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Saad Almasmari's American Dream Is Alive and Well

A city councilman in Hamtramck, Michigan, sees the future, and it will work.

The rising politician, right. 

Photographer: Salwan Georges/Washington Post

Saad Almasmari is ready for another interview. We are seated in a tea shop in Hamtramck, Michigan, which made news a year ago when it elected the nation’s first Muslim-majority city council. Across from me, next to Almasmari, is a gracious young Muslim-American student whom I also had expected to meet here. Next to me is an organizer for the Hillary Clinton campaign whom I didn’t. Almasmari invited the Clinton operative for the same time and place, figuring he’d kill two appointments with one cup of tea. He’s a busy man.

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