Indonesia asks Japan to invest in islands disputed by China

In this photo released Indonesian Presidential Office, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, inspect troops during his visit at Indonesian Navy ship KRI Usman Harun at Selat Lampa Port, Natuna Islands, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Agus Soeparto, Indonesian Presidential Office via AP)

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UPDATED 8:59 AM PT — Friday, January 10, 2020

Indonesia is asking Japan to increase its investment in fisheries and energy in islands near the disputed South China Sea. On Friday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo specifically requested Japan put more resources into its Natuna islands.

This comes after Widodo traveled to Natuna Wednesday, following reports that China’s coastguard crossed into Indonesia’s economic zone right off the chain of islands last month. However, Beijing has claimed that it owns that area of water, which is located right next to the South China Sea.

Japan’s foreign ministry said it stands with Indonesia in the dispute.

“On the South China Sea issue, we shared a serious concern regarding efforts to change with force the status quo unilaterally and we confirmed on continuing close collaboration,” stated Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.

In this photo released Indonesian Presidential Office, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, second right, stands on the deck of Indonesian Navy ship KRI Usman Harun at Selat Lampa Port, Natuna Islands, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Agus Soeparto, Indonesian Presidential Office via AP)

Since the incident, Indonesia has stepped up its military air and sea patrols in the region. Indonesian officials also said the country has struck an agreement with Japan to strengthen cooperation between their coastguards.

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Protesters gather outside Facebook HQ over political ads decision

FILE – A Facebook logo at Station F in Paris is pictured. Facebook has decided not to limit how political ads can be targeted to specific groups of people, as its main digital-ad rival Google did in November 2019 to fight misinformation. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

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UPDATED 9:31 AM PT — Friday, January 10, 2020

Protesters recently gathered outside of Facebook’s headquarters to show opposition to the tech giant’s decision to not fact check political advertisements. On Thursday, demonstrators rallied against Facebook’s recent policy change, which allows users to filter certain political ads rather than implementing an outright ban of certain ads it deems as containing misinformation.

Facebook has argued that private companies should not determine which political ads become censored, and said its calling for government regulations into the matter. However, protesters say Facebook should control what kinds of information people receive on the site.

“It’s happening all over the world. Politicians now in the U.S. are lying on Facebook and most Facebook users don’t know. They trust the platform. They expect that what they’re seeing there is true. Billions of people get their news from Facebook, and so it’s not okay for them to to say, lie as much as you want and we’re not going to do anything about it.”

— Andrea Buffa, protest organizer

Meanwhile, Twitter has made the decision to block political ads from its platform altogether, while Google has chosen to limit the targeting of political ads.

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President Trump hosts first ‘Keep America Great’ rally of 2020

President Donald Trump points to supporters before he speaks during a campaign rally at the Huntington Center, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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UPDATED 8:25 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

On Thursday night, President Trump joined his supporters in the Buckeye State for his first reelection campaign rally of 2020. At the Huntington Center in Toledo, the president touched on a variety of topics, including recent tensions with Iran.

He spoke to his supporters directly about the Iranian conflict for the first time since the U.S. conducted a missile strike operation against top Iranian military official Qasem Soleimani. The president emphasized “we did exactly the opposite of Benghazi.”

Supporters listen as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)

He added he decided not to alert Congress because his administration worried House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, or other Democrats, could have leaked news of the planned attack and potentially botched the whole operation.

“Here’s a guy who slaughtered and butchered civilians all over, and military, whoever was in his way. We have Bernie and Nancy Pelosi, we have them all saying, ‘How dare you take him out that way. You should get permission from Congress. You should come in and tell us so that we can call up the fake news that’s back there and they can leak it.'”

– Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

The president also touched on the state of the economy, saying “Ohio just had the best year economically in the history of the state.” He added this year is going to be even better.

President Trump also touted record-breaking unemployment rates, soaring stock market earnings and progress in trade agreements with foreign countries. He wrapped up the event by promising a renewed focus on his administration’s work to better the lives of American families, not only Ohio, but across the entire country.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)

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Suspected Islamic militants attack army outpost in Niger, killing 25 soldiers

Photo via official Twitter account of the Nigerian Army.

