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Byline: Niraj Warikoo
DETROIT _ Arab Americans and political leaders from across the country will gather in Detroit starting Friday for a conference aimed at increasing Arab Americans' influence in the presidential race.
Sponsored by the Arab American Institute, the three-day gathering will include talks by Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, along with seminars on foreign policy, civil liberties and immigration.
"Arab Americans have a special role to play," said James Zogby, founder and president of the institute, based in Washington, D.C. "We want to make America better, stronger, …