Ilhan Omar's AIPAC tweet sparks condemnation, including from Chelsea Clinton | Fox News

Ilhan Omar’s AIPAC tweet sparks condemnation, including from Chelsea Clinton | Fox News

Omar, who became the first Somali-American woman elected to Congress in November, responded to a Twitter post by journalist Glenn Greenwald criticizing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for threatening to take action against Omar and another freshman lawmaker, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., over allegedly anti-Semitic remarks. “There’s situations in our conference where a member does something that is wrong — I think you’ve seen from my own actions that I take action about it,” McCarthy told reporters Friday, making an apparent reference to Republican congressman Steve King of Iowa . “I think when they stay silent, they are just as guilty … I think this will not be the end of this, and if they do not take action then I think you will see action from myself. It’s unacceptable in this country, especially when you sit back and think about and listen to what this country went through in World War II.”
Greenwald accused McCarthy of targeting Omar and Tlaib for their numerous criticisms of Israel, to which Omar chimed in “It's all about the Benjamins, baby,” quoting a 1997 rap song by Puff Daddy. She then doubled down when challenged by Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor of The Forward newspaper.
“Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess,” Ungar-Sargon tweeted. “Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted.”
In response, Omar tweeted “AIPAC!” referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which regularly has been accused by progressives of agitating for a conflict with Iran.
“We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship,” AIPAC tweeted Sunday evening. “Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests. We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work.”
Another freshman Democrat, Max Rose of New York, tweeted that Omar's statements “are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself.”
“When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of my faith, I will not be silent,” Rose said in a statement. “… At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel. In the Democratic Party – and in the United States of America – we celebrate the diversity of our people, and the Gods we pray to, as a strength. The congresswoman's statements do not live up to that cherished ideal.”
PRO-HE ZBOLLAH , ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVIST House GOP conference chair Liz Cheney , R-Wyo., slammed Omar's remarks and called for House Democrat leaders to remove Omar from the Housed Foreign Affairs Committee .
In January, Omar argued in a Yahoo! News interview that Israel could not be considered a democracy and compared it to the Islamic theocracy in Iran.
“When I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and does not recognize the other religions that are living in it, and we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East I almost chuckle because I know that if we see that any other society we would criticize it, call it out,” she said. “We do that to Iran, we do that to any other place that sort of upholds its religion. And I see that now happening with Saudi Arabia and so I am aggravated, truly, in those contradictions.”
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Tomi Lahren: The Democratic Party is absolutely, unarguably out of its mind | Fox News

The emptiest vessel in the Democratic Party, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , just unveiled her socialist wish list and hint, hint, it’s as ridiculous as she is. Hi, I’m Tomi and yes, I have some Final Thoughts on this trash proposal the Democrats call the “Green New Deal.”
The party of aspiring socialists once referred to as the Democrats have a new plan to kill jobs, capitalism, air travel, and freedom so it’s no shock they had their chief dim bulb unveil it.
Yes, it’s called the “Green New Deal” and shock — they don’t know how or WHO is going to pay for it.
You might not like Trump or the GOP but I hate to tell you, they are all that’s standing between you and complete and total government overreach and eventual control.
Well, the only thing “green” about it is the money they are taking out of our pockets to fund their socialist utopia!
Here are some of the genius tenants of the non-binding resolution from hell:
– A full phase-out of fossil fuels
– Health care for all Americans
– Net zero emissions in 10 years, (because it takes a while to get rid of all the farting livestock, you know)
– An upgrade or replacement of every building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency
– A high speed rail to replace air travel
– Economic security for all who are unable or UNWILLING to work
Yes, when I say the Democratic Party is absolutely, undoubtedly, and unarguably out of its collective freakin' mind, this is what I’m talking about.
How much would this “Green New Deal” cost? Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know and doesn’t care.
Who is going to pay for it? AOC doesn’t know and doesn’t care.
Well, obviously, we are. Those of us who work to support those who aren’t “willing.”
And it’s not just AOC who thinks this lunacy is a good idea. Leave it to Democratic Senators and 2020 presidential hopefuls Kamala Harris and Cory Booker to applaud her and her absurd brainchild.
Want to know how I know this Green New Deal is a green new disaster? Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t on board. When asked about it she said, “It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive. The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it, right?”
Too extreme for Nancy? Yes, you know things are bad when Nancy becomes the left's voice of reason!
Folks, this is what the Democratic Party is now. It’s extreme, abstract, and out to lunch.
You might not like Trump or the GOP but I hate to tell you, they are all that’s standing between you and complete and total government overreach and eventual control.
And moderate, partially-sane Democrats, look at what you’ve done. You’ve allowed lunatics like AOC to take over your Party. Is this brand of radicalism really what you want? Is this really what you’re going take back to your constituents in Michigan, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio?
Are you going tell them you’re signing on to a Green New Deal that’s going to kill their jobs and industries to appease the likes of people like AOC — who don’t even know what the three branches of government are?
Think about that and have fun lying in the bed you made for yourselves.
Those are my Final Thoughts . From L.A., God save us all.
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Amber Rudd links universal credit to rise in food bank use – BBC News