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UPDATED 7:50 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

Alleged Islamic militants attacked an army outpost in the West African nation of Niger amid sectarian tensions in that country. On Thursday, the Nigerian military confirmed suspected Islamists staged an attack in the northern part of the country, which killed at least 25 soldiers and wounded several others.

Officials said the assailants approached the military facility on motorbikes and engaged in combat with security personnel.

The incident comes amid ongoing clashes between ISIS affiliate Boko Haram and government forces across West Africa.

“We repelled an attack led by terrorist elements who came with several vehicles and motorbikes. The response, with aerial support from the air force and our partners, allowed us to hit back and push our enemies outside of our of borders. Search operations are ongoing.”

– Colonel Souleymane Gazobi, Spokesman for the Nigerian Ministry of Defense

Niger authorities said at least 63 militants were eliminated during the attack.

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 file photo, Kenyan security forces aim their weapons up at buildings as they run through a hotel complex during an attack by extremists in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

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Trump administration to gut National Environmental Policy Act regulations

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin)

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UPDATED 7:00 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

President Trump said he will be gutting regulations in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). During Thursday’s press conference at the White House, the president said the current regulations are “too bureaucratic” to function properly.

He said the new changes are meant eliminate costly red tape that impacts our nation’s farmers and infrastructure projects.

“These endless delays waste money, keep projects from breaking ground and deny jobs to our nation’s incredible workers,” said President Trump. “From day one, my administration has made fixing this regulatory nightmare a top priority.”

A grain truck drives past a Keystone pipeline pumping station near Milford, Neb., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Among the biggest changes, federal agencies will no longer have to consider so-called climate change when they submit for environmental reviews. They will only need to asses immediate environmental impacts

The new regulations will also set time limits on environmental assessments. However, the changes will not eliminate policies meant to protect the environment.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the average time it takes to complete an environmental impact statement is roughly four years. She said that number can jump as high as seven years for something like a highway project.

“Our infrastructure needs to be addressed,” said Chao. “Many of these regulations have not been updated in decades.”

The proposed changes will now be open for a 60 day public comment period before they are finalized. Environmental groups are also expected to issue legal challenges to the White House’s proposals.

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House passes War Powers Resolution aimed at limiting U.S. involvement in Iranian conflict

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives to meet with reporters following escalation of tensions this week between the U.S. and Iran, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 6:33 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

The House has passed a new War Powers Resolution regarding the conflict with Iran. The legislation, which was pushed by House Democrats, passed mostly along party lines in a 224-to-194 vote on Thursday.

GOP members Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Thomas Massie and Rep. Rooney voted in favor of the bill.

Democrat Representatives Max Rose, Ben McAdams, Anthony Brindisi, Joe Cunningham, Elaine Luria, Josh Gottheimer, Kendra Horn and Stephanie Murphy voted no on the measure.

The bill was created limit the president’s powers as commander in chief as well as the Pentagon’s involvement with military action against Iran. The Defense Department will be limited to 30 days, unless Congress provides approval for additional action.

The bill is now headed to the Senate, where it will need to be reconciled with a competing bill. President Trump is expected to veto the legislation if it passes the Republican controlled Senate.

RELATED: House Democrats Working On Bills To Limit President Trump’s War Powers

Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Capitol, during a House vote to measure limiting President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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President Trump signals White House would attempt to limit Bolton testimony

FILE – In this July 31, 2019 file photo, then National security adviser John Bolton speaks to media at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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UPDATED 6:10 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

President Trump has signaled the White House may try to restrict the testimony of former National Security Adviser John Bolton. On Thursday, the president said he would defer to the Senate if Bolton were to testify in the upcoming impeachment trial.

He claimed that “we have to protect presidential privilege,” not just for him, “but for future presidents.”

“To me, for the future, we have to protect presidential privilege,” stated President Trump. “When we start allowing national security advisers to just go up and say whatever they want to say, we can’t do that.”

The president’s remarks came after the former top White House aide said Monday that he would be willing to testify.

Bolton has also spoken out against the new War Powers Resolution, which aims to restrict the president’s military action against Iran.

