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GOP lawmakers push to remove Rep. Omar from her committee assignments amid Dem push against Rep. Greene

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This story has been updated with a statement from Rep. Omar

Several House Republican lawmakers are pushing to strip Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-MN, of her committee assignments over her antisemitic statements, first reported by Fox News. This comes during a similar push from Democrats to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-GA, of her committee assignments over her previous endorsements of conspiracy theories, which includes an antisemitic post from 2018.

Omar is a member of the House Budget Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Her office responded to this reporter’s request for comment with the following statement:

“Let’s be clear: this is a desperate smear rooted in racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia. Marjorie Taylor Greene has incited violence against her fellow Members of Congress, repeatedly singling out prominent women of color. She actively encouraged the insurrection on the Capitol that threatened my life and the life of every Member of Congress, and resulted in multiple deaths. She ran a campaign ad holding an assault rifle next to my face. She came to the Capitol demanding that me and Rep. Tlaib swear in on the Christian bible instead of the Quran,” she said.

“The House Republican Caucus, instead of holding her accountable, is now fanning the flames. Republicans will do anything to distract from the fact that they have not only allowed but elevated members of their own caucus who encourage violence. It’s time to stop whitewashing the actions of the violent conspiracy theorists, who pose a direct and immediate threat to their fellow Members of Congress and our most fundamental democratic processes.”

As reported by The Dark Wire, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, met with Greene Tuesday and called her past comments “deeply disturbing.” Reps. Brian Babin (R-TX), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Jody Hice (R-GA), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Ronny Jackson (R-TX) are all sponsors of the proposal.

Rep. Biggs slammed the House Democrats’ latest move as “blatant hypocrisy,” in a statement to The Dark Wire Investigation Foundation.

“House Democrats have embarked on a dangerous slope in attempting to punish a Republican Member of Congress for thoughts and opinions she shared as a private citizen before being sworn into office,” Biggs said.

He added, “holding Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green accountable for statements that she made before running for Congress, while not being willing to hold sitting Democrat Members of Congress accountable for their offensive and intemperate statements is another example of blatant hypocrisy by Congressional Democrats.”

“If Democrats proceed with their authoritarianism, Republicans should reciprocate by removing Democrat members who have violated the House rules of decorum and principles of American decency while serving in this body. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has shared anti-Semitic sentiments while serving in the House of Representatives, and she should be one of the first Members held to the standard that Democrats are setting this week,” Biggs said.

Omar has made a number of antisemitic statements while in office and is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that seeks to economically strangle Israel. The founder of BDS, Omar Barghouti, has said the movement’s mission is to destroy the Jewish State.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been outspokenly against BDS, saying “it unfairly and inappropriately singles out Israel and creates a double standard that we do not apply to other countries.”

Omar also infamously said  “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” in response to McCarthy’s pledge to “take action” against Omar for criticizing Israel.

She also accused American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of paying politicians for their support.

Omar later apologized.

Follow Jennie Taer on Twitter @JennieSTaer

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WSJ: Corporate Dirty Pool in Washington’s Senate Race

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The Wall Street Journal’s,  Kimberly A. Strassel wrote a piece identifying how the Democrats are so worried about Washington Senator Patty Murray’s re-election “that Seattle’s corporate heavyweights are playing dirty pool on her behalf.”

Murray, a leftwing progressive, has faced little competition while in office; until now. Tiffany Smiley, a Republican nurse and entrepreneur “is pummeling Ms. Murray from every direction and laying out her own detailed reform agenda” adds the WSJ.

A RealClearPolitics average has Ms. Murray winning by 8 points. Another poll has Smiley within 2 points. Regardless, It’s close enough that “Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently transferred $500,000 of his own campaign cash to Ms. Murray’s campaign.”

Money from Schumer isn’t the only liberal panic dough. “Starbucks, the Seattle Times and the Seattle Seahawks—are actively attempting to sabotage the Smiley campaign, albeit in a distinctly underhanded fashion” writes the WSJ. “Their targets are two effective Smiley campaign ads.”

At the center of the fight are two of Smiley’s ads: “Game Day” and “Cup of Coffee.”

Strassel reports:

In “Game Day” the Republican is in a kitchen preparing to watch a football game, hitting Ms. Murray and Democrats for the spiraling cost of food. In “Cup of Coffee,” she stands in front of a derelict building. Barely visible at the top, and seen backward, is the store’s faded Starbucks sign. Ms. Smiley hits Ms. Murray for rising crime, while the ad flashes two Seattle Times headlines, one of which reads: “Starbucks to Close 5 Seattle Stores Over Safety Concerns.”

“Game Day” hit the airwaves Sept 1. Five days later, according to documents I obtained, the Smiley campaign received a terse email from the Seahawks claiming a trademark violation. The ad briefly shows Ms. Smiley’s husband, Scotty—a retired U.S. Army Ranger who was blinded by shrapnel in Iraq—expressing alarm that “even beer” prices are rising. You only see his shoulders above a tall couch—and if you get a magnifying glass you might make out a letter or two from the word “Seahawks.” The letter insisted the Smiley campaign “immediately cease” its “unauthorized commercial use.” Nothing like your local sports franchise dumping cease-and-desist orders on wounded veterans.

“Cup of Coffee” went live on Sept. 20. The next day, the Seattle Times sent an email to the “Jane Smiley” campaign—apparently without running it past its fact-checking desk—accusing it of “unauthorized use of The Seattle Times logo and two headlines” in violation of the paper’s “copyright and trademark.” It demanded the campaign remove any references to the paper not only in its own ad, but in an NBC News article about the ad’s launch.

Two days later, Starbucks sent a certified letter saying the campaign was appropriating its intellectual property, and complaining it might “create an unfounded association in the minds of consumers between Starbucks and your campaign.” It insisted the campaign either pull the ad or alter it to strip both the (barely visible, backward) sign and the Seattle Times headline referencing Starbucks.

One such letter may be the product of an overzealous lawyer, but three in a row looks like more than a coincidence. One might even wonder if some Murray staffer was putting bugs in Seattle business leaders’ ears. And while corporate political-action committees routinely play politics by making donations, it’s something else for individual companies to go to bat for a candidate via behind-the-scenes threats based on tenuous legal claims. These letters were bound to cost the Smiley campaign money and headaches and might have pushed it off the airwaves.

The campaign didn’t roll over. It made a painless accommodation to the “Game Day” ad, blurring the jersey colors to obscure anything distinct. In a legal letter sent Thursday to Starbucks, the campaign rebutted the company’s infringement claims, running through political speech protections and noting that no reasonable person would ever think a factual ad about shuttered Starbucks stores amounted to a coffee-chain endorsement. It suggested Starbucks focus on its own problems, like its recent union woes.

The Seattle Times also received a letter refuting its claims, but it got something in addition. The Smiley campaign on Thursday filed a Federal Election Commission complaint, charging the paper with providing the Murray campaign a prohibited in-kind contribution. It turns out that Ms. Murray has also used a Seattle Times headline in her ads. Her “First 2016 Ad” sports the newspaper’s logo under the headline: “Patty Murray’s and Paul Ryan’s Teamwork Is a Model for Congress.” It seems the Times has a different legal standard for candidates it endorses.

As the FEC complaint notes, the Smiley campaign would have to spend an estimated $5,000 to remove and update the ad—“costs that Patty Murray does not have to accrue.” It cites FEC regulations that provide “if a corporation makes its resources available for free, it must do so for all candidates.”

Don’t expect the Seattle corporate set to do anything on behalf of Ms. Smiley soon. But it shouldn’t be too much to ask that they do their politicking straight—and out in the open.

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