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Iranian female Olympian defects, calls out regime’s ‘hypocrisy’ as she exits country permanently

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist has reportedly defected, posting a goodbye letter to Iran on Saturday, calling out the government’s “hypocrisy” as she announced she had permanently left the country.

“Should I start with hello, goodbye, or condolences?” Taekwondo athlete, Kimia Alizadeh, 21, posted on her Instagram in Farsi, Agence France-Presse reported.

Alizadeh did not disclose where she was going, but Iran’s ISNA news agency reported she had gone to the Netherlands, according to AFP. The Iranian report quoted Alizadeh’s coach as saying the athlete was injured and did not show up for trials ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

IRAN ADMITS TO ‘UNINTENTIONALLY’ SHOOTING DOWN UKRAINIAN PLANE, SAYS IT MISTOOK AIRCRAFT FOR HOSTILE TARGET

The Olympian’s announcement came just a day after Iranian officials admitted to downing a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing 176 people minutes after takeoff from Tehran’s international airport early Wednesday due to “human error,” thinking it was a military aircraft.

She accused the Iranian government of “lying” and “injustice” toward Iranian athletes, adding all she wants is “Taekwondo, security and a happy and healthy life,” according to AFP.

Alizadeh won a bronze medal in Taekwondo at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

She said she wore everything the government asked her to wear, referring to the head covering all Iranian female athletes must wear, and wrote she “repeated everything they told me to say…None of us matter to them.”

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​​​​​​​Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin of Iran celebrates after defeating Nikita Glasnovic of Sweden during a women’s Bronze Medal Taekwondo contest at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Aug. 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Getty Images)

Iranian parliamentarian Abdolkarim Hosseinzadeh decried “incompetent officials,” saying the country had allowed “human capital to flee,” AFP reported.

He compared Alizadeh to Alireza Firouzja, an Iranian chess prodigy who now lives in France after becoming a grandmaster at age 14.

In a Twitter message, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus hailed Alizadeh’s decision.

#KimiaAlizadeh, Iran’s only female Olympic medalist, has rejected the regime’s oppression of women,” Ortagus wrote. “She has defected for a life of security, happiness, and freedom. #Iran will continue to lose more strong women unless it learns to empower and support them.”

ISNA reported Alizadeh plans to try to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but wouldn’t represent Iran.

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Alizadeh promised the Iranian people she would always remain a “child of Iran.”

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Iran arrests UK ambassador in what Britain calls ‘flagrant violation of international law’

A top British official condemned Saturday’s arrest of the U.K. ambassador to Iran during anti-government protests in Tehran, calling the detainment “a flagrant violation of international law.”

Rob Macaire, who has been Britain’s envoy to the Islamic republic since March 2018, was arrested as he stopped at a barber shop for a haircut after attending a vigil for the victims of a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed in Tehran last week, the BBC reported.

Macaire left the vigil after it became a demonstration but was later accused by Iranian authorities of helping to incite the anti-government protest, The Independent of Britain reported.

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He was released after three hours but the arrest infuriated the British government.

“The arrest of our Ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement.

“The Iranian government is at a cross-roads moment. It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.”

A photo of Macaire was posted on Twitter by the Etemad newspaper of Iran after his arrest was reported by the Tasnim news agency, according to the BBC.

Tasnim tweeted that Macaire was detained “for organizing suspicious movements and protests in front of Amir Kabir University but released after hours.” The tweet added that Macaire would be “summoned by the foreign ministry tomorrow morning.”

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Rob Macaire has been Britain’s ambassador to Iran since March 2018. (Twitter)

In a Twitter message, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus called Macaire’s arrest a violation of the Vienna Convention, which she said the Iranian regime “has a notorious history of violating.”

“We call on the regime to formally apologize to the UK for violating his rights and to respect the rights of all diplomats,” Ortagus wrote.

Saturday’s anti-government protests in Tehran followed Iran’s admission Friday that its military had “unintentionally” show down a Ukrainian passenger jet last week, killing all 176 people on board.

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Both Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attributed the downing of the jet to “human error” – but the foreign minister added that the error had been caused by “U.S. adventurism” – a likely reference to the American airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3.

On Saturday, both President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted messages of support for the Iranian citizens who opposed the nation’s government.

