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AOC defends Ilhan Omar over 9/11 comments and points out most domestic terrorism carried out by far-right white men

AOC defends Ilhan Omar over 9/11 comments and points out most domestic terrorism carried out by far-right white menAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the popular US congresswoman, has defended her colleague Ilhan Omar, after a conservative US tabloid accused the Muslim politician of trivialising the 9/11 terror attack.Ms Omar made a speech at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) event in Los Angeles on 23 March, in which she discussed the rise of Islamophobia in the US.A brief line from her speech, “some people did something”, was used on the front page of The New York Post on 11 April. The quote had been placed over an image of the World Trade Center during the attack on 11 September 2001.The move caused immediate outrage among Democrats, who said the quote had been taken out of context and that the cover was at the centre of a bad-faith attack on Ms Omar.“I’m not going to quote the NY Post’s horrifying, hateful cover,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter.“Here’s 1 fact: [Ilhan Omar] is a cosponsor of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. She‘s done more for 9/11 families than the GOP who won’t even support healthcare for 1st responders- yet are happy to weaponize her faith.”The New York representative also criticised Dan Crenshaw, a Republican, for attacking Ms Omar and for not supporting the victim fund, which was created to help those affected by the attack. It is set to close in December 2020 if it is not reauthorised by Congress.“You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez said.“In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that?”A report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), published in January 2019, found that every terrorist murder in the US in 2018 was linked to right-wing extremism.> You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes. > > In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that? t.co/rkb92IxkKX> > — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) > > April 11, 2019Ms Omar is one of the first two Muslim women to ever sit in Congress and has frequently been targeted by right-wing US politicians and public figures.At the CAIR event the Minnesota representative criticised Donald Trump’s attacks on Islam and Muslims.“Many of us knew this would get worse, we finally have a leader, a world leader, in the White House who publicly says ‘Islam hates us’, who fuels hate against Muslims, who thinks it is okay to speak about a faith and a whole community in a way that is dehumanizing, vilifying and doesn’t understand – or at least makes us want to think he doesn’t understand – the consequences his words might have,” she said.Later in her speech the congresswoman discussed the founding of CAIR, a Muslim civil rights activism group, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. At this point she used the phrase “some people did something”.> @Ilhan full comments clearly speak to post 9/11 Islamophobia Manipulating her remarks is defaming & dangerous for her & her family. Stop with this recklessness. @rupertmurdoch this is on you – stoking hate, fear & division, putting REAL lives at risk. Shame on you. t.co/fpemnGxQKk> > — Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) > > April 11, 2019“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognised that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” she said.“So you can’t just say that today someone is looking at me strange and that I am trying to make myself look pleasant.“You have to say that this person is looking at me strange, I am not comfortable with it, and I am going to talk to them and ask them why. Because that is the right you have.”According to The Los Angeles Daily News hundreds of protesters stood outside the CAIR event’s location, shouting anti-Islam slogans such as “Burn the Koran” and “Ilhan Omar go to hell”.Other Democrats, including Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley have also expressed support for Ms Omar.“The NY Post knows exactly what it’s doing – taking quotes out of context and evoking painful imagery to spread hate and endangering the life of Rep. Omar. Shame on them, and shame on Rupert Murdoch,” Ms Tlaib, said.Mr Murdoch is the owner of the US tabloid.The controversy comes just days after a man was charged for threatening to kill Ms Omar, after placing a call to her office in which he called her a “terrorist”.



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Iran points to Pakistan after deadly attack on Guard

Iran points to Pakistan after deadly attack on GuardTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament speaker said Sunday that an attack that killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard was "planned and carried out from inside Pakistan," which he said should answer for it.



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Dow closes 660 points lower after Apple cuts sales outlook, weak reading on U.S. manufacturing

Dow closes 660 points lower after Apple cuts sales outlook, weak reading on U.S. manufacturingThe Dow fell 660 points after Apple lowered its quarterly revenue outlook due to slowing iPhone sales in China, spooking stock market investors.



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Pence points to leftist groups as caravan organizers

Pence points to leftist groups as caravan organizersVice President Mike Pence suggested Tuesday that leftist groups financed by Venezuela might be behind the caravan of Central American migrants headed toward the US border. Speaking at a forum hosted by The Washington Post, Pence said he had been in contact with the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala about the unfolding situation.



