...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Newman Abuissa

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 04, 2016 in Blog

  Newman Abuissa, a Syrian American who has resided in Iowa for over 30 years, has made a name for himself – at the Iowa Department of Transportation as a Transportation Engineer, as an advocate for Syrian refugees and smarter U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East, and in statewide and national politics. During Iowa’s caucus on Monday evening, he had a special role to fill.  As Precinct Captain, Abuissa organized upwards of 460 caucus-goers. With the help of his wife...

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Countdown Vol. 14 No.4: Let’s Get In Formation

Posted on February 04, 2016 in Countdown
This week in Countdown: New Hampshire results are in and they are surprising; FBI debuts new CVE computer game to serious criticism; Egypt's Foreign Minister was in DC; DOJ files suit against Ferguson, MO; Beyonce shows us what a powerful formation can be.
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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 3: At Long Last

Posted on February 04, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Iowa caucus controversy, President Obama's visit to a Baltimore mosque, Flint's water crisis of accountability, New York Times spoof is too good, and O'Malley will be missed after he drops out of the race
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Dr. Zogby addresses Iowa Crowds ahead of the Caucus

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on January 29, 2016 in Blog
Just a few days before the “first in the nation” Iowa Caucuses, AAI President Dr. James Zogby headed to Iowa City in order to speak to Iowans about the significance of political discourse regarding the Arab world and Islam. On Wednesday, January 27, Dr. Zogby addressed an audience at the University of Iowa on the 2016 Presidential Candidate’s failures to address issues that are critical to Arab Americans.
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The State of Dis-Union

Posted on January 10, 2016 in Washington Watch
On Tuesday of this past week, President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union (SOTU) address to a Joint Session of Congress. And then on Thursday, the Republican candidates for their party's nomination held their sixth televised debate. The contrasts in tone couldn't have been sharper, defining the deep partisan divide that has tragically paralyzed our ability to address critical issues facing our country.
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AAI Chairman George Salem Writes to His Fellow Republicans

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 29, 2015 in Blog
The world is a much more divisive place than it was in the 1980’s when I had the privilege to serve as the first Palestinian American appointed by a president and confirmed by the Senate. Back then, the Republican Party welcomed Arab Americans and American Muslims with open arms.
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