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Ilhan Omar fears for family’s safety after barrage of threats over Israel criticism

Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar, a Muslim US representative, said she fears for her family’s safety after receiving an onslaught of threats for criticizing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

The Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota opened up in a statement about the increase in Islamophobic remarks and threats she has received, including threats directed at her family. NBC News first reported on the statement, which was later shared with the Guardian.

Omar said that she and other Muslim Americans have been negatively affected by a dishonest smearing” that labels them as a threat for condemning Israel’s treatment of Palestine amid fighting in Gaza.

She specifically called out rhetoric used by several far-right lawmakers that equates her and other representatives with terrorist supporters.


House GOP 'Back To The Drawing Board' After Jim Jordan's Exit From Speaker Race

Jim Jordan pulls out of House radeHouse Republicans hit the reset button on their search for a new House speaker Friday after Rep. Jim Jordan’s bid came crashing down following another defeat on the House floor.

Republicans voted against keeping Jordan as their speaker-designee by a margin of 86 to 112, lawmakers told reporters after their meeting in the Capitol basement. Jordan then accepted the result.

“Unfortunately, Jim is no longer going to be the nominee,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters. “We will have to go back to the drawing board.”

Republicans have had no leader since chucking McCarthy out of the speaker’s suite earlier this month because he’d been overly cooperative with Democrats.



GOP opposition builds to empowering McHenry as temporary Speaker

Jordan backs McHenry

Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Thursday morning backed a plan to give more power to the temporary speaker who replaced Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Jordan isn’t dropping his speaker bid, according to a source familiar with his thinking, but supports temporarily empowering the speaker pro tempore, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), until January.

But conservative Republicans immediately denounced the plan to empower McHenry, which would have to be enacted through a resolution on the House floor. Rep. Eli Crane (R-Ariz.) told HuffPost his constituents don’t want a temporary speaker — they want Jordan.

“They want somebody that will represent them in a conservative, honest, truthful manner,” Crane said. “Jim Jordan is my choice, and 87% of my district wants Jim Jordan as Speaker.”


GOP lawmaker says she’s received death threats over Speaker vote

Miller-Meeks got death threats after voting against Jordan

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) revealed she has received death threats after reversing her support for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on the second Speaker ballot Wednesday.

Miller-Meeks said she received “credible death threats” and a “barrage of threatening calls,” according to a statement posted to X, formerly known as Twitter.

She said her office is “cooperating fully” and the proper authorities have been notified.

Miller-Meeks was one of four Republicans to switch their support Wednesday after voting for Jordan on the first ballot.

“One thing I cannot stomach, or support is a bully,” she said. “I did not stand for bullies before I voted for Chairwoman Granger and when I voted for Speaker designaee Jordan, and I will not bend to bullies now.”


Jim Jordan loses US House speaker vote for second time as support ebbs

Jim Jordan loses again

The House of Representatives again failed to elect a new speaker on Wednesday, after the hard-right congressman Jim Jordan failed to win the gavel in the second round of voting.

The second vote tally showed 199 Republicans supporting Jordan and all 212 Democrats supporting their leader, Hakeem Jeffries of New York. Twenty-two Republicans opposed Jordan on Wednesday, leaving him far short of the 217 votes needed to ascend to the speakership. Because of Republicans’ razor-thin majority in the House, Jordan can only afford four defections within his party and still become speaker.


Jim Jordan loses first speaker of the House vote with GOP holdouts: What you missed

Jim Jordan loses first roundHouse Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, lost the first round of voting to choose a new speaker of the House, leaving the lower chamber in disarray.

House Republicans nominated Jordan to the speakership last week. But his chances of earning 217 votes – the magic number needed to become speaker – appeared to get murkier after 20 of his fellow Republicans voted against him Tuesday afternoon.

While Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., has served as speaker pro tempore since former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was ousted from the role earlier this month, McHenry doesn't have the same powers as an official leader. And Democrats aren't lending their GOP colleagues any support, so Republicans will have to figure out a way to coalesce around their next speaker.


Turner: If GOP can’t elect Speaker then ‘deal will have to be done’ with Democrats

Mike Turner

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said Sunday if House Republicans cannot elect a Speaker soon then a “deal will have to be done” with Democrats in order to get the chamber running again, as it nears two weeks since Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) historic ousting.

Asked on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” if there is a possible alternative scenario in which Republicans will need to work with Democrats to find a “mutually acceptable Speaker,” Turner responded that while he prefers a Republican solution to electing a Speaker and supports Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a few hard-line GOP members may force a bipartisan deal.

“I think Jim Jordan will be an excellent Speaker. I think he’ll be able to get to 217. If not, we have other leaders in the House. And certainly, if there is a need if the radical, you know, almost just handful of people in the Republican side, make it unable … to be able to return to general work on the House, then I think obviously, there will be a deal [that] will have to be done,” Turner said.



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