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House Republicans force ‘denouncing anti-Semitism’ vote to ’embarrass’ Dems and Ilhan Omar: Politico

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House Republicans on Wednesday forced a floor vote on a resolution to “denounce anti-Semitism” after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was accused of perpetuating Jewish stereotypes when commenting on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbying group.

The House GOP’s “standing against anti-Semitism in all its forms” resolution is an attempt to “embarrass” Democrats over the Omar-AIPAC controversy, Politico Washington bureau chief John Bresnahan tweeted when announcing the vote.

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Los Angeles Times reporter Jennifer Haberkorn noted that “House Republicans are using one of their procedural tools in the minority to force Democrats to vote against anti-semitism in the wake of @IlhanMN remarks, for which she’s apologized.”

“The minority has rarely been successful in using this option,” Haberkorn noted, adding that it’s “called the motion to recommit.”

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The motion comes amid half a week of controversy after Omar, a Muslim freshman representative from Minnesota and the first Somali-American member of Congress, tweeted criticism of AIPAC for its Isreal lobbying efforts.

Pro-Israel liberals and Republicans alike condemned the congresswoman’s comments, which included references to AIPAC and the Israel lobby’s financial ties to American members of Congress, as promoting anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish people and money.

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Omar released a statement Monday apologizing for the remarks — but Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have continued to heap criticism on her and call for her resignation.

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In January, the House passed a similar resolution denouncing white supremacy after Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was quoted in the New York Times claiming he did not understand why “white nationalism” and “white supremacy” were “offensive.”

 


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Taxpayers spent $243,000 on disgraced ex-Navy Secretary’s trip where he insulted relieved captain: report

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On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that prior to resigning, disgraced Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's trip to Guam for the speech that upended his career cost the taxpayer $243,000.

"For taxpayers, the cost of the flight alone was at least $243,151.65, according to a Navy estimate," reported Dan Lamothe. "The figure was based on 35 hours of flight time to and from Guam, with refueling in Hawaii. Modly traveled on a C-37B at a cost of about $6,946.19 per hour, according to the estimate, which was obtained by The Washington Post. The jet is a military version of the Gulfstream G550."

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Andrew Cuomo threatens to bail on CNN interview when his brother shows vintage photo of governor in bellbottoms

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) appeared to feign anger during a CNN interview Wednesday in which his brother, Christopher Cuomo, showed a vintage photo of their family with the elder brother clad in bellbottoms, a rhinestone belt and an unfortunate attempt at an afro.

The younger Cuomo is still suffering from the effects of coronavirus, appearing redfaced and wiping his brow. However, his brother noted that he seemed more animated than he has in days.

"Now I've seen you referred to a little bit recently as the 'Love Gov' and I'm wondering if that's making you a little soft on the president, that you don't want to really criticize him, because you need him and now's not a time for fighting," said the younger Cuomo. "But don't you have to balance that with calling him out if he's doing things that you don't think are great for the people of your state to be hearing and experiencing? Love Gov?"

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Fox News hosts are going back to downplaying threat from coronavirus: report

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Major Fox News personalities like Sean Hannity spent weeks assuring viewers that the novel coronavirus wasn't a serious threat. In recent weeks, however, they have shifted to a different narrative, acknowledging that the virus is dangerous but giving President Donald Trump credit for taking action and criticizing Democrats' lack of action — even though many Democrats, in fact, warned the pubic first.

But according to The Daily Beast, even as there is no clear end to the crisis in sight, and even as the U.S. crosses 13,000 deaths, many Fox News hosts are going back to downplaying the virus, either telling viewers it wasn't as bad as advertised and urging the president to end public safety measures against it.

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