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FISA Court Issues Rare Public Order Condemning FBI for Russia Probe Abuses and Demanding Reforms

FISA Court Issues Rare Public Order Condemning FBI for Russia Probe Abuses and Demanding ReformsIn a rare public order issued Tuesday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court condemned the FBI for the errors and omissions in its application to surveil Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page and gave the bureau until January 10th to propose reforms to prevent future abuses.The order follows the release of Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report, which detailed 17 "significant errors and omissions" in the warrant application to surveil Page."The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable," wrote the FISA court."Therefore, the Court orders that the government shall, no later than January 10, 2020, inform the Court in a sworn written submission of what it has done, and plans to do, to ensure that the statement of facts in each FBI application accurately and completely reflects information possessed by the FBI that is material to any issue presented by the application," the order continues.The publication of the IG report caused Senate Republicans to call for reform of the FISA application process, and several publicly acknowledged Utah Senator and FISA-skeptic Mike Lee as a leader on the issue.“I wish Mike Lee weren’t sitting here two people from me right now, because as a national security hawk, I’ve argued with Mike Lee in the four-and-a-half or five years that I’ve been in the Senate that stuff just like this couldn’t possibly happen at the FBI and at the Department of Justice,” Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) said during a Senate hearing on the IG report.“Because we’ve now seen the abuses we were warned about, you can smirk again, you were right,” Senator Thom Tillis (R., N.C.) told Lee.



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Trump Spokesperson Hogan Gidley Attacks Obama for Condemning Racism

Trump Spokesperson Hogan Gidley Attacks Obama for Condemning RacismWhite House spokesperson Hogan Gidley became visibly agitated on Tuesday when Fox News host Melissa Francis brought up what she called a “somewhat veiled jab” from former President Barack Obama following the pair of mass shootings that have rocked the nation over these past few days. “We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments,” Obama wrote, “leaders who demonize those who don't look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people.” Though he didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name, Gidley could only assume that those words referred to his boss. “If only Barack Obama were in a place to make a difference at some point in his life,” Gidley said, sarcastically. “Oh, wait a minute, he was the president of the United States.” “For him to interject himself into this conversation, this debate, at this point, it’s his right to do it,” he continued. “But the fact is, Donald Trump is the president of all Americans. He’s trying to move this country forward, and comments like that take us backward and take us to a dark place that we never want to be and we never want to visit again.”CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Relentlessly Grills Kellyanne Conway on Trump’s Role in ShootingsDuring an appearance earlier in the day on Fox & Friends, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took a similar stab at Obama, saying, “No one blamed him for Newtown, Connecticut., and he had his opportunity to go heal the nation.”Even Trump himself couldn’t help but respond to Obama’s general condemnation of racism on Twitter, taking it all too personally. Paraphrasing Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, Trump tweeted, “‘Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook. President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign. Not many people said Obama is out of Control. Mass shootings were happening before the President even thought about running for Pres.’” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Easter marred by Sri Lanka bombs, pope says in condemning blasts

Easter marred by Sri Lanka bombs, pope says in condemning blastsFrancis, speaking to a crowd of about 70,000 people in St. Peter’s Square, also urged politicians to shun a new arms race that was budding and to welcome refugees fleeing hunger and human rights violations. The blasts in Sri Lanka, which hospital and police officials said killed at least 138 people and wounded more than 400 people, followed a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago. “I learned with sadness and pain of the news of the grave attacks, that precisely today, Easter, brought mourning and pain to churches and other places where people were gathered in Sri Lanka,” Francis said in his traditional Easter Sunday “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message.



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Minnesota politician thanks Fox for condemning Jeanine Pirro

Minnesota politician thanks Fox for condemning Jeanine PirroNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar thanked Fox News on Monday for condemning comments made on the network by weekend host Jeanine Pirro centering on the freshman Democrat's wearing of a traditional Muslim head covering.



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Trump calls House vote condemning hate 'a disgrace'

Trump calls House vote condemning hate 'a disgrace'The president on Friday blasted a House resolution condemning hate. The bill passed with 234 Democrats and 173 Republicans voting yes, but 23 Republicans voted no.



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Democrats split over resolution condemning anti-Semitism aimed at newcomer Ilhan Omar

