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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Fires Back at Newsmax Host Publishing False Info About Her Background: 'How Scared You Are'

July 1, 2018 in Blogs

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

“Your attempt to strip me of my family, my story, my home, and my identity is exemplary,” she wrote.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressional candidate in New York’s 14th district, on Sunday fired back at Newsmax host John Cardillo for implying she was obfuscating her background—and falsely claiming she attended and Ivy League university.”

Cardillo posted a tweet on Sunday that claimed Ocasio-Cortez’s childhood was “a far cry from the Bronx hood upbringing she’s selling,” along with a photo of a Yorktown Heights home.

“This is the Yorktown Heights (very nice area) home @Ocasio2018 grew up in before going off to Ivy League Brown University,” Cardillo wrote.

“Hey John,” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “I didn’t go to Brown or the Ivy League. I went to BU. Try Google.”

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist, pulled off a stunning upset against Rep. Joe Crowley, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives. Ocasio-Cortez ran on a platform that includes single payer healthcare, fully funded public schools and the abolition of ICE.

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Here's How Mitch McConnell Made Donald Trump

July 1, 2018 in Blogs

By Alec MacGillis, ProPublica

The president owes both his election and his long-term impact to the Senate Majority Leader.


There is an unusual space in the basement of the University of Louisville library, in the large anteroom to the official archives for Sen. Mitch McConnell. The space is called the Civic Education Gallery, but it is, essentially, a kind of shrine to the political career of McConnell, not unlike the exhibits on Babe Ruth or Hank Aaron you’d find at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The mere fact of the shrine is curious enough, given that it memorializes a politician who shows no sign of leaving the stage any time soon. What’s most unusual, though, is what it chooses to highlight. There are a few artifacts from McConnell’s youth — his baseball glove, his honorary fraternity paddle — but most of the exhibits are devoted to the elections he won, starting with high school and on up through Jefferson County executive and the Senate.

When I visited the room while researching my 2014 biography on McConnell, I was struck by what was missing: exhibits on actual governing accomplishments from the Senate majority leader’s four decades in elected office. That absence confirmed my thesis that McConnell, far more even than other politicians, was motivated by the game of politics — winning elections and rising in the leadership ranks, achieving power for power’s sake — more than by any lasting policy goals.

Well, that was then. Four years later, it is becoming increasingly clear that Mitch McConnell is creating a legacy for himself, and it’s a mighty grand one.

McConnell has created the world in which we are now living. Donald Trump dominates our universe — and now has the power to fill the second Supreme Court seat in two years. McConnell, who has promised a vote on whomever the president nominates “this fall,” is the figure who was quietly making it all possible, all along.

First, there was McConnell’s vigorous defense, going back to the early 1990s, of the role of big money in American politics, which would help Trump not so much in terms of funding his campaign, but …read more

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Win Shocks Leaders in the Democratic Party: Will They Learn the Lesson?

July 1, 2018 in Blogs

By Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

A 28-year-old Latina socialist bested a 20-year incumbent. Does the Democratic party even see the problem?


A few weeks ago I wrote an article here about what I had learned by moving to the Bronx. A decision I made for personal and self-interested reasons turned into a valuable education. My vibrant and harmonious neighborhood east of the Bronx Zoo is by far the most diverse place I’ve ever lived, and defies every possible Donald Trump-style stereotype about the effects of immigration and what life is like in the places where immigrants live.

This week the education got more serious. What I had no way of knowing, since nobody else did either, was that this oft-neglected corner of New York City — where recent arrivals from Latin America, the Caribbean, South Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East all live in close proximity (along with, you know, other folks) — was about to make national news. Oh sure, I knew about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was running for Congress in New York’s 14th district, which includes the eastern third of the Bronx and much of northern and central Queens, across the Whitestone Bridge.

