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Omar falsely states that new Georgia voting laws ‘will restrict people’s ability to vote’

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Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar defended Major League Baseball’s decision to move its All-Star Game from Georgia over new voting laws by inaccurately saying that the new laws “will restrict people’s ability to vote.”

CNN host Jake Tapper asked Omar if she agreed with Democratic political activist Stacey Abrams, who expressed that while she “respected” boycotts, she did not want “to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs.”

Tapper asked if Omar sided with Abrams, who thinks this decision will disproportionately hurt minorities, or if she sided with the MLB.

“We know that boycotts have allowed for justice to be delivered in many spaces,” Omar responded to Tapper. “The civil rights movement was rooted in boycotts. We know that, you know, apartheid ended in South Africa because of boycotts.”

“And so our hope is that this boycott will result in changes in the law because we understand that when you restrict people’s ability to vote, you create a democracy that isn’t fully functioning for all of us. If we are to continue to be a beacon of hope for all democracies around the world, we must stand our ground,” Omar concluded.

Tapper then noted that Georgia, even with the new voting laws, is still more open compared to other states such as New York that have fewer early voting options.

“Should every state be reexamining their voting laws?” Tapper asked.

“They certainly should be,” Omar said. “It is really important that every single state reexamine their voting laws and make sure that voting is accessible to everyone. It’s also going to be really important for us to continue to push H.R. 1, which makes it accessible nationwide and strengthens our democracy.”

Watch the interview here.

The MLB announced Friday that it would be moving the All Star Game out of Atlanta over Georgia’s new election law. Democrats have criticized the new laws, saying its comparable to Jim Crow laws. Former President Donald Trump has called for a boycott of the MLB in response.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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CNN announces controversial presidential debate rules obviously intended to benefit Biden

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CNN announced its several presidential debate rules over the weekend sparking controversy. The rules will govern the upcoming debate between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden on June 27. A

After Trump publicly stated he would debate the president “any time and any where” the Biden campaign agreed to a total of two debates that would be closely regulated. Not only did the administration demand a ban on audiences, it also approved CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash as its moderators. Breitbart reports Tapper is one of Trump’s sharpest critics.

CNN announced its own additional parameters on Saturday, which likely were done in partnership with the White House:

  • Two commercial breaks (Likely to benefit Biden)
  • Campaign staff will not be able to interact with their candidate during the break
  • No opening statements, two-minute closing statements
  • Two-minute answer shot clock, one minute for rebuttals
  • Mics will be muted “except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak” (Likely to benefit Biden)

CNN reported its rules:

The 90-minute debate will include two commercial breaks, according to the network, and campaign staff may not interact with their candidate during that time. Both candidates agreed to appear at a uniform podium, and their podium positions will be determined by a coin flip.

Microphones will be muted throughout the debate except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak. While no props or pre-written notes will be allowed on the stage, candidates will be given a pen, a pad of paper and a bottle of water.

Some aspects of the debate – including the absence of a studio audience – will be a departure from previous debates. But, as in the past, the moderators “will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion,” according to the network.

Breitbart reports that the President is planning to spend about a week preparing to debate Trump who has also requested Biden receive a drug test before the debates. The White House did not respond in May as to whether Biden intends to use performance-enhancing drugs in preparation for the presidential debates.

Ron Klain, Biden’s former chief of staff who is going on vacation to help Biden prepare for the debates, did not respond to Politico Playbook’s request for comment about “whether any illegal substances are used as part of Klain’s debate prep.”

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