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Danziger: Not My Yob

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a […]

June 7, 2017
Samantha Bee slices up Trump travel ban

#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Slices Up Trump’s Muslim Ban

Hearing cable news anchors and even House Speaker Paul Ryan describe the travel policy’s rollout as “confusing,” Samantha Bee was not mollified. “Confusing?” she smirked.”This was the healthcare.gov of Islamophobia!” Nor was Bee thrilled to hear Trump himself claim that the ban is “working out very nicely.” And she wasn’t impressed by Kellyanne Conway’s attempt to claim that Obama had done the same thing to Iraqi refugees (a three-Pinocchio lie).

February 2, 2017
Trump's executive order, immigration ban, loss of democracy

Trump’s Immigration Ban And The Loss Of Our Democracy

There is a reason officers who know what they are talking about do not use the expression “radical Islam.” It tars an entire faith and it contributes to creating the religious war Trump fears. The Muslim ban will make us less safe; worse, it erodes our democracy and contributes to making us a fear-and-hate-filled, divided nation at war with the world and progressively ourselves.

January 30, 2017
Trevor Noah explains why he worries about Michael Flynn, incoming National Security Adviser

#EndorseThis: The Tremendousness of Michael Flynn

You may have forgotten why President Obama fired Michael Flynn as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. You may not recall the hate messages he promoted on Twitter. But Trevor Noah will remind you.

December 2, 2016

After Terror Attacks, Fox News Brings On Anti-Muslim Fearmongers To Push Lies And Anti-Refugee Rhetoric

Fox News is providing a platform for conservatives to spread misinformation about refugees and stoke anti-Muslim fears following a series of apparent terror attacks around the country. Fox’s open-door policy for fearmongers is in keeping with the network’s disconcerting history as a source of Islamophobia and anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment after terror attacks at home and abroad.

September 19, 2016
Members of the Muslim community pray in a mosque in Marseille during an open day weekend for mosques in France, January 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/Files

Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes At Highest Levels Since 9/11

Analyzing crime data from researchers at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernadino found that hate crimes against American Muslims were up 78 percent in 2015. Attacks against those perceived as Arab rose even more.

September 19, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the media before boarding her campaign plane at the Westchester County airport in White Plains, New York, U.S. September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

After Bomb Blasts, Clinton Charges Trump Helps Islamic State To Recruit

“We know that a lot of the rhetoric we’ve heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, in particular ISIS, because they are looking to make this into a war against Islam rather than a war against jihadists,” she told reporters in White Plains, New York.

September 19, 2016

#EndorseThis: Corey Lewandowski Tries To Blame All Immigrants For New York Bomber

It’s not the first time the Trump campaign has used attacks like this to target all immigrants.

September 19, 2016

Diverse And Perverse: The Coalition That Trump Built

“You begin to take all kinds of ways of changing people’s perception: who the Other is. And as soon as you can lower the Other—which, you know, Trump has done wonderfully. He’s used the word rapist. That’s a horrible word. Murderer . . . One group has been lowered; a different group has been raised. And the difference is that the one group can tell the other group to leave. Put on buses and taken away.”

September 10, 2016

The French Have A Right To Ban The Burkini

The issue in France is political, not fashion aesthetics. Many worry that their large Muslim population is not assimilating into the predominant culture. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the burkini an emblem of “a counter-society” based on “the enslavement of women.”

August 23, 2016

First They Came For The Muslim-Americans

Muslim-Americans are the sacrificial lambs of our security apparatus; they are the means by which the government justifies spying on the rest of us.

August 16, 2016
A U.S. flag flies next to the grave marker of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan inside of Section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Muslim Families Of Fallen U.S. Soldiers Driven To Oppose Trump

Nazar Naqvi has faithfully voted Republican for more than three decades. After Donald Trump’s feud with Muslim parents who lost a son in battle for the United States, he has vowed not a single Republican will get his vote.

August 3, 2016
Khizr Khan, who's son Humayun (L) was killed serving in the U.S. Army, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Trump Denounced For Response To Slain Soldier’s Father

Avid Twitter user Donald Trump is feeling the wrath of his favorite medium as thousands mock the Republican candidate for president for his suggestion to the father of a slain soldier that he’s made many sacrifices in his wealthy existence.

