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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) Wednesday rebuked Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) over a violent video he shared on social media last week, asking during an impassioned speech on the House floor, "what is so hard about saying that this is wrong?"

Why it matters: The speech comes ahead of the House's vote Wednesday on whether to censure Gosar and remove him from his committee assignments because of the video, which depicted him killing Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Biden.

What they're saying: "In response to the Republican leader's remarks when he says that this action is unprecedented, what I believe is unprecedented is for a member of House leadership of either party to be unable to condemn incitement of violence against a member of this body."

  • "What is so hard about saying that this is wrong? This is not about me. This is not about representative Gosar, but this is about what we are willing to accept."
  • Ocasio-Cortez condemned Gosar and other Republicans for defending the video as a "joke," stating, "our work here matters. Our example matters."
  • "As leaders in this country, when we incite violence with depictions against our colleagues, that trickles down into violence in this country," she added, calling the incident an example of misogyny and racist misogyny.

Twitter labeled the video last week, noting that it violated the company's hateful conduct policy.

The other side: Gosar during his floor speech said he "rejected the false narrative" that the cartoon was "dangerous or threatening."

  • He described the video as "depicting a policy battle" regarding immigration.

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Omar releases profanity-laced voicemail

Rep. Ilhan Omar is seen playing a threatening voicemail on Tuesday night. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The political back-and-forth between Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) took a jarring turn Tuesday night, when Omar played a tape of a death threat she said she received after Boebert made anti-Muslim comments about her.

Driving the news: Omar alternately quavered and wore a stern expression as she stood in a House television gallery, held a phone and played a voicemail in which an unnamed caller called her a "Sand [n-word] bitch" and a "f-cking traitor."

Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

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Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

European countries are doubling down on pressure campaigns to get people vaccinated just as Republicans continue to wage war — often successfully — against vaccine mandates in the U.S.

Why it matters: The starkly different approaches create a sharp contrast between the regions' approaches to vaccination, even as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads around the world.