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Kourtney Kardashian blasted by ‘The View’ hosts after crying about turning 40

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Kourtney Kardashian has been feeling mixed emotions about her 40th birthday, but some of the hosts on “The View” aren’t feeling sympathetic.

In a teaser for the newest season of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” the eldest Kardashian sister teared up over hitting the milestone, admitting she felt anxiety about the newest chapter in her life.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN RESPONDS TO CRITICISM OVER DAUGHTER TRUE’S TOY BENTLEY

“I do think that turning 40, like it almost makes you analyze like where you’re at in your life,” Kourtney told her sister, Khloé Kardashian, in the clip. “It’s just giving me anxiety.”

She later added, “Now that I’m doing Poosh [her lifestyle blog], I just always wish I had more time. I feel like I want to cry.”

KIM KARDASHIAN DENIES RUMORS SHE REMOVED RIBS TO FIT INTO MET GALA DRESS

While many followers of the reality show may feel empathetic towards Kardashian’s struggles, a few of “The View” hosts did not pull any punches on Monday, as the studio audience erupted in applause when Whoopi Goldberg jokingly fell to the ground in shock after the video clip played.

“On one hand, she said she wants more time, but then she says she’s miserable. So what do you want ‘more time’ for?” fellow host Joy Behar questioned. “They say life begins at 40, so she should get with the program.”

MEGHAN MCCAIN ‘IN TALKS’ TO RETURN TO ‘THE VIEW,’ BUT ‘SOME THINGS NEED TO CHANGE’: REPORT

Host Sunny Hostin briefly took Kardashian’s side, appearing to balance the mocking tone of her other co-hosts. In response, host Meghan McCain declared she had no sympathy for the reality star.

“I’m in my 30s, man, and I’m with Whoopi on this,” said McCain, 37. “Not to be like Debbie Downer on this — you have all the money, opportunities, life advantages in the entire world. There are people that can’t feed their children, I do not feel bad for her.”

KHLOE KARDASHIAN ATTENDS HIGH SCHOOL PROM WITH SUPER FAN

Behar, 76, responded to McCain, saying she was the oldest one on the panel and felt some of Kardashian’s pain.

“I’m saying that it’s an inside job, it has nothing to do with your external life, it has nothing to do with how much money you’ve got and how many diamond rings and how big your behind is,” Behar said.

McCain quickly fired back by citing her own privileges, saying, “But you know what helps me when I feel sorry for myself? Running with veterans who have lost limbs for our country. Seeing people and homeless people that have much less than me.”

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She continued: “There are ways to make yourself feel better and know how blessed we all are. And the Kardashians are worth $100 million, if not more. Billions, whatever, I don’t know.”

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Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling expand their family

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Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are becoming new parents. Well, kind of.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, actress Eva Mendes revealed she and Gosling have adopted a new dog, Lucho. The photo showcases Mendes cradling her adorable pup and called on fans who may be looking for a new best friend to visit adoption centers.

She also gave a shoutout to the Friends for Life Rescue Network adoption center in Los Angeles where Lucho formerly lived. She went on to urge fans who may not be looking for pets to donate what they can to the center.

EVA MENDES POSTS RARE VIDEO OF PARTNER RYAN GOSLING FROM SET OF MOVIE THEY MET ON

“Meet Lucho. The newest member of our family,” Mendes captioned the photo. “We adopted him from this amazing agency called Friends for Life Rescue Network. If you’re looking for a fluffy family member, adoption is a great option. So many little dudes out there needing a home.”

EVA MENDES SAYS RYAN GOSLING CHANGED HER MIND ABOUT KIDS: ‘IT WAS VERY SPECIFIC TO HIM’

The “Training Day” star continued: “If you’re not able to have a pet but love animals , you can donate to this nonprofit. All donations are tax deductible. Your donation helps keep animals off the streets and out of shelters where they euthanize.”

Aside from their new dog, Mendes and Gosling have two daughters, Esmerelda, 4, and Amada, 3. Despite the couple’s fame, they have chosen to keep details of their relationship fairly secret on social media.

