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Republican lawmaker Boebert apologizes for anti-Muslim slur
  + stars: | 2021-11-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Ilhan Omar. Boebert is part of a group of Republican House lawmakers who say they are staunch supporters of Trump, and who frequently attack their own Congress colleagues with slurs and insults. Omar said on Twitter the event described by Boebert in the video never happened, and that "Anti-Muslim bigotry isn’t funny & shouldn’t be normalized." She called on House Republican leader Kevin McCarty and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take "appropriate action." "Leader McCarthy and the entire House Republican leadership's repeated failure to condemn inflammatory and bigoted rhetoric from members of their conference is outrageous," they said.
Persons: Lauren Boebert, Elizabeth Frantz WASHINGTON, Donald Trump, Ilhan Omar, Omar, Boebert, Kevin McCarty, Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi, Boebert's, McCarthy, Republican leadership's, Steve Holland, Heather Timmons, Sam Holmes Organizations: Caucus, U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Republican, Democratic, Twitter, Trump, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Colorado
I look to my left, and there she is: Ilhan Omar,” Boebert said. “I said, ‘Oh look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today.’”NBC News has not independently verified the video. Boebert appears to be referencing her use of the term "jihad squad" on the House floor during debate earlier this month. The Boebert video is the latest in a string of aggressive and provocative attacks that GOP members of Congress have launched against their colleagues. The freshman House member used the “jihad squad” phrase recently, during a debate over censuring Gosar.
Persons: Lauren Boebert, Ilhan Omar, Omar, Boebert, ” Boebert, , ” Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Tlaib, Joe Biden, Paul Gosar, Alexandria Ocasio, Biden, Marjorie Taylor Greene, , Fred Upton, censuring Organizations: U.S . Capitol, Capitol, NBC, Somali, Twitter, Trump, Democratic, Rep Locations: Somali American, Texas, Alexandria, Cortez, R, Ocasio
WASHINGTON — As Congress prepares for yet another showdown over the debt ceiling, long-term solutions for addressing what has become an increasingly partisan issue are re-emerging. The U.S. narrowly avoided default in October after Republicans refused to vote for a debt limit increase. The debt ceiling limits how much the government can borrow to pay its bills. Abolish the debt ceilingRep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., reintroduced a measure in February that would abolish the debt limit. Yarmuth said he believed it would have a better chance than the bill abolishing the debt limit.
Persons: Janet Yellen, Brendan Boyle, James Clyburn of, , John Yarmuth, it's, ” Yarmuth, Boyle, , ” Yellen, Steny Hoyer, Treasury Yarmuth, Yarmuth, Nancy Pelosi, Hoyer, Mitch McConnell, Shai Akabas, Yellen, “ I’m, Lloyd Austin, McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Schumer Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Treasury, Center, Federal Reserve, CNBC, Social Security, Defense, Republican, Democrats Locations: James Clyburn of South Carolina, Ky
WASHINGTON—GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert apologized to Muslims on Friday for a joke casting Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar as a possible suicide bomber that drew heavy criticism, with the top Republican in the House stepping in to try to tamp down the controversy. Relations between the two parties have become increasingly contentious in the past year. Last week the Democratic-led House censuredRep. Paul Gosar (R., Ariz.) over a violent anime-style video that depicted the murder of a Democratic colleague.
Persons: Lauren Boebert, Ilhan Omar, censuredRep, Paul Gosar Organizations: GOP, Republican, Democratic Locations: WASHINGTON
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A delegation of mostly Democratic lawmakers arrived in Taiwan for a two-day trip, marking the second Congressional visit in roughly two weeks at a time of rising tension between Beijing and Washington over the democratically self-ruled island. The five-member delegation landed in Taipei Thursday evening ahead of meetings Friday with senior Taiwanese officials on issues including U.S.-Taiwan relations and regional security, according to statements from Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry and the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto U.S. embassy on the island.
