Zaid Jilani

Right-Wing Hysteria Explodes as American Mosques Face Angry Protests and Hate Over Past Week

Since the attacks in Paris, Islamophobia has increased in the European Union, with a 300 percent increase in hate attacks against Muslims in the United Kingdom. But this wave of hate is also taking place on the other side of the Atlantic, in the U.S.

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Early State Republican Primary Voters Want A Ground War Against ISIS

The attacks in Paris are being exploited to gin up more war fever. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a GOP presidential candidate, appeared on Fox News Sunday and spoke of the “political advantage” that the Paris attacks will give the Republicans.

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Refugee Paranoia Sweeps U.S. as House of Reps Votes to Freeze Refugee Intake

Following the attacks in Paris, though none of the confirmed attackers were found to be Syrian—let alone Syrian refugees—racist paranoia has swept the United States.

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Eastern European Leaders Dangerously Crank Up Hate Machine Against Muslims

Eastern Europe, once under the “Iron Curtain” of the Soviet Union, is reviving its authoritarian ways to deal not only with the flow of refugees but with the Muslim populations already within its borders.

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Donald Trump Won't Rule Out Special ID Cards For Muslim Americans

Yahoo News interviewed GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka this week. Among other things, Trump discussed his plans for responding to terrorism by targeting America's 3 million Muslim Americans.

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Of 745,000 Refugees Admitted Post-9/11, Only Two Were Charged With Terrorism-Related Crimes

In a theatrical display of bigotry, over 20 governors declared this week that they would impede the settlement of Syrian refugees in their states (something they can't actually do). 

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It Will Be Extremely Difficult for Hillary to Say No to Wall Street

The highlight of Saturday night's Democratic debate was when former Secretary Clinton invoked the September 11 attacks to try to defend her courting of Wall Street donors. The awkward defense of her political ties even spawned a rare New York Times editorial criticizing Clinton.

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Inside the Bizarre Right-Wing Political Correctness Movement That Threatens Free Speech

Raucous protests at the University of Missouri, Ithaca College and Yale have highlighted the tension between students who desire a tolerant campus and the American value of free speech.

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Poll Shocker: Bernie Sanders Leads Trump and Bush by Double Digits

When Bernie Sanders announced his campaign for the presidency, many wondered whether a democratic socialist could really gain traction in a political system hostile to the left. After nearly six months on the campaign trail, it appears that his campaign has gained enough steam to make the candidate a viable presidential contender.

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New Research Shows Schools With More Black Students (Not More Crime) Get More Cops

Two professors, Tim Servoss, professor of psychology at Canisius College in New York, and education professor Jeremy Finn at the State University of New York at Buffalo, have performed research they plan to present in full in spring showing that the prevalence of police in schools correlates to the number of black students in those schools.

Their research, previewed to Talking Points Memo, looks at the presence of school-based security, often referred to as school resource officers (SROs). In their study, they controlled for the presence of neighborhood crime and school misconduct and still found that the presence of African American children is the major factory in a school's decision to deploy SROs.

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10 Distortions, Misrepresentations and Outright Lies in the 4th GOP Debate

Tuesday night, millions of Americans watched two rounds of Republican Party presidential debates. The first was a debate among candidates who have failed to achieve more than one percent in national polls. The second was a debate among relative frontrunners. Both debates offered a window into an entirely different world, completely unrelated to the world we actually live in. Candidates made statement after statement containing distortions, misstatements, untruths, and outright lies. Here are the biggest whoppers.

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It Comes to This - Indiana Town Wants Private Detention Camp for Immigrants as a Means of Boosting Its Economy

In Gary, Indiana, political leaders are courting GEO Group to have the private prison company build a detention camp for undocumented immigrants.

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The 100 Most Militarized Universities In America

Vice News has ranked the 100 most militarized universities in America, meaning the schools that have the most students who go on to be employed by intelligence agencies and that profit the most from the military-industrial complex.

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Across America, Parents Push Back Against Creeping Authoritarianism and Criminalization of Students

America's public schools are the training ground for our next generation of engineers, doctors, artists, lawyers, and other professions that form our dynamic economy. Schools are also here to nurture our children, to allow them to grow, explore and have fun in an environment that is conducive to personal freedom.

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Clinton's Attacks on Sanders' Gun Record Fly in Face of Her Own 2008 Campaign

One area where Hillary Clinton has been able to present herself as further to the left of her Democratic primary rival is gun control. During the first primary debate, she assailed Bernie Sanders for his moderate pro-gun control record which included a vote against allowing lawsuits against gun manufacturers and gun shops. At one point during the debate, Sanders talked about a rural-urban divide among gun owners, claiming it must be bridged if we are to have sensible reforms. This drew rebukes from his opponents, Clinton and former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley.

