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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) at a rally for Bernie Sanders on Nov. 3. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images

Twitter permanently suspended accounts for Danielle Stella, a Republican challenging Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for her seat in 2020, after she twice tweeted that the congresswoman should be hanged, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Omar, the first Somalian-American member of Congress, has said she experiences spikes in death threats when conservatives, including President Trump, target her in attacks.

Details: Stella called for Omar to be tried for treason and hanged in response to an unproven claim that the congresswoman gave sensitive intelligence information to Iran and Qatar.

  • Twitter spokeswoman Aly Pavela told the Post that Stella’s personal and political accounts were suspended due to “repeated violations of the Twitter rules."
  • Pavela reportedly did not answer whether Stella’s tweets, calling for violence against Omar, "factored into the company’s decision" to suspend her.
  • Stella's Facebook post from Friday addressing the Twitter ban is currently unavailable. Per the Post, Stella wrote on Facebook that she did not threaten anyone, but repeated her stance that Omar should be tried for treason and hanged "if it is proven" that she shared sensitive information.

Go deeper: Twitter refines political ad rules

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White House says Obamacare sign-ups hit record

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra speaking in the White House in December 2021. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The White House said Thursday that a record 14.5 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through Obamacare marketplaces since Nov. 1, including more than 10 million enrollments through HealthCare.gov.

Why it matters: Last year's stimulus bill contained substantial investments in the program, including increased subsidies for people who don't receive health insurance from an employer or through Medicare or Medicaid.

54 mins ago - World

Kremlin says U.S. written responses ignored Russia's main NATO demand

Sergey Lavrov. Photo: Dimitar DilkoffI/AFP via Getty Images

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that the United States' written answers to Russia's security demands do not contain a "positive response" to the Kremlin's top priority, which is a freeze on NATO expansion, according to Russian state media.

Why it matters: A spokesperson for the Kremlin stressed that no conclusions will be drawn until Russian President Vladimir Putin has time to analyze the papers, but a lack of movement on Russia's core concerns means the crisis over Ukraine is unlikely to de-escalate.

How your plumber could lead the electric vehicle revolution

Ford Pro Intelligence gives farmers access to important data on every vehicle – whether gas-powered or electric. Image courtesy of Ford.

Businesses like farmers, contractors and delivery companies — not individual consumers — will lead America into the electric vehicle era, judging from how demand is currently shaping up.

Why it matters: While consumers are waiting on the sidelines to see if the charging infrastructure improves and prices come down, commercial businesses see EVs as a way to boost their productivity and improve operations.