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Positivity     38.00%   
   Negativity   62.00%
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SOURCE: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/07/ilhan-omar-nancy-pelosi-democrats-1208842
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has struggled to contain the furor from all corners of her caucus over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s controversial comments. By HEATHER CAYGLE, SARAH FERRIS and JOHN BRESNAHAN03/07/2019 05:03 AM ESTWith the fallout over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s controversial comments paralyzing House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi found herself on the floor Wednesday afternoon asking some of her closest allies what exactly she should do. If she pulls her punches, Pelosi will anger Jewish lawmakers and groups outraged over Omar’s latest remark about pro-Israel advocates’ “allegiance to a foreign country.” Pelosi and her leadership team have struggled to contain the furor from all corners of the caucus and have seemingly stumbled in recent days over how to respond. “I don’t mean that to be respectful.” Over the past 48 hours, House Democrats have moved into damage control mode after being forced to scrap plans for an otherwise uncontroversial measure: a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism. Democratic sources said some Jewish lawmakers, including Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), were upset by leadership’s decision to expand the resolution to address all kinds of hate speech, which they felt watered down the repudiation of Omar’s comments. “That’s really all I’m focused on.” Another person involved in the talks who prefers a resolution focused mostly on anti-Semitism said, “If Democrats try to sweep this up the rug, we’re going to have a problem.” Democratic leaders have struggled to control the narrative publicly, instructing lawmakers to train their attention on their legislative priorities, such as the campaign finance bill, H.R. 1, on the floor this week.

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