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Dems lose patience with ‘complete fraud’ AOC, rally to Pelosi’s side

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House Democrats and their aides are quickly losing patience with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her office’s nonstop sparring with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other long-serving members, suggesting the speaker’s dismissive comments toward her may represent the view of a growing section of the caucus.

“She is a complete fraud,” one senior Democratic source told Fox News on Friday, succinctly summing up members’ frustration.

The last straw, for some, was the lawmaker’s claim that Pelosi was uniquely disrespectful to minority congresswomen. One senior lawmaker, who is black, scorched Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday for allegedly using the race card against the speaker, calling her comments “so inappropriate.” Some lawmakers have even turned the tables, arguing that a group aligned with her is targeting black lawmakers for potential primary challenges in questioning those comments.

HOUSE DEM BLASTS ‘JUVENILE’ AOC 

“Her peers do not take her seriously,” the senior Democratic source said Friday, adding: “They think it is absurd to call the speaker racist. Offensive and absurd.”

The source said Ocasio-Cortez, who won her seat after a stunning primary victory over longtime House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, has “no power” — despite her immense Twitter following and unique ability to at times command the news cycle.

“She is a nobody. She is a freshman member of Congress with no power. She is not worth the speaker’s brainpower,” the source said — accusing her of starting “needless distractions from serious issues,” and skipping meetings and conference calls in favor of media interviews, tweets and “glamour.”

AOC-ALIGNED GROUP TARGETS INCUMBENT DEMS WHO CROSSED INFLUENTIAL FRESHMEN

“In this building, it is about how many others you can bring along to your side. She maybe has two members—sometimes four,” the source added.

The comments come as prominent members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) side with Pelosi.

“It was such a weak argument to say she was being picked on and that four women of color were being picked on by the speaker,” Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., a member of the CBC, said Thursday night. “It shows their lack of sensitivity to racism. To fall back on that [trope] is a weak argument. It has no place in a civil discussion.”

Clay added that “it’s going to take a process of maturing for those freshman members. They will have to learn to be effective legislators.”

The feud between Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi escalated after Congress recently passed a border funding bill that Ocasio-Cortez, and freshmen Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., all opposed.

In an interview last weekend, Pelosi told The New York Times that “all these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”

PELOSI RESPONDS TO AOC SLAM, SAYS CAUCUS HAS HER BACK FOR CONDEMNING CHIEF OF STAFF’S ‘OFFENSIVE’ TWEET

Ocasio-Cortez then told The Washington Post this week that the “persistent singling out” by the speaker was “outright disrespectful” and affected “newly elected women of color.”

But on Friday, when asked by Fox News how she would respond to criticism of playing the ‘race card’ against Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez fired back: “What? That’s stupidly untrue.”

Pelosi this week also warned lawmakers against tweeting negative things about colleagues. Asked Thursday about her ongoing spat with the New York lawmaker, Pelosi acknowledged how she recently addressed — “at the request of my members” — an “offensive tweet that came out of one of the member’s offices” that compared centrist Democrats to segregationists. That tweet was authored and then deleted by Ocasio-Cortez’ chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti.

“Our members took offense at that,” Pelosi said, claiming her comments received a positive response. “I addressed that.”

She added: “I’ve said what I’m going to say…What I said in the caucus yesterday had an overwhelming response from my members, because they know what the facts are and what we are responding to. We respect the value of every member of our caucus. The diversity of it all is a wonderful thing. Diversity is our strength. Unity is our power.”

Even President Trump, who has clashed with Pelosi repeatedly since taking office, sided with her on Friday — calling Ocasio-Cortez disrespectful, and maintaining that the speaker is not a racist.

Further, Democrats are bristling at the meddling of the Ocasio-Cortez-aligned Justice Democrats—a progressive group looking to primary Democratic members, some of whom are a part of the CBC.

“It does make you wonder what’s going on,” Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., another CBC member, told The Hill. “Some names that have been mentioned all seem to be people of color, and more so CBC members.”

The senior Democratic source, meanwhile, told Fox News that Justice Democrats “don’t have the ability to primary anyone.”

“No one is afraid of those nerds,” the source said, referring to the Justice Democrats.