“The voice of the Iranian people is clear. They are fed up with the regime’s lies, corruption, ineptitude, and brutality of the IRGC under @khamenei_ir‘s kleptocracy,” Pompeo wrote.

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Iran arrests UK ambassador in what Britain calls ‘flagrant violation of international law’

A top British official condemned Saturday’s arrest of the U.K. ambassador to Iran during anti-government protests in Tehran, calling the detainment “a flagrant violation of international law.”

Rob Macaire, who has been Britain’s envoy to the Islamic republic since March 2018, was arrested as he stopped at a barber shop for a haircut after attending a vigil for the victims of a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed in Tehran last week, the BBC reported.

Macaire left the vigil after it became a demonstration but was later accused by Iranian authorities of helping to incite the anti-government protest, The Independent of Britain reported.

TRUMP TWEETS SUPPORT OF IRANIAN ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTERS AFTER UKRAINIAN PASSENGER PLANE SHOT DOWN

He was released after three hours but the arrest infuriated the British government.

“The arrest of our Ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement.

“The Iranian government is at a cross-roads moment. It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.”

A photo of Macaire was posted on Twitter by the Etemad newspaper of Iran after his arrest was reported by the Tasnim news agency, according to the BBC.

Tasnim tweeted that Macaire was detained “for organizing suspicious movements and protests in front of Amir Kabir University but released after hours.” The tweet added that Macaire would be “summoned by the foreign ministry tomorrow morning.”

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Rob Macaire has been Britain’s ambassador to Iran since March 2018. (Twitter)

In a Twitter message, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus called Macaire’s arrest a violation of the Vienna Convention, which she said the Iranian regime “has a notorious history of violating.”

“We call on the regime to formally apologize to the UK for violating his rights and to respect the rights of all diplomats,” Ortagus wrote.

Saturday’s anti-government protests in Tehran followed Iran’s admission Friday that its military had “unintentionally” show down a Ukrainian passenger jet last week, killing all 176 people on board.

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Both Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attributed the downing of the jet to “human error” – but the foreign minister added that the error had been caused by “U.S. adventurism” – a likely reference to the American airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3.

On Saturday, both President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted messages of support for the Iranian citizens who opposed the nation’s government.

“The voice of the Iranian people is clear. They are fed up with the regime’s lies, corruption, ineptitude, and brutality of the IRGC under @khamenei_ir‘s kleptocracy,” Pompeo wrote.

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Some Saudi service members in US facing expulsion after NAS Pensacola shooting probe: reports

More than a dozen Saudi service members undergoing training at U.S. military facilities are expected to be expelled from the U.S. following an investigation into last month’s deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, according to reports.

None of the Saudis targeted for expulsion is accused of aiding the Saudi second lieutenant whom authorities say killed three U.S. sailors and injured eight other people in the Dec. 6 rampage, CNN reported. But some of them were found to have ties to extremist groups and others are accused of possessing child pornography, the report said.

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The Justice Department is also expected to conclude that the Pensacola attack was an act of terrorism, CNN reported. The FBI has been investigating the case as possible terrorism since discovering writings by the gunman, who was killed by reponding sheriff’s deputies, The Washington Post reported.

Following the attack, about a dozen Saudi trainees were confined to their quarters in Pensacola as the FBI investigated the shooting as a possible terror attack and the Pentagon launched a review of some 850 Saudis undergoing training throughout the U.S., the report said.

“In the wake of the Pensacola tragedy, the Department of Defense restricted to classroom training programs foreign military students from Saudi Arabia while we conducted a review and enhancement of our foreign student vetting procedures. That training pause is still in place while we implement new screening and security measures,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Robert Carver told the Washington Post.

CNN said its report was based on conversations with “multiple sources.” Officials from the FBI and Justice Department would not comment. CNN said U.S. Navy officials referred questions to the Defense Department, which had not responded to the network.

The gunman, identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, was believed to have acted alone. He is said to have become angered when an instructor at Pensacola referred to him as “Porn Stash,” comparing his mustache to that of a stereotype of an actor in pornography films, The New York Times reported.

