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America: Muslim voters can influence swing states

By: Aline Barros Source: VOA News At an estimated 3.3 million, Muslim Americans represent a small portion of the American population. But the community could play an important role in  so-called swing states during the upcoming presidential elections. When the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based rights organization, launched its 2016 Muslims Vote campaign, the goal was to lead 1 million Muslim constituents to the voting booths. Robert McCaw, director of government affairs at CAIR, said campaign organizers across the nation would work within communities to make sure Islamic community centers have the tools they need to register voters. According to the Pew...

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Obama warns against anti-Muslim discrimination

By: VOA News Source: VOA News President Barack Obama has lauded Muslim Americans as patriots and heroes, and decried discrimination and violence against Muslims in the U.S. “This is a difficult time for Muslim Americans,” Obama said at a White House dinner celebrating the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, in which observers fast from sunrise to sunset. The president said Muslim Americans “are as patriotic, as integrated, as American as any other members of the American family,” and he extolled the contributions of Muslim doctors, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, athletes, police officers, firefighters and soldiers. In...

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ISIS shrinking online as well

By: Michael Bowman Source: VOA News CAPITOL HILL – America’s top diplomat for countering terrorist propaganda said ISIS’s cyber outreach has been constrained, but that its message continues to resonate with disaffected, angry, and mentally unstable Muslims. Portions of Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel’s assessment were significantly more upbeat than those of other U.S. officials in recent weeks. “The virtual-caliphate itself is shrinking,” said Stengel, testifying Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  “Now we see the tide turning. “There’s now six times as much anti-ISIL content as pro-ISIL content,” he added, using an alternate...

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