That organization entered the fray on Friday as well, firing back at an aide who had told The Hill Ocasio-Cortez is a “puppet” and the group is funded by “white liberals.”

“If Nancy Pelosi wants ‘unity,’ she should condemn the appalling comments made by a senior Democratic aide about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” Justice Democrats tweeted.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Sam Dorman, Alex Pappas, and Jason Donner contributed to this report. 

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Tropical Storm Barry prompts storm surge, flood warnings: Why is New Orleans at an increased risk?

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As Tropical Storm Barry continues to barrel toward the Louisiana coast, flooding and rainfall are increasingly becoming a concern — especially for the city of New Orleans, which is more vulnerable to weather-related phenomena.

Barry is forecast to dump 10 to 20 inches of rain on New Orleans through Sunday. Some isolated areas could see as much as 25 inches.

TROPICAL STORM BARRY’S PATH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 

But why is this historic city more prone to flooding than other areas of the state? Read on for a look at a few of the factors that have put the so-called “Big Easy” at an increased risk.

Low-elevation 

New Orleans is particularly vulnerable to flooding because of its low elevation, according to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Only about half of the city is above sea level — a drop from what once was 100 percent, per The Atlantic, which cited human interference as a primary reason for why the city has sunk. A 2016 NASA study also said “natural geologic” factors played a part.

“When New Orleans was being constructed they ran out of good land. To make more room, engineers drained swamplands around the area so they could continue expansion. This drainage led to subsidence,” stated Wisconsin-Eau Claire, noting subsidence is “sinking or settling to a lower level, in this case, it was the earth’s surface sinking lower in relation to sea level.”

Even some of the city’s first settlers — primarily in New Orleans’ French Quarter, the original part of the city — knew to build their homes on elevated land. Those with the “means and resources” built homes on “prime real estate” — or on lots roughly 10 feet about sea level, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) writes in its “History of Building Elevation in New Orleans.”

“Even during its very beginnings, New Orleans’ residents understood the value of land elevated above the flood-prone land they had chosen to call home,” the agency adds.

Levee construction 

In 1719, the first levee was built in New Orleans. The first of many along the Mississippi, those who constructed it were aware of the “supreme importance of elevated or at least protected ground in the city,” per the FEMA report.

But the construction of levees would later contribute to subsidence.

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The city is situated between the levees along the Mississippi River and those around Lake Pontchartrain. This, according to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, creates a “bowl” effect in the city. Essentially, once water gets in, it’s hard to remove.

Vanishing wetlands and barrier islands 

New Orleans is also prone to flooding because the city is susceptible to storm surges, or “the abnormal rise in seawater level during a storm,” according to the National Ocean Service. It’s measured by how high the water reaches from the normal astronomical tide.

Wetlands and barrier islands serve as natural defenses against storm surges. In fact, “for every mile of continuous wetlands, a storm surge can be reduced by three to eight inches,” per the university.

“Wetlands are naturally replenished every year by sediment from a flooding river” if these areas are undisturbed, the university added. But Wetlands and barrier islands near New Orleans have disappeared at “an incredible rate” due to human interference.

WHAT ARE STORM SURGES? 

“Dams upriver from the city have caused the amount of sediment in the river to be reduced by up to 67 [percent],” the university claims.

“Along with that, the levees built around New Orleans to protect it now divert the river’s flow much further out into the Gulf of Mexico, meaning that much of the remaining sediment is washed out to sea, and not deposited in either the wetlands or the barrier islands. These factors are denying nature’s best defenses their replenishment, and causing them to disappear.”

In fact, every hour and a half, Louisiana loses about a football field’s worth of land, The New Yorker claimed in a March report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Daily Spike: Spike goes off to ‘college’ less than a month, so it’s time to make every day count

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In a short 28 days from today, Spike, the best boy ever who has constantly been by my side for 17 months, will be moving on. I will give him back to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) so he can go to “college,” where professional trainers will teach him everything else he needs to become a highly trained service dog. And, if he passes, he’ll then go on to be the life partner of someone with a disability, or brighten many lives in a facility for adults or children with special needs.

I’m always asked, “How can you give him up?” The answer is easy — there are those that need him a lot more than I do. But even thought it’s true, it’s still difficult, and I want to make every day count.