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Royal Saudi Air Force 2nd Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, airman accused of killing three people at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Fla., is seen in an undated military identification card photo released by the FBI, Dec. 7, 2019. (FBI via Reuters)

Meanwhile, the FBI has asked Apple for help in accessing data from a pair of iPhones owned by the gunman.

Investigators are hoping that data stored on the phone may help them learn more about a possible motive behind the killings.

Apple has previously resisted efforts by government authorities to access phone customers’ data, citing a company commitment to its customers’ privacy. But Apple told Fox News it is cooperating in the Pensacola investigation.

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​​​​​​​The main gate at Naval Air Station Pensacola is seen March 16, 2016, in Pensacola, Fla. (U.S. Navy/Patrick Nichols)

“We have the greatest respect for law enforcement and have always worked cooperatively to help in their investigations,” the Apple statement said. “When the FBI requested information from us relating to this case a month ago we gave them all of the data in our possession and we will continue to support them with the data we have available.”

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Following an unrelated attack in San Bernardino, Calif., in 2015 that left 14 people dead, Apple denied an FBI request to access data on the shooter’s phone but was later ordered to comply through a judge’s order. But by that time the FBI had already hired a different company for the job, USA Today reported.

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Rudy Giuliani on Iranian anti-government protests: ‘The desire for freedom in Iran is palpable’

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Iranians have fiercely fought for their personal freedom over the past several years, and their battle could result in the government of Iran being overthrown, President Trump‘s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said during a Saturday interview on “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”

Giuliani was commenting on protests in Tehran that began as vigils for the victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane, which Iran said it unintentionally shot down on Wednesday. All 176 people on board were killed.

“The desire for freedom in Iran is palpable. It’s strong. I’ve known this for four years,” he told Jeanine Pirro. “I [was] in Albania… I brought pictures back of the people that work with the Iranian dissident groups who have brought a lot of this about. These protests have been going on for two and a half to three years. They’ve happened in 278 cities in Iran. People have been killed and more people come back and protest.

“Nurses have protested. Sanitation workers have protested,” Giuliani continued. “Iran is on the brink of being overthrown, if our State Department would wake up.”

He then recommended America throw its full weight and support behind the Iranian protesters, and follow the example of former President Ronald Regan, as opposed to former President Barack Obama.

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“A statement should be made about those people in the street,” Giuliani said. “It should be made very strongly by the president and it should go right down into the State Department that we support them — rather than the State Department being worried about talking to Iranian dissident groups.”

“We’ve got one of two ways of going here,” he added. “We can go with Obama when they had the protests in Iran and he turned his back on it — or we can go with Ronald Reagan when he saw Poland and he said… ‘I stand with you.'”

President Trump showed support for the protesters on Saturday evening, when he sent out a message of encouragement on Twitter, in both English and Farsi.

“To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage,” Trump’s first tweet read.

IRAN ADMITS TO ‘UNINTENTIONALLY’ SHOOTING DOWN UKRANIAN PLANE, SAYS IT MISTOOK AIRCRAFT FOR HOSTILE TARGET

The president quickly followed up with a second tweet, calling on Iran to allow human rights advocates to monitor major protests within the country, and warning against any draconian government action.

“The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people,” Trump wrote. “There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching.”

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The State Department also weighed in on the protests, tweeting out a message that said: “The Iranian people continue their protests against the lies, incompetence, and cruelty of the ayatollah’s regime.”

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Lindsey Graham calls War Powers Act ‘blatantly unconstitutional,’ says Mike Lee and Rand Paul ‘so wrong’ on Iran

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called the War Powers Act “unconstitutional” during an interview Saturday on “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” and claimed Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., are wrong to support curbing President Trump‘s military authority.

“Congress has the power to declare war. That doesn’t mean the commander in chief can’t use military force to protect the country without Congress,” Graham told Jeanine Pirro. “We’ve had military engagements hundreds of times. What the president did is he took out [Gen. Qassem] Soleimani who was planning another attack against American forces in Iraq who were lawfully present. He has all the authority he needs to protect troops in the field.”

“The War Powers Act is blatantly unconstitutional,” he added. “You cannot have 535 commanders in chief. Can you imagine what our nation would look like if Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Rand Paul, and AOC [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez]… that we couldn’t defend the nation unless they all agree? That would be impossible.”

