Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "I think that we have a very real risk of losing the presidency to Donald Trump if we do not have a presidential candidate that is fighting for true transformational change in the lives of working people in the United States" https://t.co/3S3qFJFu4Cpic.twitter.com/69eXZuBqKB
In her first Sunday morning show appearance since taking office in January, New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned that there is “very real risk” President Trump will win re-election in 2020, and acknowledged that progressive frustration with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is also “quite real.”
The comments struck an unusually defensive tone for the 29-year-old progressive firebrand, as Democrats seek to winnow their large list of 23 presidential contenders. Ocasio-Cortez also spoke bluntly on her initiative to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars most federal funding for abortion — and 2020 Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden’s abrupt reversal on the issue earlier this month.
“I think that we have a very real risk of losing the presidency to Donald Trump if we do not have a presidential candidate that is fighting for true transformational change in the lives of working people in the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez told ABC News’ Jon Karl on “This Week” Sunday.
“I think that if we elect a president on half-measures that the American people don’t quite understand — the agenda of a president, you know, that says we’re fighting for higher wages but we don’t want a $15 minimum wage, fighting for education but we don’t want to make colleges tuition-free, fighting for women’s rights, et cetera, but we don’t want to go all the way with that, then I think we have a very real risk of losing the presidency,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.
Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham defended President Donald Trump’s contention that merely talking with people, even foreign governments, is perfectly legal.
Graham’s comments came after Jeanine Pirro’s opening statement Saturday night during which the Fox News host defended the president for telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he would listen if a foreign source offered opposition research. She also played a statement she made on her show back in 2017.
Now, as someone who has run for office five times, if the devil called me and said they wanted to set up a meeting to give me opposition research on my opponent, I would be on the first trolley to hell to get it. Any politician who tells you otherwise is a bald-faced liar.
If you wondered why Oberlin got smacked with such compensatory and punitive damages when they went after Gibson’s Bakery and accused them of being racist to try to put them out of business, this thread from Legal Insurrection explains in great detail how pervasive the effort of the college was against the business and how they used the mob of students to harm them.
This weekend going to be tweeting excerpts from our Gibson's Bakery v. Oberlin College trial coverage, will take a while, watch this thread. Let's start with administrator suggesting campus worse than nursery school https://t.co/7tziYrO1Tkpic.twitter.com/PeqQLd2V2k
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologised to the public today with ‘utmost sincerity and humility’ after the second massive protest in a week over a proposed extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.
Lam’s office put out a statement a day after suspending the bill admitting shortcomings in how her administration handled it had ‘led to a lot of conflict and disputes’ and ‘disappointed and distressed many citizens’.
Despite her apology, which came after hundreds of thousands of people dressed in black clogged the streets in central Hong Kong today to demand that she steps down, Lam did not say she intends to scrap the bill entirely.
Demonstrators also left bouquets of white flowers, written tributes and origami cranes outside a high-end Hong Kong shopping mall where a man plunged to his death protesting against the controversial bill.
Iran targeted and missed a US drone flying over the Gulf of Oman shortly after the Thursday attack on two tankers there, US officials said.
The unmanned aircraft was responding to a distress signal from one of the crippled ships, the officials said this weekend.
The US military said Iran fired a surface-to-air missile at the drone.
Tehran has denied responsibility for strikes on the tankers traveling on a vital shipping route south of the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow bottleneck that vessels from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states must traverse to export their oil.
With 354,000 followers and counting, O.J. Simpson is taking Twitter by storm — vaguely promising to “set the record straight” in a second video posted Saturday night, a day after first testing the waters with an inaugural tweet.
“Hey Twitter world,” he says in the new video, which shows him standing in front of his backyard pool. The video had been clicked on 673,000 times within an hour of going live.
“You know for years, people have been able to say whatever they want to say to me, with no accountability,” he complains, amiably, waving a pair of sunglasses around in his left hand.
“But now I get to challenge a lot of that BS and set the record straight,” he promises.
