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With 85% of precincts counted in #MI13 race to replace John Conyers, Rashida Tlaib is leading with 37% of the vote, followed by Brenda Jones at 28.3% and Coleman Young at 12.6%.

If elected, Tlaib would be the first Muslim woman to serve in Congress.

#MiPrimary #MichiganPrimary
Profile I wrote 10 years ago of Rashida Tlaib after she was elected to State House, how she crossed ethnic boundaries to win.
Of Palestinian descent, Tlaib worked for previous State Rep., who was Jewish and strongly backed her candidacy:… #mi13 #miprimary
Rashida Tlaib would replace the Congressional seat held by John Conyers, who stepped down after sexual harassment allegations.
In 2013, Tlaib was the first to speak out against sexual harassment alleged to have been done by a noted Arab-American advocate:

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Sep 10, 2018
Sec. Pompeo tweeted this today and it was retweeted by the State Dept. He says the State Dept. has “swagger,” which he says is part of Anglo-American tradition.

It reads at the bottom: “Follow Sec. Pompeo for Instagram posts with swagger”
This reminds me of that Dave Chapelle sketch during the Iraq war about how the Bush administration was like street gangsters:
This administration is so racist and dumb that it can’t even acknowledge the fact that “swagger” is used now mainly because of parts of urban black hip-hop culture that made it popular. Instead, the State Dept. is acting like they got it from Anglo American culture:
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Sep 10, 2018
At the #MissAmerica beauty pageant, Miss Michigan called out the state’s water problems in her intro: "From the state with 84% of the U.S. freshwater but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan Emily Sioma.”…
In Michigan, Detroit’s poor residents have faced massive water shutoffs, drawing criticism from human rights activists, Flint had contaminated water, and most recently, Detroit Public Schools shut off water due to high lead tests:
Aug. 29 report: “The Detroit school district is shutting off drinking water to all of its schools after test results found elevated levels of lead or copper in 16 out of 24 schools that were recently tested.”…
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Aug 26, 2018
U.S. Sen. John McCain happened to die on the birthday of the late Vo Nguyen Giap, Vietnam's top military leader, who defeated France and US. In 2013, after Giap died, McCain wrote about him in Wall Street Journal op-ed, recalling two encounters with him:…
U.S. Sen McCain's 2013 op-ed in WSJ on Giap after he died was criticized by some for being seen as racist towards Vietnamese and Asian people. One response to the op-ed in a Vietnamese publication slammed McCain:…
Vietnamese Gen. Giap, who defeated Japan, France, and then the U.S., was seen by experts as one of the top military strategists of the 20th century.

1996 book excerpts on Giap in the Washington Post: "The Genius of Viet Nam's Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap"…
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Aug 26, 2018
U.S. Sen. John McCain deserves praise for promoting racial, religious tolerance and civility, especially inside a political party that often had intolerant leaders. McCain often criticized bigotry and tried to tamp down extremism. And it was seen in his personal interactions.
Here is one example of US Sen. John McCain’s expression of tolerance, from last year. And during the 2008 campaign, he would tell crowds not to hate Obama or make irrational, bigoted remarks about him:
In Jan. 2008, I attended a campaign rally with Sen. John McCain in Clawson, MI. I asked him about concerns some had about his rhetoric on "radical Islam."
He told me: "I want to assure the Muslim community in Michigan & around this country that we respect an honorable religion."
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Aug 24, 2018
Shri Thanedar said some have suggested he run for Detroit Mayor:

“I campaigned a lot in Detroit and I won the city of Detroit,” he said. “I’m very thankful and proud and appreciate that our work in the city paid off. It shows me as their candidate.”…
In Democratic primary for Michigan Governor, election results show Shri Thanedar won the cities of Detroit, Inkster, and Pontiac.

He also won black-majority precincts in River Rouge, Ecorse, and the heavily black precincts of north Flint, 1-14.

Map via @JMilesColeman.
Shri Thanedar "met with Whitmer and her running mate, Detroit activist Garlin Gilchrist II, on Monday to map out how he might help the campaign."

“And I’m going to have a fundraiser for her in my home. I’ll be fully supportive of her candidacy,” he said.…
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Aug 17, 2018
State Rep. Bettie Cook Scott used anti-Asian slurs & made anti-Chinese remarks when talking about a rival candidate, State Rep. Stephanie Chang, who is of Taiwanese descent.
Both were running in Dem primary for State Sen. seat in metro Detroit. Chang won.
A range of groups - Asian, Latino, African-American, religious - issued a statement condemning Michigan State Rep. Scott’s anti-Asian remarks, which she apologized for today.
State Rep. Scott of Detroit apologizes in statement via attorney @wnoakes for using anti-Asian slurs and railing against Chinese-Americans and immigrants when talking about a rival candidate of Taiwanese descent. Both were running in primary for State Senator in metro Detroit.
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