However, the two have spoken about their relationship more frequently in interviews. Mendes sat down with Women’s Health in May and discussed how it felt to fall in love with the “Drive” actor, as well as their decision to have children together.

“Ryan Gosling happened,” Mendes gushed. “I mean, falling in love with him. Then it made sense for me to have … not kids, but his kids. It was very specific to him.”

RYAN GOSLING: EVA MENDES IS DEFINITELY NOT ANTI-SWEATPANTS

In 2017, Gosling won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for “La La Land,” which he dedicated to Mendes in a moving speech.

“While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer,” Gosling said.

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“If she hadn’t have taken all that on so that I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here other than me today. So sweetheart, thank you.”

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Video shows drivers in Georgia stopping to grab $175,000 in ‘flying’ cash on highway

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Video captured more than a dozen people getting out of their vehicles on Tuesday to grab money that was flying all over a Georgia interstate, police said.

Dunwoody police responded to Interstate 285 around 8 p.m. Tuesday after about $175,000 was reported to be “flying all over the road,” said Sgt. Robert Parsons, public information officer.

GUESTS AT DISNEY WORLD CLAIM GUNS WENT MISSING FROM THEIR CARS

The 911 callers reported that more than 15 vehicles had stopped on the interstate in Dunwoody, some 17 miles from Atlanta, and people were “frantically taking the money,” according to a post on the Dunwoody Police Department’s Facebook page.

The post said when officers arrived, they spotted an armored truck on the right shoulder of the interstate.

“The armored car crew said the side door came open while they were driving and money spilled out onto 285,” police said.

DRAMATIC VIDEO SHOWS DOZENS LOOTING PHILADELPHIA WALGREENS, POLICE SAY

Parsons told Fox News that the crew was not sure exactly how much money spilled out of the truck, but reported it to be about $175,000.

“The company has yet to confirm the exact amount,” Parsons added.

Police said officers and the armored truck crew gathered a few hundred dollars still on hand when officers arrived, “but plenty was taken by passerby’s sticky fingers.”

“While we certainly understand the temptation, it’s still theft and the money should be returned,” police said in the Facebook post on Tuesday.

“We are thankful there were no crashes or pedestrians struck as a result of this isolated cash storm.”

On Wednesday, Dunwoody police wrote on the department’s Facebook page that some people have been bringing back the scattered bills.

The post included a picture of a man returning cash and said, “So, believe it or not, some people have been returning the money that fell from the armored car on I-285.”

“We understand it was a bizarre occurrence, but do the right thing and return the money,” police wrote in the post.

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Parsons told Fox News on Wednesday that three people had come in so far, returning $2,750.

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Video shows drivers in Georgia stopping to grab $175,000 in ‘flying’ cash on highway

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Video captured more than a dozen people getting out of their vehicles on Tuesday to grab money that was flying all over a Georgia interstate, police said.

Dunwoody police responded to Interstate 285 around 8 p.m. Tuesday after about $175,000 was reported to be “flying all over the road,” said Sgt. Robert Parsons, public information officer.

GUESTS AT DISNEY WORLD CLAIM GUNS WENT MISSING FROM THEIR CARS

The 911 callers reported that more than 15 vehicles had stopped on the interstate in Dunwoody, some 17 miles from Atlanta, and people were “frantically taking the money,” according to a post on the Dunwoody Police Department’s Facebook page.

The post said when officers arrived, they spotted an armored truck on the right shoulder of the interstate.

“The armored car crew said the side door came open while they were driving and money spilled out onto 285,” police said.

DRAMATIC VIDEO SHOWS DOZENS LOOTING PHILADELPHIA WALGREENS, POLICE SAY

Parsons told Fox News that the crew was not sure exactly how much money spilled out of the truck, but reported it to be about $175,000.

“The company has yet to confirm the exact amount,” Parsons added.

Police said officers and the armored truck crew gathered a few hundred dollars still on hand when officers arrived, “but plenty was taken by passerby’s sticky fingers.”

