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The Muslim Public Affairs Council is honoring two Jews with an annual award given to those who "champion the political empowerment of American Muslims."

The recipients of this year's Empowering Voices award include Stosh Cotler, CEO of the liberal social action group Bend the Arc, and Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who helms the popular blog Lawfare, which covers national security law.

In recognizing Cotler, the council noted among other factors the petition co-organized last year by the two groups against President Donald Trump's "deeply troubling appointment of Stephen Bannon" as his top strategic adviser. Bannon had helmed Breitbart News, a right-wing outlet that consistently stirred fears of Muslim violence. He has since left his White House post.


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