HOUSE PASSES WAR POWERS RESOLUTION IN REBUKE OF TRUMP’S ACTIONS AGAINST IRAN

The House of Representatives voted in favor of the War Powers Resolution, also known as the War Powers Act, on Thursday, in an attempt to limit President Trump’s military action toward Iran.

The resolution passed, 224-194, mostly along party lines, but both parties had some defectors: eight Democrats voted against the measure and three Republicans voted in favor of it. Independent Rep. Justin Amash, who left the Republican Party last year, also voted in favor of the measure.

Graham on Saturday also criticized Paul and Lee for opposing the drone strike that killed the Iranian earlier this month and said they are out of their depth on the issue.

“I like them both and if I had an eye problem I would call Rand Paul. He’s a great eye doctor but I would not ask him for commander in chief advice,” he said. “Mike Lee’s a great guy. But all I can tell you is that they’re so wrong. Their foreign policy is more like Bernie Sanders — less like Ronald Reagan, less like Donald Trump.”

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“A commander in chief can use force to protect the nation, without 535 people signing on to it,” Graham added. “I said this when [Barack] Obama was president. I said it when [Bill] Clinton was president. If you don’t like what the commander in chief is doing, as a member of Congress, cut off funding. We have the power of the purse but we cannot make military decisions.”

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Rudy Giuliani on Iranian anti-government protests: ‘The desire for freedom in Iran is palpable’

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Iranians have fiercely fought for their personal freedom over the past several years, and their battle could result in the government of Iran being overthrown, President Trump‘s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said during a Saturday interview on “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”

Giuliani was commenting on protests in Tehran that began as vigils for the victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane, which Iran said it unintentionally shot down on Wednesday. All 176 people on board were killed.

“The desire for freedom in Iran is palpable. It’s strong. I’ve known this for four years,” he told Jeanine Pirro. “I [was] in Albania… I brought pictures back of the people that work with the Iranian dissident groups who have brought a lot of this about. These protests have been going on for two and a half to three years. They’ve happened in 278 cities in Iran. People have been killed and more people come back and protest.

“Nurses have protested. Sanitation workers have protested,” Giuliani continued. “Iran is on the brink of being overthrown, if our State Department would wake up.”

He then recommended America throw its full weight and support behind the Iranian protesters, and follow the example of former President Ronald Regan, as opposed to former President Barack Obama.

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“A statement should be made about those people in the street,” Giuliani said. “It should be made very strongly by the president and it should go right down into the State Department that we support them — rather than the State Department being worried about talking to Iranian dissident groups.”

“We’ve got one of two ways of going here,” he added. “We can go with Obama when they had the protests in Iran and he turned his back on it — or we can go with Ronald Reagan when he saw Poland and he said… ‘I stand with you.'”

President Trump showed support for the protesters on Saturday evening, when he sent out a message of encouragement on Twitter, in both English and Farsi.

“To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage,” Trump’s first tweet read.

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The president quickly followed up with a second tweet, calling on Iran to allow human rights advocates to monitor major protests within the country, and warning against any draconian government action.

“The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people,” Trump wrote. “There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching.”

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The State Department also weighed in on the protests, tweeting out a message that said: “The Iranian people continue their protests against the lies, incompetence, and cruelty of the ayatollah’s regime.”

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Rutger Bruining: Prince Harry and Meghan will be happier writing their own life stories

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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – have captured worldwide attention after declaring that they will be stepping back as senior members of the British royal family and dividing their time between North America and the United Kingdom.

The two are prioritizing family life, focusing on raising their son Archie. They plan to become financially independent of the crown and pursue their charitable activities without the ceremonial requirements that come with being senior royals.

If the couple can manage the current fallout from the announcement, their decision could symbolize a new step in what it will mean to be a non-senior royal, and a wider need to acknowledge them as individuals on their own paths. This will be an important step in furthering the narrative of their own stories.

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There has been a great deal of backlash in Britain following the announcement, as royal correspondents and news commentators alike have been analyzing potential ramifications of the decision for possible rifts between the couple and the rest of the royal family.

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Many have also expressed incredulity over the announcement, criticizing the couple as spoiled and unable to manage the responsibilities that come with their roles – despite their immense privilege.

But I see the announcement much differently.

