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9/11 Victim’s Son Explains the Attack to Ilhan Omar: ‘There Is No Uncertainty’

9/11 Victim’s Son Explains the Attack to Ilhan Omar: ‘There Is No Uncertainty’During a 9/11 memorial service on Tuesday, the son of a woman who died in the World Trade Center castigated Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) for the dismissive way she recently characterized the attacks that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans.Nicholas Haros Jr., wearing a black shirt emblazoned with the phrase “some people did something?” took the stage during the memorial service at Ground Zero to remind Omar and those assembled of what took place at the site exactly 18 years ago.“’Some people did something,’ said a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota,” Haros said, referencing Omar's description of the event. “Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom. Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done. There is no uncertainty about that. Why your confusion?” Haros asked. “On that day, 19 Islamic terrorist members of al-Qaeda killed over 3,000 people and caused billions of dollars of economic damage. Is that clear?”Omar offered the flippant description of the 9/11 attacks earlier this year during a speech before the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Her speech focused on the federal government's encroachment on the civil liberties of Muslims in the wake of the attacks, which, she falsely claimed, served as the impetus for CAIR's founding.“CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” Omar said. CAIR was actually founded in 1994.Haros concluded his remarks by admonishing Omar — and the three fellow freshman progressive lawmakers who together refer to themselves as “the squad” — not to use the events of September 11th to score cheap political points.“Stop. Stop. Please stop using the bones and ashes of our loved ones as props for your political theater,” Haros said. “Their lives, sacrifices, and death are worth so much more. Let’s not trivialize them or us. It hurts.”



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AP Explains: How Trump upended US-Taliban peace talks

AP Explains: How Trump upended US-Taliban peace talksWith a series of tweets, President Donald Trump has upended nearly a year of U.S.-Taliban negotiations on ending America’s longest war. The Taliban took half a day to respond, saying the abrupt decision hurt U.S. credibility after they had “finalized” a deal, but said the U.S. likely would return to negotiations. The two sides had still been talking on Saturday, they said — two days after Trump said he had “immediately” called off talks.



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Tim Ryan explains he 'wasn't protesting' by not putting his hand on heart during anthem at Democratic debate

Tim Ryan explains he 'wasn't protesting' by not putting his hand on heart during anthem at Democratic debate"Congressman Ryan wasn’t protesting and didn’t mean to make any statement last night in Detroit," read an email from the Ohio lawmaker's campaign.



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Marianne Williamson explains the need for slavery reparations: 'A debt that is owed'

Marianne Williamson explains the need for slavery reparations: 'A debt that is owed'The self-help author helped herself Tuesday with a stirring answer on the question of slavery reparations.



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Buzz Aldrin explains why Neil Armstrong was the first person on the moon

Buzz Aldrin explains why Neil Armstrong was the first person on the moonJuly 20, 2019, is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing when American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person ever to plant boots on the dusty lunar surface. Buzz Aldrin followed about 20 minutes later.



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AP Explains: How do immigration authorities make arrests?

AP Explains: How do immigration authorities make arrests?After postponing an immigration-enforcement operation late last month, the Trump administration plans to go ahead with the raids as soon as this weekend. The sweep is expected to be similar to others that authorities have done regularly since 2003 and often netted hundreds of arrests. This one is different because President Donald Trump tweeted in June that it would be the start of an effort to deport millions of people who are in the country illegally.



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AP Explains: Mideast tensions threaten key global oil route

AP Explains: Mideast tensions threaten key global oil routeThe brief standoff between British and Iranian naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday looks to renew concerns about the vulnerability of world energy supplies to tensions in the Persian Gulf region. The British navy says it thwarted an attempt by the Iranians to impede the passage of a British oil tanker, a day after Iran warned of repercussions after its own supertanker was seized by authorities in Gibraltar for allegedly trying to breach European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria. About a fifth of all oil traded around the world goes through the Strait of Hormuz, so any conflict could cause huge disruption to crude supplies for energy-hungry countries, particularly in Asia.



