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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Aaron Sorkin for telling new Dems to ‘stop acting like young...

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired back Sunday at liberal Hollywood writer-director Aaron Sorkin after he claimed that the new Democrats in Congress should “stop acting like young people.” Sorkin, creator of “The West Wing,” talked about politics and the current state of America during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. The average age of Congress’s new freshman class is 49, making it the youngest class in the past three cycles. Sorkin noted the Democrats have gotten too progressive. “I think there’s great opportunity here, now more than ever, for Democrats to be the non-stupid party,” he said. “When people complain about low turnout in some demos, it’s not because communities are apathetic, it’s bc they don’t see you fighting for them,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “If we don’t show up for people, why should you feel entitled to their vote?” She spent the next hour on Twitter, tweeting in response. “Men have ‘gravitas,’ women get ‘likeable,’” she said, bringing up identity politics. She added: “If you notice, on the right they’ll flatly call people blanket terms, and even make things up. And I don’t mean trolls - I mean their biggest commentators + TV figures.” Members of the historic freshman class of House Democrats — together — helped flip the House from Republican control in November’s elections. The celebrity-studded group includes a record number of women, a new crop of veterans and diversity never before seen in Congress.

TV station backs off accusation that CNN played politics

After CNN reached out to KUSI-TV to see if reporter Dan Plante would come on the air Thursday to talk about how a border barrier was working in the San Diego area, the segment never happened. CNN said plans change all the time, and that the network chose to have its own reporters talk about border security. But KUSI saw other motivations. Steve Cohen, KUSI’s news director, said he told CNN that it might not want Plante because his reporting has concluded that a border wall there has worked well, and that such a conclusion might not fit the cable network’s “narrative” against the wall. He said he never got a call back. Cohen decided to inform KUSI’s viewers of the alleged rejection. “We believe CNN declined a report from KUSI because we informed them that most border patrol agents we have spoken to told us the barrier does in fact work,” the station said on its web site, and followed up with a report on its air. CNN said it had also reached out to reporters at other local stations about a possible segment but didn’t follow through when the plans changed. “It’s certainly plausible that they didn’t want it for the viewpoint, or they just didn’t want it,” he said. I made one rather than the other.” KUSI-TV is unaffiliated with any broadcast network and owned by McKinnon Broadcasting Co. Its general manager, Michael McKinnon, was described by the San Diego Business Journal as a “longtime supporter of conservative causes and candidates in the San Diego area.” CNN noted that it had aired another report from KUSI about border security in November.

Political pressure leaves little room for resolving shutdown

As the third government shutdown of President Donald Trump’s tenure stretched into its 19th day, political pressures on Trump and the Democrats have left little room for compromise in the standoff over funding for a border wall. Each side appeared dug in even deeper after a White House meeting between Trump and Democratic leaders on Wednesday as the economic livelihoods of some 800,000 federal workers hang in the balance. Trump’s focus now is squarely on his conservative base and its support for the wall that came to symbolize Trump’s promise for a hard-line, unrelenting approach to immigration. Falwell said he has told Trump he’s doing the right thing. Officials maintain the issue is a political winner, though they have urged the president to be more aggressive in making his case to the public — and to any wavering Republican lawmakers. Trump on Wednesday acknowledged the political pressure from within his own party not to back down. The second ones would be the House. At the same time, 86 percent of Republicans backed the proposal. Both party leaders on the Hill and the handful of presidential hopefuls starting to compete for the Democratic nomination have called on Democrats to hold strong. Republican pollster Frank Luntz suggested there would be little political price to pay for those associated with the extended government shutdown, which is just days away from becoming the longest in U.S. history — even if most Americans blame Trump and his party.

MSNBC to Air Obama’s 2004 Convention Speech During Trump’s Address to Nation

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—MSNBC will preempt Donald Trump’s national address on Tuesday night by airing Barack Obama’s keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, network officials have confirmed. Harland Dorrinson, an MSNBC spokesperson, said that the network elected to air the Obama speech “in order to best serve our audience.” “Based on the data gathered by our research department, the number of MSNBC viewers who were planning to watch the Trump speech was approximately zero,” Dorrinson said. “This seemed like a better way to go.” Since the Obama speech has a running time of only sixteen minutes, MSNBC plans to air it “over and over” until Trump has finished talking, Dorrinson said. “We’ll air it all night if we have to,” he said. The network spokesperson said that the White House had contacted MSNBC to argue that the network could not preëmpt a national address by Trump. “We had three words for them,” he said. “Yes we can.”