Democrats split over resolution condemning anti-Semitism aimed at newcomer Ilhan OmarA furious row over anti-Semitism erupted in the Democratic Party on Wednesday as its leadership attempted to pass a resolution seen as condemning language used by one of its own members. Senior Democrats wanted a statement to be adopted by the House of Representatives condemning "the dangerous consequences of perpetuating anti-Semitic stereotypes". The resolution was viewed as a direct rebuke of Ilhan Omar, a newly elected Democrat congresswoman who had compared support for Israel to "allegiance to a foreign country". However there was a heated backlash from fellow Democrats who said Ms Omar, who is on the Left of the party, was being unfairly singled out by the leadership. The dispute has echoes of the dispute over anti-Semitism raging in the Labour Party in Britain, which has seen MPs split on the severity of the problem and how to tackle it under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Ms Omar, who has already been once rebuked by Democratic leadership over her comments on Israel in the two months she has been in office, triggered this new row with a tweet: "I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee". The comments sparked suggestions Ms Omar was exploiting anti-Semitic tropes, but Ms Omar has not backed down. In the last few days the Minnesota congresswoman’s allies have spoken out in her support, highlighting that she has also been the target of threats and bigotry. None of this is “whataboutism.” Racism and bigotry of all forms is inextricably linked. When you don’t address them as a system and attempt to pick them apart as though they are distinct and separable issues, eventually the thing that gets advanced is white supremacy + classism.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 6, 2019 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was elected to Congress in November along with Ms Omar, suggested that her colleague was being treated unfairly. "No one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities," the representative for New York Democrat said in a tweet. During a party meeting Wednesday a number of Democrats, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, reportedly challenged the decision to pass a resolution. The members argued that the move will single out Ms Omar for a rebuke over her comments, while comments from Republicans go unchallenged by the chamber. "We need to have equity in our outrage… [including] the occupant of this White House who is seeding every form of hate, emboldening it with racist rhetoric and policies," congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, an ally of Ms Omar, told the Washington Post after the meeting. "That is who we all need to be focused on, and this is a distraction." House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said there may not be a vote this week on any resolution. "We’re discussing what is the best way to address it," he said. It is shameful that House Democrats won’t take a stronger stand against Anti-Semitism in their conference. Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it’s inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2019 Republicans have seized on the controversy, hoping to exploit divisions within the Democratic party and calling for Ms Omar to be removed from the Foreign Relations Committee. In a tweet of his own, Donald Trump, the US president, called Ms Omar’s remarks "a dark day for Israel". Ms Omar, a Somali-American, said that she is raising legitimate questions about influence in Washington and she worries that anything she says about Israel and its treatment of Palestinians can be construed as anti-Semitic. "Being opposed to (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and the occupation is not the same as being anti-Semitic," she tweeted on Sunday. "I am grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same." It is at least the third time Ms Omar has forced older pro-Israel Democrats in senior positions into awkward territory over US-Israeli policy. The controversy has presented a challenge for the Democratic leadership, torn between a need to admonish Ms Omar and appear in control of the newly elected progressive wing that is less willing to toe the party line. Democrats in Congress remain largely supportive of Israel, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who often attends the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington, coming up later this month. An outpouring of support for Ms Omar prompted the party’s leaders to consider broadening the measure, to include a history of bigotry against Muslims and black people as well as Jews, to avoid dissent.



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Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism Splits House Democrats

Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism Splits House DemocratsHouse Democrats clashed during a closed-door meeting Wednesday over how best to respond to Representative Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes to impugn the motivations and patriotism of her pro-Israel colleagues.A number of Omar's fellow progressives lashed out at Democratic leadership for agreeing to vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to Omar's recent claim that her pro-Israel colleagues are motivated by a nefarious “dual loyalty” to the U.S. and Israel.Representative Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D., N.J.) was the first to question the leadership's decision to vote on the resolution and suggested it played into the hands of Republicans and "the media," according to the Washington Post.“We’ve individually and collectively already responded to the fact that we oppose all ‘-isms’ that do not treat people in this country fairly and justly,” she said. “To continue to engage in this discussion is simply an opportunity to give both the media and Republicans distractions from our agenda. We’ve got important work to do.”Representative Cedric Richmond (D., La.) suggested that President Trump, not Democratic leaders, should be responsible for policing bigotry within the caucus.“I think there’s a big rise in anti-Semitism and racism, and that’s a bigger conversation we need to be having.” Richmond reportedly said during the meeting. “But it starts at 1600 Pennsylvania. It doesn’t start with one member out of 435 members of Congress.”Representative Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.) echoed Richmond's remarks during the meeting, suggesting it would be hypocritical to condemn religious bigotry without addressing Trump's rhetoric. “We need to have equity in our outrage,” she said.“The occupant of this White House who is seeding every form of hate, emboldening it with racist rhetoric and policies, that is who we all need to be focused on, and this is a distraction,” Pressley told the Post after the meeting.Speaking at a progressive town-hall event in Washington, D.C, last week, Omar argued that the anti-Semitism accusations she's faced since being elected represent a concerted effort to shutdown debate over how the U.S. should engage with Israel.“What I’m fearful of — because [Representative] Rashida [Tlaib] and I are Muslim — that a lot of our Jewish colleagues, a lot of our constituents, a lot of our allies, go to thinking that everything we say about Israel to be anti-Semitic because we are Muslim,” said Omar.“So for me, I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” she later added.The remarks drew immediate public criticism from senior House Democrats Nita Lowey and Elliot Engel of New York.> Lawmakers must be able to debate w/o prejudice or bigotry. I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful.> > — Nita Lowey (@NitaLowey) March 2, 2019“Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize, and commit to making her case on policy issues without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives,” Engel said in a statement on Friday.It remains unclear whether the resolution, which was amended earlier this week to condemn anti-Muslim bigotry as well as anti-Semitism, will receive a vote.



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House plans vote condemning anti-Semitism, aimed at comments by Ilhan Omar

House plans vote condemning anti-Semitism, aimed at comments by Ilhan OmarA resolution condemning anti-Semitism is circulating among members of the House of Representatives in the wake of controversial comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.



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House Democrats to call for vote on condemning 'anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar comments

House Democrats to call for vote on condemning 'anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar commentsOmar suggested that the pro-Israel lobby pushes lawmakers to show "allegiance to a foreign country."



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UN to vote on Haley's last stand: condemning Hamas

UN to vote on Haley's last stand: condemning HamasThe UN General Assembly will vote Thursday on a US-drafted resolution condemning the Palestinian Hamas movement, in what could mark US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s parting gesture at the United Nations. Haley, who will step down as UN ambassador at the end of the year, has repeatedly accused the United Nations of having an anti-Israel bias and strongly supports Israel in its latest confrontation with Hamas in Gaza.



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