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Kobe Bryant’s death in helicopter crash sparks condolences from both sides of political aisle

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Politics largely paused Sunday amid word that NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven other people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

Condolences poured in from both sides of the aisle.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., shared a photo of himself, his son and Bryant on Twitter.

KOBE BRYANT AMONG THOSE KILLED IN CALIFORNIA HELICOPTER CRASH

“So very sad,” McCarthy wrote. “Kobe Bryant was the greatest—he went out of his way to spend time with my son and me after a game once. We will always remember his kindness.Our prayers are with his family during this tragic time.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., wrote: “I join the rest of Los Angeles in mourning the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and others.”

“One of the greatest basketball players of all time, Kobe had a grace and athleticism unmatched in the NBA. My prayers are with his family and friends, and all Lakers fans.”

Former President Barack Obama called Bryant, who was heralded as one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the NBA, “a legend on the court.”

He said the father of four was “just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.”

KOBE BRYANT DEAD: TRUMP REACTS, CALLING IT ‘TERRIBLE NEWS’

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden extended well wishes on behalf of him and his wife.

“It’s a reminder of how special– and fragile– life is. And it’s a reminder that we’ve got to make every day count,” Biden tweeted.

White House Counselor Kellanne Conway also reacted to the news, writing, “Prayers and condolences to the Bryant family, and all those who lost loved ones today.”

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said she was “deeply shocked” at news of Bryant’s passing and expressed her condolences to all of those affected by the deadly crash.

Bryant, an 18-time NBA All-Star, won five championships with the L.A. Lakers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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AOC bashes ICE, Sanders bashes Trump during Iowa rally

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urged supporters of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday night to start “tipping people off” if they see federal immigration authorities taking action against illegal immigrants in their communities.

It was just one of many tips the New York Democrat had for a crowd in Ames, Iowa, as she continued stumping for Sanders ahead of the state’s presidential caucuses on Feb. 3.

Unlike a Friday night event in Iowa City, in which Ocasio-Cortez promoted progressive causes like the Green New Deal, government-funded health care and immigration reform — but never mentioned the name of Sanders, who was absent because of Senate impeachment trial duties in Washington — the 30-year-old freshman congresswoman on Saturday, with the 78-year-old Sanders now in attendance, reminded the crowd who she supported.

BERNIE SANDERS SURGES IN LATEST POLLS AS IOWA CAUCUSES LOOM

“We need a true Green New Deal in this country,” she said. “Sen. Sanders has the largest plan in the field to address the climate crisis. I’m here because we need true immigration justice. And I’m not here to reform some of these systems when we talk about immigration, I’m here because Sen. Sanders has truly committed to breaking up ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and CBP (Customs and Border Protection).”

As for Sanders himself, the independent U.S. senator from Vermont spent much of his speech in Ames blasting President Trump — just one week after Trump defended Sanders following an attack by his Democratic progressive rival, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

“What we can agree on is that in our great country, we should not have a president who is a pathological liar,” Sanders said. “We should not have a president who is running a corrupt administration. We should not have a president who is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe and a religious bigot.”

“We can have our differences of opinion,” Sanders added. “But we do not need somebody like Donald Trump in the White House, who forces parents to turn off the TV when kids are in the room – who is an embarrassment to us all over the world.”

The Vermont progressive also referred to Trump as “the most dangerous president in the modern history of America” and claimed his policies on climate change threaten the entire world.

“Donald Trump is doing many bad things for our country,” he said. “In terms of climate change, he is rejecting science. We cannot have a government that rejects science.”

Sanders also echoed Ocasio-Cortez’s emphasis on engaging young voters and said increasing voter turnout is the only way to make a lasting impact, that transcends the ballot box.

“If you are tired of student debt — if you are sick and tired and scared about climate change — If you are disgusted with racism and sexism… if you believe health care is a human right, you can’t sit it out,” he said.

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“You can’t complain. You have to be involved. If young people were to vote in Iowa and in this national election at the same rate as older people — not only will we beat Trump, but we lay the groundwork for transforming this country.”