“While we certainly understand the temptation, it’s still theft and the money should be returned,” police said in the Facebook post on Tuesday.

“We are thankful there were no crashes or pedestrians struck as a result of this isolated cash storm.”

On Wednesday, Dunwoody police wrote on the department’s Facebook page that some people have been bringing back the scattered bills.

The post included a picture of a man returning cash and said, “So, believe it or not, some people have been returning the money that fell from the armored car on I-285.”

“We understand it was a bizarre occurrence, but do the right thing and return the money,” police wrote in the post.

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Parsons told Fox News on Wednesday that three people had come in so far, returning $2,750.

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Mom, boyfriend charged after missing 3-year-old girl found dead in Virginia river

A southwestern Virginia mother and her boyfriend were arrested Wednesday after authorities found the body of a missing 3-year-old girl in a local river.

The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office said that Kimberly Dawn Moore, 45, and Adrian Neil Puckett, also 45, have been charged with felony child neglect with reckless disregard for life and felony child endangerment in the death of Josie Burleson. The sheriff’s office added that more charges were possible and the investigation is ongoing.

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Josie Burleson was found dead Wednesday morning. (Wythe County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators say Josie was reported missing just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. When questioned, Moore and Puckett told authorities that the girl was playing outside a house they were visiting near the New River Trail and wandered away. The house in question is located within 150 yards of the river.

VIRGINIA POLICE SAY MISSING BOY, 2, IS DEAD; MOM ARRESTED IN DISAPPEARANCE

The sheriff’s office said more than 100 people searched for Josie in nearby fields, along adjacent trails and in the New River, where the girl’s body was found shortly after 1 a.m.

Wythe County Sheriff Keith Dunagan told The Roanoke Times that authorities did not know how long Josie was missing before her disappearance was reported because Moore and Puckett “were on meth and they made two or three different statements, and we don’t know which one is correct.”

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The sheriff added that investigators believe Josie wandered to the edge of the river looking for a swing she had visited in the past.

“They found her footprints in the mud at the edge of the river,” Dunagan told the Times. “The current was swift there, and we believe it carried her down the river.”

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Annette Roque officially files to divorce Matt Lauer after 20 years of marriage

Matt Lauer’s wife, Annette Roque, has filed for divorce from the former “TODAY” co-host, Fox News has confirmed.

The 52-year-old Roque, a former Dutch model, officially called it quits on her nuptials with Lauer on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the New York State Unified Court System said.

MATT LAUER AND ANNETTE ROQUE’S DIVORCE IS NEARLY FINALIZED

“The case, which is an uncontested matrimonial, was filed on July 9th in State Supreme Court in Suffolk County, New York and is awaiting judicial review of the agreement,” the court said in a statement. “Upon a judge’s signature, it will be sent to the court clerk’s office to be entered. The process could take up to a few months.”

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EAST HAMPTON, NY – AUGUST 12: Annette Roque and Matt Lauer attend Apollo in the Hamptons 2017: hosted by Ronald O. Perelman at The Creeks on August 12, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)

In a statement to People magazine on Wednesday, Roque’s attorney John Teitler told the outlet, “The matter has been settled.”

Lauer and Roque share three children; son Jack, 18, daughter Romy, 15, and son Thijs, 12.

NBC’S ‘TODAY’ AWKWARDLY IGNORES MATT LAUER IN ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Tuesday’s filing was not the first time Roque has sought to formalize her split from the former TV heavyweight. Court documents obtained by the National Enquirer show Roque filed to divorce Lauer in 2006, claiming he had committed “cruel and inhumane” acts against her. Roque alleged that the seemingly unassuming Lauer often criticized her parenting acumen and acted with “extreme anger and hostility” that put her mental and physical well-being at risk.

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Matt Lauer’s estranged wife Annette Roque has officially filed for divorce from the disgraced NBC host. (Reuters)

Despite the myriad of allegations against Lauer, Roque withdrew her claims just three weeks after filing the paperwork.