Liberal Freshmen Are Shaking the Capitol Just Days Into the New Congress

They have pressed for an ambitious and costly climate change proposal that would eliminate the use of fossil fuels in 12 years and provide a job to anyone who wants one. Ms. Pelosi has curtailed many of the insurgent progressives’ demands. Their savvy, almost Trumpian use of social media may not pass a national health plan or a 70 percent income tax bracket, but it has helped muscle the policy conversation into the national discourse, and has nudged the party to the left. Representative Jackie Speier of California, one of the more senior women in the House, praised the new women for “invigorating the Congress” and “having the guts to say these rules don’t make any sense.” Nodding toward their tools of communication, she added, “I think what we’ve learned from President Trump is that people like authenticity.” The comparison to Mr. Trump may rankle, but their policy proposals bring to mind the Tea Party class of 2011, whose hard-right positions moved the Republican Party by making traditionally conservative proposals seem more moderate. “If I have any say to what happens legislatively, it’s that we get something done.” Several of the freshman proposals are not particularly new. For years, liberals have demanded greater attention to climate change. 2 House Republican. But Ms. Ocasio-Cortez won’t be leading the climate change panel. In an interview, Ms. Castor had only praise for the freshmen’s efforts on climate change, calling them “transformative.” “Part of the message is, ‘No way, we do not have time for climate deniers, and we’re going to press on,’” she said. This is our moment, and we need this youthful energy.” But Ms. Castor has history to worry about.

Remembering the lessons of politics

Beto O’Rourke and the predictive power of the presidential vote O’Rourke lost the Texas Senate race by less than 3 points to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Two years ago, Hillary Clinton lost Texas by less than 9 points, better than any Democratic presidential candidate since the 1990s. For example, four opposition party senators lost this year in states that the Trump carried in 2016. It’s easy to overlearn the lessons of one primary, but Ocasio-Cortez’s victory points to a lesson that I learned the hard way in 2016: primaries are weird things. Turnout is far less predictable in primaries. In the 2020 presidential primaries, we could very well see candidates come from the polling nether regions at the last minute to win caucuses or primaries. DeSantis ended up winning by less than a point. Trump trailed in a lot of polls by a relative small margin in some pivotal swing states that he ended up winning. Next electoral cycle, it will be key to realize that just because a candidate holds a small lead in lots of polls it doesn’t mean she or he will win. What I got right: Electoral politics are still normal The good news was that I didn’t screw up anything massively in 2018.
Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve under court supervision

Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve under court supervision

The Donald J. Trump Foundation has agreed to dissolve under judicial supervision amid an ongoing lawsuit concerning its finances, according to a document filed in Manhattan Supreme Court by the New York state Attorney General's office. #CNN #News

Museum of the Bible offers rare respite from partisan politics in D.C.

Errol Louis is the host of "Inside City Hall," a nightly political show on NY1, a New York all-news channel. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles on CNN. The film, which harkens back to "The Wiz" and "Jesus Christ Superstar," is the brainchild of writer and actor Harry Lennix, who stars in the NBC television series "The Blacklist," with movie credits in blockbusters like "Man of Steel." Lennix told me, "I think most people in the United States are religious. I also think everybody, regardless of religious beliefs, loves good music." And here's where things get interesting. Instead of launching the movie in Los Angeles or New York, Lennix's film premiered at the Museum of the Bible, a huge, $500 million building founded by billionaire Steve Green. Green, an outspoken social conservative is the president of the arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby, which drew liberal ire by winning a 2014 Supreme Court case that allowed the company to opt out of the required contraceptive coverage under Obamacare. But instead of using the museum as a place to fight cultural battles, Green has taken pains to make it a welcoming space.

Is the net closing in on Donald Trump?

The investigation into Donald Trump’s election campaign has resulted in guilty pleas from some of the president’s former inner circle. The Guardian’s Jon Swaine in New York considers what we have learned so far from Robert Mueller’s forensic investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Plus: Robert Booth on the first phase of the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election has seen the latest in a series of high-profile guilty pleas in recent weeks. The president’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen joined his former campaign chair Paul Manafort and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn in cooperating with the FBI. The Guardian’s Jon Swaine takes Anushka Asthana through the major turning points so far in Mueller’s inquiry and considers where it could go next. Is the net closing in on the president, his property business and his immediate family? Also today: it’s exactly 18 months since the Grenfell Tower fire in London that claimed the lives of 72 people. The Guardian’s social affairs correspondent, Robert Booth, has been following the inquiry as it concludes its first phase. He reflects on the testimony he has heard, and how the families are reacting to the announcement of delays in the second phase.

Bill and Hillary Clinton selling discounted tickets on Groupon after sparse crowds on speaking...

To view this page ensure that Adobe Flash Player version 10.2.0 or greater is installed. Bill and Hillary Clinton are selling discounted tickets to events on their speaking tour after reports of sparse crowds at their premiere performance. Discounted tickets for at least nine “An Evening with The Clintons” events have appeared on the Groupon website, which offers discounted deals on activities, goods and services. Among the deals: Tickets to an April 11 talk at the Beacon Theatre in New York – normally priced $287 – are going for $145 on Monday. Tickets to an April 12 Detroit talk, originally listed for $220.70, are going for $95. Bush comes after the Clintons' premiere performance in Toronto last month, which drew critical coverage over its sparse attendance as well as comparisons with the sold-out book tour of former first lady Michelle Obama. Bush and his family at the funeral this week. But a search on second-party sites, like StubHub, revealed tickets going for as low as $7. Tickets to see Obama reportedly have ranged from $300 to $2,500. Obama also canceled her event stops in Paris and Berlin last week to attend Bush's funeral.
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