As for his policy agenda, Sanders echoed his previous calls for a Green New Deal, Medicare-for-all, and the elimination of student debt.

“We can cancel all student debt in America with a modest tax on Wall Street speculation,” he proposed.

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AOC, Michael Moore pinch-hit at Iowa rally with Bernie Sanders in DC for Trump’s Senate impeachment trial

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With Bernie Sanders tied up in Washington at President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, a couple of his high-profie supporters filled in for him Friday at a campaign rally in Iowa.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and liberal filmmaker Michael Moore shared the duties for the 2020 presidential candidate in Iowa City.

The rally was held one day after Sanders faced backlash from many Democrats after tweeting support for controversial podcast host Joe Rogan.

After several other guests spoke, Moore stepped up to the podium and began incessantly praising Sanders, an independent U.S. senator from Vermont. Moore claimed that watching Sanders on the campaign trail has made him cry.

“I’m so excited about our possibilities here. Right here in Iowa,” Moore said. “Bernie was in Dubuque a couple of weeks ago and I scribbled this down here – I came to tears watching him say this.”

AOC BACKS SANDERS AT NEW YORK RALLY, CREDITS HIM WITH ‘FUNDAMENTALLY’ CHANGING POLITICS

“It was a Q-and-A at a big town hall and someone asked him if he thought he was too old to be president of the United States [and Bernie said] ‘I’ve been saying for months, I’ll tell you what’s too old — 40 million people in this country not having health care. That’s too old.’”

Moore championed Sanders for his policies on climate change, the minimum wage and his record on civil rights, before claiming Sanders is the only candidate who can defeat President Trump in November.

“We have to crush Donald J. Trump with the truth and with a candidate who is the opposite of Donald J. Trump,” he said.

At the end of his speech, Moore introduced Ocasio-Cortez and said she had “inspired” Sanders’ second run for the White House.

When Ocasio-Cortez got to the stage, however, she alluded to Sanders but didn’t mention his name once.

Instead, she echoed Moore’s call to take a risk and said voters shouldn’t settle for the status quo.

“It is bold and it is a risk,” she said. “We hedge our bets, we get more of the same. And the same has not been helping. So our job right now is to come together …We’ve got ten days left, ten days (until the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3).”

The New York Democrat also called for the abolition of two federal immigration agencies — Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). She also advocated for Medicare-for-all, and suggested that political leaders craft the nation’s environmental policy around “indigenous wisdom.”

“This is not just about how we win, it’s about how we heal,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “From our bodies to this land, we are going to need entirely new paradigms of public policy in order to heal.”

BERNIE SANDERS CALLS INTO HIS OWN IOWA RALLY ON THE WAY BACK FROM IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

Earlier, Sanders had called in to the rally via phone and encouraged voters to support him in the upcoming caucuses.

The self-described democratic socialist then thanked Ocasio-Cortez and Moore before launching into a list of reasons why he believes he’ll win the Democratic presidential nomination.

“We are going to win because we are developing an unprecedented multigenerational, multiracial, working-class movement which is prepared to take on the corporate elite and the entire One Percent and put together an administration that stands for justice,” he said. “Economic justice, social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice.”

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Sanders, who referred to Trump as “the worst president in modern American history,” promised to raise the minimum wage, ease restrictions on unions, pass a Medicare-for-all bill, institute Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal proposal, reform the criminal justice system, preserve Roe. V. Wade, legalize marijuana in all 50 states and end the “demonization” of illegal immigrants.

“The time is long overdue for us to have a government an economy that works for all of us,” he added. “Not just the One Percent.”

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Bernie Sanders calls into his own Iowa rally on the way back from impeachment trial

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2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called into his own campaign rally in Iowa City Friday night, after the Senate’s impeachment trial schedule interfered with his ability to be there in person.

He began by thanking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and liberal filmmaker Michael Moore for attending the rally as guest speakers and quickly launched into a speech about his “excellent” chances of winning the Democratic party nomination.

