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This native Texan – from El Paso like Beto and parents also born in El Paso like Beto – enjoyed this chart. (I was born many years earlier than him tho – 1950).

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‘She’s made us proud’: Ilhan Omar’s journey from Kenyan refugee camp to US Congress

Fadumo Kuusow remembers a thin and shy girl who lived next door. Her memory is hazy as the girl left more than 20 years ago.

Last week Kuusow organised a small celebration with friends in Ifo camp, one of a vast complex of refugee settlements on dry, scrubby plains around the remote Kenyan town of Dadaab. Eight thousand miles away that thin, shy girl – now 37 – had just become the member elect of the US House of Representatives for Minnesota’s fifth district.

Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, will assume office in January, sharing the historic distinction with Rashida Tlaib of being the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress.

“The women here talked about her. I remember in the hot weather afternoon, Ilhan and I used to play jumping rope near our homes. My family lived in a tent and Ilhan’s family lived in a makeshift structure made of sticks and cloth,” she said when reached by telephone by the Guardian.

Omar Sheikh Ahmed, 48, a cousin of Omar’s father, said the politician was “our star”.

“Her voice in Congress represents the minorities and refugees are minorities. She knows that we in Dadaab have no good schools. We are facing a food ration shortage. We do not have freedom of movement. Our future is shattered.”

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In honor of this win I’ll play some of my favorite songs from another Somali refugee: K’Naan

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Ocasio-Cortez rips Fox News for cracking ‘jokes’ about her finances: It shows what they really think of working-class people

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tore into Fox News hosts on Friday for “gleefully” cracking jokes about her finances, saying that the hosts’ comments revealed what their thoughts about working-class people.

Ocasio-Cortez revealed on Thursday that she will need to wait for her congressional salary to kick in before she can afford to rent an apartment in D.C.

A Fox News panel laughed on Friday as they discussed the incoming freshman lawmaker’s finances.

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Muslim Congresswoman-Elect Ilhan Omar Began Victory Speech With Islamic Blessing

HuffPost Carol Kuruvilla,HuffPost Wed, Nov 7 6:26 PM

Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to U.S. Congress, began her acceptance speech Tuesday night in Minnesota with a universal Islamic greeting.

“As-salaam aleikum,” the Democrat said to a crowded room of supporters during a victory party in Minneapolis, using an Islamic phrase that means “Peace be upon you.” “Wa aleikum salaam,” the crowd immediately replied, which means “and upon you be peace.”After the exchange, which echoes the way millions of American Muslims greet each other every day, Omar offered her gratitude to God.

“Alhamdulillah,” Omar said three times, a phrase that translates to “all praise to God.”\ Hearing that, her supporters erupted in cheers.

I’ll bet the talking heads at Faux news and their followers heads collectively exploded upon hearing this

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