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In this photo taken March 10, 2011, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to Congress, becomes emotional as he testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee on the extent of the radicalization of American Muslims on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic leaders have generally supported President Barack Obama's stance on Egypt. But Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, Ellison said, "I would cut off aid but engage in intense diplomacy in Egypt and in the region to try to say, look, we will restore aid when you stop the bloodshed in the street and set up a path towards democracy that you were on before." He said, "In my mind, there's no way to say that this was not a coup. It is. We should say so. And then follow our own law, which says we cannot fund the coup leaders." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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