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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

Articles by Matt

“I must be one of a few physicians, if not the only one, who read his own children’s murder autopsy reports and details,” Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha said at a congressional hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism” Tuesday. In 2015, Abu-Salha’s two daughters and his son-in-law were shot to death “execution style,” their father said.

Yet throughout Tuesday’s hearing, Abu-Salha was repeatedly asked to explain and defend his Muslim faith. At one point, a fellow witness directly challenged Abu-Salha on his claim that Islam does not instruct its adherents to hate Jews.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he was not going to reinstate his administration’s earlier policy of systematically separating families that are apprehended at the border. But he seemed to praise the policy in the same breath, saying “once you don’t have it, that’s why you see many more people coming.”

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Following the ousters of the Homeland Security secretary and Secret Service director, and the withdrawal of the would-be ICE director’s nomination, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) said Monday that he was “concerned with the growing leadership void within the department tasked with addressing some of the most significant problems facing the nation.”

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