HOW CANINE COMPANIONS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A VETERAN

A couple of weeks ago, Spike accidentally took his first international trip when my boyfriend Chris and I made a wrong turn driving around Buffalo, N.Y., and ended up in the “CANADA ONLY” lane to Niagara Falls, which had no option for a U-turn. I was frustrated at first about our accidental detour, as we didn’t have our passports. But after pleading our case with Canadian officials and convincing them we weren’t convicted felons, they let us enter Canada.

Chris had never been to Niagara Falls and neither had Spike, so we decided to make the best of the situation and head to the Falls. It was the quickest trip — we had a flight to catch in a couple of hours, but it was totally worth it. It was a beautiful day out, and if you’re close enough, you can feel the mist from the Falls on your face.

I’m not sure Spike truly understood the wonder of this falling water, but I wouldn’t change our detour for anything.

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The following week was a trip to Boston and New Hampshire, for a girls’ weekend with some of my college friends. Spike has been a bit apprehensive about swimming in pools, as he hasn’t figured out how to get in and out yet. Luckily, my freshman-year roommate Tricia has two energetic labrador retrievers – Forest and Jackson – and a pool. They both jumped in without hesitation as Spike watched anxiously from the side.

You could see he wanted to jump in too. We kept throwing sticks in the pool for Forest and Jackson, and finally Spike found the steps and started swimming. A few minutes later, Spike was jumping right in after his friends without hesitation. (Learning how to jump into a pool is not a requirement of Canine Companion dogs but it’s always good that they aren’t fearful in any situation.)

We also visited a classmate who has ALS, a degenerative disease with no cure. We all spent the afternoon reminiscing about the past and talking about the future. Spike got to practice some of his commands with her in her motorized wheelchair, bringing a smile to everyone’s face.

It was a special day, yet a bittersweet reminder of the need to make every day count.

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And then, just last week, another trip to Canada – this time on purpose – for a beautiful Fourth of July weekend at Lake of the Woods. Spike had his first boat ride and caught (or helped to catch) his first fish, a walleye. Very tasty, at least for me — Spike is only allowed to eat his kibble.

The adventure continued with our 6-plus-hour drive back to Minneapolis from Ontario. About an hour into the drive, Delta alerted us to significant delays in our flight, so we took the opportunity to explore a set of large roadside statues that are peppered throughout northern Minnesota. There’s a giant fish statue in Baudette, which is on the border of Canada, named ‘Willie the Walleye.’ Next up, we stopped at a giant flying black duck in the town of Black Duck. Our last stop was the most famous statue of all — Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in Bemidji, at the origin of the Mississippi River. And Spike capped off his day with a quick, cool swim in the Mississippi. It was quite an unexpected and fun road trip for Spike, Chris and I.

It was a long day, and we were all exhausted when we finally got on the plane. And then, the sweetest thing happened.

Our Delta flight attendant, Chelsea, was wonderful and cheerful in spite of irritable passengers after the long delay. And she asked about Spike, remarking on what a good boy he is. (He is a very good boy, in case that’s not clear). When I told her I was giving him back to Canine Companions in a month to finish his training, I got a little teary. As the day gets closer, it all just gets a little harder.

Right before we landed, Chelsea came back with a gift: an (unused) air-sickness bag with some cocktail napkins acting as tissue paper, and underneath was a bottle of wine. Chelsea wrote on the bag, “Enjoy the rest of your time with Spike. Whoever gets him will be so lucky!”

I could not agree more,

So go out there and make every day count, whether you are raising a service dog or not. Life is short, people, so make the most of it.

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The Daily Spike: Spike goes off to ‘college’ less than a month, so it’s time to make every day count

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In a short 28 days from today, Spike, the best boy ever who has constantly been by my side for 17 months, will be moving on. I will give him back to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) so he can go to “college,” where professional trainers will teach him everything else he needs to become a highly trained service dog. And, if he passes, he’ll then go on to be the life partner of someone with a disability, or brighten many lives in a facility for adults or children with special needs.

I’m always asked, “How can you give him up?” The answer is easy — there are those that need him a lot more than I do. But even thought it’s true, it’s still difficult, and I want to make every day count.

