Jesse Sbaih: An Arab American Betting on Nevada

Posted by Shadi Matar on May 10, 2016 in Blog

Las Vegas has often been called the “City of Lights” but these days Jesse Sbaih is shining just as brightly. His story is one of hard work, dedication, and giving back to the community. He also could be making history later this year as the first Arab American immigrant and Muslim American immigrant elected to Congress.

Born in Jordan, Sbaih moved to the U.S. at age 11 with his family. They ultimately settled in Virginia where Sbaih was quickly accepted by his classmates. “When my family first moved to Virginia I was in...

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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 12: Hey There, Ho There, Do We Have to Go There?

Posted on May 05, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Kathy Kiely on the Presidential Election

Posted on April 26, 2016 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Kathy Kiely joins James Zogby to talk about recent primary results and the election. 

Kathy Kiely is the former Washington News Director at Bloomberg Politics. She was the managing editor for politics at the National Journal and has covered Congress and national politics at USA Today for over a decade. She is currently an editor for BillMoyers.com and has been involved in the coverage of every presidential election since 1980. 

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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 11: Finish Line (Barely) in Sight

Posted on April 22, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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James Zogby: Why I Support Bernie Sanders

Posted on April 18, 2016 in Washington Watch
There were many reasons, which I will describe in a moment, but high on my list is that I never forgot what happened to my hometown and so many other American cities across the Northeast and Midwest. Sanders earned my support because he understands what bad trade deals and corporate greed have done to our communities.
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Wisconsin Wins Mean More Chaos

Posted on April 07, 2016 in Trouble Comes, As Trouble Goes Vol. 14 No. 10

Following their respective victories in the Wisconsin primaries, Senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders don’t have a lot of time to gloat. Sanders’s easy victory in Wisconsin will only truly matter if he can use it as a spring to victory in New York – which is the home state of his opponent. Secretary Clinton, who walked away with only 10 less delegates from Wisconsin than the Senator, still has a huge lead in the delegate count and Sanders’s hope of flipping the all important “super delegates” hasn’t yielded any fruit, yet. While the Democrats are...


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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The “13 Keys” to Winning the White House

Posted on April 04, 2016 in Washington Watch
This year's presidential contest has proven to be both fascinating and, at times, frightening. Both parties are engaged in near existential struggles. In an effort to get the long view of the dynamics at work in this contest, last week, I hosted Allan Lichtman, Distinguished Professor of History at American University, on my weekly NYU TV show "Viewpoint". Always an interesting guest, Lichtman is the author of "The Keys to the White House" which lays out his proven method of predicting the winners in presidential elections.
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of March 28

Posted by Joan Hanna on April 01, 2016 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. You can read previous editions of our 2016 Election News Roundup right here at its headquarters.

 

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Ted Cruz Again: Because We Didn’t Talk About Refugees

Posted by Kevin Hack on March 29, 2016 in Blog

Wouldn’t it be the greatest stroke of irony if the United States Refugee Resettlement Program was shut down by the child of a refugee that resettled in the United States? Senator Cruz doesn’t think so. Or maybe he does and just believes that the universe is guided by ironic twists of fate.

Last week, after calling for the policing and surveillance of all Muslim communities, a statement which out-controversy-ed even Donald Trump, Senator Cruz issued a letter to the Departments of State and Health and Human Services (HHS) insinuating poor performance on the part of the Refugee Resettlement Program...

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