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Incoming Biden Official called Palestinian suicide bombings ‘the last resort of a desperate people’

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Reema Dodin, announced on Monday as a deputy director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs for the incoming Biden administration, referred to Palestinian suicide bombings as “the last resort of a desperate people” during the Second Intifada in 2002.

Dodin graduated from the University of California in 2002 with a degree in economics and political science and received a law degree from the University of Illinois in 2006.

She has volunteered in support of Palestinians, including a occupation protest to demand the University of California divest from Israel in 2000. 

According to the International Crisis Group, thirty suicide bombings killed 195 people in Jerusalem between 2000 and 2005.

“They say they want peace, but it’s a peace based on their rules,” Dodin previously said.

Dodin will be the first Palestinian-American to serve as a White House staffer, according to Palestinian media. 

She is currently a volunteer for Biden’s transition team and serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Sen. Dick Durbin. She also volunteered for the Obama campaign.

In an interview with the Christian Science Monitor in 1981, Dodin insisted on self-determination for Palestinians, but added that Jews and Arabs “must live together, and no political solution can cancel this.”

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BREAKING: IL judge orders state election board to remove Trump from primary ballot

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Cook County Judge Tracie Porter issued a lengthy ruling Wednesday which orders the state election board to remove former President Donald Trump from the Illinois primary ballot on March 19. Porter wrote Trump is disqualified from the presidency due to his actions relating to the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Porter said she was aware her “decision could not be the ultimate outcome,” given that higher courts will have a chance to weigh in; she also put her order on hold until Friday in anticipation of an appeal.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that the State Board of Elections voted unanimously last month to reject the same bid to block Trump from Illinois’ ballot under the 14th Amendment. But Porter found the board’s decision to be “clearly erroneous.”

The 14th Amendment bars from “any office, civil or military, under the United States” anyone who previously took an oath as an “officer of the United States” to support the Constitution but then engaged in “insurrection or rebellion.”

Trump’s lawyers have told the U.S. Supreme Court the amendment doesn’t apply because the president is not an “officer of the United States” under the Constitution and because he did not engage in “anything that qualifies as ‘insurrection.’”

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the “U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule on the controversy soon — and appeared skeptical of the arguments to kick Trump off Colorado’s ballot. The clock is ticking on the nation’s high court given that Colorado’s primary election is Tuesday.” Porter also said her order would be put on hold if the Supreme court’s ruling is ultimately “inconsistent” with hers.

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