Amber Rudd links universal credit to rise in food bank use 11 February 2019 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright EPA Image caption Amber Rudd took over the Department for Work and Pensions in November 2018 Amber Rudd says the increased use of food banks is partly down to problems in rolling out universal credit.
The work and pensions secretary said she was “absolutely clear there were challenges with the initial roll-out” of the benefit and that the difficulty in accessing money was “one of the causes” of the rise.
But she said the government had made changes to help tackle food insecurity.
Food bank operator Trussell Trust said it was a “promising” acknowledgement.
Universal credit has been plagued with problems since its inception in 2010.
The monthly payment merges six different benefits for working age people into one and has been subject to a gradual roll-out across the UK.
The system was supposed to be up and running by April 2017, but it has faced numerous delays and is now not expected to be fully operational until December 2023.
Speaking in the Commons, Ms Rudd said the government was “committed to a strong safety net where people need it”.
“It is absolutely clear that there were challenges with the initial roll-out of universal credit,” she added.
“The main issue which led to an increase in food bank use could have been the fact that people had difficulty accessing their money early enough.
“We have made changes to accessing universal credit so that people can have advances, so that there is a legacy run-on after two weeks of housing benefit, and we believe that will help with food and security.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption What’s the problem with universal credit?
Pushed again on the cause of the issue by Labour’s Stephen Timms, Ms Rudd added: “I have acknowledged that people having difficulty accessing the money on time as one of the causes of the growth in food banks, but we have tried to address that.”
The Department for Work and Pensions has said that, under universal credit, people are moving into work faster and staying in work longer.
According to the Resolution Foundation think tank, 2.2 million families are expected to gain under the system, with an average increase in income of £41 a week.
However, 3.2 million families are also expected to be worse off, with an average loss of £48 a week.
Labour has called for ministers to halt the roll-out “as a matter of urgency”. ‘Long overdue’
Natalie Williams, from King’s Church food bank in Hastings, East Sussex, which is in Ms Rudd’s constituency, told BBC Radio 5 Live she was “really pleased” to hear the secretary of state’s comments, but it was “long overdue”. Image copyright Getty Images
She said her food bank had seen a 106% increase in referrals in the last two years.
“People are struggling with the wait from when they claim to when they get money,” she said.
“People don’t want to take the advance because they don’t want to get into debt.
“There is a lot that needs to be fixed about Universal Credit.”
Trussell Trust chief executive Emma Revie said: “It’s promising to see the secretary of state is listening to the evidence of food banks across the UK.
“We’re a country that prides itself on making sure proper support is in place for each other when help is most needed – our benefits system was created to do exactly this. But Universal Credit isn’t the poverty-fighting reform that was promised.”
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