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By Jayna Johns

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By Rachel Aiken, Jayna Johns, Michael McGuire and Ben Petitto

Click the thumbnail images of the reporters to venture to their personal blog stories about their experiences in Washington so far.

Rachel Aiken

Rachel Aiken

Jayna Johns

Jayna Johns

Michael McGuire

Michael McGuire

Ben Petitto

Ben Petitto

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By Rachel Aiken

For Ali Asghar, the bottom line in his appeal is whether his attorney convinced a federal appeals court today that he has enough proof to support his allegations that he was the victim of race discrimination on the job.

Asghar, who is in his 50s, is a Muslim born in Afghanistan who worked for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, a division in the U.S. Treasury Department. In 2006 he filed a lawsuit against the government, claiming he was the victim of race discrimination after Treasury officials and FBI agents questioned him about possible links to terrorism.

The questioning of Asghar occurred after he tried to return to work after a seven-month visit to Afghanistan in 2004. When he tried to use his employee security card to enter the building, he couldn’t get in because his status had been changed.

No charges were filed against Asghar and he returned to work after Thanksgiving in 2004. (more…)

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