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‘I Can’t Wait to Call Her My President’: Ayanna Pressley Backs Elizabeth Warren

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) will be hitting the campaign trail in support of Sen. Elizabeth Warren today, following her endorsement of the presidential front-runner on Wednesday. “I have seen Ms. Warren in small church basements and in packed gymnasiums,” Pressley said in the video announcement. “And she is consistent. She never loses sight of the […]

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Conservative Trolls Blast Ilhan Omar’s Divorce When Trump Has Been Married 3 Times

Rep. Ilhan Omar has officially divorced her husband Ahmed Hirsi. Marriage is tough for anyone and one can only imagine what Omar has endured in the public eye, especially with Trump targeting her at rallies. However, racist trolls on Twitter are attacking the first Muslim woman elected to Congress for her second divorce, which is […]

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Ilhan Omar Draws Fire for Opting Out of House Vote to Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide—and Rile Turkey

Rep. Ilhan Omar is drawing fire for basically abstaining on a House vote taken to formally acknowledge, for the first time in more than a century, the genocide of some 1.5 million Armenians in what is today the nation of Turkey. Omar—the progressive Democrat and one of the collective of politically aligned freshman members of […]

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‘Bernie’s Back’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Plan to Endorse Bernie Sanders

Three out of four members of “The Squad”—the influential freshmen congresswomen who have become the face of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing—are planning to endorse Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for president. The Washington Post first broke the news Tuesday night, as Sanders and other top Democratic presidential contenders traded barbs and made the case for […]

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Countdown to The Root 100: Before We Reveal the Full List and Who’s No. 1, Let’s Recognize the Top Honorees in Politics, Media and Community

Graphic: G/O Media, Photo: Getty Images, Brandon M. Green, MacArthur Foundation, The Washington Post, Office of Ayanna Pressley, Oronike Odeleye This is it—the last preview before we reveal the full list and who is No. 1 for the 10th anniversary of The Root 100! For this special anniversary of The Root 100, we wanted to […]

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How Ilhan Omar’s Daughter Isra Hirsi Is Connecting the Fight Against Climate Change to Black Lives

Photo: Bryan Bedder (Getty Images for Town & Country) Teen activists from Johannesburg to Los Angeles are striking today to demand the world take action on climate change. Among the organizers is Isra Hirsi, co-founder of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike and daughter of Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. As Vice writes in a recent profile […]

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Trump Launches Bullshit Islamophobic Attack on Ilhan Omar Claiming She Danced on 9/11

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Donald Trump is a liar. Donald Trump is racist. Trump is also a Republican. He is a stupid, xenophobic, Islamophobic, white nationalist who enjoys tweeting, inciting hate and making shit up. While this may sound like a condemnation of the marmalade-skinned, white supremacist simpleton currently occupying the White House, he […]

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Aunties Don’t Sleep, Black Girls Are Not Magic and Other Things I Learned During CBC Week

Photo: Daniel Swartz I’ve known about the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference for years, but I have never attended because a very close friend of mine went one year and came back infected with a disease from which she still suffers to this day. I know it makes no sense, but even after […]

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Ilhan Omar Responds to 9/11 Victim Who Questioned Her Patriotism

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar once again clarified her remarks about 9/11 on Sunday, days after a family member of a 9/11 victim alluded to the Muslim congresswoman at a remembrance ceremony. Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation, Omar was asked by host Margaret Brennan if she knew why people would find remarks she made about […]

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In Death Threat Against Ilhan Omar, Writer Vows to Shoot Congresswoman at Minnesota State Fair

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) Dogged by death threats and public attacks, Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar revealed in a chilling Twitter post on Wednesday why she requires a security detail. “I hate that we live in a world where you have to be protected from fellow humans. I hated it as a child living through […]

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Accused of Being a Homewrecker in Explosive Divorce Filing by DC Doctor

Rep. Ilhan OmarPhoto: Chip Somodevilla (Getty) A Washington, D.C., doctor is accusing Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar of being the reason her husband left her, in explosive divorce papers she filed in D.C. Superior Court. According to BuzzFeed, which credits the New York Post for first reporting on the filing, Dr. Beth Mynett said that as […]

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Trump Is Getting Slammed After Calling Millions Of Jewish Democrats Ignorant And ‘Disloyal’

Getty Image Donald Trump’s beef with “the Squad” has been going on for a while now, and any time he takes a swing it tends to be legitimately troubling and upsetting. It’ll be hard for him to go lower than telling four non-white congresswomen, three of born in America,” to “go back” to their home […]

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Israel Reverses Course, Allows Rep. Rashida Tlaib to Visit. Tlaib to Israel: Nah, I’m Good

Photo: Bill Pugliano (Getty Images) First, an Israel visit was off the table, then it was back on and now it’s off again as Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has said she won’t be visiting her 90-year-old grandmother despite the country’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri approving her request. If you are confused, don’t worry, so are […]

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Ilhan Omar Is Already Changing Washington

This week, Donald Trump opened a new front in his war against women of color in Congress. “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit,” the president tweeted Thursday morning, referring to Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, two young Muslim Democrats who make up half of the progressive […]

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Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Were Headed for Palestine, Not Israel

The Israeli government has announced that it will ban the only two Muslim women in Congress, representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, from entering the country. But the two weren’t headed to Israel; their planned congressional trip was to Palestine. The decision took place after public encouragement from President Donald Trump. “It would show great […]

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Israel’s Decision to Ban U.S. Congresswomen Is Self-Defeating

With predictable insouciance, President Donald Trump cheered on the Israeli government’s decision to bar entry to Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib due to their advocacy for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement—reversing its previous pledge to allow them into Israel out of respect for the U.S. Congress. The president let fly on Twitter, […]

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The Media Is Missing the Real Story of Trump’s Racism

In August 2017, three men from rural Illinois—members of one of our country’s numerous heavily armed and rather poorly regulated “militias”—drove to Bloomington, Minnesota, just south of Minneapolis, to plant an IED in the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center. Following their arrest, two of the men admitted their guilt. They had set out from Illinois, they […]

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Please Allow Jonathan Weisman of the New York Times to Teach You About White Supremacy

Screenshot: YouTube (Time) Here is the essence of white supremacy. Despite the pronouncements of those who proudly declare their bodies free of a racist bone, white supremacy is not the same as racism. Actions and their results are what determine whether or not something is racist, not belief or intent. Nor is white supremacy defined […]

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Sen. Rand Paul Offers to Buy Rep. Ilhan Omar a Plane Ticket Back to Somalia

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Republican Rand Paul is Kentucky’s junior senator, which is kind of like starting on a JV squad. He’s a scout team member who is not really ready for primetime. He sits at the kids’ table during Thanksgiving and yet, despite that, Paul is still in the running to become Trump’s […]

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