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Reporter who saw Ocasio-Cortez in Texas says Border Patrol is lying about what happened

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in a series of tweets Monday that she was harassed and intimidated by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents while touring a facility in Texas. After her claims, CBP went on the attack against Ocasio-Cortez, but third parties are calling the attacks a lie.

Ocasio-Cortez described what she saw at the facility, and how the CBP treated an elected leader while she was there. Like something out of a teen drama, the CBP followed her accusations with their own accusations and attacks.

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“Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., screamed at federal law enforcement agents ‘in a threatening manner’ during a visit to a U.S. Border Patrol facility in El Paso, Texas, Monday afternoon and refused to tour the facility, according to two people who witnessed it,” tweeted Anna Giaritelli for the conservative paper The Washington Examiner.

New America reporter Jonathan Katz said that he was on the scene and observed the interactions. They’re noting what CPB alleged.

“I’ve been outside all the facilities she’s touring today around El Paso, and according to everything I’ve seen the part about her leaving the tour is a lie. @AOC was inside each one for the maximum amount of time—first one in, last one out,” he tweeted.

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Trump’s broken at least 8 huge promises he made to his base — and has already started blaming others

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President Donald Trump, like all politicians, came into office promising to make bold and dramatic changes.

On Wednesday, Axios ran through some of the major things Trump promised to do as president — and which of those things he has accomplished or is working on.

On the one hand, Trump threw out a number of Obama-era regulations, appointed two ultra-conservative Supreme Court justices, dramatically harshened U.S. immigration policy, imposed tariffs on China, withdrew or began the process of withdrawing from a number of international agreements, and passed a major tax cut.

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Trump insists ‘our economy is sooo strong’ — then blames ‘lamestream media’ if it tanks

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President Donald Trump continued laying the groundwork to convince his supporters the looming recession was caused by the media, not his economic policies.

Trump and his White House aides have called into question economic data showing a recession on the horizon, saying the economy was fundamentally strong, while also suggesting a downturn was caused by his political enemies to undermine his re-election chances.

"The Fake News LameStream Media is doing everything possible the 'create' a U.S. recession," Trump tweeted, "even though the numbers & facts are working totally in the opposite direction. They would be willing to hurt many people, but that doesn’t matter to them. Our Economy is sooo strong, sorry!"

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GOP donors are ‘rattled’ by bad economic signs and are searching for a Trump primary challenger: Former GOP senator

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Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told the Washington Post on Wednesday that he's received calls from several nervous Republican donors who fear a slowing or shrinking economy will doom the GOP in 2020 -- and they're looking to find a primary challenger for President Donald Trump.

Although Flake declined to name the donors, he did say that they believe the GOP stands no chance of winning in 2020 if the economy sputters, especially since Trump's divisive leadership style has permanently alienated so many Americans.

"They are wondering, if the economy isn’t stellar next year, how is the party going to win?" Flake said. "By the president offending more people?"

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