Lauer, 61, was fired by NBC in November 2017 after multiple sexual misconduct claims were levied against him in detailed accounts published in Variety and The New York Times.

MATT LAUER AGREES TO PAY ANNETTE ROQUE UP TO $20M IN DIVORCE

Last month, Page Six reported Lauer was “bending over backward” to give Roque everything she wanted in the dissolution of their union, adding that she would receive up to $20 million in assets, including one of the former couple’s homes in the Hamptons – a horse farm in Water Mill.

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The disgraced NBC host owns the palatial 8,000 square-foot estate with his estranged wife, Annette Roque. (Zillow)

It is still unclear if whether the couple will offload their palatial North Haven home, Strongheart Manor – a property Lauer took off of Richard Gere’s hands for a cool $36.5 million in 2016.

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Lauer and Roque are expected to share custody of their children, the outlet reported at the time.

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AOC accuses Congress of using women, minorities as ‘bargaining chips’ who have been ‘auctioned off’ for decades

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused Congress of using women and minorities as chess pawns, saying the communities have been “auctioned off and negotiated off” for decades.

“When it comes to women of color in Congress, particularly the freshman, it’s that we both have encountered and represent communities that have been auctioned off and negotiated off for the last 20 years. And we’re over it,” she said during a Tuesday interview with The New Yorker Radio Hour.

Ocasio-Cortez said there is a significant amount of insincere pandering that occurs when lawmakers are in the midst of legislative discussions.

OCASIO-CORTEZ: PELOSI GIVING ME BUSY WORK, MIGHT BE TRYING TO KEEP ME OUT OF THE WAY

PELOSI SAYS SHE HAS ‘NO REGRETS’ ABOUT CALLING OUT FOUR PROGRESSIVE MEMBER: ‘NOT WHAT I DO’

“We see in these negotiations all the time— it’s like fighting for black communities or policies that help women,” she said. “They’re bargaining chips. And they’re the first chips that are reached for in any legislative negotiations.”

Ocasio-Cortez also commented on the current state of the Democratic party and encouraged her colleagues to stop fearing the word socialism. She also said she was shocked by how concentrated power has become within the nation’s capital.

“We don’t know how to talk about our own issues in ways that I think are convincing … we’re too often on the defense. We’re too often afraid of our own values and sticking up for them. And I feel like we run away from our convictions too much,” she said.

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“The rules of Congress have changed over the years to put, I think, an insane amount of power in a handful of people — within even just the House of Representatives itself. The Speaker, [party] leadership, committee chairs … over the years the rules have changed to kind of consolidate power to a very large degree.”

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Jim Hanson: Social media discrimination against conservatives is intolerable – This should happen after summit

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Responding to rampant viewpoint discrimination against conservative voices on social media sites, President Trump is bringing prominent conservatives to the White House Thursday to discuss what can be done to stop suppression of their views on Facebook, Twitter, Google and other platforms.

The tech giants, who weren’t invited to what the president is calling a social media summit, deny they are discriminating against conservatives – but their denials fail to stand up under scrutiny.

I will be among those attending the summit to discuss ways to give conservatives fair access to sites where millions of people get much of their news and information. We aren’t seeking to keep those on the left off social media – but we’re tired of seeing our point of view suppressed.

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This is a tough issue. We cherish the freedom of speech and of the press guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution and don’t want to empower government to control the flow of information to the American people.

We believe in the private sector, and – unlike the socialists playing an ever-growing role in the Democratic Party – don’t want to empower Big Government to take over the role of the free enterprise system.

At the same time, we’re tired of enormously powerful companies with leftist agendas manipulating social media to shine a bright spotlight on views to their liking, while shoving posts from conservatives into dark corners of the web where they get little exposure.

At the same time, we’re tired of enormously powerful companies with leftist agendas manipulating social media to shine a bright spotlight on views to their liking, while shoving posts from conservatives into dark corners of the web where they get little exposure.

