Tag: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The Impotence of “Stop Sanders” Democrats

Not too long ago, the conventional wisdom in mainstream Democratic circles was that Bernie Sanders was finished. He was too old and too stubborn; he reminded voters too strongly of an election they’d all like to forget. Sanders may have shocked observers (to say nothing of Hillary Clinton’s campaign) in 2016, but he was now […]

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Selling the Green New Deal With Optimism, Not Fear

The following article originated as a reply to last month’s Res Publica, “How Green Was My Virtue.” How can a democratic political system institute far-reaching changes to a wildly destructive and unequal political economy? Amid mounting signs that climate change is already altering most modes of human enterprise—and life on Earth more broadly—this is far […]

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Come on Nancy Pelosi, Not Like This: Speaker of the House the Latest to Try and Come for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), left, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) listen as Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 30, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) Nancy Pelosi is old-school backroom politics. Remember how she finessed the […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reminds Code-Switch Critics: “I’m From The Bronx”

Cortez Attends National Action Network Annual ConventionPhoto: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has responded to critics accusing her of appropriating a faux “Southern drawl” at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention in New York on Friday. “Any kid who grew up in a distinct linguistic culture & had to learn to navigate […]

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The Green New Deal Fan on Fox News Wasn’t a Random Diner. He’s a Climate Activist.

It is well known that President Donald Trump likes to watch Fox & Friends every morning. So it is likely that the commander-in-chief was watching Thursday when a young man at a diner in Riverside, Missouri, schooled Fox News reporter Todd Piro on the particulars of the Green New Deal. But even if Trump didn’t […]

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So AOC, Nancy Pelosi, and the Cast of ‘Queer Eye’ Walk into the Capitol

Last month, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent the entire internet into anaphylactic shock once again when she wound up talking climate change with Bill Nye at South by Southwest. Now, it looks like the freshman congresswoman has delivered us yet another glorious 2019 Mad Lib come to life: She just gave the cast of Queer Eye a […]

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MSNBC’s Wild Ride

On January 31, Rachel Maddow, the eponymous host of The Rachel Maddow Show, returned from a commercial break. In the previous segment, she had interviewed Betsy Woodruff, a Daily Beast reporter, who had written a story on alleged connections between the Russian government and the National Rifle Association. Before that, Maddow had conducted a friendly and knowing colloquy […]

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Queer Eye on Capitol Hill? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez May Get the Best Makeover Ever

US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on stage during the 2019 Athena Film Festival closing night film, ‘Knock Down the House’ at Barnard College on March 3, 2019 in New York City.Photo: Lars Niki (Getty Images for The Athena Film Festival) File this under: Please make this happen. Political dynamo Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.-N.Y.) has taken more […]

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The Green New Deal Should Include Reparations

Environmental justice activist Anthony Rogers-Wright lives full-time in Seattle, Washington, but just happened to be in Massachusetts last weekend when he heard that Senator Ed Markey was holding a town hall about the Green New Deal in Northampton, a crunchy college town in the heart of the state. So Rogers-Wright attended, in the hopes of […]

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Millennial Democrats Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Pete Buttigieg Are Ready to Face Off With Job-Stealing Robots

A few weeks ago, freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sat down at a panel at South by Southwest and did what she does best, casually starting a conversation about one of the most pressing challenges facing the country. This time, she was talking robots. “We should not be haunted by the specter of being automated out […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Brought The Hammer Down On A Republican Who Called The Green New Deal ‘Elitist’

Getty Image In the two short months since having been sworn into Congress as the youngest woman ever, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has already proven time and time again that she is a force to be reckoned with. Conservatives seem perplexed and slightly terrified by the 29-year-old Bronx native, who shrugs off the right-wing’s best attempts at […]

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Why Won’t These Democrats Reject Fossil Fuel Money?

Two days before she officially launched her campaign for president, Kirsten Gillibrand made one of the smartest moves of her political career. “I signed the pledge today,” she told a group of climate change activists in New Hampshire on Friday. The senator from New York didn’t immediately specify which pledge she had taken, but it […]

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The Enduring Timidity of the Democratic Party

The Democrats are about to blow it. That’s the emerging consensus of the party’s moderates, anyway. Every week brings a new Politico story in which Democrats grouse about the party’s resurgent left wing, warning that its pie-in-the-sky proposals and heterodox rhetoric threaten to squander the party’s hard-earned electoral momentum under President Trump. “As we run […]

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Would the Green New Deal Survive the Supreme Court?

How the United States confronts climate change will be decided whenever the Democratic Party regains control of the White House and Congress. But it may ultimately be Chief Justice John Roberts who decides whether they succeed. Every major Democratic policy would need to survive scrutiny by the justices. So how would the Green New Deal fare […]

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Asked Twitter for Furniture Advice. The Answers Were Hilarious

Photo: Lars Niki (Getty Images) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not only new to Congress, she is new to buying furniture for her own place. So she decided to ask her 3.52 million closest friends for a little help. So Twitter did what it always does and had fun with the New York Democrat voted most hated […]

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Why Animal Rights Is the Next Frontier for the Left

Last December, the Twitter account for the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) set off a full-fledged media furor. The tweet in question set out to enumerate the linguistic sins of “speciesism”—the practice of discriminating against living things based on their species affiliation. “Words matter,” the group wrote, “and as our […]

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No, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Didn’t Call Ronald Reagan a Racist. But She Should Have

Photo: Michael Evans (Getty Images) One of my earliest memories in life was the night Ronald Reagan was elected president because it was also the night I prayed harder than I ever have in life. During the presidential campaign of 1980, I distinctly remember being terrified after I heard an adult say: “If Reagan is […]

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AOC Is Helping Start Conversations We All Need To Have

Getty / Uproxx Only weeks into her first term in Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been attacked by many of the biggest grandstanders, opportunists, and trolls in American politics. A video of her dancing in college was used as a cudgel against her. As were her sharp pantsuits. And her childhood zip code. Once in office, […]

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Thin Skin Mints: Conservative Columnist Wants to Boycott Girl Scout Cookies Because Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won’t Tagalong

Photo: Lars Niki (Getty Images) Snowflakes on the right have reached a new low after a conservative columnist called for a boycott of Girl Scout Cookies because freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) used to be a Girl Scout. I. Wish. I. Was. Kidding. According to the Hill, conservative Do-si-do, Jane Chastain published her boo-boo ass […]

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The Potency of Republicans’ Hamburger Lie

Conservatives are starting beef with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez again. Earlier this month, on Showtime’s Desus & Mero talk show, the freshman congresswoman said her plan to fight climate change—the Green New Deal—would require the meat industry to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. “We gotta address factory farming,” she said. “Maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger […]

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