Tag: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Draws GOP Wrath After Slamming Immigrant Detention Centers as Modern-Day ‘Concentration Camps’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) during a House committee meeting June 12, 2019 Photo: Alex Wong (Getty) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling out the dire situation for immigrants being held at the United States’ southern border in federal detention centers as being akin to the concentration camps of the Holocaust — and she doesn’t care who may […]

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California Community Activists Respond to Blackface Video of High School Cheerleader: ‘This is Not New’

Screenshot: lolkid1243827 Video (YouTube) Here we go again. Currently, there are a pair of videos circulating the Internet in which Paula Deen’s 14-year-old understudy—who may or may not grow up to become a judge or Linda Fairstein—is showing her complete ass by spewing racist epithets. Advertisement It’s not every day a Bullard High School cheerleader […]

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You Will Have to Make Sacrifices to Save the Planet

When it comes to climate change, Washington Governor Jay Inslee is unlike any other Democrat running for president. He’s based his entire campaign on addressing the crisis, and his climate plan is the most detailed and aggressive of all of his competitors. Inslee is also uniquely willing to admit to hard truths about what victory […]

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The Green New Deal Can’t Be Anything Like the New Deal

The decade from 1929 to 1939 was hell. The Great Depression ravaged the country, leaving 15 million Americans jobless—a 25 percent unemployment rate. Industrial production fell by half. Bank panics led thousands of them to fail, wiping out their customers’ savings. When we look back on that period, we see soup lines stretching for blocks […]

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AOC Might Be a Great Bartender, But Her Views on Spritzes Are Troubling

I was in Japan last week, and after dinner on my first night, a marketing exec from one of the country’s biggest beer producers shortened his steps to walk beside me. We’d been talking about politics at the table—mostly about America’s nonstop shitshow—and he had a few additional questions that didn’t start with “So how […]

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Fear and Loathing of the Green New Deal

One of the less-appreciated wonders of the Green New Deal—the proposal for large-scale federal investment in alternative energy sources introduced in February by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey—is that it presses almost all the buttons of the right at once. It’s the brainchild of a woman (a young Latina at that). It conjures […]

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Foul Ball: ‘Offensive’ Video Ties Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to ‘Enemies of Freedom’ at Minor League Game

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)Photo: Getty As the great Beyoncé once said, “You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation.” And so it seems when it comes to the Notorious AOC, aka U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A minor league baseball team is apologizing to the New York congresswoman known for her impassioned brand […]

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Impeachment Is Coming

Over the weekend, Justin Amash, a young, libertarian-leaning, Michigan Republican who represents Grand Rapids and its suburbs, did what Democratic leaders have declined to do for the past two years: He thoughtfully laid out the case for impeaching Donald Trump. And he did it based primarily on a close reading of the publicly available, redacted […]

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Corporate America Is Terrified of the Green New Deal

There is a “major shift” afoot in corporate America on climate change, according to Axios. On Monday, energy reporter Amy Harder reported that major companies “across virtually all sectors of the economy, including big oil producers, are beginning to lobby Washington, D.C., to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions.” These companies, in other words, […]

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Socialism and the Democracy Deficit

What is Democratic Socialism? I read considerable talk about “the democratic” as applying to the process of getting socialism; damn little about it as an adjective applying to socialism when you get it.
  — John Dewey to James T. Farrell, 8 November, 1948 Socialism, the political economy that for a century dared not speak its name […]

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Reclaiming the Future

One day last February, I found myself seated on stage, rather incongruously, between the neoconservative Never Trumper–turned–Resistance hero Bill Kristol and my friend Natasha Lennard, a radical anti-fascist writer and activist I first met at Occupy Wall Street back in 2011. We had all made our way to the New School for the closing panel […]

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The Audacity of Grief

It is easy to count the dead, harder to count the grieving. One has to estimate. Every year, almost one percent of the American population dies. The most recent available official count, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System, is for the year 2017: 2,813,503 registered deaths. Looking at the […]

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Bernie Sanders Sets His Sights on Biden

Bernie Sanders has a Joe Biden problem. The former vice president’s formal entry into the 2020 primary has cut into Sanders’s numbers, which have lagged in recent weeks. Already underwater with older voters, a Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday showed that Bernie’s support among younger ones—his base—has fallen from 45 to 33 percent. Sanders […]

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Joe Biden Is Going Back to the Clinton Playbook

When Joe Biden made his first bid for president, he was forced to drop out after plagiarizing British Labour leader Neil Kinnock in a Democratic debate. Now, in his third run for the White House, Biden is plagiarizing himself. “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to restore America’s soul,” he bellowed at the Iowa Democratic Steak […]

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