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Biden Explains Delay in Apologizing for Segregationist Comments

Biden Explains Delay in Apologizing for Segregationist Comments(Bloomberg) — Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden said he waited more than two weeks to apologize for comments about segregationist senators because he hadn’t had a chance to do so, even though the delay kept the controversy alive and might have cost him in some polls.The former vice president addressed the issue directly on Saturday because it was “the first opportunity I had to do it in a fulsome way,” he told reporters Sunday, explaining that he wanted to speak in South Carolina — where blacks account for 60% of the Democratic primary electorate — and in front of “an audience that in fact would be the most likely to have been offended by what was said.”“If any comments I made were taken in a way that people took offense from them, then I am truly sorry for that. That was not my intention,” Biden said Sunday, echoing his remarks to a predominantly African-American crowd in Sumter a day earlier when he said he was “sorry for the pain and misconception I may have caused.”Black voters account for about a fifth of the Democratic vote, and the South Carolina primary in February is the first next year with a predominantly black electorate. A strong showing there often has foreshadowed enduring strength nationally with African Americans. The winner in South Carolina has gone on to win the Democratic nomination in four out of the past five contests.Rivals CriticizeThe controversy erupted in mid-June after Biden recalled his Senate interactions with two prominent advocates of segregation, triggering criticism from two black rivals for the presidency, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.“He says he’s sorry, I’m going to take him at his word,” Harris, a California Senator, told reporters Sunday in Hartsville, South Carolina. “But again, that doesn’t address the issue of busing in America.”“We cannot rewrite history about what segregationists were doing at that time on a number of issues,” she added.Asked about Harris’s comments, Biden instead pointed to differences he has with her on other issues, such as health care. “I don’t want to do away with Obamacare and start all over and trash it,” he said.Obama TiesHarris also offered implicit criticism of Biden’s reliance on his ties to former President Barack Obama, which he cited Saturday as a reason his record on race shouldn’t be questioned.“When it comes time to pull the level and for people to actually vote in this presidential election, they’re going to make their decisions based not just on who we’re associated with, but they’re going to make their decisions based on the work we’ve done and, most importantly, our plans for the future of America,” she said.Biden laughed when asked if he was too reliant on Obama’s reputation in selling himself to voters. “I say let’s talk about the future instead of talking about the past. That’s what I say,” he said.On Sunday afternoon, Biden appeared at a town hall in Charleston hosted by State Senator Marlon Kimpson, who made the event’s only reference to the Harris-Biden split as he and voters in the audience asked about education, gun control and care for veterans.Kimpson, who is holding town halls with many Democratic candidates, warned voters not to “fall prey to anyone’s attempt to manufacture a fight to drive media attention or to save a failing campaign.”“I do not find it useful to re-litigate issues from 1950 or 50 years ago or 25 years ago,” Kimpson said. “We’ve spent far too much time talking about the past” and candidate should be talking about the future.Speaking a moment later, Biden said: “I find it really refreshing to talk about the future.”To contact the reporter on this story: Jennifer Epstein in Washington at jepstein32@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Ludden at jludden@bloomberg.net, ;Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Steve Geimann, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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AP Explains: Israel’s parliamentary elections

AP Explains: Israel's parliamentary electionsIsrael is holding the country’s 21st parliamentary elections on Tuesday, with over 6.3 million people eligible to cast ballots in a vote largely seen as a referendum on long-seated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is seeking his fourth consecutive term and fifth overall, including an earlier stint in the 1990s. With another victory, Netanyahu will secure a place in history later this year as the longest-serving prime minister, surpassing Israel’s founding father David Ben-Gurion.



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AP Explains: Long reach of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

AP Explains: Long reach of Iran's Revolutionary GuardDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard, designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the Trump administration on Monday, evolved from a paramilitary, domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational force that has come to the aid of Tehran's allies in the Mideast, from Syria and Lebanon to Iraq.



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