HOW CANINE COMPANIONS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A VETERAN

A couple of weeks ago, Spike accidentally took his first international trip when my boyfriend Chris and I made a wrong turn driving around Buffalo, N.Y., and ended up in the “CANADA ONLY” lane to Niagara Falls, which had no option for a U-turn. I was frustrated at first about our accidental detour, as we didn’t have our passports. But after pleading our case with Canadian officials and convincing them we weren’t convicted felons, they let us enter Canada.

Chris had never been to Niagara Falls and neither had Spike, so we decided to make the best of the situation and head to the Falls. It was the quickest trip — we had a flight to catch in a couple of hours, but it was totally worth it. It was a beautiful day out, and if you’re close enough, you can feel the mist from the Falls on your face.

I’m not sure Spike truly understood the wonder of this falling water, but I wouldn’t change our detour for anything.

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The following week was a trip to Boston and New Hampshire, for a girls’ weekend with some of my college friends. Spike has been a bit apprehensive about swimming in pools, as he hasn’t figured out how to get in and out yet. Luckily, my freshman-year roommate Tricia has two energetic labrador retrievers – Forest and Jackson – and a pool. They both jumped in without hesitation as Spike watched anxiously from the side.

You could see he wanted to jump in too. We kept throwing sticks in the pool for Forest and Jackson, and finally Spike found the steps and started swimming. A few minutes later, Spike was jumping right in after his friends without hesitation. (Learning how to jump into a pool is not a requirement of Canine Companion dogs but it’s always good that they aren’t fearful in any situation.)

We also visited a classmate who has ALS, a degenerative disease with no cure. We all spent the afternoon reminiscing about the past and talking about the future. Spike got to practice some of his commands with her in her motorized wheelchair, bringing a smile to everyone’s face.

It was a special day, yet a bittersweet reminder of the need to make every day count.

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And then, just last week, another trip to Canada – this time on purpose – for a beautiful Fourth of July weekend at Lake of the Woods. Spike had his first boat ride and caught (or helped to catch) his first fish, a walleye. Very tasty, at least for me — Spike is only allowed to eat his kibble.

The adventure continued with our 6-plus-hour drive back to Minneapolis from Ontario. About an hour into the drive, Delta alerted us to significant delays in our flight, so we took the opportunity to explore a set of large roadside statues that are peppered throughout northern Minnesota. There’s a giant fish statue in Baudette, which is on the border of Canada, named ‘Willie the Walleye.’ Next up, we stopped at a giant flying black duck in the town of Black Duck. Our last stop was the most famous statue of all — Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in Bemidji, at the origin of the Mississippi River. And Spike capped off his day with a quick, cool swim in the Mississippi. It was quite an unexpected and fun road trip for Spike, Chris and I.

It was a long day, and we were all exhausted when we finally got on the plane. And then, the sweetest thing happened.

Our Delta flight attendant, Chelsea, was wonderful and cheerful in spite of irritable passengers after the long delay. And she asked about Spike, remarking on what a good boy he is. (He is a very good boy, in case that’s not clear). When I told her I was giving him back to Canine Companions in a month to finish his training, I got a little teary. As the day gets closer, it all just gets a little harder.

Right before we landed, Chelsea came back with a gift: an (unused) air-sickness bag with some cocktail napkins acting as tissue paper, and underneath was a bottle of wine. Chelsea wrote on the bag, “Enjoy the rest of your time with Spike. Whoever gets him will be so lucky!”

I could not agree more,

So go out there and make every day count, whether you are raising a service dog or not. Life is short, people, so make the most of it.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Visit CCI.org to learn more about Canine Companions for Independence.

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Facing stagnant poll numbers but flush with campaign cash, Buttigieg vows to build winning team

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says he’s “very pleased” with his standing in the polls.

The one-time longest of long-shots for the nomination, the South Bend, Indiana mayor surged this spring to top-tier status. But while his fundraising has soared – he’s far outpaced his top rivals for the nomination by hauling in $24.8 million during the April-June fundraising period — his poll numbers have stagnated.

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Still, campaigning Friday in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire, Buttigieg told Fox News his campaign has come a long way from where it started.

“To have started this race with a staff of four in January and to have been probably the most obscure candidate and to now be running ahead of approximately 20 other Democrats, many of whom are nationally famous people who have been working on this for years, demonstrates that there’s something in our message and something about the messenger that this campaign represents something that is compelling,” he said.

