Congress’ First Muslim is From…

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Yes, indeed, Minnesota. Keith Ellison, an African American lawyer and father of four, Detroit-born, Catholic-raised convert to Islam (good profile here), is the new representative for the Fifth District, basically Minneapolis and its suburbs. If the experience of those of us who tangled with him back in college (yes, yours truly was an editor at the Minnesota Daily when Ellison’s relationship with the Nation of Islam, an organization he’s since denounced, was a major issue there) is any guide, Republicans in the House just gained a sharp, honorable adversary.

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