July 31, 2016
Khizr Khan speaks during the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

The Khan Family Defies Trumpism

The Khan’s son, Humayun, was killed in Iraq in 2004, running toward a suicide bomber to save his men. Yet, as his father noted, if it were up to Trump, he of the hateful rhetoric, the Mexican wall and the Muslim ban, Humayun would never even have been in this country.

July 31, 2016
Humayun Khan

Meet The Muslim Military Father Who Headlined With The Clintons

Humayun Khan, who was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star medal for his heroism, was memorialized on a national stage on Thursday: His father, Khizr, spoke during a prime-time slot at the final night of the Democratic National Convention, right before Chelsea and Hillary Clinton.

July 28, 2016
By Ginger Gibson and Emily Stephenson CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Donald Trump's wife, Melania, in her first major political speech on Monday, portrayed her husband as a talented, compassionate and unrelenting leader who would unify rather than divide the country if elected to the White House. The Slovenian-born jewelry designer and former model spoke to a cheering crowd at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland after a one-minute introduction from Trump. The presumptive Republican nominee made a dramatic entrance, silhouetted in a white background and to the accompaniment of Queen's 1977 rock anthem "We Are the Champions." "I have been with Donald for 18 years and I have been aware of his love for this country since we first met," the aspiring first lady told the convention. "He’s tough when he has to be, but he's also kind and fair and caring." "Donald wants prosperity for all Americans," she said, reading from a teleprompter, as people applauded. Her comments were an attempt to soften the image of the New York businessman-turned-politician, who has been accused of bigotry and callousness for his calls to suspend Muslim immigration and deport millions of undocumented immigrants if elected. He has also been criticized for insults directed at women, political opponents and journalists. Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, accuses Trump, 70, of lacking the experience and temperament needed to work in the Oval Office. On Monday, Clinton, 68, used an address to a largely black audience to cast Trump as someone who would divide the country along racial, ethnic and religious lines. The convention's opening night featured a string of emotional speakers attacking Clinton's record as secretary of state under President Barack Obama, many arguing she had made Americans vulnerable to Islamist militancy. "I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son," said Pat Smith, the mother of an information management officer who was among the four Americans killed in an attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose administration has been credited with sharply reducing crime in the city during the 1990s and who oversaw the city's response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center and killed almost 3,000 people, gave a highly charged speech slamming Clinton and making the case for Trump. "What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America!" he said. REBELLION QUASHED The convention erupted in chaos earlier in the day when Trump opponents inside his party stormed out of the room and others chanted in a failed attempt to force a vote opposing his candidacy. The turmoil threatened efforts by the Trump campaign to show the party had united behind him and distracted from the day's theme of "Make America Safe Again". The anti-Trump forces wanted to change the party's nominating rules to allow delegates to support alternative Republican candidates over Trump. Party leaders held a voice vote, then declared the opponents lacked enough support, triggering pandemonium on the floor of the Cleveland basketball arena where Trump is due to be formally nominated this week for the Nov. 8 election. "This entire system is rigged to force the vote for Donald Trump," said Kendal Unruh, a delegate from Colorado. Trump's son and adviser, Donald Trump Jr., threatened the leaders of the attempted revolt, saying: "Your careers are finished" in a message posted on Twitter. While delivering a jolt to the highly scripted program, the rebellion by the anti-Trump forces was quashed. But the furor, an embarrassment to Trump, put a spotlight on the deep divisions within the party that have emerged over his candidacy. A string of senior Republicans, worried about Trump's temperament and policies, were already avoiding the convention. KILLINGS OVERSHADOW CONVENTION The gathering opened on Monday afternoon in the shadow of racially tinged killings of police officers and black men, and as protesters for and against Trump faced off in a plaza a few blocks from the convention, shouting slogans at each other, separated by a wall of police. The protests were largely peaceful, with law enforcement officers outnumbering demonstrators. Sunday's shooting of three policemen in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - a targeted attack that may have been in retaliation for a series of police killings of black Americans - hung over the gathering. Trump lashed out at Obama early on Monday over the shootings, saying the Democratic president "doesn't have a clue." The Baton Rouge shootings happened nearly two weeks after police fatally shot a black man there, and after another such death near St. Paul, Minnesota, both of which sparked nationwide protests. Five policemen were also killed in an ambush in Dallas this month. Trump has sought to position himself as the law-and-order candidate in an echo of Republican Richard Nixon's successful presidential campaign of 1968. (Additional reporting by Amy Tennery, Michelle Conlin, Scott Malone, Daniel Trotta and Jonathan Allen; Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Howard Goller and Peter Cooney)

