Tag: Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria

Industrial Policy Isn’t Boring. It’s Big, and It Has United the Left and Right.

Just a few years ago, the phrase “industrial policy” was employed mainly as a term of abuse. Economists almost universally insisted that state interventions to improve competitiveness, prioritize investment in strategic sectors and structure market incentives around political goals were backward policies doomed to failure — whether applied in America, Asia or anywhere in between. […]

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Twitter Locks Out Mitch McConnell’s Campaign for Posting Video of Protest

Senator Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign remained locked out of its Twitter account Thursday morning after posting a tweet that included a video of people making violent threats against the majority leader in front of his Louisville, Ky., home. The tweet, in which the campaign labeled the protesters an “angry left-wing mob,” is no longer visible […]

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‘The Squad’ Is the Future of the Democratic Party

Representative Ayanna Pressley broke with traditional diversity politics last month when she said at a conference in Philadelphia, “we don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice.” Instead, “we need you to represent that voice.” The members of the so-called squad who were also on the panel nodded in agreement. They […]

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Is ‘Bernie or Bust’ the Future of the Left?

ATLANTA — Three years ago, the Democratic Socialists of America had 5,000 members. Just another booth at the campus activities fair, another three-initialed group an uncle might mention over lunch. Today, dues-paying D.S.A. members exceed 56,000. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a rising star of American politics, is one. So are a couple of dozen local elected […]

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Embattled Ocasio-Cortez Aides Are Leaving Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — Two of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aides who were instrumental in forging her unexpected path to victory last year are leaving Capitol Hill, less than a month after one of them ignited a firestorm by challenging Speaker Nancy Pelosi and comparing moderate House Democrats to segregationists. House Democrats had been privately calling for […]

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Young Climate Activists Push Democrats to the Left

Episode 8: ‘Hard Left’ Producer/Director Samantha Stark Many Democrats want their 2020 presidential nominee to do two things above all: Defeat Donald Trump and protect the planet from imminent environmental disaster. But liberal activists, party officials and even some of the candidates themselves disagree on how far left the party should go to successfully accomplish […]

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Trump Is Different Than George Wallace. He’s Worse.

President Trump’s political rallies are certainly a spectacle, but a spectacle we’ve seen before. In both style and substance, the president’s campaign appearances bear strong resemblances to the rallies held a half-century ago by Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama. There are a number of similarities between the two politicians’ rallies. But there is one […]

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‘The Squad’ Rankles but Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez Make Peace for Now

WASHINGTON — Six days after Democrats swept to power in the House, a quartet of newly elected women of color met in Washington for the first time. Somebody snapped a picture and one of them — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — posted it on Instagram. Like the millennial that she is, she tagged it with a flip […]

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Two Police Officers Are Fired Over Facebook Post Saying Ocasio-Cortez ‘Needs a Round’

Two police officers in Gretna, La., were fired on Monday, four days after one of them referred to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a “vile idiot” on social media and suggested that she should be shot. Chief Arthur Lawson of the Gretna Police Department announced the terminations, saying that Charles Rispoli, the officer who wrote the […]

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Fact-Checking Trump’s Claims That Democrats Are Radical Socialists

WASHINGTON — President Trump has made branding Democrats as out-of-the-mainstream, economy-wrecking socialists one of the centerpieces of his re-election strategy. He has sought to do so partly by making four junior Democratic members of Congress — all women of color who are on the left side of the party’s ideological spectrum — the faces of […]

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Louisiana Police Officer on Facebook Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‘Needs a Round’

A Facebook post by a Louisiana police officer suggesting that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “needs a round” drew criticism on Sunday from officials in the city where he works. The officer, Charlie Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of the police department in Gretna, La., referred to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, in a post on Thursday […]

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Trump’s Attacks Will Not Stop Me

On Nov. 7, 2018, I woke up to some astounding news: Two Muslim women had been elected to the House of Representatives. And in my Queens district, a young progressive, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had defeated our longtime congressman, went on to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. At that moment, seeing what women […]

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Can the Democratic Revolution Wait?

Is it time for a revolution within the Democratic Party? “Spare me,” writes Thomas L. Friedman in his column, “‘Trump’s Going to Get Re-elected, Isn’t He?’”: “Win the presidency, hold the House and narrow the spread in the Senate, and a lot of good things still can be accomplished.” More than 5,000 readers weighed in […]

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At Trump Rally, Chants of ‘Send Her Back’ as President Attacks Liberals

GREENVILLE, N.C. — President Trump road-tested his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen on Wednesday, casting them as avatars of anti-American radicalism and reiterating his call for them to leave the country, as a raucous crowd chanted, “Send her back! Send her back!” The performance here was a preview of a slash-and-burn re-election strategy that depicts […]

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Will Trump’s Racism Sink the G.O.P.?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Most Republicans met President Trump’s racist tweets about four Democratic congresswomen of color with silence, mild rebuke or whataboutism. This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate whether the Grand Old Party has fully […]

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At North Carolina Rally, Trump Bets on Divisive Attacks as Way to Bolster Re-election Bid

GREENVILLE, N.C. — President Trump road-tested his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen on Wednesday, casting them as avatars of anti-American radicalism and reiterating his call for them to leave the country, in a preview of a slash-and-burn re-election strategy that depicts Mr. Trump as a bulwark against a “dangerous, militant hard left.” “These left-wing ideologues […]

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How Not to Insult Donald Trump

Maybe we should stop talking about Donald Trump being a racist. He seems to love the idea too much. “I think I’m winning,” he told reporters as he left for a rally on Wednesday. As the whole world now knows, the president was widely denounced for saying a quartet of young minority congresswomen, known as […]

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Once Trump Talked About ‘American Carnage.’ Now He Says Critics Should Leave.

WASHINGTON — America stinks. At least that’s what Donald J. Trump seemed to be saying before becoming president. He did not believe in “American exceptionalism,” he said, because America was not exceptional. Instead, it was a “laughingstock” that was no better than Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia. By promising to make America great again, he made […]

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Trevor Noah Says Trump’s Racism Might Not Be in His Bones

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. ‘Old-school racism, minus the […]

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In the Squad, Trump Finds His Foil

In picking a fight with the quartet of Democratic congresswomen known as the squad, President Trump has done more than divide the American public — again — on the question of whether he’s a racist, a political opportunist or an occasionally overzealous patriot. Calling on these four women of color — Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, […]

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