Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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AOC Facing 13 Challengers in Re-Election Campaign

5 of them are from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's own party

(Newser) - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will not exactly cruise uncontested to re-election. The first-term Democratic congresswoman, who kicked off her re-election campaign in Queens Saturday while remarking that she "would never begrudge anyone trying to run in a primary," is facing 13 challengers—and five of them are from her own... More »

AOC: Any Other Country, I Wouldn't Be in Biden's Party

She thinks Democratic party's tent may be too big

(Newser) - The New Yorker is out with a profile of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after her first year in office, and the progressive does not sound thrilled about being in the same party as moderates such as, say, Joe Biden. Reporter David Freelander asked about her hypothetical role in Congress if Biden were... More »

AOC Sorry for Blocking Critic on Twitter

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apologizes as part of settling federal lawsuit brought against her

(Newser) - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Monday she is sorry for blocking a former Brooklyn elected official from her Twitter account after he was critical of her, the AP reports. In a statement, the Democrat said she had reconsidered her decision, as part of the settlement of a federal lawsuit that Dov... More »

'To Put It Bluntly, I Am Back'

Sanders mounts his political comeback weeks after heart attack

(Newser) - Storming past questions about his health, Bernie Sanders vowed that he's "more ready than ever" to fight a political revolution—with a little help from new friends—at a rally Saturday that drew an estimated 25,000 to a New York City park. The rally offered a pointed... More »

AOC Has Picked Her Candidate: Report

And it's Bernie Sanders

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders said at Tuesday night's Democratic debate that he will be joined by a "special guest" at his "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens on Saturday. Anybody expecting Paul Simon will be disappointed: Sources tell the Washington Post that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will appear at the... More »

Ocasio-Cortez Answers Criticism for $300 Cut With a Flip of the Hair

Article wonders why lawmaker can't be more like Jeff Sessions

(Newser) - In an exclusive, the Washington Times has blown the lid off Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's trip to a hair salon for what it called a "high-dollar hairdo." The House member dropped $300, sources familiar with the appointment said, on a cut, lowlights and tip. "She preaches socialism while... More »

AOC: Dems Have the Scandal

On Twitter and talk shows, Ukraine is a hot topic

(Newser) - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rekindled the impeachment flame Saturday with a tweet that accused Democrats of harboring a scandal worse than anything President Trump has done, USA Today reports. "At this point, the bigger national scandal isn't the president's lawbreaking behavior—it is the Democratic Party's refusal... More »

Another Debate Flashpoint: A Volatile Ad About AOC

GOP group makes a comparison to her and the Khmer Rouge

(Newser) - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was not, of course, on stage Thursday night with the Democratic candidates for president. But the freshman congresswoman nevertheless is in the center of a debate-related controversy on Friday. It all stems from a jarring ad from a new GOP group that aired during the debate on ABC,... More »

Congressman's Drink of Water Becomes a Flashpoint

Steve King says claims of immigrants drinking out of toilets are overblown, but AOC fires back

(Newser) - Seldom has a drink of water caused such a political controversy. But Congressman Steve King's gulp at an immigration detention facility has reignited a debate about conditions on the US-Mexico border and drawn Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into the fray. The details about what's going on:
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Ocasio-Cortez Says Tweet by Aide Was a Bad Idea

Chief of staff compared lawmakers to Dixiecrats before resigning

(Newser) - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she was not happy with a tweet from her chief of staff comparing a group of House members to segregationists of the early 20th century. And she says she told him so. "I think it was divisive,” the New York Democrat told the Daily ... More »

AOC Asks McConnell About Photo of 'Team Mitch' Boys

Image shows the males poised to manhandle a cutout of her

(Newser) - Amy McGrath isn't the only one with a bone to pick with Mitch McConnell over a tweet . Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at the Senate majority leader Monday night, hours after a photo posted to social media showing seven males clad in "Team Mitch" shirts poised to manhandle a... More »

Dems Are Not Happy With NYT's Trump Headline

'Unbelievable' was one response to banner after weekend mass shootings

(Newser) - There are plenty of armchair headline writers on any given day, but more than a few raised concerns Monday about one in particular in the New York Times . USA Today notes disbelief and anger, especially from high-profile Democrats, was a prominent response to the way the Gray Lady chose to... More »

Pelosi After AOC Meeting: There Was No 'Hatchet' to Bury

House speaker says she and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had a 'positive' meeting Friday on 'range of issues'

(Newser) - The House of Representatives is about to take a six-week recess, but one notable meeting took place Friday that provoked some "palace intrigue," per Politico . House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent 30 minutes behind closed doors with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, after weeks of what seemed to be a tense... More »

Detained Texas Teen Is New Immigration Flashpoint

US-born Francisco Erwin Galicia has been held 3 weeks, says attorney

(Newser) - Francisco Erwin Galicia was born in Dallas 18 years ago and has lived in the city all his life, says his attorney. The problem is that Galicia has been held by Customs and Border Protection for three weeks now after being stopped at a checkpoint, the attorney says, and his... More »

2 Cops Fired Over AOC Facebook Post

One officer said she 'needs a round'

(Newser) - Two Louisiana police officers have been fired over a Facebook post that appeared to threaten Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez —one for posting it, and the other for liking it. Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson said Charlie Rispolo and Angelo Varisco were fired for violating the department's social media policy,... More »

GOP Group Sorry for 'Jihad Squad' Post

'Political jihad is their game,' Illinois group said of Democratic lawmakers

(Newser) - An Illinois Republican group has apologized and removed from its Facebook page a post that showed images of four Democratic congresswomen who have been criticized by President Trump and referred to them as the "Jihad Squad." The post appeared Friday night on the Republican County Chairman's Association... More »

Cop on Facebook: AOC 'Needs a Round'

The Louisiana officer posted the message Thursday

(Newser) - A Louisiana police officer posted a Facebook message Thursday saying Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a "vile Idiot" who "needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve." The post refers to AOC's time as a bartender and appears to suggest that... More »

Trump Fans Have New Rallying Cry

They shout 'send her back' at a rally in North Carolina

(Newser) - A combative President Donald Trump rallied Republican supporters Wednesday in North Carolina, harshly criticizing four fiery, left-wing congresswoman of being un-American and claiming they are the face of the Democratic Party that will ruin the country, the AP reports. "I think in some cases they hate our country,"... More »

House Readies Vote, as Trump Denies Racism

'I don't have a Racist bone in my body!' he writes

(Newser) - The controversy over President Trump's tweeted criticism of four progressive lawmakers was poised to ratchet up even more Tuesday as the House prepared to vote on a resolution condemning his words as racist. Before the vote, however, Trump shot back against that accusation. Details and developments:
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Trump Goes After 4 Lawmakers Anew

President accuses them of 'vile' and 'hateful' comments

(Newser) - The fallout over President Trump's volatile criticism of four female members of Congress apparently isn't going away soon. Trump himself continued the theme Tuesday morning on Twitter. "The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician... More »

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