He touted his campaign cash figures, saying “the fact that we did the best of any Democrat running for president in fundraising last quarter means that we will now be able to put those resources on the ground.”

“Right here in New Hampshire, we’ve got two dozen staffers and growing fast,” he said.

Buttigieg vowed that “we’re building up the team that is going to be required in order to win.”

The 37-year-old Afghanistan War veteran — who would become the nation’s first gay president if elected — argued in an interview that “part of why we’ve been able to cut through the noise and make it into the top tier of candidates is that we’re simply not like the others.”

But his poll numbers have lagged in part because of low support from black voters, who will have a significant say in who wins the Democratic nomination. That’s especially the case in South Carolina, which holds the first southern primary in the nomination race. Buttigieg is at just four percent in a new Fox News poll in the Palmetto State.

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Buttigieg, who’s dealing with a controversial fatal shooting of a black man by a white cop back home in South Bend, on Thursday formally unveiled a wide-ranging plan to establish a $10 billion fund for black entrepreneurs over five years, invest $25 billion in historically black colleges, increase contracts to minority own businesses, legalize marijuana, expunge past drug convictions, reduce the prison population by half and pass a new Voting Rights Act to further empower the federal government to ensure voting access.

“I’m convinced that in our time, if we do not tackle systemic racism and racial inequality, it will unravel the entire American project,” Buttigieg told the jam-packed crowd at his first event of the day, a house party in a barn in the coastal town of Rye.

Asked by Fox News if he was able to increase contracts to minority businesses and reduce the incarceration rate during his tenure as mayor, he admitted he had not.

“We have to accept responsibility for building up more of these businesses to work with in the first place. And I don’t think that will happen without federal action,” he said.

During his speech at the event in Rye, Buttigieg appeared to take a jab at former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner right now in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Biden has repeatedly spotlighted his tenure as President Barack Obama’s vice president for eight years.

But Buttigieg emphasized that in order to defeat Republican President Donald Trump next year, “we cannot look like we are promising a return to normal, because normal didn’t work. We’ve got to do better than normal. We’ve got to a lot better than the old normal.”

Buttitiged also declined to weigh in on the ongoing war of words between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, an outspoken favorite of the party’s left-wing.

Taking questions from reporters following a town hall-style event in Dover that attracted nearly 900 people, Buttigieg said “I’m not going to pick sides in a House caucus tussle. What I will say is the diversity of opinions in the party right now is pretty healthy.”

But he did weigh in on Friday’s resignation by embattled Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta following renewed scrutiny of his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who’s accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

“Of course he had to go,” he said.

Taking aim at the Trump administration, Buttigieg added that “it’s part of a bigger pattern where this kind of horror show, reality show, whatever you want to call it in the White House, makes it almost impossible, even if they had good intentions, let alone the cynical intentions they have, makes it impossible for them to get anything done for the American people.”

Fox News’ Peter Doocy contributed to this report.

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Toothpick found in woman’s liver: Should you be concerned?

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Ever wondered what a splinter in your stomach might look like? Turns out it might include a sharp object piercing through the digestive tract and traveling to the liver.

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That’s essentially what happened in a 2012 BMJ case report involving a 45-year-old woman who went to the emergency room.

The woman suffered from abdominal pain, loss of appetite, low blood pressure and physical weakness that had progressively worsened for several months. These symptoms were even more punctuated by the woman’s previous history of obesity, diabetes and reflux.

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Although the woman was initially treated for an infection and then released in stable condition, imaging revealed a long, thin object in her liver. Later, surgeons pulled out a toothpick from the organ in its original size and shape.

Weird? It’s a rare scenario, but other cases of sharp objects perforating through the stomach have occurred, states the BMJ case report.

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Objects like sewing needles, fish and chicken bones or dental plates have caused this problem.

But much to many toothpickers’ relief, only 17 cases of toothpick-to-liver perforations have ever been reported.

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Michael Knowles: McConnell, Obama, Harris – The fundamental question at heart of our reparations debate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s, R-Ky., great-great-grandfather owned slaves, which according to NBC News invalidates his opposition to reparations for the great-great-great-great-grandchildren of black slaves in America.