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Islamic Revolutionary Guard Gen. says Iran has hundreds of missiles targeting American forces

In this photo taken Aug. 26, 2019 and released by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer, 435th Air Expeditionary Wing photojournalist, salutes the flag during a ceremony signifying the change from tactical to enduring operations at Camp Simba, Manda Bay, Kenya. (Staff Sgt. Lexie West/U.S. Air Force via AP)

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UPDATED 5:00 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

Iran’s Ayatollah regime is making new threats against U.S. military personnel in the Middle East. On Thursday, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard said the group has prepared hundreds of missiles to carry out new strikes on U.S. forces in Iraq and beyond.

The Iranian general said American troops must leave the Middle East to avoid further losses.

President Trump believes Iran is now standing down after its largely symbolic attack on the al-Assad Air Base in Iraq earlier this week. However, Tehran has said Iran is prepared for a full-scale conflict.

“It is in their best interest that they themselves voluntarily leave, not only Iraq, but also Afghanistan and Arab countries,” said General Amir Ali Hajizadeh. “As far as I know, from the resistance front to the new ones that are being formed in the region will cause them to leave the region with damage and embarrassment.”

The Iranian general pointed out the Iraqi parliament voted to expel U.S. troops and called on other Middle Eastern countries to pass similar resolutions

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Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone strike on Friday, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) square in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

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Canadian PM Trudeau says evidence suggests Iran shot down Ukrainian plane

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference updating the Iran plane crash, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Ottawa, as Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan looks on. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

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UPDATED 4:15 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is saying there is evidence the Ukraine International Airlines plane, which crashed and burned outside Tehran, was shot down by Iran. His remarks came after reports quoted senior U.S. Defense and Intelligence officials, who said the plane was hit by an anti-aircraft missile system.

All 176 passengers on board were killed in Wednesday’s crash, including 63 Canadian citizens.

“We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies and our own intelligence,” stated Trudeau. “The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.”

He added the firing of the missile at the Ukrainian plane may have been unintentional.

FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 file photo debris at the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Ukrainian officials are investigating the possibility of a missile strike and want to investigate the crash site after seeing photos of the wreckage. They have rejected earlier claims that the aircraft crashed due to technical issues. While speaking at a UN meeting in New York on Thursday, the country’s deputy foreign minister said the circumstances of the incident remain unclear.

The diplomat urged the UN to ensure Iran’s full cooperation with the probe.

“176 innocent lives have been lost, citizens of Iran, Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany and the United Kingdom,” stated Sergiy Kyslytsya. “It is now up to the experts to investigate it and to find answers to the questions of what caused the crash.”

People look at a memorial at Borispil international airport outside in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, for the flight crew members of the Ukrainian 737-800 plane that crashed on the outskirts of Tehran. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

President Trump weighed in on Wednesday’s incident, saying he does not believe mechanical failure caused the Ukrainian jet to crash. The president said he has his suspicions, but did not give details.

He added the plane was flying in a pretty rough neighborhood and somebody could have made a mistake. When asked by reporters if he thought the plane was shot down by accident, the president said he’s waiting on more information to be released.

“At some point, they’ll release the black box,” he said. “I have a feeling that something very terrible happened.”

RELATED: Ukrainian Plane Could Have Been Shot Down By Iranian Anti-Aircraft Missile System

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President Trump defends U.S. strike which killed Iran’s top general

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 2:10 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

President Trump is explaining why the assassination of Iranian’s top general was the right call. On Thursday, the president defended his reasoning for the recent American airstrike, which killed Qasem Soleimani.

He laid out the specific circumstances surrounding the strike, which supported his decision to take out the target.

“We caught a total monster and we took him out. That should have happened a long time ago. We did it because they were looking to blow up our embassy. We also did it for other reasons…one of our military people died. People were badly wounded just the week before.”

– Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

The president said the military had the shot, took it and and were “pinpoint accurate.”

Regarding whether he would ask for congressional approval to take further military action, President Trump said it would depend on the circumstances. He added in some cases he must make “split second decisions.”