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There Are Dangerous Signs of Immigrant Hatred in Every Single EU Country

With the positive news that EU countries are letting in more refugees, comes a backlash from the far-right; there have been tragic violent incidents and rising anti-immigrant vigilante hate and concrete steps taken by governements across the continent.

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After 107 Days on Top, Trump Is No Longer Leading the GOP Field

Real Clear Politics (RCP) keeps polling averages to generate rankings in the presidential primary. For the past 107 days, real estate mogul Donald Trump held the number one spot.

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Marco Rubio Said He Wants to Have a Beer With Malala, an Underage Muslim

Today, presidential contender Marco Rubio fielded questions at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. One of the questions he was asked was who he would like to “have a beer with" out of anyone in the world who is not a politician.

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Michael Moore's New Doc Shows Police Brutality - So the MPAA Gave It an R Rating

Next month, Michael Moore's new documentary Where To Invade Next, which seeks to contrast the U.S. social policy approach with that of other countries, will have a limited release, followed by a wider release in January.

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Exposing Hillary Clinton's Republican Attack Dog Trey Gowdy: 'Answers to All Our Political Questions Are in the Bible'

Other than his role in the Benghazi hearings, little is known nationally about the politics of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). A speech he gave in 2014 offers a glimpse into his worldview.

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FBI Tool to Prevent Extremism Ignores Right-Wing Extremism, Focuses Only on Muslims

On Monday, the New York Times had a reported piece focusing on a new Federal Bureau of Investigation interactive computer program focused on preventing “young people from being drawn into violent extremism.”

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In Emails, Hillary Says 'No Doubt' U.S. Has Different Standards for Pressuring Saudi Arabia on Human Rights

Emailgate, as it has come to be known, is a scandal many Americans are tired of hearing about, as Bernie Sanders put it in the Democratic debate. Yet the periodic email releases do offer a window into the minds of our leaders.

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One Elected Southern Politician's Struggle to Reverse Entrenched Racism and Police-State Mentality

On a summer night in July in Georgia, Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid was studying for her upcoming bar exam at a nearby hotel. She was friends with the owner, and had become accustomed to using the quiet space late at night.

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Say It Ain't So, Hillary Clinton -  You're Open to the Idea of Raising the Retirement Age?

At a forum in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton stood by her support for the death penalty, which made headlines. But her remarks about Social Security that day didn't get as much attention.

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WATCH: Bernie Sanders Pledges to Muslim Student That He'll Fight Islamophobia

On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a national town hall with students at George Mason University where he, among other things, pledged to remove the federal prohibition against the use of marijuana.

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8 Lies, Distortions and Misrepresentations From the Third GOP Debate

On Wednesday night, there were two rounds of GOP presidential debates. First, candidates polling at around one percent nationally had a shorter debate, followed by the frontrunners in a second debate. Both debates took place in an alternate reality, where facts are made up on the spot and history doesn't matter.

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Donald Trump Reawakens the 'Middle American Radical'

The Trump phenomenon – whereby the real estate mogul and reality TV star has been the frontrunner in the Republican presidential race, bested only recently in polling by Ben Carson – has taken the political class by storm. Trump's combination of nativism and economic populism is a sort of politics that hasn't been tested in presidential politics for some time, but it does have a predecessor.

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Bernie Marches With Verizon Workers as Its Execs and Lobbyists Give Big to Hillary

On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders marched alongside Verizon workers in New York City. Around 40,000 Verizon employees represented by both the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers are in a contract dispute with the company, with CWA accusing the notoriously anti-union Verizon of retaliating against employees who do labor activism.

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Vox Article Praising Hulu as 'The Best Streaming Service' Doesn't Mention Hulu and Vox Both Owned by Comcast

Monday morning, Vox published an article by Todd VanDerWerff saying that, “Hulu has overtaken Netflix as the best streaming service.”

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Poll: More Democrats Now Favor Socialism Than Capitalism

In May, the pollster YouGov polled Americans about their feelings on socialism and capitalism. Among Democrats, the two systems polled at about equal:

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Vets For Bernie: Why the Most Anti-War Candidate Has Many Military Supporters

When then-freshman Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders first arrived in Washington, D.C., he didn't first tend to the great social democratic causes that he spent his life working on: a national living wage, health care for all, or expanding labor unions.

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