Boston Marathon Bombings and Muslim Americans
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The Boston Marathon bombings have renewed calls for Muslim Americans to be on the alert for potential extremists, as well as warnings against religious discrimination. We hear from Muslims on both sides of the issue. Also, the Senate begins consideration of over 300 amendments to immigration bill, and as Pakistanis prepare to go to the polls on Saturday, campaigning has been disrupted by violence, a kidnapping and an accidental fall by a major candidate.
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Senate Begins Consideration of 300 Amendments to Immigration Bill ()
As the Senate took up the "Gang of Eight's" sweeping proposal for immigration reform, Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa called it "legalization first and enforcement later." Fawn Johnson , reporter for the National Journal, says he captured the major point of contention.
Boston Marathon Bombings and Muslim Americans ()
Three weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings, some members of Congress are calling for more surveillance of American Muslims. Some Muslims are calling for self-policing of their community and more cooperation with law enforcement. Others warn against accepting collective punishment for bloody violence as abhorrent to Muslims as to other Americans of different faiths. At today's Congressional hearing on the bombings, Republican committee chair Michael McCaul of Texas said the nation had been attacked by "radical Islamist terrorists." New York Republican Peter King echoed that sentiment. We hear a debate about how to increase security without either religious discrimination or an excess of political correctness.
Former PM’s Son Kidnapped as Pakistan Campaign Comes to a Close ()
On Saturday, Pakistanis are scheduled to elect new members of Parliament, with the Taliban threatening suicide bombs at the polls. Violence already has disrupted campaigning. Political rallies have been bombed and, today a candidate who's the son of a former prime minister was kidnapped. Two days ago, Imran Khan, a former cricket star and party leader, fell during a campaign event and suffered injuries that have changed the dynamics of the electoral process.
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