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Friday, August 17, 2018

First Muslim Woman Wins Congressional Primary

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.


Rashida Tlaib is set to become the first Muslim and Palestinian-American woman in Congress after winning her primary race in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District on Tuesday.

Tlaib is all but guaranteed to win the seat once held by John Conyers, a long-serving Democratic congressman who resigned last year over sexual harassment allegations.

Tlaib’s win means that for the first time, at least one Muslim woman will join the 116th Congress. And she may not be alone in making history; three other Muslim women candidates are still competing in Democratic primaries later this month and next.…

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Poll: 43% Of Republicans Favor Censorship Of ‘Bad’ News Outlets

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A plurality of Republican voters in a new poll said they think Trump “should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior” — reflecting the startling degree to which Trump’s assault on the free press is shaping views about the press among conservative Americans.

The Ipsos poll, released Tuesday, found that 43 percent of GOP voters agreed that Trump should have the power to shut down unfriendly news networks, compared to 36 percent who disagreed with the statement.

An even larger number of Republican voters in the survey, 48 percent, said they agreed that the news media is “the enemy of the American people” ― a phrase that Trump frequently uses, but that is more commonly associated with the rhetoric of brutal and oppressive dictators.…

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Documents Reveal Chicanery In Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.


Election Commission Documents Cast Doubt on Trump’s Claims of Voter Fraud

In May of 2017, President Donald Trump established a presidential commission to explore the threat of voter fraud — staffing it with multiple Republicans who had theorized that fraud was a substantial problem in American democracy. The commission, widely called the voter fraud commission, was immediately criticized as a political creation aimed at a phony problem.

In January, Trump disbanded the commission, which by then had produced little if any evidence that voter fraud was a significant menace.

Today, thousands of commission documents were released that show aspects of the body’s inner workings.

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