John Cabot University student Federica Romeo tells'America's News HQ' about her experience being quarantined in Italy. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., blasted the coronavirus response during her first virtual town hall Saturday, and ticked off a list of new priorities including universal basic income, student reimbursements and expanded health care. The Bronx progressive voted early Saturday morning for the new bipartisan House legislation to offer paid sick days, expanded food assistance, emergency paid family leave and free coronavirus tests because it signified progress. "It is a step forward, but it is completely insufficient," Ocasio-Cortez said Saturday during a video conference with her constituents on the pandemic response and the 2020 Census. Ocasio-Cortez called for working families to get cash infusions, like the universal basic income idea of Andrew Yang, the former White House hopeful.
Center for Industrial Progress founder Alex Epstein discusses how the reliability of renewable energy was tested in Texas. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said passing the Green New Deal would have helped to prevent the devastating power outages in Texas that have left millions struggling to find warmth in their homes amid a brutal winter storm and record-shattering cold temperatures. "The infrastructure failures in Texas are quite literally what happens when you *don't* pursue a Green New Deal," Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted on Tuesday night. More than 3.4 million customers remained without power on Wednesday in Texas, according to PowerOutage.us, There were also widespread outages in Louisiana and Mississippi, and rolling blackouts across a broad swath of the Midwest.
It's been less than a week since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her primary, and she's already risen from longshot newcomer to Democratic household name. The Bronx-born 28-year-old--who ousted 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley from a comfortable perch in New York's 14th Congressional District--has spent the past six days on an ambitious press tour, explaining to a national audience what democratic socialism means and how a woman who was, until recently, a bartender with no experience in political office beat the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House. According to Ocasio-Cortez, she owes her success to hustle and good messaging. On Twitter on Friday, she shared a photo of her "1st pair of campaign shoes," a dirty and cracked pair of sneakers she said she wore door-knocking "until rainwater came through my soles." The alternative theory, that Ocasio-Cortez won for "'demographic' reasons," she tweeted, is false: "We won w/voters of all kinds.
Richard Fowler, Guy Benson and Howard Kurtz weigh in on the growing divide in the Democratic Party and who is really controlling the narrative. The public spat between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, got a lot nastier on Wednesday, with the freshman congresswoman suggesting that the speaker is "singling out" her and her colleagues based on their race. Pelosi has worked to keep the Democratic caucus in line, specifically four newly-elected outspoken progressives: Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.. However, a feud between Pelosi and the quartet escalated after Congress passed a border funding bill that the four young Democrats opposed. Pelosi discussed the bill, and those in her party who oppose it, in an interview last weekend.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there was never any hatchet to bury in response to a question about her meeting with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The controversial chief of staff for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who resigned on Friday is currently being investigated by federal officials, a new report says. Saikat Chakrabarti faced a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission in March for alleged violations having to do with illegal fundraising. An investigation is currently underway, sources told the New York Post. According to the FEC, complaints only lead to investigations if there is enough evidence for them to believe there may have been a violation.