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Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover) made history at Sunday night's 61st Annual Grammy Awards when his political anthem, "This Is America," became the first rap song ever to win record of the year (along with four other categories). Though the program has received praise for its efforts toward diversity this year, Glover's notable absence from the ceremonies indicated for many the progress yet to be made.
Keep on trying, Grammy's
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Rep. Omar's Twitter Trouble📱
Rookie mistake

On Sunday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) spurred condemnation from both sides of the aisle for her tweet, insinuating that U.S. support for Israel is driven by financial support from Jewish groups, such as the American Israel Public Affair Committee (AIPAC). Omar apologized Monday afternoon after receiving criticism from prominent Democrats.

Who is Ilhan Omar?

Ilhan Omar is the newly elected U.S. Representative or Minnesota’s 5th Congressional district. She joins Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) as one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar was born in Somalia, but was forced to flee in 1991 during the Somali Civil War. She eventually received asylum in the U.S. and became a citizen in 2000.


The left pushes the idea that Democrats do a better job of calling out one of their own than Republicans. They argue that Democratic leadership dealt Omar a “swift rebuke,” citing Rep. Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Schumer (D-NY)'s criticism of Omar's tweet as anti-Semitic and their calls for her to apologize. The left also generalizes that, compared to Republicans, Democrats respond better in situations like these, thanks to Democrats' more diverse lawmaking contingent and support base.


The right aims to portray anti-Semitism as a systemic issue among the Democratic party. As evidence, this side claims that Omar and fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) have a history of anti-Semitic statements, citing a 2012 tweet by Omar that criticizes Israel. Furthermore, they argue Omar hails from a district that voted for “anti-Semite Keith Ellison” for 12 years. The right also cites Pew data showing the increased divide between Republicans and Democrats, regarding support for Israel.

Oops, Omar did it again?

This isn’t the first time Omar has garnered attention for one of her tweets – she has been criticized for being anti-Semitic before. As support for Israel among liberals wanes, it will be interesting to see how the Democratic party navigates this topic, in light of having many prominent Jewish donors.

Think before you tweet, guys

An Agreement “In Principle” ✒️

Cutting it close

Lawmakers reached an agreement on Monday to fund border security, avoiding the impending partial government shutdown, which would have taken effect this weekend.

Border security and beds

The prospect of another shutdown had loomed large on Monday, as Republicans and Democrats sparred over border security and immigration control. They hit one last snag over the number of the beds kept for immigrants detained by ICE (Immigration Control and Enforcement) before the deal was made.


Sources on the left present the deal, at least superficially, as a victory for Democrats. They include quotes from leaders who are anti-aggressive immigration enforcement such as Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, and the deputy national political director of the American Civil Liberties Union.


Sources on the right highlight Republicans' concession for less (but still some) physical wall funding. Some include statistics about immigrants with criminal records, or refer to different methods (like finding alternative funding or declaring a state of emergency) of sourcing wall funding.

Final deal remains a secret

As of this writing, the full details of the agreement are still unknown to the public. The extent to which this agreement “in principle” will be put into practice is yet to be seen. One thing is clear, however, from the last two months of bitter negotiations: Americans are desperately tired of partisanship, political football, and dysfunctional government.

Extra extra...✨📰✨

Snacks that kill? A study from France finds that the consumption of “ultraprocessed” foods increases the risk of early death (CNN)

Inclusive Barbie. Mattel debuts new line of Barbie dolls that includes one with a prosthetic leg and another in a wheelchair (USA Today)

New teacher strike. Denver teachers go on strike after failing to reach an agreement with the district over teacher pay (AOL)

Fossilized mucus. Scientists find that a 2.1bn year old rock from Gabon may contain first record of self-propelled organisms (The Guardian)

Climate change. Scientists believe that Greenland could turn into an exporter of sand and gravel if its glaciers continue to melt (Reuters)

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