All views deserve a fair chance to be seen and heard in the Internet’s vast marketplace of ideas – but right now that isn’t happening for conservatives.

It would be irresponsible for us to rule out using the power of government to compel the social media giants to give all points of view fair exposure if the companies stubbornly refuse to do so.

This would be akin to one nation taking the military option off the table as it entered a negotiation with a hostile foreign power. It’s a horrible idea. For any negotiation to have any chance of success, the other side must believe you will use your biggest weapon if it becomes necessary.

Ideally, government investigations and even interventions will serve as the iron fist in the velvet glove to induce the tech giants to act reasonably, now that all other attempts to convince them have failed. But we must decide two things: What do we want these multibillion-dollar companies to do? And, what are the available options to make them do it?

What we want is an examination of how the social media giants decide what people see.

It is easy to deal with the banning of people from social media sites through arbitrary and partisan enforcement of the “rules” that govern behavior on these platforms. It is far harder to deal with how the tech companies create artificial intelligence (AI) to enforce those rules and pick what gets onto your screen.

As The Washington Post reported last year, when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress:  “Zuckerberg referred to AI technology more than 30 times during ten hours of questioning from congressional lawmakers Tuesday and Wednesday, saying that it would one day be smart, sophisticated and eagle-eyed enough to fight against a vast variety of platform-spoiling misbehavior, including fake news, hate speech, discriminatory ads and terrorist propaganda.”

Sounds good. But then the same Post article, by Drew Harwell, pointed out: “But Facebook’s AI technology can’t do any of those things well yet, and it’s unclear when, if ever, it will be able to.”

The problem is that AI is only as smart as those who design it. It must be trained to recognize patterns and make decisions – leaving it highly vulnerable to the biases of those who build and instruct it.

Since the overwhelming majority of these designers are liberal and activist, this leads to AI that simply automates the process of enforcing politically correct progressive orthodoxy.

The simplest way to understand this is to do a Google search. I want to know what the facts are about the nuclear threat posed by Iran, so I ask: “Is Iran a nuclear threat?” Here is the result I got – with one of the top news stories coming from is from Al-Jazeera.

If you’re not familiar with Al-Jazeera, it’s a propaganda outlet owned and operated by Qatar, a steadfast ally and enabler of the rabidly anti-American Iranian government. The article is an apologia for Iran’s ongoing quest to become a nuclear power. Out of the more than 40 million results Google found for this question, how on Earth did such a biased and untrustworthy source filter to near the top?

The answer is that the Al-Jazeera article supports and agrees with the worldview of those at Google who write algorithms and decide which media outlets are the best sources. While the article’s headline is a close match in wording to my question, that should not have outweighed the complete unsuitability of Al-Jazeera as an accurate, reliable and trustworthy source of information.

This problem is endemic to the AI used by all the major tech platforms. The viewpoints of those who design the AI has infected the ability of the AI to deliver unbiased information.

We cannot regain a free information space without visibility into this process and quality-control oversight to ensure that the methods for determining what the platforms show us don’t simply elevate liberal content.

How do we make the tech companies do that? We threaten them. We’ve been asking nicely and holding hearings and publicly exposing their bias for long enough.

Our federal government has an interest in ensuring that all Americans have access to the accurate and unbiased information we need to make decisions. There are several agencies that have legitimate responsibilities to give us this access.

The Federal Trade Commission is charged with enforcing antitrust laws, which forbid the unfair domination of vital goods and services by a small group of providers. There is no question of the tech firms’ overwhelming dominance of our information space. Investigating what they do and how they do it is absolutely appropriate.

The Federal Communications Commission is charged with regulating interstate and international communications. It should investigate the shadow banning of Republican candidates and leaders by Twitter, along with the platform’s suppression of conservative voices via the manipulation of algorithms and AI, which I wrote about almost a year ago.

On top of this, Congress should examine whether social media platforms deserve continued protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., has introduced legislation to remove that protection, because the tech firms now make editorial decisions about what content to approve and promote, rather than simply serving as an unbiased platform.

