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Meghan McCain feels victimized by Trump’s attacks on Omar: ‘You’re taking away my agency to criticize her’

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Meghan McCain found a way to make herself the victim of President Donald Trump’s racist screed against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

The president has been telling the Minnesota Democrat to return to her home country Somalia, which she fled as a refugee at 10, and accused her of supporting al-Qaeda as his supporters chanted “send her back” at a North Carolina rally.

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“It was really dystopian,” McCain said. “I was trying to go out to dinner and ignore politics. My family is in town, and came home and saw it on Twitter and then saw it on TV, and look.”

After news of Trump’s racist rant spoiled her evening out with relatives, McCain said she realized that his remarks had robbed her of something else.

“Everyone at this table, and I think, people that watch this show or have ever seen the dumpster fire of my interview with Seth Meyers know I have been one of Ilhan Omar’s most vocal critics regarding Israel, regarding some of her comments I and others interpreted as anti-Semitic,” McCain said. “But the problem right now is, you’re taking away my agency to criticize her policy.”

“You’re making this about race, xenophobia, racism,” she added. “I think any time you’re hitting in a territory where you’re telling any American citizen of a different color than you, to send them back, I too didn’t think this is something I would see in my country, especially going into 2020.”

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Later in the segment, McCain complained that Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who Trump also singled out in a racist attack, had suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had encouraged the president by going along with accusations that she and Omar were anti-Semitic.

“Clearly they’re feeling threats from all the way around,” said McCain, who repeatedly accused the pair of anti-Semitism, “but they’re blaming Nancy Pelosi for sort of opening the channels for Trump, and I wish we could all take a collective breath, roll all of this back, and then we can fight about policy on ‘The View’ all day long.”

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Northern Irish rejection threatens Brexit deal as EU leaders meet

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Britain's efforts to agree an amicable divorce from the European Union were hanging by a thread Thursday as leaders headed to Brussels for a crunch summit.

EU and UK negotiators had worked overnight on a compromise withdrawal deal that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hoped to present to his counterparts.

But, as dawn broke over Brussels, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party dramatically rejected the accord, which would see the British-ruled province remain under EU customs and Value Added Tax (VAT) rules.

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Aussie retailers pull Ronan Farrow’s ‘Catch and Kill’ after legal threats

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Two major retailers in Australia have removed a book on Harvey Weinstein from sale, after legal threats from a man who features prominently in the story that sparked the #MeToo movement.

Lawyers acting for Australian journalist Dylan Howard, an executive at American Media Inc (AMI), wrote to booksellers ahead of the global release Monday of "Catch and Kill", putting them "on notice of the potential defamatory content within the book".

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Former SS guard, 93, on trial in Germany for complicity

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A 93-year-old former SS guard goes on trial in Germany on Thursday for complicity in the murder of more than 5,000 people at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, in what could be one of the last such cases.

The man, identified by German media as Bruno Dey, stands accused of involvement in the murder of 5,230 people when he worked at the Stutthof camp near what was then Danzig, now Gdansk in Poland.

"As an SS guard at Stutthof concentration camp between August 1944 and April 1945, he is believed to have provided support to the gruesome killing of Jewish prisoners in particular," prosecutors said in a statement.

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