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Margaret Susan Thompson

Margaret Susan Thompson is a political historian, with a focus on the 19th-century United States and, particularly, the Congress. Her first book, The ‘Spider Web’: Congress and Lobbying in the Age of Grant, reflects both her scholarly and hands-on experience, the latter as American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.

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Reporting on Islam

While 1 in five people practice Islam internationally, a Pew Research survey in 2010 found that about half of Americans are able to correctly identify the Quran and Ramadan as associated with Islam. Another Pew survey in 2007 revealed that 58 percent of Americans say they know little or nothing about Islam’s practices, and often, what they do know […]

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“Hmong Refugees Face First Cultural Hurdle”

More than 15,000 ethnic Hmong refugees now living in Thailand are eligible to be resettled in the United States, but their common practice of polygamy raises problems, according to a March 2, 2004, Reuters article posted by the Washington Times.

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