We were on it, arguably. She had been profiled by Salon’s Charlie May earlier this year, when she was a long way from being a media superstar who got booked on “Today,” CNN’s morning show and Stephen Colbert inside 24 hours. (I believe that interview process went like this: Charlie called Ocasio-Cortez on her cell phone and she answered it.) She was young and undeniably charismatic. She had been an organizer for Bernie Sanders and embraced his signature issues: single-payer health care, free college tuition and a $15 minimum wage, along with a newer one, the abolition of ICE (an agency whose name is a dirty word around here). She grew in the heart of the Puerto Rican Bronx, a mile or so west of where I live. She joked about that during the campaign: Her Spanish might sound pretty good to someone like me, but she speaks it “like a girl from the block,” not with the fluency of …read more

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‘Unite the Right’ Organizer Awarded a Cool $5 After Suing Black Lives Matter Activist Who Called Him a 'Crybaby'

July 1, 2018 in Blogs

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

The activist, Donna Gasapo, yelled “f*ck you … f*ck you, assh*le … crybaby” at “Unite the Right” organizer Jason Kessler.


A judge in Charlottesville on Friday awarded avowed white nationalist Jason Kessler $5 after determining an activist violated Virginia’s anti-dueling statute by yelling curse words at him, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports

Kessler sued Donna Gasapo, a Richmond-based activist affiliated with Black Lives Matter, for $500 after she yelled, “f*ck you … f*ck you, assh*le … crybaby Kessler” at him on March 16. Kessler said he encountered Gasapo while he was “reporting” on the trial of DeAndre Harris, a black man brutally beaten during the Charlottesville rally who was later acquitted on charges of assaulting a white supremacist.

“Someone in our community was murdered,” Gasapo said. “White supremacists stormed into our city. It doesn’t sit well with me.”

Gasapo never denied Kessler’s allegation, but her lawyer, Pam Starsia, argued her statements were protected by the First Amendment. Starsia also refuted Kessler’s claim he suffered damages as a result of Gasapo’s language, and said that, as a public figure, “there were higher standards for proving malice in someone’s words,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Judge Robert H. Downer Jr. agreed that Kessler is a public figure, but ruled Gasapo’s language did violate the statute. Still, he only awarded the white nationalist $5 of his $500 lawsuit because the judge did not believe Kessler was damaged by her words.

Starsia said she's “comforted” by the judge’s determination that Kessler is a public figure, but added she and Gasapo are discussing their options and an appeal is possible.

“I think we should all be very concerned about what this ruling means in terms of opening up other frivolous harassment suits against members of our community who are expressing their opinions and their very real feelings of frustration, which we believe are protected by the First Amendment,” Starsia said.

 

 

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Suspect Nabbed in Mass Stabbing Attack at Idaho Apartment Complex — Victims Include Members of the Refugee Community

July 1, 2018 in Blogs

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

“I would ask for our community’s hearts to go out as I know they will and for their prayers for the families of everybody that’s involved here,” Boise Police Chief Bill Bones said.


Police in Boise, ID on Sunday arrested a 30-year-old man in connection to a stabbing attack at an apartment complex that housed resettled refugees, Boise State Public Radio reports.

6 children and 3 adults were hospitalized Saturday night after a mass stabbing police say is “the  single most severe attack in the city’s history,” Boise State Public Radio reports. Four of the victims are being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Timmy Kinner, originally from Los Angeles, CA, was charged with aggravated battery and injury to a child. According to police, Kinner was living at the apartment complex, but was asked to leave Friday. He allegedly returned Saturday evening to carry out the attack.

Boise Police Chief Bill Bones told Boise State Public Radio the attack is not indicative of the Boise community at large.

“As you can imagine, the Wylie Street apartment and our community is reeling from this attack,” Bones said. “It’s not a symbol or a representation of our community of Boise, but it’s a single, evil individual who attacked people with no provocation that we’re aware of.”

“I would ask for our community’s hearts to go out as I know they will and for their prayers for the families of everybody that’s involved here,” Bones added.

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