“McConnell has opposed paying reparations to descendants of slaves, though census records show his family, like many others, benefited from their labor,” reads the report. The “though” reveals the reporters’ hand: you can either descend from slave-owners or oppose reparations, but you can’t do both – at least according to NBC.

If our ancestry determines the validity of our political opinions, does this rule cut both ways? California senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has endorsed some form of reparations for the descendants of slaves. But, like McConnell, Harris, too, descends from slaveowners.

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“My roots go back, within my lifetime to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown, descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown’s Town),” writes the Harris’ father Donald in a post for the Jamaican Global. If Mitch McConnell’s slave-owning forebears invalidate his opinion of reparations, how can the same not be true for Kamala Harris?

My own forefathers arrived in America in 1620 on the Mayflower. Two of them fought with the Patriots at Bunker Hill.

Simon Knowles lived on to spend the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge with George Washington. In October 1864, George Cobb Knowles gave his life at the Battle of Boydton Plank Road fighting with the Union Army to free the slaves.

The character of one’s ancestors has no bearing on the validity of one’s political opinions or the merit of one’s arguments.

Do the admirable feats of my forebears validate my own opposition to present-day Democrats’ radical, redistributive reparation schemes? If McConnell’s and Harris’ morally compromised ancestry leaves the question of reparations in a stalemate, does my opposition – thanks to my estimable progenitors – break the tie?

Barack Obama, the first black president, descends from two slave-owners. According to a report from Ancestry.com, he may also descend from one of the earliest African slaves brought to colonial America. Does his opinion count only insomuch as his enslaved ancestors outweigh the slave-owners?

Of course not. The character of one’s ancestors has no bearing on the validity of one’s political opinions or the merit of one’s arguments. Obama himself recognized the impossible complexity of the politics of historical grievance, which might explain why he has consistently opposed reparations.

“The bottom line is that it’s hard to find a model in which you can practically administer and sustain political support for [reparations],” Obama explained. “And what makes America complicated as well is the degree to which this is not just a black/white society.”

Recent immigrants might object to funding payouts for the descendants of men against whom their own ancestors committed no wrongs.

Adding to the complexity is the historical irony that the first officially recognized owner of an arbitrarily declared slave-for-life in America was a black man: Anthony Johnson of Virginia. Would Johnson’s descendants be entitled to reparations?

Native Americans of the Five Civilized Tribes owned black slaves at similar rates to neighboring whites and held them for longer since the 13th Amendment didn’t apply to the Indian nations. If the federal government embraces reparations for historical wrongs, would the descendants of those Natives find themselves on the paying or receiving end on that program?

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In a self-governing republic such as ours, legislators craft laws through argumentation, persuasion, and deliberation. Reparations opponents such as Obama and McConnell have offered clear arguments for their position.

Reparations supporters have not because they cannot. That’s why they’d rather we talk about Mitch McConnell’s great-great-grandpa.

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The Billionaires Are Against Bernie — and the Rest of Us – Bernie Sanders just released a list of all the billionaires and plutocrats who can’t hide their hatred for him. The “anti-endorsements” underscore his campaign’s core message: it’s the oligarchs versus the rest of us.

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WATCH: U.S. Coast Guard Boards Suspected Narco-Sub In High-Speed Chase

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A high-speed chase involving a suspected narco-submarine out in the eastern Pacific Ocean offers a look into just how dangerous the U.S. Coast Guard’s operations to combat drug smuggling can be.

The dramatic, one-minute video was recorded by a member of the Coast Guard wearing a helmet camera on June 18. It was released on Thursday.

“Stop your boat!” a Coast Guard member’s voice can be heard repeatedly shouting in Spanish.

But the self-propelled, semi-submersible speeds ahead in the international waters of the Pacific. “That’s going to be hard to get on,” the man says.

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro gets closer to the vessel, and a person is able to climb aboard and pound on the vessel’s hatch. A suspected drug smuggler emerges, hands in the air.

That’s where the footage stops.

The craft was reportedly holding more than 17,000 pounds of cocaine, valued at about $232 million, according to The Washington Post.

Such vessels are built to evade detection while holding large amounts of illegal imports, the Coast Guard said in a description accompanying the video.