The Justice Department issued a legal opinion Friday finding that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was right to withhold President Donald Trump’s tax returns from a House committee that subpoenaed them.
The House Ways and Means Committee subpoenaed six years of Trump’s tax returns in May, but the Treasury Department refused to provide the documents. At the time, Mnuchin said the request lacked a “legitimate legislative purpose.”
The 33-page opinion from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel argues that the committee’s chairman, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., wanted to make the president’s tax returns public and because of that plan, the request was not to carry out a legitimate legislative function.
That is what an Arizona police officer learned when he encountered a suicidal man clinging to the railing of a pedestrian bridge in Chandler earlier this year.
On Wednesday, Chandler Police Department released body camera footage taken in March, which shows officer Aaron ‘Ron’ Little humbly performing an act of life-saving kindness.
According to a statement accompanying the video, which has since gone viral, racking up more than 28,000 views as of Friday, on the evening of March 28, a 26-year-old man climbed the protective railing of the bridge that spans the Price Freeway with the intent to jump to his death.
Hours after President Donald Trump announced that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders would be leaving her position at the end of the month, a name emerged from multiple sources close to the president for who should be Sanders’ replacement.
Stephanie Grisham, the White House Director of Communications for first lady Melania Trump, has been a loyal soldier fighting to advance Trump’s agenda dating all the way back to his first month on the campaign trail in 2015 when she was a low-level press staffer.
In December, The Washington Post noted that Grisham has grown to become “one of the more powerful figures in the ever-evolving Trump White House” and referred to Grisham as “Melania Trump’s enforcer.”
A source close to the White House told The Daily Wire on Thursday night Grisham “has proven herself to be a stone-cold killer” and that “no one else comes close” to being able to match Grisham in her ability to command problems that arise.
The source said that Grisham was a “risk-free move for the administration in the run-up to perhaps the most important election in American history.”
People don’t like to discuss their personal lives in public, much less when multiple divorces and children are involved. Even in public life, there ought to remain a reasonable amount of privacy when it comes to a purely intimate matter. But red flags about the two or three marriages of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., have now produced evidence of lawbreaking.
It’s time to start asking questions.
The first question of public interest is whether Omar violated federal tax law. In 2014 and 2015, she filed her taxes jointly with a man named Ahmed Hirsi. She was legally married to another man, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, at the time.
Omar’s marital history is complicated, to say the least. In 2002, Hennepin County marriage records show that Omar applied for a marriage license with Hirsi, according to the Associated Press, and Omar said that while “we never finalized the application and thus were never legally married,” they married in a “faith tradition.” Omar and Hirsi had two children and ended their relationship in 2008.
During an interview with “Fox & Friends” Friday morning, President Trump compared his wife Melania to the 20th century’s most iconic first lady, Jackie Kennedy — and sparked more controversy, hilarity and outrage online in the process.
His comparison to the former first lady came during a discussion of his decision to give Air Force One a new paint job, which he unveiled Thursday. The current light blue and gold stripe design was first created when Jacqueline Kennedy was first lady. Trump’s new design will replace the light blue and gold with navy blue and red.
“You know the baby blue doesn’t fit with us,” he explained. “People get used to something — and it was Jackie O, and that’s good — but we have our own Jackie O today. It’s called Melania. Melania. We’ll call it Melania T.”
Former Obama Justice Department Spokesperson Matt Miller did his best yesterday to justify the DNC and Clinton campaign’s hiring of foreign spy Christopher Steele during the 2016 presidential election.
During an interview on MSNBC, Miller said it was perfectly legal to hire a foreigner for information, but illegal to receive free information or “help” from a foreigner.
“It is legal under United States law for a campaign to hire a foreign individual, to hire someone, to pay them to go out and conduct research or do other things for you. Campaigns do that from time to time. That’s what the DNC did,” Miller said. “It is illegal to accept help from a foreigner.”
LGBT pride will be coming to the Discovery Family show “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” this weekend in an episode that will feature a lesbian couple.
According to HuffPost, the episode will air Saturday and introduce the characters Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty, who both take care of the character Scootaloo.
