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Dean Obeidallah is a former lawyer turned political comedian and commentator. He is the host of SiriusXM's weekly program "The Dean Obeidallah show."

He is also the Founder and Editor of the blog "The Dean's"

He has appeared on numerous US and international TV shows including Comedy Central’s “Axis of Evil” Comedy Tour, ABC’s “The View,” and can be frequently seen offering commentary on various networks including CNN and Current TV.

He co-directed the documentary "The Muslims Are Coming!" which features a tour of American-Muslim comedians performing free comedy shows across the South and West-the film also features The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, CNN's Soledad O'Brien and comedians Lewis Black, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, and others.

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Trump Can Scare You, but He Can't Keep You and Your Family Safe

(24) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 3:25 PM

Donald Trump's speech Thursday night can be best summed up as "Be afraid. Be very afraid." Countless people on social media, including myself, commented on how Trump was peddling fear at levels we had never seen before. CNN political commentator Van Jones put it well: Trump's "dark"...

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Gingrich's Muslim Inquisition Is a Glimpse of Muslim Life Under Trump

(46) Comments | Posted July 16, 2016 | 6:30 PM

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich really wants to take us back to "the good old days," and by that he apparently means to 1480 and the Inquisition. But this inquisition will focus on American Muslims, and Gingrich will be the inquisitor-in-chief to determine if Muslims will be...

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No One Wants to See ISIS Defeated More Than Muslims

(46) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 9:03 AM

The so-called Islamic State is the enemy of Islam. In fact, ISIS is the enemy of Judaism, Christianity, Yazidism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, atheism and all others who oppose its evil and barbaric agenda. The difference, however, is that Muslims suffer by far the most from ISIS' horrific attacks....

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Coverage of the Istanbul Bombing Proves Once Again That American Media Care Little About Muslim Lives

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 9:01 PM

It's becoming increasingly challenging to believe that U.S. media actually care about Muslim lives. Why do I say that? Simple: they don't cover terror attacks carried out or planned against Muslims with the same zeal as attacks against others.

The latest example came after the horrific terror attack Tuesday night...

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Time for Dick Cheney to Take a Lie Detector Test

(9) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 9:01 AM

Dick Cheney is back! On Wednesday an op-ed he co-wrote was featured in the Wall Street Journal, he appeared on Fox News and even released a YouTube video attacking Obama for his alleged failures in Iraq.

But I just don't get it. Why...

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Stop Talking About Chris Christie's Weight!

(40) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 5:18 PM

Have you heard the one about the fat Governor? Of course you have. You can't avoid him. Chris Christie is huge. (Horrible pun intended.)

The obsession with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's weight has become a national pastime. Comedians (including myself), late night TV hosts and the Twittersphere love to...

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NRA: Guns Don't Kill People, Video Games Do

(46) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 10:24 AM

The charade of Friday's NRA press conference was best summed up by one of the last lines uttered at it by NRA President David Keene: "...this is the beginning of a serious conversation. We won't be taking questions today."

Of course, neither Keene nor NRA executive vice president...

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Stephen Colbert for U.S. Senate! (Seriously)

(62) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 8:44 AM

The people of South Carolina have spoken: They want Stephen Colbert as their next U.S. Senator. And yes, that Stephen Colbert from Comedy Central. And no, I'm not joking.

A new poll released Monday found that South Carolina voters favor Stephen Colbert to fill the soon to be...

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Paul Ryan Reveals his Radical Roots

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:27 AM

All Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan had to do was keep his radical views hidden for two more days--actually, less than 48 hours. Perhaps then less voters would be aware of how extreme and divisive he really is.

But Ryan couldn't wait. Maybe it's because he was "under duress"...

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Is Mitt Romney a "Political Sociopath"?

(70) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 12:37 PM

Sociopath: a person who has "no social conscience." We often hear this term used to describe criminals who commit heinous acts but show no signs of remorse. These people lack the ability to discern between right and wrong.

Look, I'm in no way saying that Mitt Romney is a...

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Advice to Obama and Romney for Debates: Be Funny!

(12) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 8:53 AM

"Dying is easy. Comedy is hard." This adage may be the reason that President Obama and Mitt Romney will avoid using humor during their upcoming presidential debates. But that's a mistake.

Past presidential candidates have used comedy in the debates, and guess what, they won the election. Obviously that's not...

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Mitt Romney's Insult to Our U.S. Olympians

(33) Comments | Posted August 11, 2012 | 11:49 AM

"Why would Mitt Romney steal the spotlight from our US Olympic athletes during the Olympics?"

This was my immediate reaction when I heard that Romney was announcing his choice for Vice President on Saturday morning. I couldn't understand why Mitt could not wait until after the Olympic ended Sunday night...

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Is Mitt Romney Actually 'Stupid?'

(167) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 5:50 PM

Could Mitt Romney be "stupid"?

That's the question CNN's Erin Burnett posed on her show this past Monday when discussing Romney's refusal to release his past income tax returns. Actually, she hypothesized that there were three possible reasons Mitt refused to release them:

"One, he had a lot...

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Super Tax the Super PACs

(174) Comments | Posted July 1, 2012 | 3:19 PM

The rich and powerful just got more powerful and most likely richer.

While all eyes have been focused on the Supreme Court's health care ruling, the Court quietly released a decision last Monday that could impact even more Americans.

The Supreme Court had a chance with this new case to...

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Why It's Actually Good for Obama If Supreme Court Strikes Obamacare

(61) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 6:52 PM

This is a HUGE week! For those who follow politics, you know why.

For the rest of you, let me put in perspective: This news is bigger than Snooki getting pregnant. Bigger even than the finale of Dancing with the Stars and The Biggest Loser.

This week, the United States...

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Do Women Really Deserve to Be Paid the Same As Men?

(9) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 7:01 PM

What do you think the pay would be for two people working in the same workplace, doing the same job for the same length of time? If your answer was "the same," odds are you would be wrong if one of those two employees was a woman.

Women in America...

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Why Are Gay People Treated As Less American Than Straight People?

(4) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 11:10 AM

Why do you support discrimination against a group of Americans? This is just one of the questions that I ask myself when I encounter people opposed to gay marriage. Other questions that pop into my head include: What makes Americans who are gay less American than you? Why are they...

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Why Would NRA Denounce Media Coverage of Trayvon Martin Case?

(8) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 3:22 PM

Over the weekend, the National Rifle Association's (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre attacked the media for "sensational reporting from Florida" about the Trayvon Martin case. Mr. LaPierre even called the news media a "national disgrace."

For those unaware of the NRA's work, it is the nation's leading...

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Which Republican Presidential Candidate Would Win The Hunger Games?

(5) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 11:33 AM

I know there are clearly more pressing issues in the country and the world than this question, but after seeing The Hunger Games last night, I could not help but wonder: If the four remaining Republican Presidential candidates were contestants in The Hunger Games, who would win?

From an electoral...

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Why Is the US Supreme Court Afraid of TV Cameras?

(7) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 12:41 PM

The United States Supreme Court -- the highest court in the land -- one of the most powerful institutions in the world -- is afraid of something most of us would relish: being on television.

Today is day two of the three days of oral arguments that the United States...

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