“We are going to win because we are developing an unprecedented multigenerational, multiracial, working-class movement which is prepared to take on the corporate elite and the entire one percent and put together an administration that stands for justice,” Sanders said. “Economic justice, social justice, racial justice and environmental justice.”

BERNIE SANDERS FACES BACKLASH FROM LEFT FOR PROMOTING ENDORSEMENT FROM JOE ROGAN

He encouraged Iowa residents to support him in the state caucuses on Feb. 3 and claimed he would emerge victorious in “Iowa, New Hampshire and across the country”

Sanders also mocked President Trump for his policy on guns, immigration and abortion, before reviewing his list of campaign promises, one by one.

Sanders, who referred to Trump as “the worst president in modern American history,” promised to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, ease restrictions on unions, pass a “Medicare-for-all” bill, institute a Green New Deal, reform the criminal justice system, preserve Roe. V. Wade, legalize marijuana in all 50 states and end the “demonization” of illegal immigrants by the Trump administration.

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Throughout the entire speech, he continually repeated the words “we are going to win” while challenging corporate interests and “the 1 percent.”

“The time is long overdue for us to have a government an economy that works for all of us,” Sanders added. “Not just the 1 percent.”

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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.

AOC RILES DEMS BY REFUSING TO PAY PARTY DUES, BANKROLLING COLLEAGUES’ OPPONENTS

“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.

AOC RAISES MORE THAN PELOSI, SCHIFF IN THIRD QUARTER

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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GOP challenger says AOC failing New York by pandering for the spotlight

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is failing her congressional districts in New York by not working with other elected officials in her party and pandering for the spotlight, Republican U.S. Congressional candidate Scherie Murray said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with host Lisa Boothe, Murray said Democrats are frustrated with Ocasio-Cortez and she is challenging for her seat because it is impacting her district.

“This is just another example of AOC trying to deliver socialism to America. And, she is trying to recruit radicals to do so,” said Murray.

“I think it’s just a shame that she doesn’t want to support her own party and be a team player,” she added.

AOC RILES DEMS BY REFUSING TO PAY PARTY DUES, BANKROLLING COLLEAGUES’ OPPONENTS

Although Ocasio-Cortez has already topped the fundraising charts in her short time in Congress, Fox News has learned that she won’t donate a cent of her money to the Democrats’ House campaign organization — a position that has rankled some of her colleagues.

Instead, she is building her own fundraising operation for fellow progressive candidates to bypass the official Democratic Party infrastructure. Already, she’s actively funding primary challengers to oust certain Democratic colleagues.

AOC SLAMS DEM CENTRISTS AS ‘TEA PARTY OF THE LEFT,’ SUGGESTS BIDEN SHOULDN’T BE IN SAME PARTY

Murray said she is challenging Ocasio-Cortez’s seat because of how much her actions negatively impact the voters of her district.

“We are in this fight to combat what we see as a far-left socialist narrative that’s detrimental to America. Democrats are up in arms with her,” Murray told Boothe.

“I plan on being in the district and I have a record of accomplishments, unlike my opponent who, from the time since she [was] elected, has been her bid for the limelight and has left the constituents of the 14th District abandoned,” she stated.

Murray believes that Queens and the Bronx deserve more.

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“We don’t need someone in Washington that’s going to continue to divide the fight. We need someone that is going to unite the fight,” she asserted.

“We need a leader in Washington that can work across the aisle and that’s what I plan to do if duly elected to Queens and the Bronx to represent NY-14,” said Murray.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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AOC doubts Trump will take on fossil fuel firms: ‘I think he’s in their pocket’

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a few words to say about President Trump on Wednesday evening as she was leaving the Capitol in Washington – mostly about what Trump should be doing about climate change.

“He needs to get his act together,” the New York Democrat and co-author of the Green New Deal said when approached by a reporter from TMZ. “He needs to stand up to the fossil fuel corporations and the fossil fuel industry. He has to stand up to Big Oil, to Big Gas … but I think he’s in their pocket.”

