Glenn Beck Rescues the Day

Posted by on June 02, 2011 in Blog

In response to a question about whether he would be comfortable appointing Muslims to his cabinet or as federal judges were he elected President, Herman Cain said the following:

You think that’s shocking coming from a presidential contender? Wait until you hear who took issue with his comments! Glenn Beck (yes, seriously, Glenn Beck) noted that even he would trust his Muslim friends with such positions, and asked Cain via telephone on his show to explain his perplexing statement. It turns out that the whole thing was just one big misunderstanding, and...

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“I think this is really important to understand: that Israel’s neighbors attacked Israel.”

Posted on June 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“I think this is really important to understand: that Israel’s neighbors attacked Israel. Israel responded to those attacks and in so responding was able to take ground that gave them more of a defensible posture vis-à-vis future attacks — the Golan Heights and the West Bank in particular.”


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Who’s Running � And What are They Saying

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Blog

The GOP presidential field is filling in nicely. Seven contenders have either officially announced their candidacy or have established exploratory committees. Declared candidates include Herman Cain (CEO of Godfather’s Pizza), Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Tim Pawlenty.  In June, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romey, and Rick Santorum are expected to announce their candidacies (in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania, respectively). John Huntsman, Roy Moore, and Buddy Roemer have launched exploratory committees, and Huntsman is expected to announce his decision soon. Texas Governor Rick Perry has said that he will consider seeking the Presidential nomination, and NY Congressman Peter King,...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: M.J. Rosenberg, Khaled Elgindy, Jim O’Sullivan

Posted on May 27, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

M.J. Rosenberg, Senior Foreign Policy Fellow, Media Matters Action Network, discussed Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress this week and also provided an inside look into the Israel lobby and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). 

Khaled Elgindy, Visiting Fellow, Foreign Policy Brookings Institution, discussed the projected outlook on future negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Jim O'Sullivan, Chief Analyst, National Journal Daily, gave analysis of the current GOP presidential field and the political landscape of the race for the Republican presidential...

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“If we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play”

Posted on May 20, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“As a nation we have been blessed because of our relationship with Israel, and if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play”


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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Dina Amer, Jawad Nabulsi, Kathy Kiely

Posted on May 13, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Dina Amer, Egyptian Ameircan, CNN Field Producer, Egypt. Jawad Nabulsi, Egyptian Social Activist and Entrepreneur, Founder, Nebny Foundation, discussed their experiences in Tahrir square and what is next for them and the Arab Spring in Egypt.

Kathy Kiely, Managing Editor of Politics, National Journal, discussed the presidential election and a number of issues playing a key role leading up to 2012.

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What if an Arab-American ran for president?

Posted by on May 12, 2011 in News Clips

There's been a lot of talk in the past few years about Barack Obama's unusual-sounding -- to Western ears -- name. It turns out one of the possible GOP presidential contenders, Mitch Daniels, might well have been named Mitch Esau -- if the "Daniels" had not been tacked on to his Syrian grandfather's name at Ellis Island.

It was at an Arab American Institute award ceremony earlier this month that Daniels told the story of Elias Esau Daniels' arrival in America as a "penniless and illiterate" 21-year-old from Syria in 1905. Daniels' Syrian background was not previously well known, so...

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Newt Gingrich Declares his Candidacy

Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Blog

Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, officially declared his candidacy for president today. Gingrich, a former professor of history, stepped out of academia and into the political arena when he was first elected to the House in 1978. Gingrich became the face of the Republican Party in 1994 as Speaker of the House and a formidable opponent to the Clinton administration. In 1999, Gingrich left his seat in Congress and established a business, published several books, and was a frequent political commentator for Fox News.

Gingrich’s decision to re-enter politics by becoming a Republican presidential candidate...

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Gibran Gala a Stellar Success

Posted by on May 05, 2011 in Blog

Yesterday, May 4th, hundreds of guests from across the globe filled the Renaissance Hotel Ball Room in downtown Washington, DC for the 2011 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala, hosted by the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF). The black tie event was kicked off with a beautiful performance by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a project of the Barenboim-Said Foundation, followed by opening remarks by William Daley, White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. Daley talked about the essential role Arab Americans play in our country, highlighted the challenging but hopeful times we have...

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Gov. Daniels says White House speculation reinforced Syrian roots

Posted by on May 04, 2011 in News Clips

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said the increased notoriety from speculation he may run for president has helped him reconnect with his Syrian ancestors.

Daniels, whose paternal grandparents emigrated from Syria to western Pennsylvania, said the new connections have also deepened his concern for the country's people.

While accepting an award for public service Wednesday from the Arab American Institute at a dinner in Washington, Daniels told the audience how speculation he may seek the GOP's 2012 White House nomination was covered in the Syrian press, which prompted two people to contact him."I got emails from people there who had...

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