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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promised on Fox News Tuesday to kick Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) off of the Foreign Affairs Committee if Republicans take back the majority in the chamber.

Why it matters: McCarthy called Omar "anti-American" and "anti-Semitic" over recent comments on Israel that drew rebuke from colleagues, including some fellow Democrats.

What he's saying: "I think Nancy Pelosi should remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee," McCarthy said. "This is an individual that has not once but on numerous occasions been anti-Semitic."

  • "Her own entire Congress had to rebuke her in the last one. But she's not just anti-Semitic, she's anti-American now. She's equating America to Taliban, to Hamas. She's discrediting our greatest ally in the Middle East, Israel."
  • "I will promise you this. If we are fortunate enough to have the majority, Omar would not be serving on Foreign Affairs or anybody that has an anti-Semitic, anti-American view. That is not productive, and that is not right."

Context: A group of 12 Jewish Democrats in the House criticized Omar last week after she tweeted about "unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban," in reference to investigations by the International Criminal Court.

  • The group of Jewish Democrats issued a statement calling Omar's tweet "offensive" and asked her to clarify why she placed "the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban."
  • Omar in turn said the group's statement was "offensive" and filled with "Islamophobic tropes," but later clarified the original tweet, saying it was not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel, but was commentary on ICC cases.

Flashback: The House passed a resolution in 2019 by Democrats condemning antisemitism in response to comments on Israel by Omar.

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Sep 13, 2021 - World

Taliban says female students can study in gender-segregated universities

Students hold Taliban flags as they listen to women speakers before a pro-Taliban rally at the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

Female students in Afghanistan can continue with their university studies, but classes must now be segregated and head coverings are mandatory, the Taliban announced Sunday.

Why it matters: Afghan women and girls have expressed fears they could lose hard-won rights to education, employment and other freedoms, and see a return to the oppressive rule they experienced from 1996-2001, when the Taliban last ruled.

Updated Sep 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Blinken on Afghanistan: "We inherited a deadline. We did not inherit a plan"

Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered an unwavering defense of the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan on Monday, insisting it was "time to end America's longest war" and praising the evacuation from Kabul as "extraordinary."

Why it matters: Blinken, who is appearing Monday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Tuesday before Senate Foreign Relations, is the first senior Biden official to testify on Afghanistan in the wake of the chaotic withdrawal. Tempers flared in the first session, with House Republicans accusing Blinken of lying and demanding his resignation.

Congress' September sprint

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The next few weeks will be crucial to enacting President Biden's agenda — and determining how Democrats perform in next year's midterms.

Driving the news: The Senate's back from recess starting Monday, and deadlines over everything from infrastructure to a government shutdown to the U.S. debt ceiling are staring lawmakers in the face. These are creating tests for the president and his bare congressional majority as Democrats try to hang on.