RNC Message: Be Very Afraid

The Republican rhetoric worked its magic, and voters lived in constant fear for their families’ lives. They also seemed likelier to vote for Republican candidates because, not remotely coincidentally, the Republican Party was vowing to protect them from this nonexistent danger.

July 22, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump waves goodbye as he leaves the stage after his wife Melania concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Campaign Aims To Register A Million U.S. Muslims Voters In Anti-Trump Move

“We want the Muslim community to understand that if you give up your rights voluntarily, no one will come and give it back to you,” said Osama Abu Irshaid, a member of the board of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, which is spearheading the drive.

July 20, 2016
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leaves the podium after a speech in Virginia Beach, Virginia U.S. July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Silent Majority, White Minority: Donald Trump, White Nationalism, And The New GOP Platform

Last week, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used a Facebook post to respond to Thursday night’s lethal assault on Dallas police officers during a Black Lives Matter protest. His sober response to the killings was out of character for Trump, who has previously used comparable tragedies as opportunities for self-promotion. But part of the reaction […]

July 15, 2016

O’Reilly Says Obama’s ‘Emotional Connection To The Muslim World’ Makes Him Weak On ISIS

“Barack Obama does not define the terror issue clearly. Here’s why.” So began a bizarre rant from Bill O’Reilly on his show last night, in which the Fox News anchor accused the president of not addressing ISIS because of his sympathies to the religion distorted by the Islamic State.

July 7, 2016

Following Brexit Vote, Hate Attacks Sweep the U.K.

A mosque, a Polish center and refugees have reportedly been targeted. The Muslim Council of Britain said today it has compiled “over 100 incidents reported of hate crimes following the referendum result.”

June 28, 2016
A Brexit supporter holds a Union Flag at a Vote Leave rally in London, Britain June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Donald Trump And Brexit Have Xenophobia In Common

“The vision that the Brexit campaign is presenting is not the vision that me and other Brexiters started off with a year ago,” British MP Saveeda Warsi said. “The ‘hello world’ approach to Brexit, which is open-minded, visionary, inclusive, has been lost. The moderate message has been lost.”

June 22, 2016
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Trump Wants More Racial Profiling After Orlando Shooting

“I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country,” Trump said in an interview Sunday. The likely Republican nominee made similar comments last December about profiling, the targeting of specific demographic groups for extra scrutiny, after a Muslim American and his wife killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

June 19, 2016

Pushing For Mosque Surveillance, Fox News Is Fighting The Last War

But there’s no indication domestic mosque surveillance uncovers useful terror information. Just ask the New York Police Department, whose extensive, post-9/11 Muslim surveillance program turned out to be a “failure by any reasonable standard,” according to the Cato Institute.

June 19, 2016
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) waits to meet India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (not pictured), before Modi speaks at a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber in Capitol Hill, Washington, U.S., June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Ryan Says Republicans Should Follow Their ‘Conscience’ On Trump

Paul Ryan has said he would back Trump but he has also acknowledged deep differences with him. He denounced as textbook racism Trump’s criticism of a Mexican-American judge and has also criticized Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from the United States. Now, he says others should think twice before following his lead.

June 17, 2016
A man walks past the closed Trump Casino on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City

Welcome to the Trump Internment Palace and Casino!

Good morning, and welcome to the Trump Internment Palace and Casino! You are in for a real treat. This is by far the most amazing ghetto that the world has ever seen. It has everything: lines for watery soup, university classes about real estate development that are such a good deal at only $15,000 each, the music of the wind softly passing through the hollowed-out remains of the newspaper building. It’s tremendous.

June 15, 2016