“They’re like the White Whale,” Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Brickey told the newspaper. “They’re pretty rare. For us to get one, it’s a significant event.”

That’s because smugglers often will open a valve and purposefully sink their vessels to avoid seizure, dispersing evidence of suspected crimes into the ocean. Brickey told the Post that law enforcement often has just one or two minutes to evaluate whether a vessel they boarded is heading to the ocean floor.

A Coast Guard aircraft initially spotted the semi-submersible and then two boats stealthily approached, CNN reported. It added that all five people on the seized vessel were handed over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Vice President Pence attended an offloading event Thursday at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego involving 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana seized from suspected drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific, including the cocaine from the semi-submersible.

Those drugs — worth some $569 million — were seized by three Coast Guard cutters in busts between May and July.

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Democrats Continue Search For The Smoking Gun They Already Have

WASHINGTON ― House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists President Donald Trump has committed crimes and is engaged in a cover-up. She also insists the remedy for these crimes and this cover-up is not an impeachment inquiry, but more investigations ― ostensibly to uncover crimes that special counsel Robert Mueller has already uncovered.

If the bottomless pleas for more oversight seem like a road to nowhere, you may finally understand how leaders plan to quell those in the caucus who want to impeach the president: continued investigations, tough talk about Trump, and calls for even more investigations.

Pelosi has navigated the last 2 1/2 months using some form of that strategy. Whenever the calls for impeachment get too loud, she’s able to hold off Resistance Twitter by saying Trump is “self-impeaching,” or that she’s “done with him,” or that he’s obstructed justice, or he’s throwing a “temper tantrum,” or “engaged in a cover-up,” or belongs in prison. And then she continues touting investigations that have thus far failed to reveal anything remotely as damaging as the Mueller report.

The strategy works for memes and “Yas Queen” T-shirts, but has been wearing thin within Pelosi’s own caucus.

“We’ve done the oversight,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told HuffPost on Thursday. “They’re committing the crimes. We’ve won in court. They’re committing the crimes anyway. They’ve left us no choice but to impeach and we won’t impeach.”

Ocasio-Cortez has advocated impeaching Trump since the release of the Mueller report, and she agreed calling for more oversight was just a tactic of Democratic leaders to avoid impeachment.

“I don’t know what else we need,” she said.

With the news Friday that Mueller’s testimony is being delayed another week, the progressives who had stood by Pelosi’s strategy finally seem to be realizing they’re getting played.

“It’s beginning to feel like a slow-walk,” Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) said Friday. “I’ll say that.”

“I’m not happy with the glacial pace of accountability,” he said.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who famously said on the first day of Congress that Democrats were going to “impeach the motherfucker,” said on Friday that there was “no time to wait.”

“These are years in time that we can’t get back for the American people,” she said, adding that her election was a referendum on holding this president accountable. “And I just can’t look away from that duty and responsibility.”

But that’s not how most Democrats see it. Like Pelosi, most Democrats are happy to continue calling for more oversight.

“Well, the thing is, we got to continue building the case with the American public,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said.

The excuse HuffPost heard most often from members was that the continued need for oversight was more about bringing the American people along rather than exposing new information. Even Congressional Progressive Caucus leaders saw the need to inform the public.

“The reality is not everybody is as steeped in it as we are on the Judiciary Committee,” CPC co-chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said Thursday, though Jayapal is one of the 82 members who have called for opening an impeachment inquiry.

The other CPC co-chair, Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), who has also called for opening an inquiry, also suggested Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday could help elevate the calls for an inquiry.

But there’s a distinction between educating the public, which impeachment hearings would help do anyway, and just emptily calling for more investigations as a way of running out the clock on the Trump presidency.

Democrats don’t readily admit that’s what leaders are doing, but if Pelosi and other key committee leaders have already determined Trump has broken the law, what are they waiting on?

The easy answer is that Democrats are in the middle of building the case.

“What we’re doing is, we’re in the data collection process,” Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) told HuffPost.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS “I don’t know what else we need,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told HuffPost.

Larson, who has been in Congress for 20 years, said lawmakers couldn’t put “the cart before the horse.”

“Justice grinds very slow,” he said. “It doesn’t grind at the speed of the next press release or what’s available that day. I mean, that’s why you have a system of due process.”