AOC IN PETA DOGHOUSE AFTER ADOPTING PUREBRED FRENCH BULLDOG — INSTEAD OF SETTING EXAMPLE WITH RESCUE PUP

Trump and other Republicans have argued that many efforts undertaken by climate activists have called for unnecessary or costly regulations. In addition, the president has long voiced support for the nation’s coal industry, and last June the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a plan to roll back emissions rules for the industry that were implemented by the Obama administration.

Earlier in the brief conversation, Ocasio-Cortez spoke about the “horrifying” fires raging across Australia and used that as a jumping-off point for broader comments about climate change in general – even though nearly 200 arson-related arrests in Australia since the start of wildfire season have raised doubts about how many blazes were the result of climate change.

“I’m going to live in a world that’s fundamentally altered by climate change. So is Greta [Thunberg, the teenage climate activist from Sweden], so is every young person,” she told TMZ.

“The younger you are,” she added, “the more of our lives and our futures are going to be impacted by this.”

She argued that many young adults have become anxious about whether to have children, given issues related to climate change.

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

“Just because we want to make sure we’re bringing our kids into a healthy world, and a stable future,” she said.

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Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is a multitrillion-dollar proposal that she claims would reduce carbon emissions while also boosting the economy.

In November, she and Sen. Bernie Sanders, whom Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed for president, unveiled what they called the Green New Deal for Public Housing, covering topics such as solar panels and community gardens.

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AOC in PETA doghouse after adopting purebred French bulldog — instead of setting example with rescue pup

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was slammed by the animal rights organization PETA on Thursday for not being a good role model.

The New York Democrat could have influenced her millions of social media followers by adopting a rescue mutt from a shelter, PETA argued, but instead the congresswoman took home a purebred French bulldog.

“AOC had a chance to set a compassionate, responsible example in the face of the homeless-animal crisis, but instead, she apparently inadvertently contributed to the problem,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a letter. “PETA is urging her supporters not to follow her lead in this case and to stick up for the underdog by choosing to give a lovable mutt a new lease on life.”

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The freshman “Squad” member had introduced her yet-to-be named Frenchie in an Instagram story earlier in the week. She never confirmed the breed or if she purchased her pet from a breeder.

“He doesn’t have a name yet!” Ocasio-Cortez said in one Instagram story post, asking for suggestions. “We are thinking something Star Trek related or Bronx/Queens/NYC/social good related.”

But compared to followers who fawned over the animal’s cuteness and tweeted Ocasio-Cortez images of their own dog, Newkirk was less than amused.

“French bulldogs are inbred in order to produce “breed-specific traits,” which cause health problems that many people who will be influenced by your purchase won’t be able to afford to address,” her letter continued.

“With the millions of homeless dogs out there, you apparently chose to buy a purebred puppy instead of adopting one from an animal shelter. Right this minute, on Petfinder alone, there are more than 110,000 dogs—including French bulldogs—who need homes. Animal shelters are bursting at the seams with hundreds of thousands more, many of whom will be “put to sleep” for lack of a home.

The letter urges the freshman congresswoman to visit any NYC Animal Care & Control center and adopt a shelter dog to give her new French Bull Dog a companion while she’s away traveling the country or bust working on Capitol Hill. PETA said it was also sending Ocasio-Cortez a copy of the book “Dogs Hate Crates” to explain “why crate training is not humane or effective.”

“We’re asking that you please be a part of the solution to ending the cat- and dog-overpopulation crisis and consider setting the right example for your millions of followers by adopting a mutt and encouraging them to do the same,” Newkirk concludes.

Ocasio-Cortez has documented on her Instagram story how she was crate training her dog.

“He’s good about his crate when we are right next to it, but he’s such a velcro pup that at night he whimpers if he’s not right next to us. We’re working on it!” she wrote.

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“We are working really hard to socialize the pup to new environments, different people, travel, etc.,” she said, adding, “He’s doing great so far!”

She also responded to one Twitter user who asked if she would be bringing the puppy to work on Capitol Hill with her.

“The goal is to train him to be a community pup,” Ocasio-Cortez said, sharing a photo of the dog asleep in her lap. “Ideally we want to work to the point where he can enjoy town halls, be an Amtrak pup, come to the office, etc. But first, naps.”

