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Why No Backlash from Muslims Against Trump?
Matt Katz | August 16, 2016

Donald Trump has called for bans on Muslim immigration, demanded that mosques be surveilled, alleged that "Islam hates us," floated the falsehood that "thousands" of Muslims in Jersey City cheered the attack on the World Trade Center and accused the Muslim community of harboring terrorists.

The reaction from Muslim Americans? More subtlety than backlash.

They're not sneaking into arenas to interrupt Donald Trump's speeches. They don't show up in large numbers to face off against Trump fans outside his rallies around the country. Nor do they stage mass events, like Black Lives Matter protests.

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Christie "Flat Out Lied" About Bridgegate, Former Staffer Said
Matt Katz | August 10, 2016

On the morning of December 13, 2013, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stepped in front of reporters to take extensive questions on Bridgegate for the first time. He said he had “no reason to believe” that anyone on his senior staff was involved in the politically motivated lane closure scheme.

“I’ve made it very clear to everyone on my senior staff that if they had any knowledge about this that they need to come forward and tell me about it and they’ve all assured me that they don’t,” he said.

But that, according to a newly released text exchange between former aides to Gov. Christie, is a “flat out lie.”

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FACT CHECK: Hillary Clinton's Speech To The Democratic Convention, Annotated
Matt Katz | July 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night, delivering a speech that lays out her plan to address terror threats and create jobs.

NPR's politics team is live annotating Clinton's speech below — we will continue as Clinton speaks. Portions we commented on are followed by analysis, context and fact check in italics.

You can read our fact check of Donald Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention last week here.

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And So It Goes: Lobbyists Feed Politicans at DNC
Matt Katz | July 27, 2016

A Bloody Mary in the morning, champagne flutes in the afternoon and paté at night. Funded by special interests, enjoyed by politicians and hidden from public view.

At hotel lobbies and dive bars and shiny museums far from the floor of the Democratic National Convention in South Philadelphia, democracy is getting fat — and wasted — this week.

Some of the action isn't unique to this year's convention. Politicos have wooed millionaire donors in back rooms for ages. But this year at the DNC, the scenes are more notable, given the Bernie Sanders candidacy, which centered on how moneyed special interests corrupt the political system.

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Feeling The Bern and Hating On Hill
Matt Katz | July 25, 2016

Chants of "lock her up" echoed through Philadelphia Monday as supporters of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders marched across the Ben Franklin Bridge and snaked through the city to the convention site,  airing a long list of grievances at presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party establishment.

The chants came from the left, but they echoed what was heard from the right last week at the Republican convention in Cleveland. They blamed Clinton for the rise of ISIS. They said she’s corrupt because of her ties to big banks, her secret email server and her refusal to stand up for women allegedly assaulted by President Bill Clinton.

Thirteen-year-old Michael Ferguson from Arlington, Va., went to Staples to make his own "Hillary For Prison" sign. Asked if he believes Clinton should actually be in prison, he replied: "Yes she should!"

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