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Obama Protected Mosques. Will Trump Target Them?

Mosques in America, which the Obama administration fought to defend, now embody the threat to religious liberties posed by President Trump.

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AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano Imam Mahdi Bray, center, executive director of the Muslim American Society, speaks at a news conference in front of the proposed Islamic center and mosque site near ground zero, Monday, September 20, 2010, in New York. W hen Muslim-Americans in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, sought permission to build a mosque on an empty plot of land in April 2012, they met with a series of objections from local officials. They didn’t plan for enough parking. Their headlights would disrupt the neighborhood. Traffic around the mosque would be too dangerous. They also met with an outburst of anti-Muslim bigotry. One mosque objector told a reporter , “I don’t want a mosque anywhere in my town quite frankly.” The mailbox of the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, the group pursuing the mosque, was vandalized twice; on one of those occasions, the assailants plastered a sticker with the letters ISIS, an acronym for the Islamic State, on the box. Four years later, after no fewer than 39...

Twenty Questions for the DNC Chair Candidates

Six of the candidates will debate tonight in Washington.

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(Photo: AP/David Zalubowski) From left, Jaime Harrison, Keith Ellison, and Ray Buckley address a forum on the future of the Democratic Party on December 2, 2016. T onight, six of the candidates seeking to become the chair of the Democratic National Committee—Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley, South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison, and outgoing Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez—meet for a debate, sponsored by The Huffington Post , at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. We asked our readers and Prospect editors and reporters to come up with questions for the candidates—either for all of them or (where noted) one candidate in particular. Here are 20 of those questions. 1. Bernie Sanders raised roughly $240 million in his Democratic presidential primary campaign, with the average contribution,...

Reforming Democracy in the Age of Trump

On November 10, Miles Rapoport sat down with Bob Herbert's Op-Ed.TV to discuss what led to Donald Trump's victory, what it means for voting rights and money in politics, and how democracy reformers should respond. Rapoport is a long-time democracy advocate who served as secretary of state in Connecticut, and president of both Demos and Common Cause, as well as a member of The American Prospect's board. His most recent feature, "From a Contentious Election to a Stronger Democracy" appeared in the Prospect's Fall 2016 issue. 

Dispatches From Philadelphia

Our final installment from inside and outside the 2016 Democratic National Convention. 

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Democratic vice presidential candidate, Senator Tim Kaine, right, stand on stage during the fourth day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Thursday, July 28, 2016. HAROLD MEYERSON The Three Powerful Messages of the Democratic Convention T he Democrats left Philadelphia last night after a generally successful convention that conveyed three messages. The first was simply that we are, as the campaign says ad nauseum, stronger together, and that Donald Trump’s efforts to pull us apart will—well, pull us apart. No convention has ever emphasized tolerance and equality—and the costs of intolerance and the denial of rights—like this one. None ever featured so prominently every minority or out-group. In the first two hours (4 to 6 p.m. Eastern time) of Thursday’s session, more than 25 speakers came to the podium, not one of them a straight white male. The most devastatingly effective of...

Dispatches From Philadelphia: Day 4

Day 4 of the Prospect's ongoing coverage from inside and outside the 2016 Democratic National Convention. 

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave as they appear on stage together on the third day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. HAROLD MEYERSON O bama Confronts Trump's Shaky Grasp of Democracy O ne of the shorthand characterizations of our two political parties that has long had some truth to it has been that the Democrats are the mommy party, and the Republicans, the daddy party. This year, if the two parties’ conventions are any indication, those characterizations have become understatements. The Republicans under Donald Trump have become the swaggering macho bluster party, while the Democrats have become the take-care-of-the-children-and-don’t-bring-that-damned-gun-into-my-house party. If you’ve watched the entire Democratic convention so far, and not just the big late-hour speeches, you’ve seen a constant drumbeat about Hillary the mom, the children’s advocate, the...

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