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Muslim Rights Group Counters Bachmann National Security Allegations

Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A Muslim human rights group has issued a strong response to the allegations from House Republican members that longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s family, as well as other prominent Muslim-Americans working within the U.S. government, have ties to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Corey Saylor, a spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, also known as CAIR, calls questioning the loyalty of "patriotic American Muslims" based on what he says are old anti-Muslim conspiracy theories “beyond the pale.”

Five GOP members of Congress, including former presidential candidate Michelle Bachman, sent letters to the Inspector General offices for the State Department, as well as the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, questioning whether Abedin and other prominent Muslims are part of a plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate the U.S. government; an attack, incidentally, CAIR itself has weathered.

“America wants a serious national security conversation,” says Saylor. “Michelle Bachmann is giving us a six degrees of separation drinking game.”

CAIR, a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group founded in 1994, is not alone in its condemnation. On Wednesday veteran Republican Senator John McCain gave a spirited defense of Abedin, calling the allegations against her “ugly” and “sinister.” He chastised his GOP colleagues in the House saying that no one, “not least a member of Congress,” should launch such a, “degrading attack against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of that they stand for.”

State Department deputy spokesperson Patrick Ventrell also shot down the accusations, calling them “preposterous.”

Saylor says that Abedin and the other Muslim officials listed in the House letter are American citizens who are, “asking what they can do for their nation,” and now Bachmann, "seems to be punishing them for the sin of offering that service during a Democratic administration,” he says.

In addition to Abedin, the letters also cite Mohamed Elibiary, an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security named in the letter, as also having possible ties to extremists.  Last year Elibiary was given an award by the Society of Former Special Agents for his counter-terrorism work with the FBI.

“Now his contributions have been rewarded by Bachmann questioning his patriotism,” says Saylor.

Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison, the only Muslim member of Congress, has sent letters to Bachmann demanding she and her GOP colleagues produce evidence backing up their claims. Ellison told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the allegations are “the worst of guilt by association,” said Ellison. “It is a stark affront to American values.”

Bachmann has issued a statement saying that Ellison has “distorted” the letters by taking certain comments out of context. “The intention of the letters was to outline the serious national security concerns I had and ask for answers to questions regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical group’s access to top Obama administration officials,” said Bachmann.

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Gingrich, Bachmann Make Gallup’s Most-Admired List

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Newt Gingrich might be lacking in recent presidential nomination poll numbers, but when it comes to admiration by his fellow Americans, he was the only male Republican candidate to make Gallup’s list of most-admired men this year.

Gingrich came in sixth place, tying with the likes of Bill Gates and Pope Benedict XVI. The top male spot went to President Obama for the fourth year in a row, while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the top spot for the most-admired women for a record 16 times in a row.

Republican candidate Michele Bachmann rounded out the 10th spot, while Sarah Palin, not even a candidate for president, came in fourth place this year, but dropped from second place. The poll was conducted by USA Today and Gallup, with respondents asked by phone interview to name the living person they most admired in any part of the world.

The poll has been conducted since 1946.

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National Organization for Women: 'Newsweek' Bachmann Cover Is Sexist 

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), disagrees with Rep. Michele Bachmann's policies, but O'Neill told ABC News today that she believes Newsweek's portrayal of Bachmann in this week's issue is "sexist."

"I think it's sexist. She is a serious contender for the presidency of the United States," O'Neill said in a phone interview from Washington, D.C. "I don't see a single serious male contender who has ever been portrayed on Newsweek or a similar type of magazine in that fashion."

"It's the combination of the snap the photo of her with her eyes very wide -- people call it 'crazy eyed' -- plus that huge label they slap on her as the 'Queen of Rage,'" O'Neill continued. "Her policy positions are diametrically opposed to NOW's positions and I intend to defeat her. That's my job. But no male politician is treated this way. As much as I disagree with everything she stands for, she is a serious viable candidate for the United States presidency and there is no male viable candidate who has ever been treated this way."

"What you're talking about is sending a message to good women everywhere who would be wonderful presidents that they better not to step out of line, that they better not try to be leaders in the political sphere because they will be shamed -- and that's what this cover does."

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