Many lawmakers still Trust The Process, believing that it could all still lead to impeachment.

“We are engaged in a process,” said House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.). “And I don’t know where everything ultimately leads to, but let the committees do their work, and let us get the recommendations from the committee, and see where everything leads.”

McGovern himself has seen enough to support opening an impeachment inquiry. “There’s a culture of corruption and criminality around this administration the likes of which I’ve never seen before,” he said. But he doesn’t fault Pelosi for plodding through the oversight.

“Everybody has to make up their own mind as to when there’s enough,” McGovern said. “I’ve reached the point where I think there’s more than enough.”

But believing Democrats are just building a case and that they may yet move forward with impeachment ignores all the efforts Pelosi and other Democrats have taken to downplay the need to impeach Trump.

Every Democrat who says Congress needs to see the unredacted version of the Mueller report and keep investigating is in effect saying they have not yet seen enough. And it ignores how lawmakers view impeachment through a political lens, which will only get more political the closer we get to the general election.

The longer Democrats wait, the more difficult it will be to open an inquiry. The way Congress works ― after July, the House is only scheduled to be in session for 49 more days this year ― it’s easy to see how Pelosi could stave off those pushing for impeachment. Once the presidential primaries begin, many lawmakers are just going to advocate for “impeaching him at the ballot box.”

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), who has been calling for impeachment since almost the beginning of Trump’s presidency, said the no-impeachment “political season” is fast approaching, though he declined to specify the moment it would start.

Green also noted there would been a pattern of no-shows at hearings that makes it impossible to hold the administration accountable through the regular process. On Thursday for example, the Trump administration refused to send a witness from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to discuss the hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Without a witness, I’m not sure that we can have proper oversight,” Green said.

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That fact hasn’t gone unnoticed. Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) have regularly rebuked the administration for its refusal to comply with subpoenas. It was Trump’s initial blanket policy of not cooperating that prompted Pelosi to say the president was engaged in a cover-up.

But thus far, leadership’s remedy to that type of obstruction has been negotiations and lawsuits — both of which chew up time. Democrats are just now realizing the strategy doesn’t work.

“When everything is carefully titrated to win a narrow lawsuit for the Ways and Means Committee involving their very narrow legal theory on how to get the tax returns,” Huffman said, referring to the lawsuit to acquire Trump’s tax returns, “I think that crystallizes the frustration.”

“When a president of the United States says, ‘I’m going to tell witnesses not to come, I’m going to tell witnesses not to produce documents,’ it’s hard to have confidence that traditional oversight will work,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), one of the few members of Democratic leadership who believes the House should move ahead with an inquiry.

If there’s one saving grace of the current strategy, Mueller may be it. The former special counsel was slated to testify Wednesday, but Democrats negotiated a new agreement where he’d testify July 24, just two days before lawmakers are scheduled to hit the exits for the August recess.

Members believe that even if Mueller just retreads his findings, it could be the watershed moment Democrats need to break from their holding pattern. But with the August recess so close, there might not be much time for a movement to impeach to actually build.

There is, of course, a difference between oversight directed at exposing the president’s crimes, and routine oversight of the Trump administration. Democrats repeatedly noted out how their new majority had achieved results through the course of their hearings on the White House. Khanna specifically pointed to his efforts to get defense contractor TransDigm to return $16 million to the Pentagon. And he said the recent Supreme Court ruling against a citizenship question on the census was partly due to findings uncovered by the House Oversight Committee.

Among hundreds of hearings this Congress, Democrats have held sessions on drug pricing, banks the Dodd-Frank Act 10 years after enactment, and voting rights.

Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), who does not support impeachment, said his panel does valuable work overseeing the Trump administration’s implementation of laws related to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“We have a duty to hold the executive branch accountable. And, you know, we may, In fact, find additional evidence that rises to the level of impeachment,” Takano said. But he added that there needs to be a broad consensus ― one that’s only achievable if two-thirds of the Senate agrees. Which seems unlikely.

For his part, Takano said he would listen closely to Mueller’s testimony as he evaluates whether to support an impeachment inquiry.

“I think [the president’s] past business practices make me suspicious that he may be governing in such a way that is potentially corrupt,” Takano said.

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