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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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Fight over Putin's pipeline consumes Congress

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The Biden administration, House and Senate Democrats and even the German government are engaged in a multi-pronged effort to stop Congress from imposing mandatory sanctions on a Kremlin-backed natural gas pipeline.

Why it matters: President Biden's decision to let Nord Stream 2 proceed has put his allies in an uncomfortable bind. Republicans have already blocked dozens of Biden's foreign-policy nominees, and the dispute threatened to derail an annual defense bill passed by Congress every year for six decades.

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Shooting at Michigan high school leaves 3 dead, 8 wounded

Police cars restrict access to Oxford High School following the shooting in Oxford, Michigan, on Tuesday. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)

A 15-year-old sophomore was arrested after a shooting at a Michigan high school that left three people dead and eight others wounded Wednesday, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

The latest: Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said at a briefing Tuesday night that the suspect's father had on Friday bought the 9mm Sig Sauer pistol investigators believe was used in the shooting at Oxford High School. Authorities released the names of the victims late Tuesday.

City Council member Andre Dickens wins Atlanta mayoral race

Atlanta Mayor-elect Andre Dickens in Atlanta, Georgia, late Tuesday. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

City Council member Andre Dickens won a runoff election Tuesday to become Atlanta's next mayor, soundly beating the council's president Felicia Moore.

The big picture: Dickens was just a few months ago considered to have an outside chance of replacing Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who announced in May that she wouldn't seek a second term.