Organizations: Democratic, ., Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry, American Institute, U.S Locations: Taiwan, Beijing, Washington, Taipei
Marjorie Taylor Greene said Kevin McCarthy doesn't have the full support of the House GOP to run for speaker. She also called McCarthy out for letting her and Rep. Paul Gosar take "abuse." "We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn't have the full support to be speaker," Greene said during an episode of Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz's "Firebrand" podcast that aired on Thursday. McCarthy last week struck a more conciliatory tone with Greene and Gosar, promising to put them both back on committees if the GOP wins the House in 2022.
Persons: Marjorie Taylor Greene, Kevin McCarthy doesn't, McCarthy, Paul Gosar, Greene, Matt Gaetz, Kevin McCarthy, doesn't, Matt Gaetz's, Gaetz, I'm, Nick Dyer, Gosar, Ocasio Cortez, Donald Trump, Trump, Mitch McConnell Organizations: GOP, Service, House Republicans, Florida Rep, Democrats, Republican, Newsweek, Education, Labor Committee, Republicans, Arizona Rep, . Locations: . Alexandria
In a news conference Wednesday, Zhu Fenglian, spokeswoman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, noted reports of the shooting, without offering any details. Taiwan and China have extradited suspects and convicted criminals across the Taiwan Strait in the past. Since then, Taiwan has received 502 suspected criminals from China, according to data provided by Taiwan's Ministry of Justice. China, on the other hand, has received 21 people from Taiwan, according to the island's Ministry of Justice. Last year, only four suspects were returned to Taiwan from China.
Persons: gunning, Huang, China's, Zhu Fenglian, Lee Dong, Chen Yung, Tsai Ing Organizations: CNN, Investigation, Taiwan's Central News Agency, CNA, Taoyuan International Airport, Ministry of Public Security, China's Twitter, Weibo, China's Taiwan Affairs Office, Taiwan, Chinese Communist Party, Kinmen, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice, island's Ministry of Justice, Democratic Progressive Party Locations: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Xiamen, New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Weibo, Taipei, Beijing, People's Republic of China, China's, Guangdong
The most significant Madisonian fact is that majority rule is both a good idea and an inevitable one: public opinion both “ought” to and “will” win out in a republic. One original purpose of the Senate’s six-year terms was to give its members time between elections to resist public opinion. The different electoral clocks for representatives, presidents and senators require that public opinion cohere to prevail. One way proponents of particular policies encourage consensus is by appealing to public opinion. But the overuse of omnibus bills that throw every possible priority into a single measure make bipartisan support nearly impossible.
Persons: , Madison, Organizations: Democratic Locations: Madison
Kenneth Pennington, a top digital strategist for Beto O’Rourke, had a simple plan. But Mr. Pennington soon noticed something troubling: a parallel wave of look-alike emails from groups completely unaffiliated with the O’Rourke campaign that were designed to capitalize on the Texas Democrat’s moment and popularity. The emails used subject lines, sender names and URLs embedded with phrases like “team Beto” and “official Beto.” And in most cases, none of the money these emails eventually raised went directly to the campaign. Mr. O’Rourke still brought in more than $2 million from 31,000 donors, the largest 24-hour sum that any new candidate has announced this year, his campaign said. But for Mr. Pennington and the rest of the campaign, the nagging question was how much more they might have hauled in if other Democratic groups hadn’t been so busy siphoning off their share.
Persons: Kenneth Pennington, Beto O’Rourke, O’Rourke, Pennington, Beto ”, Beto, , hadn’t, Mr, Organizations: Senate, White, Democratic Locations: Texas
Germany plans to increase its minimum wage by the equivalent of nearly $3, or a 25% rise. Economists pay close attention to wage increases, which can be one sign of rising inflation. See all newslettersAs many as 10 million workers could receive a pay rise in Germany under plans unveiled by the country's incoming government. Alongside the minimum wage increase, they also proposed legalizing cannabis and to stop burning coal by 2030. President Biden agreed to increase minimum pay for federal workers $15 an hour.
Persons: Angela Merkel, Olaf Scholz, Carsten Brzeski, Scholz, Biden Organizations: CNN, Social Democratic Party, ING, Greens, Free Democratic Locations: Germany
Former President Donald Trump appeared on Fox Business Friday morning for a call-in interview. Trump repeated many of the same falsehoods about the 2020 election, while also downplaying inflation. "The border is a bigger problem than inflation," Trump said. "The border is a bigger problem than inflation," Trump said during a lengthy call to guest host David Asman. "That will make inflation, bring inflation to a level nobody's seen before," Trump continued even though the report does not make any assessments about inflation.
