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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) told "'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Wednesday night women of color are held to a double standard, as she opened up about becoming a "lightning rod" for many on the right and left.

What she's saying: "There are many members of our community, their identities are lightning rods," she said. "They're being used as political football — immigrants, refugees, women of color, people of color, minorities, Muslims. I happen to embody all of those identities, so it's easy for this to be kind of self-explanatory."

Details: Omar addressed criticism she'd received from President Trump and others for calling senior White House aide Stephen Miller a "white nationalist." Colbert said he'd also described Miller as a white nationalist, without criticism, but he believed he had more latitude than Omar because she's a Muslim woman of color. She noted a congressman had called him the name previously without incident.

"You see this outrage when I speak the truth. Everyone else's truth is allowed, but my truth can never be."

On claims she used anti-Semitic stereotypes, Omar said the whole process this year had been one of learning and growth. That process involved apologizing for remarks she made on Israel, which prompted a House resolution condemning anti-Semitism that was widened to include other forms of bigoted speech

Often times when you're speaking, you might not understand the historical context of some of the words you might use and the kind of pain it might incite for people.

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Even as global growth expectations increase and governments pile on fiscal spending measures central bankers are quietly restarting recession-era bond-buying programs.

Driving the news: Comments Tuesday from Fed governor Lael Brainard suggest the Fed may be jumping onboard the global monetary policy rethink and restarting a program used following the 2008 global financial crisis.

Democrats' hypocrisy moment

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be facing explicit calls to resign from President Biden on down, if you apply the standard that Democrats set for similar allegations against Republicans. And it's not a close call.

Why it matters: The #MeToo moment saw men in power run out of town for exploiting young women. Democrats led the charge. So the silence of so many of them seems more strange — and unacceptable by their own standards — by the hour.

Police officers' immunity from lawsuits is getting a fresh look

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Nearly a year after the death of George Floyd, advocates of changes in police practices are launching new moves to limit or eliminate legal liability protections for officers accused of excessive force.

Why it matters: Revising or eliminating qualified immunity — the shield police officers have now — could force officers accused of excessive force to personally face civil penalties in addition to their departments. But such a change could intensify a nationwide police officer shortage, critics say.