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AOC slams Dem centrists as ‘Tea Party of the left,’ suggests Biden shouldn’t be in same party

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., outspoken champion of progressive causes, lamented in a new interview that her own party is too inclusive of people with different ideas.

In a lengthy profile by New York Magazine, the freshman Democrat derided her moderate colleagues as the “Tea Party of the left,” and completely distanced herself from the party’s current front-runner for the presidential nomination.

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“In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are,” Ocasio-Cortez said. When asked how she would fit in with a possible Biden administration, her initial response was, “Oh, God.”

Along with fellow newcomers Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Ocasio-Cortez has often clashed with the Democratic establishment, making headlines last year for a war of words with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who spoke of them in dismissive terms.

But Ocasio-Cortez’s problem with the more experienced members of her party go beyond respect, as she expressed an impatience with their tolerance for more moderate views.

“For so long, when I first got in, people were like, ‘Oh, are you going to basically be a Tea Party of the left?’ And what people don’t realize is that there is a Tea Party of the left, but it’s on the right edges, the most conservative parts of the Democratic Party,” she said. “So the Democratic Party has a role to play in this problem, and it’s like we’re not allowed to talk about it. We’re not allowed to talk about anything wrong the Democratic Party does.”

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She believes that in her short time in Washington, she has “created more room for dissent,” and that “we’re learning to stretch our wings a little bit on the left.”

At the same time that she endorses creating room for other viewpoints, she complains that “Democrats can be too big of a tent,” and suggests that the Congressional Progressive Caucus in particular should start closing its doors to those who don’t have the proper leftist creds.

“They let anybody who the cat dragged in call themselves a progressive,” she said. “There’s no standard.”

Notably, one role model Ocasio-Cortez pointed to is not even a Democrat. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is an example she gave of a principled lawmaker who stuck to his guns and was able to help change the political conversation, not just in his home state, but the country.

One House aide warned that Ocasio-Cortez’s idealism and resistance to negotiating with moderates could be a problem.

“This is how it works here: You negotiate a concession in exchange for a vote. But you have to have the votes and you have to be willing to negotiate,” the aide told New York Magazine. “She says she is an organizer, but you have to be willing to organize in the caucus as well as outside it.”

Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., also explained that “no one gets all of his or her way,” and that compromise is part of the game. A member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Meeks found himself at odds with the leftist group Justice Democrats, which backed Ocasio-Cortez, claiming last summer that the organization was “targeting” CBC members in primary races.

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Meeks warned that lawmakers who do not learn to make concessions will end up ultimately being ineffective.

“You have to learn quickly; otherwise, you will be in the minority and you will be as relevant as that windowpane,” he said. “Do you want to be able to just talk a lot or do you want to be able to do something?”

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AOC calls Trump ‘a monster’ over threat to Iran; Omar, other Democrats warn of potential ‘war crimes’

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Outspoken Democrats — from far-left “Squad” members to 2020 presidential hopefuls — wasted little time Saturday in denouncing President Trump’s warning to Iran about possible retaliation for the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., answered by calling the president a “monster.”

“This is a war crime,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Threatening to target and kill innocent families, women and children — which is what you’re doing by targeting cultural sites – does not make you a ‘tough guy,’ It does not make you ‘strategic.’ It makes you a monster.”

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., accused Trump of “threatening to commit war crimes.” “God help us all!” she added.

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Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., expressed a similar message.

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“You are threatening to commit war crimes,” Warren wrote. “We are not at war with Iran. The American people do not want a war with Iran. This is a democracy. You do not get to start a war with Iran, and your threats put our troops and diplomats at greater risk. Stop.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden accused the president of “irrational” behavior.

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“The more the walls close in on this guy, the more irrational he becomes,” Biden wrote.

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In his message Saturday, Trump had warned Iran that the U.S. had already identified 52 sites in the country that its military could target in the event of a retaliatory Iranian strike against the U.S.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had said “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the United States after Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Soleimani in Baghdad early Friday.

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