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New York Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) exploded on Twitter Monday at Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

His outburst took place after a writer in the Forward, a Jewish magazine, wrote a piece criticizing him after he claimed Friday to be the target of an anti-Semitic voice mail. Omar and Zeldin had clashed on the social media site earlier in the week.

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In an op-ed titled “The Hypocrisy Of Lee Zeldin’s Attack Against Ilhan Omar,” Nylah Burton acknowledges that Zeldin had every right to publicize his traumatizing experience.

“There is no question that as a victim of threats and bigotry, Zeldin had a right to expose this violation,” Burton writes.

“But what he did next violated the laws of common decency — as well as betraying something deeply sinister. Rather than using the ugly voicemail as an opportunity to create solidarity, Zeldin used it as a cudgel with which to beat freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.”

“In the same tweet, Zeldin demanded that Omar publicly state that she disagree with every part of the voicemail, which she promptly did,” continues Burton.

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She lays out the hypocrisy of Zeldin’s position. “For starters, why would Omar be responsible for a random anti-Semitic voicemail on his phone?” she writes.

“The idea that this should be laid down at her doorstep is both racist and Islamophobic. Omar is black and a Muslim, two groups of people who are routinely approached with the unreasonable demand that they denounce this or that person or be smeared as an anti-Semite.”

“Omar, whose name was not mentioned once in the voicemail, is not responsible for the actions of the caller,” Burton continues.

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“Omar does not have a relationship with this person. Omar is not inviting this person to events or promoting this person’s statements.”

“And Omar has never once advocated for the oppression — systemic or otherwise — of Jews in America or in Israel. The worst that can be said about her is that she supports BDS, the boycott of Israel, and that she once wrote a poorly worded tweet about Israel, which she has since apologized for,” Burton concludes.

In response, Zeldin doubled down, slamming both Omar and House Speaker Pelosi.

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Trump’s economic ‘brain trust’ ridiculed as America braces for a trade war recession: report

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President Donald Trump appears unprepared to deal with a potential recession, the Associated Press reported Friday.

"Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office," the AP reported. "The assembled brain trust for Friday’s urgent consultations included an economics chief best known for his stint as a cable TV commentator; a trade adviser whose pro-tariff views are outside the economic mainstream; and a treasury secretary (joining by phone on his way back from vacation) who made millions off the housing crisis and then turned to financing Hollywood movies."

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"An arm of the Justice Department regularly sent summaries and links to articles from an online white nationalist publication over the last year, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found. In addition, similar newsletters sent to the Labor Department, ICE, HUD and the Department of Homeland Security, included links and content from hyperpartisan and conspiracy-oriented publishers," BuzzFeed News reported Friday.

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Trump claimed North Korea missile testing ‘would stop’ — but they just launched again: report

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"North Korea has now conducted nine rounds of launches since early May. But this one's notable because it comes after Trump says Kim promised "this testing would stop when the exercises end." They did end Tuesday. And yet..." he noted.

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