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AOC links McConnell campaign’s dismissal of cutout stunt to his blocking of the Violence Against Women Act

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During a campaign stop by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at the Fancy Farm Festival in Kentucky on Monday, a group of young men supporting him posed for a widely-reviled Instagram photo around a life-sized cardboard cutout of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), strangling and kissing it.

While McConnell’s campaign agreed that the image was “demeaning,” campaign manager Kevin Golden largely brushed off responsibility for the incident, saying “these young men are not campaign staff, they are high schoolers” and complaining that the media was latching onto the picture to “demonize, stereotype, and publicly castigate every young person who dares to get involved with Republican politics.”

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On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez hit back at the campaign’s tepid response to the incident:

The Violence Against Women Act, which provides resources to local governments to combat domestic violence and other violent crimes victimizing women, was allowed to lapse this year. House Democrats have reauthorized the bill, complete with new provisions to prevent people accused of domestic violence from purchasing firearms, but Senate Republicans have refused to even take up the measure.

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Boris Johnson said he would rather be ‘dead in a ditch’ than delay Brexit — but just asked to extend deadline

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to write to Brussels seeking a Brexit deadline extension after MPs voted Saturday to demand he delay Britain's October 31 departure date.

In a phonecall with European Council President Donald Tusk after the vote, Johnson said he would send the letter mandated by MPs to seek more time, a EU source told AFP.

"The PM confirmed that the letter would be sent to Tusk today," the source said.

"Tusk will on that basis start consulting EU leaders on how to react. This may take a few days," he added.

Tusk said on Twitter that he was "waiting for the letter".

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Trump is ‘weakened on virtually every front’ as impeachment intensifies: Washington Post analysis

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President Donald Trump is in a "fragile state" and telegraphing weakness, according to a new analysis by Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker.

"President Trump, whose paramount concern long has been showing strength, has entered the most challenging stretch of his term, weakened on virtually every front and in danger of being forced from office as the impeachment inquiry intensifies," he wrote.

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Rep AOC helped Bernie Sanders turn out ‘the largest crowd drawn by any candidate’: report

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) helped Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) turn out a huge crowd at a campaign rally in New York City.

Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, officially endorsed the Vermont senator at the event.

"Bernie Sanders has a crowd of 25,872 this afternoon at his Queens rally, according to the security company handling the event, Contemporary Services Corp. That would make this event, his first since his heart attack 18 days ago, the largest crowd drawn by any candidate," Buzzfeed News correspondent Ruby Cramer reported.

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