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Amid Democratic pressure, Ilhan Omar apologizes for tweets on Israel

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Rep. Ilhan Omar. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) "unequivocally" apologized Monday for her tweets on Israel, which used stereotypes often perceived as anti-Semitic, saying that she is "grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating [her] on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes."

The backdrop: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leadership condemned Omar's comments earlier in the day and requested an apology, saying her "use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive."

GOP blocks resolution condemning use of shutdowns as negotiating tactic

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein via Getty Images

The House on Wednesday failed to pass a symbolic resolution that condemned the use of government shutdowns as a negotiating tactic, with Republicans blocking the measure from gaining the two-thirds support necessary to pass.

Details: As Roll Call notes, a two-thirds majority was required because Democrats brought the resolution under suspension of the rules, which is usually used to pass non-controversial measures. Democrats amended the resolution to strip out language that referenced President Trump's role in the recent 35-day shutdown, but Republicans nonetheless rejected it as a "political stunt" and a "glorified press release."

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