Persons: Donald Trump, Trump, David Asman, Insider's Jason Lalljee, Andy Kiersz, Joe Biden, Jim Jordan, Biden, GOP Sen, Rick Scott, Pennsylvania University's Wharton School of Finance —, Penn —, Mitch McConnell, Asman Organizations: Fox Business, Service, Fox, Republican, GOP, Democratic Party, Pennsylvania University's Wharton School of Finance, Fordham University, Penn, Wharton, Congressional Locations: Ohio, Nantucket, Florida, Pennsylvania, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Asman
A video surfaced of Lauren Boebert telling a story about riding in an elevator with Ilhan Omar. Omar and several other House members reacted swiftly, accusing Boebert of Islamophobia. Boebert describes being confused about the encounter before noticing Omar standing in the elevator with her. Boebert said she then turned to Omar and added, "Oh look, the Jihad Squad decided to show up for work today." During a debate over the censure of Rep. Paul Gosar last week, Boebert referred to Omar as being part of the "Jihad Squad."
Persons: Lauren Boebert, Ilhan Omar, Boebert, Omar, PatriotTakes —, , Paul Gosar, Boebert's, Rashida Tlaib, Tlaib, bigots, Cori Bush, Ayanna Pressley, Adam Kinzinger Organizations: Service, Republican, Democratic, Twitter, Capitol, Representatives, Capitol Police, Jihad, GOP Locations: Colorado, Minnesota
Heads-up, hard-charging political junkies champing at the bit to change the world, you may be needed on the campaign trail. Political veterans said working on a campaign was rewarding and a terrific way to make lifelong, career-boosting friends. Here's what eight campaign experts said about landing that ever-important first campaign job, avoiding burnout, and making a career out of harnessing votes. "If you want campaign work to be your career, find a campaign that can pay you what you're worth," Wilder said. Another "don't," and this one is tough: Don't wait too long to save money during a campaign, Myers said.
Persons: champing, Aaron Wilder, Shripal Shah, Shana Frahm, Sen, Bernie Sanders, Shah, Justin Myers, Brett Wakeman, Derrick Van Orden, Sean Rayford, Wakeman, Marisol Samayoa, Arizona Democrat Sen, Mark Kelly, Wilder, Lauren Garrett, Virginia Del, Joshua Cole's, Sharice Davids, Garrett, inauthentic, Frahm, Myers, Cole Robinson, Danielle Hull Robinson, Whitney Curtis, I've, Samayoa, else's, Seth Kafila, they're, there's Organizations: Veterans, Democratic, Republican, Congress, Volunteers, Arizona Democrat, Kansas Democrat, Kansas, Congressional Locations: Columbia , South Carolina, Virginia, Kansas, Olathe , Kansas, Texas , Florida, New York
Boebert told a story about riding in an elevator with Omar, adding: "Well, she doesn't have a backpack. Kinzinger retweeted a Republican primary challenger to Boebert who said "help me take out the trash." See all newslettersRep. Adam Kinzinger retweeted a primary challenger to fellow Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert after the Colorado lawmaker told a story about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar that included an anti-Muslim comment about a backpack. He then retweeted Marina Zimmerman, a Republican primary challenger to Boebert, who asked readers to "help me take out the trash." "She's just all about QAnon, and conspiracy theories, and political theater," Zimmerman told the Durango Herald in August.
Persons: Kinzinger, Lauren Boebert, Boebert, Omar, retweeted, Adam Kinzinger retweeted, Ilhan Omar, PatriotTakes —, , Boebert's, Marina Zimmerman, — Marina Zimmerman, Zimmerman, Robert E, Lee . Zimmerman, who's, " Zimmerman, Randy Feenstra, Steve King, Paul Gosar, Gosar, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Joe Biden Organizations: GOP, Republican, Colorado, Democratic Rep, Twitter, Capitol, Capitol Police, Jihad, Congress, Confederate, Durango Herald, Republicans Locations: Durango, Iowa, Alexandria
He also said Milley should be tried for treason for calling his Chinese counterpart to avert a US-China war. "I never had even a thought of going to war with China, other than the war I was winning, which was on TRADE," Trump added. Trump first suggested Milley should be tried for treason in September, shortly after "Peril" was released. Trump personally sat down with Woodward for a series of interviews for his second book about the Trump era, titled, "Rage." In his statement, Trump went on to say the US has been taken over by "Scammers and Hoaxsters, and we have to take it back."