FILE – In this April 4, 2018 file photo, Kelly Knight Craft, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, speaks about NAFTA and Canada-US relations at an Empire Club meeting in Toronto. (Chris Donovan/The Canadian Press via AP)

UN Ambassador Kelly Craft defended the president’s decision earlier on Thursday. While addressing the UN in New York, Craft said the drone strike against Soleimani took place after a series of armed attacks on U.S. interests by Iranian proxies.

She added the Ayatollah regime has threatened American lives for many years.

“Last week, the United States took defensive military action against Iranian threats. President Trump has made clear that his highest and most solemn duty is the defense of our nation and its citizens. We will act decisively in the exercise of our inherent right of self-defense, to protect Americans when necessary, as is recognized under the charter.”

– Kelly Craft, United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Craft also emphasized President Trump’s call on Tehran to change its behavior and abandon terror activities to ensure a brighter future for the Iranian people.

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New York Times columnist denies downloading child exploitation content

Photo via Paul Krugman’s Facebook page.

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UPDATED 2:42 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

A longtime columnist for The New York Times claimed he was the victim of a major cyber security breach. On Wednesday, Paul Krugman said on Twitter, “someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography.”

Krugman later removed the post and said “the Times is now on the case” and they “think it may have been a scam.”

He has been an economics op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 1999.

President Trump has been a vocal critic of his work, saying Krugman has been wrong about the administration’s policies from day one. The president has also said the newspaper must be very angry with Krugman regarding what he has called his “incorrect views.”

Officials have not commented on the matter and Krugman has said he is working with his computer security service on the issue. Krugman believes the incident could have been a targeted attempt to destroy him because of his anti-Trump views. A number of critics have said otherwise.

A wave of Twitter users accused Krugman of lying and handling the situation poorly. They suggested he should have gone to the FBI rather than announcing the incident on Twitter and seeking help from his employer.

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President Trump: Phase Two trade deal with China to be completed after election

FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

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UPDATED 1:35 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

President Trump has confirmed the U.S. and China will sign the Phase One trade deal in Washington next week. During an event at the White House on Thursday, the president called Phase One a “phenomenal deal.”

He also touted the recent jump in corn and cattle prices as evidence the deal is good for U.S. farmers. Prices for both U.S. farm products have surged more than seven percent since the announcement of the trade deal with China.

The president said Phase Two negotiations will begin immediately, but added he might want to push completion of the deal until after the election in November. He suggested the delay would benefit the U.S. more.

“I think I might want to wait to finish it until after the election, because by doing that, I think we can actually make a little bit better deal, maybe a lot better deal,” said President Trump.

He said China requested the next round of negotiations to begin immediately.

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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Calif. considering state-wide ban on gas-powered tools

File – Commuters make their way along a highway during morning rush hour in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 22, 2019. (REUTERS Photo/Mike Blake)

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UPDATED 1:48 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

Gas-powered gardening tools may soon become a thing of the past. At least that’s the goal for California state air regulators, who are considering a state-wide ban on the equipment.

The ban would look to eliminate tools such as lawnmowers, leaf blowers and chain saws in an effort to cut down on carbon emissions. However, small business owners have argued they would be negatively impacted by the ban. Many are now looking to convince lawmakers it is not the answer.

According to studies from the state’s air regulators board, running a lawn mower for one hour produces as much smog as a five-hour drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Battery-powered equipment is being proposed as an alternative, but experts worry the tools may not be as effective.

Furthermore, business owners say they would lose thousands of dollars in loss of business, inventory they could no longer sell and the purchase of all new inventory as a result.

“I would lose accounts, I would start losing business,” said landscape business owner Jeremy Kincaid. “It would probably put me out of business.”

At least 60 cities in California, including Berkeley and Sonoma, have issued at least partial bans on gas-powered tools. The state’s air regulators said their goal is to gather enough signatures by the end of 2020 to get the ban approved.

Officials have claimed the ban, if passed, would happen in phases to give business owners and at-home gardeners the time to adjust ahead of the full ban, which would reportedly be slated for 2022.

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Colo. police confiscate guns with red flag law one day after it took effect

In this Thursday, July 26, 2012 file photo, an AR-15 style rifle is displayed at the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop, in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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UPDATED 1:15 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

Colorado saw its first request to take guns away from a resident one day after the state’s controversial ‘red flag’ law took effect. This first example came January 2nd after Denver police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute.