As the founder of a biography-writing service, I have helped document life stories of people from all over the world. I am in a position to hear many previously untold stories.

I began Story Terrace to help capture the extraordinary ups and downs of everyday people –making it easy for families and loved ones to share stories today and with future generations.

Since our launch, we have written over 1,000 life stories – each gripping and utterly unique.

One similarity I have come across in so many of our stories is that people with a seemingly clear-cut life path laid out before them often make a decision that completely changes the course of their lives.

Despite facing criticism or adversity, these individuals are taking control of their lives, forging their own paths and simply taking the next step in their personal journeys.

Prince Harry is such an individual. Not just now but earlier in his life when he decided to do two military tours in Afghanistan and when he showed highly entrepreneurial initiative and set up the Invictus Games, an athletic competition for wounded members of the armed services and veterans.

It has been difficult for many in Britain to understand and support Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step away from the limelight and change the way they carry out their duties as members of the royal family.

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Time will tell whether this is simply the next chapter in the royal family’s rich and storied journey, adapting as society evolves, or if this will create a backlash that will make the royal family tighten its ranks and create a lasting rift similar to the one with former King Edward during the last century.

What I have learned from the stories I’ve been privileged to hear is that people who make conscious decisions around the turning points in their lives – at times breaking with the expectations of their loved ones and taking their destinies into their own hands to carve out a path for themselves – are often the people who are happiest when reflecting during their golden years.

They often have the least regrets later on in their lives and tend to be seen as revered role models by their children and grandchildren.

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While the decision by the royal couple is a significant one, we should not begrudge them the desire to focus on raising their son, looking after their mental health and working to improve the lives of people around the world with their charitable endeavors.

However controversial their decision has been publicly, on a personal level, they are simply taking control of writing the next chapter in the book of their lives.

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Kellyanne Conway rips Democrats over Iran: Would Buttigieg have invited Soleimani to his ‘wine cave’?

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway slammed Democrats for their response to the airstrike ordered by President Trump that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Conway suggested Saturday on “Watters’ World” that 2020 Democratic presidential candidates — particularly Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., — are apologizing for America to the benefit of the nation’s opponents.

She told host Jesse Watters that few voters are tuning in to publicly-broadcast town halls and debates, instead reverting to “feeling the Bern” of the Vermont lawmaker.

“They’re starting to Feel the Bern again — the guy who beat Hillary [Clinton] in 22 contests in the [2016] primary,” she said. “And if you’re a socialist on economic policies, we know what your foreign policy is. They’re becoming apologists for the bad guys and that’s very disappointing.”

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Turning to former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Conway riffed on his recent high-end California fundraiser that recently drew criticism from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

“Buttigieg, what did he want the President to do?” the South Jersey native asked. “Is he going to invite Soleimani into the wine cave?”

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Buttigieg, 37, drew intense criticism Thursday for claiming that the apparent downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane by Iran was a tragic case of civilians being “caught in the middle of an unnecessary and unwanted military tit for tat” — a message seen as a veiled swipe at Trump.

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Conway told Watters that Democrats should have put politics aside when it comes to Trump’s actions in Iran — pointing to former Sen. Arthur Vandenberg’s, R-Mich., famous quote about partisan politics “stops at the water’s edge.”

She lamented the fact there has been little Democratic support for a resolution authored by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that praises the Trump administration’s airstrike, noting that the Senate unanimously approved a similar resolution when former President Obama ordered the Pakistani raid that killed Usama bin Laden.

“We know where Soleimani is and belongs,” she said. “We think [ISIS leader Abu] al-Baghdadi was looking very lonely in Hell and needed a roommate.”

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Ocasio-Cortez says she’s a ‘proud’ Democrat, even though she won’t pay party ‘dues’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez insisted she’s a “proud” Democrat despite protesting a Democratic Party arm and withholding $250,000 in “dues” aimed at retaining the House majority.

“I’m a Democrat, I’m proud to be on this team. I’m proud to be part of the Democratic majority,” Ocasio-Cortez told Fox News in an interview Friday amid criticism she should quit the party and become an independent if she won’t be a “team player.”

As evidence that she’s willing to work for the party, Ocasio-Cortez pointed to the more than $300,000 she’s raised directly for progressive candidates. That effort, she said, is for “preserving and expanding the Democratic majority.”

