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Awkward: Trump Asks Woman Where Her Family Is After She Told Him Twice That They Were Killed by ISIS

President Donald Trump asked Nobel Prize-winning activist Nadia Murad where her family is now just seconds after Murad told him that they had all been killed by ISIS.

At an Oval Office event this week, Trump met with survivors of religious persecution, and had a surreal exchange with Murad, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for her activism in preventing sexual assault after her escape from ISIS captivity.

As Murad stepped forward to speak to Trump, Ambassador Sam Brownback told Trump that she was a Nobel Peace Prize winner for a second time during the event, and Murad began to tell Trump the harrowing story surrounding her captivity.

“When ISIS attack us in 2014, they killed six of my brother,” Murad told Trump. “They killed my mom. They took me to captivity with my eleven sister-in-law, with all my sister and my nieces.”

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‘I’ll put a bullet in her’: Trump supporter charged with threatening to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar

This is a dated story, but it shows where we are going as a nation. Those who are concerned about gun rights should be concerned about this: this kind of rhetoric, and too many actual events, empower what they frame as “gun grabbers.”

ELMIRA, N.Y. - A New York man is in custody after federal authorities say he threatened to kill freshman Congresswoman Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Patrick W. Carlineo, 55, of Addison, was arrested Friday morning and charged by criminal complaint with threatening to assault and murder Omar, a Democrat representing Minnesota.

On March 21, a staff member in Omar’s office received a phone call around 12:20 p.m., the criminal complaint states. During the call, an individual, eventually identified as Carlineo, allegedly said to the staff member, “Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she’s an (expletive) terrorist. I’ll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull.”


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This Was a Fascist Rally Down to Its Bones

The president* is proud of the monster he has created. He glories in the destruction and the almighty rage.


y now, unfortunately, a ‘tween girl at El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago’s little exercise in apartheid cosplay has been hauled into the national spotlight because she happened to be standing behind him when the lizard-brained chant of “send her back” erupted in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar, a sitting member of the United States Congress. Because of the wizardry of modern video technology, television had zoomed right in on her as she slowly picks up the chant with no apparent enthusiasm. She then became little more than an object lesson. I wish her well. I hope she grows up to be Dorothy Day. I hope she grows up to be Exene Cervenka, if that’s what she wants. I hope she grows up happy and at peace with the world. I hope she grows up in a country where incitement-to-riot isn’t a net-plus in presidential elections. I hope, but it’s getting harder by the hour.

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Fighting Over Who Belongs in Government

By Masa Gessen

Who can govern? Every American election poses this question. Formally, the question is, who will represent the people best? But the underlying question is, invariably, who belongs in government? Can a Catholic be President? Can a black man? A white woman? A man with no government experience? A gay man? A philanderer? A man accused of making unwanted advances toward women? A man who has gleefully acknowledged forcing himself on women? A woman of color? A Muslim? Does an immigrant belong in Congress? The 2016 election of Donald Trump, and the 2018 midterms, which brought several outlier members to Congress, reinflamed these questions.


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