Mar 5, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez defends Ilhan Omar against House anti-Semitism resolution

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday criticized "the extent" of House reprimands against fellow freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has been accused of using anti-Semitic stereotypes in her criticisms of Israel.

"It’s not my position to tell people how to feel, or that their hurt is invalid. But incidents like these do beg the question: where are the resolutions against homophobic statements? For anti-blackness? For xenophobia? ... If House leadership is creating a standard & committing to calling a resolution for every incident - whether it’s the Congressional Black Caucus, CHC, etc, then thats a clear way to address the issue & we can all understand. But if they’re not, I think it’s valid to ask why not."

The big picture: The House plans to vote this week on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, a thinly veiled rebuke of Omar's comments about American loyalty to Israel and the influence of the pro-Israel lobby. The resolution does not mention Omar or specifically list any of her recent comments, but denounces the use of anti-Semitic stereotypes like “the myth of dual loyalty” — which some had accused Omar of exploiting.

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Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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India gives Trump warm welcome as brutal protests rip New Delhi apart

People supporting India's new citizenship law beat a Muslim man in New Delhi, India. Photo: Danish Siddiqui/TPX/Reuters

While President Trump enjoys a hero's welcome in India, that nation's capital is being torn apart by violent protests between Hindus and Muslims.

The state of play: At least 186 people — 56 police officers and 130 protesters — have been injured and 10 killed in recent clashes, a New Delhi police spokesperson told the AP.

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Wall Street sees 2nd day of brutal sell-off

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The stock market fell another 3% on Tuesday, following Monday’s sell-off. Bond yields touched record lows.

The big picture: Stocks continued to fall as the CDC said it expects the coronavirus to spread in the U.S. The Dow and S&P are more than 7% below the record highs seen earlier this month.