Fox News reported Friday that the New York Democrat has been catching heat for failing to pay her $250,000 in dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in protest of a policy that she says “blacklists” vendors for working with insurgent primary challengers, such as herself.

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“I don’t see the sense in giving a quarter-million dollars to an organization that has clearly told people like me that we’re not welcome,” Ocasio-Cortez said in defending her decision.

The youngest female ever elected to Congress also took issue with the amount of money the DCCC wanted her to pay from her campaign coffers.

“It’s pretty nuts — $250,000 for a freshman member. Can you imagine being 30 years old and getting a bill for $250,000? I still have $20,000 in student loan debt,” she said.

All House Democrats are assigned “dues” to pay to the DCCC to help the party win elections and retain the majority. Amounts range from $1 million for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to $150,000 for newer members or less prolific fundraisers. Republicans have a similar system.

Ocasio-Cortez said she respects people who do pay up and that she’s not trying to shut down the DCCC.

But she takes issue with a party arm that “want(s) to take my money, but push me out, or push candidates like me out” who are challenging the establishment.

Ocasio-Cortez, with her nationwide stardom, is expected to raise more than $5 million in 2019 for her reelection campaign.

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Instead of cutting a check to the Democratic Party, she is building her own grassroots fundraising network to finance progressive candidates by soliciting online donations directly for them. She argues her actions are aimed at improving the party by lessening the influence of big corporations and lobbyists and giving other upstart candidates a real shot.

“This is a place that should be for everyone,” Ocasio-Cortez said outside the Capitol complex. “It should be for working people. It should be for everyday people who aren’t connected to big money.”

Galling to some in the Democratic Party is that two of the candidates she’s financed so far are challengers to sitting Democratic members of Congress: Reps. Dan Lipinski of Illinois and Henry Cuellar of Texas. Traditionally, members of Congress don’t actively work to unseat their party colleagues.

“I would hope in the spirit of teamwork that we don’t see any further incursions with other members,” said Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y. “I would hope at least it stops there.”

But Ocasio-Cortez signaled she’s not letting up.

Two outside groups that are ideologically aligned with Ocasio-Cortez — Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats – have already endorsed many more primary challengers. They are hoping to topple Reps. Lacy Clay of Missouri, Eliot Engel of New York, Joyce Beatty of Ohio, Richard Neal of Massachusetts and more.

Ocasio-Cortez said there’s a “distinct possibility” she’ll be backing more primary challengers, though she said of the two groups: “I don’t anticipate our endorsements will overlap 100 percent.”

Because the majority of congressional districts are drawn to be solidly Democratic or solidly Republican, the one chance for competition comes in a primary race, she said.

“Seventy percent of Americans live in a safe blue seat, or a safe red seat, which means the only choice that they have realistically is in their primary election,” she said. “The idea that we should take democracy away from people is one that I fundamentally disagree with.”

By pressing for more primaries nationwide, Ocasio-Cortez said she understands that she’ll be at risk for Democratic challengers, too.

“I’m comfortable with that,” she said. “I want to earn my seat every two years. I want to earn the right to have this job.”

Some Democrats have griped that AOC is not a team player and her efforts to “purify” the caucus could cost Democrats the House majority by ousting moderate Democrats in swing districts. Ocasio-Cortez recently grumbled that the Democratic Party can “be too big of a tent” if she and former Vice President Joe Biden are considered the same party.

A CNN opinion columnist this week even said Ocasio-Cortez should try ditching the party altogether.

Asked if she’s considering becoming an independent like Sen. Bernie Sanders — whom she backs for president — or whether the Democratic Party still serves her, Ocasio-Cortez said: “Being a Democrat, it is a service. It does serve me.”

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“I think I’m an independent thinker within the Democratic Party for sure. I do things that are unusual and unorthodox,” AOC added.

Being an independent voice is important when so many people are “sick “of the two parties and special interests controlling government, she said.

“Washington is so much about Republican versus Democrat,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We don’t realize that some of the largest plurality of voters in America are neither.”

She added: “They identify as independent. It doesn’t mean that they are moderate. It doesn’t mean that they are half Democrat and half Republican. It means that they think a lot of the system is BS.”

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