Look at it this way: If I make a phone call, the phone company has no control over what I say and simply transmits my voice to whoever I am calling. But giant tech companies do not simply blindly transmit information from one point to another. They make important decisions about what gets transmitted and how much visibility to give the information they bring to their audience.

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The Federal Election Commission is charged with monitoring the political campaign process. Since Republican candidates and policies are unfairly marginalized by the tech firms, the FEC should investigate whether this constitutes an in-kind contribution to the opposing candidates and party.

All these actions would be a good start. There are many avenues of investigation that can be pursued and should be if the tech firms refuse to change their ways. We don’t want to launch these actions, but we cannot shrink from using the power of government, because failure to reclaim a free exchange of ideas is more dangerous to this republic than any of our foreign enemies.

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Pelosi admonishes tweeting attacks on fellow Dems: Don’t ‘expect us to think that that is just ok’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reportedly had a frank talk with the Democratic caucus on Wednesday and admonished members who considered using social media to criticize others in the party.

“You got a complaint?  You come and talk to me about it.  But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just ok,” Pelosi said, according to a source in the room.

Her comments came amid division regarding her party’s decision to approve a massive, Republican-backed funding package to improve conditions at the border.

According to Politico, a Pelosi spokesman said the comments weren’t directed at anyone in particular but Democrats suspected she was referring to Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis. who called the Problem Solvers Caucus — a group of moderate Democrats — the “Child Abuse Caucus.”

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“Since when did the Problem Solvers Caucus become the Child Abuse Caucus?” he tweeted just before the House voted on the funding measure.

Pelosi, during Wednesday’s meeting,  reportedly called for members to maintain “civility” and described the caucus as a “family.”

“So we’re a family and we have our moments and we’re like a kaleidoscope – sometimes all of us on this side of the room are in agreement vis a vis them to the back of the room or to the front of the room,” she reportedly said.

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“But we’re all a resource to each other and we must never undermine the strength of anyone in our caucus.”

Pelosi’s comments followed days of press coverage surrounding her own very public disagreement with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and other freshman Democrats.

Like Pocan, Ocasio-Cortez complained on Twitter about the Problem Solvers Caucus, bemoaning their refusal to include accountability measures on funding for immigration enforcement.

“And to think this week the GOP & Dem ‘Problem Solvers Caucus’ fought to eliminate ALL accountability amendments from funding,” she said. “They just wrote a multi-billion dollar blank check for misconduct.”

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Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman to serve in Congress, regularly used social media to advance her message — as did her fellow freshmen Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

Those three, along with Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., wrongly focused on that medium, Pelosi suggested in an interview published on Saturday. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi reportedly said, noting that they continued lacking actual votes in the House.

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DC mayor says city’s security fund bankrupt in letter to Trump, blames July 4th parade: report

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote a scathing letter to President Trump on Tuesday, asking the federal government to fully reimburse the city for his Fourth of July military celebration.

in the letter, obtained by WTOP, Bowser said the additional $1.7 million cost of the festivities has interfered with her ability to keep the city safe and provide the necessary security measures to prevent a potential disaster.

She waited until the end of the letter to cite Trump’s “Salute to America” parade and wrote that she is also concerned about funding for the next presidential inauguration in 2021.

“Considering this accruing deficit, our projections indicate that the EPSF (Emergency Planning and Security Fund) will be depleted following your additional July 4th holiday activities and subsequent first amendment demonstrations,” she wrote.

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“The accrued amount for the July 4th holiday totals approximately $1.7 million. It is critical that the EPSF is fully reimbursed for these funds to ensure the District can uphold proper security and support during the remainder of the fiscal year without incurring a deficit for federal activities.”

Bowser also stated general concerns about the fiscal budget for 2021 and said the emergency security fund for the city will be insolvent before the end of 2019. She claimed the fund is $6 million in the red and also blamed increased security for political officials, the 2017 presidential inauguration and the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush for the shortfall.

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Fox News reached out to the White House and the mayor’s office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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