“The characters previously appeared in the 2017 book ‘Ponyville Mysteries: Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe,’ but this will be their first appearance on the Discovery Family series, a reboot of the Hasbro 1980s original,” reports the outlet. “One of the series’ writers, Michael Vogel, pointed out the perfect timing of the episode’s June 15 air date.”
On Wednesday, 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders delivered a major speech about Democratic Socialism.
Sanders understands that many Americans view the term “socialist” as a “slur” and sought the opportunity to clear up some of the myths and allow us to see how great socialism really can be.
Sanders devotes most of his speech to railing about the oligarchs and warning us about how dangerous Trump is, all the while positioning himself as the solution Americans have been searching for. He told supporters, “In 1944, FDR proposed an economic bill of rights but died a year later and was never able to fulfill that vision.” Sanders then presented himself as a modern day FDR and said he hopes to complete the work which FDR began.
Finally, Sanders introduces the centerpiece of his platform, which he calls “a 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights.”
However, there’s something deeply disturbing about Sanders’ proposal. In an appearance on Hannity, political commentator and historian Mark Levin points out that Sanders has “stolen his agenda from the 1936 Soviet Constitution.”
Activists took to the streets Saturday to hold rallies calling for the impeachment of President Trump, as they seek to pile further pressure on Democratic leaders in Congress to back a push to oust the president.
“Donald Trump’s abuses of our communities and country demand action from Congress, which has the responsibility and authority to hold Trump accountable,” a website page for the “#ImpeachTrump: Act to Defend Democracy” national day of action by left-wing group MoveOn read. “The next crucial step is an inquiry into whether to draft articles of impeachment.”
The call included a note that the actions “are intended to be nonviolent and peaceful” and that organizers expect protesters to “act lawfully” and de-escalate any confrontation.
While protests were being eyed across the country, California seemed to be the main state for the demonstration. The Mercury News reported that more than 140 rallies were expected through Southern California.
Government employees turned their backs on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue during a meeting Thursday as a silent protest over the decision to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
The ERS and NIFA are currently located in Washington, D.C., and are research agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA plans to move the agencies, including their 550 research jobs, to Kansas City, in a move to save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, according to CNN.
Many of the employees, however, feel that the change is due to politics and only serves as a platform to interrupt climate research. Perdue announced the decision Thursday morning after both agencies previously voted to unionize in order to stop the move.
ERS and NIFA employees continued to disagree with the decision and showed this by silently turning their backs on Perdue during Thursday’s meeting where he discussed the decision. He didn’t take any questions from employees afterwards, CNN reported.
In an aggressive attempt to enforce immigration law, Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law banning sanctuary cities in the state. The law requires state agencies and law enforcement entities to support federal law enforcement when addressing illegal immigration in the state.
Sanctuary cities restrict cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, meaning that they can serve as safe havens for illegal immigrants looking to avoid deportation. Over the course of his tenure, the Trump administration has targeted sanctuary cities with funding cuts for refusing to work with federal agencies such as Immigration Customs and Enforcement.
There are currently no sanctuary cities in Florida, meaning the law bans any future defiance of federal immigration law from Florida’s municipalities.
The law was one of the Republican governor’s major campaign promises, the Miami Herald reported. It will go into effect in October.
Democratic presidential candidate and senator Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) said Thursday that individuals who are pro-life should not be judges.
“These are personal decisions. They are health care decisions. They are economic decisions. They are moral decisions. A woman has a right to make all those decisions,” Gillibrand said in an interview on New Hampshire Public Radio. “And if you are telling me today, that women in America don’t have that right. I think you are so backward-looking that those judges and justices are not the type of people we should be appointing because it is too backward-looking.”
Gillibrand sparked controversy this week when she compared pro-life beliefs to racism and suggested the pro-life viewpoint is “not acceptable” during an interview with the Des Moines Register.
“I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable. Imagine saying that it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic. Asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America—I don’t think that those are political issues anymore,” Gillibrand said.