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'Compelling Evidence' Points To Saudi Prince In Khashoggi Death, Says Ex-MI6 Chief

'Compelling Evidence' Points To Saudi Prince In Khashoggi Death, Says Ex-MI6 ChiefThe former head of Britain's foreign intelligence service MI6 believes "very



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Arctic ice hit one of its lowest points on record, but there’s another grim statistic

Arctic ice hit one of its lowest points on record, but there’s another grim statisticSea ice in the Arctic has just about melted to its lowest point of 2018, and this reinforces a trend of dwindling ice atop the globe — where the climate is warming two to three times faster than the rest of the planet. As of last week, it's the sixth-lowest ice extent — known as the sea ice minimum — in nearly 40 years of satellite records, and with the summer's end it's likely to keep that ranking. This statistic alone might not carry the bite of 2012's extreme Arctic melt, in which the ice thawed to its lowest point ever recorded. Yet, a closer examination of what's transpired in the great north this year reveals the Arctic's ever-accelerating disappearance. "I don’t want the story to be 'This was a ho-hum year'," Jeremy Mathis, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist who has led the agency's Arctic Research Program, said in an interview. "Even though the ice didn’t break an all-time record, it was still well below the historical average." 2018 sea ice extent is well below the average.Image: national snow and ice data centerIn fact, each of the last 12 years have been the lowest 12 years on the satellite record, Walt Meier, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, said in an interview. "Twelve in a row," said Meier. "That clearly indicates a change." And there's more. SEE ALSO: The wilderness has returned to idyllic Cape Cod. That means great white sharks. Some of the thickest, oldest Arctic ice, which is anchored in a compacted mass off the frigid north Greenland shore, broke apart this year. "That was oldest, most stable ice in the Arctic," said Mathis. "That’s the ice that we thought would hold on the longest." "It even stuck around when we saw all-time record-breaking melt in 2012," he added. The average thickness of this ice is around 5 meters, or 16 feet thick, but in parts it can reach 20 meters, or some 65 feet, said Meier.  In the greater scope of the expansive Arctic, this break-up wasn't extremely large. But it wasn't exactly small, either. A large pond of melted water on Arctic sea iceImage: nasa"It's an area about the size of Indiana, so it's not trivial," he said.  This break-up portends what may eventually transpire in the Arctic — a visible gauge of climate change — in the next four or so decades. "Something happened this year that is incredibly indicative of just how fast the Arctic is changing," said Mathis. "That could accelerate the timeline for what could be an ice-free Arctic Ocean during the summer months." "It definitely was a surprise," said Meier.  Though, this may not be the first time such Greenland ice melting has happened, he explained; given the limited satellite records, there's no way to know for sure. In any case, it's still a sign of growing instability.  "It’s an indication that it [the ice] was thinner and weaker than it used to be," he said. Loss and variability of August #Arctic sea ice volume…+ Model (PIOMAS) info/validation: t.co/UDsruDEI5p + Additional graphics: t.co/bTAfMZhjL1 pic.twitter.com/2YNhTPXoym — Zack Labe (@ZLabe) September 22, 2018 When sea ice melts, it contributes to even more ice melting. In contrast to the dark ocean, bright ice reflects sunlight back into space. But as both the warming oceans and atmosphere melt the bright ice cover, the ocean is then able to absorb this energy, which in turn melts more ice, said Meier. It's a continuing, stubborn feedback loop. The change here, even in non-record breaking years, is stark.  "We're definitely looking at a shift in the climate," said Meier. WATCH: A paralyzed man walks, with assistance, thanks to a new therapy that reactivates the spinal cord



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Iran points finger at Arab separatists for deadly attack

Iran points finger at Arab separatists for deadly attackIranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday appeared to blame Arab separatists for an attack on a military parade the previous day that left 29 people dead. “It is absolutely clear to us who has done this, which group it is and to whom they are affiliated,” Rouhani said on state television shortly before leaving Tehran for the UN General Assembly in New York. “Those who have caused this catastrophe … were Saddam’s mercenaries as long as he was alive and then changed masters,” he said, referring to late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.



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Marriott loyalty members can now collect and redeem points at Ritz-Carlton and Starwood hotels

Marriott loyalty members can now collect and redeem points at Ritz-Carlton and Starwood hotelsLoyalty programs for Marriott, the Ritz-Carlton and Starwood have finally merged, two years after Marriott acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2016, a mammoth $ 12.2 billion deal that created the world's largest hotel company. 



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Chelsea Clinton Points To Right-Wing Hypocrisy In Samantha Bee Outrage

Chelsea Clinton Points To Right-Wing Hypocrisy In Samantha Bee Outrage"Feckless cunt," the fiery insult that comedian Samantha Bee flung at first



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Bad day for Manafort as judge points out his deep Russia ties

Bad day for Manafort as judge points out his deep Russia tiesRachel Maddow catches up on the day's news, including a ruling by a judge who not only rejected former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's bid to have charges dismissed, but also pointed out just how deep and long Manafort's ties to Russia run.



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