Persons: Trump, Mark Milley, Bob Woodward, Robert Costa, Woodward, Costa, Donald Trump, , Robert Costa's, Con, Milley, Li Zuocheng, Paul Nakasone, Li, Gina Haspel, Carl Bernstein's, Richard Nixon's, Scammers Organizations: Service, Washington, Democratic, Republican Locations: China, Russia, Iran, United States, Woodward
Lauren Boebert apologized to Ilhan Omar on Friday after making anti-Muslim comments during a campaign event. "I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar," she said. After Boebert apologized, Omar insisted that House leadership "need to take appropriate action"Get a daily selection of our top stories based on your reading preferences. "I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar," wrote Boebert on Twitter. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) November 26, 2021Omar's office declined to comment on Boebert's apology, but shortly afterwards, the Minnesota congresswoman called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to take action against Boebert.
Persons: Lauren Boebert, Ilhan Omar, Omar, Boebert, , Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, PatriotTakes —, critcized Boebert, Adam Kinzinger Organizations: Service, Republican, Democratic, Twitter, Boebert, Capitol, Representatives, Capitol Police, Jihad Locations: Colorado, Minnesota
Yang described coverage of Chappelle visiting his high school as "hit job" and "awful." "The press hit job on his visiting his high school is awful," Yang tweeted. "He was really kind," the student told Politico. Chappelle's spokesperson told Politico that the comedian isn't holding any grudges against the outspoken students. "He said these kids deserve an F for forgiveness," Chappelle's spokesperson, Carla Sims, told Politico.
Persons: Andrew Yang, Dave Chappelle, Yang, Chappelle, Duke Ellington, , butted, he's, Chappelle's, isn't, Carla Sims, Politico, Sims Organizations: Service, New York, Politico, Twitter, Democratic, Duke Locations: New York City
A screenshot apparently showing a tweet sent by Joy Behar, co-host of The View on ABC, about the late, disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and The Democratic Party is fake. The screenshot of the fabricated tweet supposedly sent on Oct. 22, 2020 via an iPad, reads: “I don’t care about Jeffrey Epstein! Tweets sent by Behar via her Twitter account on Oct. 21 and 22, 2020 can be viewed (bit.ly/3l2m8Ks). A spokesperson for The View told Reuters that the tweet was fabricated: “This is not a tweet from Joy Behar but a misleading image created by someone to appear like a tweet from her. A screenshot apparently showing a tweet sent by The View co-host Joy Behar about the Democratic Party and late financier Jeffrey Epstein is fabricated.
Persons: Joy Behar, Jeffrey Epstein, , Behar, Read Organizations: ABC, The Democratic Party, Democrat, Facebook, Reuters, Twitter, View, ” Reuters, Democratic Party
The social-spending and climate bill passed last week by the U.S. House would cap annual drug price increases at the rate of inflation. Albert Bourla, chief executive of Pfizer, says Medicare price negotiation is price-fixing. “They exchange one year of growth in exchange for a decade of no action at the federal legislative level on drug prices. Any revenue companies earn from price increases above consumer inflation would be forfeited to the government in the form of rebates. “It is better to place the financial rewards on true innovation rather than just price increases,” Dr. Schleifer said.