According to the affidavit, a man was allegedly intoxicated and threatened to kill himself. Officers used this as evidence of a “credible threat” in their request to a judge under the new law. If a judge approves the request, police will be able to hold the man’s guns for 364 days and could prevent him from owning other firearms during that time.

Some are skeptical of the new law due to its vague language, which allows weapons to be confiscated without criminal charges.

“To go in and conduct a search warrant on someone’s home, based on the word of a third party…I think that’s a huge overreach of the Constitution and that’s where I’d have to draw the line,” said Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams.

While the law is still new, some have expressed concerns about the length of time weapons are held and the extremely high burden placed on respondents to restore their constitutional right.

Colorado is not the first state to pass ‘red flag’ laws. The controversial measure has been adopted in 17 states and the District of Columbia. These laws encourage family members and law enforcement to petition a judge, which could end with an order to temporarily revoke a person’s ability to possess firearms.

“We obviously encourage people, who look at this law and look at what it allows, that if it is something that they think will make them safer, to go through the appropriate process with the courts to determine if that’s what works best for them,” stated Lt. John Koch of the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Despite mixed responses from the community, the Colorado legislature’s fiscal analysis estimated 95 percent of petitions will be granted.

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Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar under fire for PTSD remarks

Congressional Progressive Caucus members Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center accompanied by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis. speaks during a news conference about the targeted killing of Iran’s senior military commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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UPDATED 12:42 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

Rep. Ilhan Omar received an avalanche of criticism this week after she spoke out about how conflict with Iran is making her feel uneasy. As a survivor of war-torn Somalia, Omar said the talk of war brought back her post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Every time I hear about conversations around war, I find myself being stricken by PTSD,” she said. “But I find peace knowing I serve with people who show courage against war.”

However, many found her remarks to be insensitive, including Indiana Congressman Jim Banks.

Banks, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, immediately took to Twitter with a response. He called her remarks a “disgrace and offensive to our nation’s veterans, who really do have PTSD after putting their lives on the line to keep America safe.”

“An Iranian terrorist, who orchestrated attacks that injured and killed U.S. soldiers, got blown up by President Donald Trump,” added Banks. “Hard to see how any patriotic U.S. Representative could feel ‘ill’ about that.”

Omar hit back, saying she survived war as a child and dealt with the disorder, much like those who serve or live through war.

Others continued to blast her remarks and used her past words against her. Critics said it’s interesting she has PTSD over war with Iran, yet remained indifferent when it came to 9/11, when she said “some people did something.”

A conservative talk show host said Omar’s remarks were “a direct spit in the face of those who serve in the military.”

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Sen. McConnell: Senate will move forward with legislative business without articles of impeachment

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., heads to a briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and other national security officials on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 12:20 PM PT — Thursday, January 9, 2020

According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the upper chamber will not wait for the House to send over the articles of impeachment. While speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, the Republican leader said House Democrats can create a cloud over the presidency, but they can’t to do it forever.

The Kentucky lawmaker then said the Senate has real business to do for the American people, and will move forward next week if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t act sooner.

“If the Speaker continues to refuse to take her own accusations to trial, the Senate will move forward next week with the business of our people,” he stated. “We will operate on the assumption that House Democrats are too embarrassed to ever move forward.”

McConnell also said the Senate will continue to process the USMCA as well as work on issues related to the opioid and drug abuse crisis.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives to meet with reporters following escalation of tensions this week between the U.S. and Iran, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Meanwhile, Speaker Pelosi seems to be in no hurry to release the articles of impeachment to the Senate. While speaking to reporters Thursday, she said she’ll send the articles when she’s ready.

This comes weeks after the House passed the articles with zero Republican support. The Democrat went on to say she’s waiting to see the “terms” for the Senate trial, and expressed concern that senators won’t be impartial.

When asked by a reporter if she should move faster on sending the articles, Pelosi said “no” and claimed she’s “moving smartly and strategically.”

RELATED: Rep. Andy Biggs Talks Impeachment, Iranian Aggression With OAN

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