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From September 11, 2001 to this weekend’s murders in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, it’s reported that Sikhs have been attacked because they’re mistaken for Muslims. Meantime, Mitt Romney and even President Obama are accused of distancing themselves from American Muslims?  What’s the underlying message? Is it okay to attack people because they believe in Islam?  Is America’s political culture encouraging an atmosphere of hostility? Also, Egypt launches a Military strike on Sinai to root out militants, and Romney claims Obama is gutting welfare to work rules.

BANNER IMAGE: Sikhs attend a vigil in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, on August 7, 2012. The killings of six worshippers at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin has thrust attention on white power music, a thrashing, punk-metal genre that sees the white race under siege. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW RELIGION)


Making News Egypt Launches Military Strike on Sinai to Root out Militants 7 MIN, 13 SEC

Egypt has launched airstrikes into the Sinai—against Islamist militants who’ve been attempting to attack Israel. It’s the first such action since the 1970’s, and appears to have Israel’s blessing. 

Ernesto Londoño, New York Times (@londonoe)

Main Topic Islamophobia and Foreign Policy 36 MIN, 36 SEC

Mitt Romney and other Republicans are being criticized for fostering hostility toward Muslims. Governor Romney is said to have “insulted” Palestinians.  President Obama is said to be doing the same thing more subtly, with  17% of Americans believing he’s Muslim himself. Is the political culture encouraging an atmosphere of hostility?  Is it a function of the foreign policy agenda of both political parties?

Deepa Kumar, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. Author of the new book "Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire." (@dipaah)
Jonathan Schanzer, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (@JSchanzer)
Suhail Khan, Attorney (@Suhail_A_Khan)
Ambreen Ali, Staff Writer at CQ Roll Call (@ambreenali)

Reporter's Notebook Romney Claims Obama Gutting Welfare to Work Rules 6 MIN, 43 SEC

When Bill Clinton signed welfare reform, Democrats and Republicans agreed it would “end Welfare as we know it” by requiring recipients of benefits to seek work.  Now Mitt Romney claims that President Obama has gone back on that promise.

Last month, the Obama Administration opened the door for states to ask for more flexibility in running the federally funded welfare to work program.  

The Obama Administration now accuses Romney of hypocrisy, saying that, when he was Governor of Massachusetts, he asked for an option similar to what he now calls “gutting” welfare reform. 

Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution (@BrookingsInst)

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