Persons: Biden, drugmakers, Anna Moneymaker, ” Leonard Schleifer, Schleifer, Albert Bourla, Christopher Goodney, , Ronny Gal, Bernstein, Leonard Schleifer, Eric Thayer, pare, Paul Masi ,, Loren Adler, Jared S, Hopkins, Joseph Walker Organizations: Medicare, Congressional, U.S, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, Senate, Democratic, GOP, Republicans, Pfizer, Bloomberg, Industry, Pfizer Inc, Republican, Human Services Department, USC, Brookings Schaeffer Initiative, Health, CBO Locations: Government, joseph.walker
Democrats Have a Waukesha Problem
  + stars: | 2021-11-25 | by ( Kimberley A. Strassel | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Here’s the common reaction to the Waukesha, Wis., murders: It’s nuts that the suspect, with his long criminal history, was free on $1,000 bail posted days before the automotive rampage. Here’s New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in a tweet the day after the Waukesha murders: “Today, we sent a letter . to NYC’s 5 District Attorneys requesting information on excessive bail in the NYC court system.” The letter was also signed by fellow New York Democrat Carolyn Maloney and Maryland’s Jamie Raskin.
Persons: Here’s, Alexandria Ocasio, Carolyn Maloney, Jamie Raskin Organizations: Here’s New York Rep, New Locations: Waukesha, Wis, Alexandria, Cortez, NYC
LONDON — European stocks are expected to open higher on Thursday as investors continue to monitor the Covid crisis in the region and political developments in Germany. The U.K.'s FTSE index is seen opening 18 points higher at 7,303, Germany's DAX 59 points higher at 15,955, France's CAC 40 up 30 points at 7,078 and Italy's FTSE MIB 154 points higher at 27,233, according to data from IG. The agreement will see Olaf Scholz, Germany's former finance minister, become Germany's new chancellor when Angela Merkel leaves the post in early December. Italy announced Wednesday evening that it will introduce tighter Covid measures and Germany has narrowly avoided another lockdown with the incoming coalition reportedly wanting to wait and see if tighter Covid passport rules help to alleviate rising cases there. Nonetheless, incoming German leader Olaf Scholz said Wednesday that vaccinations are to be made compulsory for targeted groups.
Persons: Germany's DAX, Olaf Scholz, Germany's, Angela Merkel Organizations: CAC, IG, Investors, Social Democrats, Greens, Free Democrats Locations: Germany
Germany's Covid-19 crisis continues to rock the nation with the grim news on Thursday that the total number of deaths has now surpassed 100,000. The country's new incoming coalition government is resisting a lockdown, for now, however. Germany reported a massive number of new Covid cases on Thursday, with over 75,000 new infections in the last 24 hours (and up from 66,884 on Wednesday), while the death toll has now reached 100,119 after 351 more people died from the virus during the previous day. Government officials have been watching rising cases with alarm for weeks now, and the country's outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly pushed for a two-week lockdown during a meeting on Tuesday with the country's incoming coalition government. According to the Bild newspaper, the new government alliance of the left-leaning Social Democrats and Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats pushed back against the idea, preferring instead to wait and see whether tighter Covid restrictions announced last week would work to help lower infections.
Persons: Germany's Covid, Angela Merkel, Merkel Organizations: Government, Social Democrats, Greens, Free Democrats Locations: Germany
Rittenhouse told Fox News he was an Andrew Yang supporter before the furor over the Kenosha shooting. He also said that he didn't know that the men he posed with were associated with the Proud Boys. "But you liked Andrew Yang," Carlson said. "I liked Andrew Yang. Rittenhouse then said he had "been trying to stay out of politics" since his trial ended.
Persons: Rittenhouse, Andrew Yang, Kyle Rittenhouse, Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, Carlson, Yang, NewsNation, Joe Biden, defaming, Biden, He's Organizations: Fox News, Kenosha, Service, Democratic, Trump Locations: Kenosha , Wisconsin
Magdalena Andersson became Sweden's first female prime minister on Wednesday morning. She could still become prime minister again. Magdalena Andersson, the leader of Sweden's Social Democratic party, was elected prime minister by the country's parliament on Wednesday morning. She could still become prime minister again, depending on what kind of government parliament now agrees to form. Andersson said she told the speaker of parliament, per Politico: "I remain ready to be prime minister but for a Social Democratic single-party government."
Persons: Magdalena Andersson, Sweden's, Andersson Organizations: Service, Sweden's Social Democratic, Wednesday, Greens, Associated Press, Politico, Dagens Nyheter, Social Democratic Locations: Sweden
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