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Rep Katie Porter tells shocking stories of how Congress is ‘set up for — and run by — the wealthy’

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The first single mother with young children to serve in Congress explained little-known details of how Congress is designed for its members to be rich during an appearance on CNN on Saturday.

Van Jones interviewed Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), who became the first Democrat to represent her Orange County district in Congress and is viewed as a rising star after video clips of her incisive questioning in hearings have repeatedly gone viral online.

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The host noted Porter has spoken about her colleagues being “shocked” to hear about the cost of childcare.

“What is that like being — almost like an economic minority in the House?” Jones asked.

“I think this is one of the most surprising things for me is, I think I understood I was being elected to a position of privilege and of power and responsibility. I think I didn’t understand the extent to which Congress is kind of set up for — and run by — the wealthy,” Porter replied.

“And I’m certainly not at the bottom of the economic spectrum, I have a good job as a professor,” the tenured University of California, Irvine School of Law professor noted. “Like I’m very, very fortunate and very conscious of that. But some of the things that I’m told really reveal what a privileged institution it is.”

“When I was looking for a district office, I said well, you know, how do I pay a security deposit? They said we don’t provide funds for a security deposit,” she revealed. “And they said use your ‘personal funds.'”

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“Wow,” Jones said.

“And so, like the healthcare, we start the job January 3, our health care as members doesn’t start until February 1st. So, I said well how do my children and I have insurance — as I’m ethically prohibited from working in another job — how do my kids and I have health insurance in that period? They said go on your husband’s. And I said I don’t have a husband. And then the answer again was ‘personal funds,'” she said.

Porter explained how she’s working legislatively to help remedy the situation.

“This economic diversity is very important. And I have a bill I’m excited about, that I believe is going to have bipartisan support, called the Help America Run Act. And what it does is allow candidates to use campaign donations to pay for health insurance premiums and childcare costs, so we can continue to diversify the voices representing the diversity of the American people,” she said, to applause from the studio audience.

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Trump says governors are ‘very happy’ with the job he’s doing — even though they’re begging him for more supplies

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At the latest coronavirus task force press briefing on Monday, President Donald Trump boasted that "every one" of the state governors in America are "very happy" with the job he is doing to help them combat coronavirus.

His claim is at odds with numerous governors who have complained that the federal government is not doing enough to coordinate the delivery of medical equipment and forcing them into bidding wars with other states.

Trump even tried to add later in the speech that Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D-IL) was "a happy man" even though "he may not be happy when he talks to the press."

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There’s a horrifying history of leaders saying there’s a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’

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President Donald Trump rang out in an all-caps tweet Monday morning "LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!" It was a comment he echoed from his Sunday press conference saying that the U.S. is in the home stretch of the coronavirus crisis. He went on to say that he anticipated the country reopening in a few weeks.

The quote was one that Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty noted was one that many other leaders have used at frightening times.

"It is difficult to imagine a poorer, more chilling choice of words," she wrote. "Or one that more illuminates, if inadvertently, the consequences of the mixed-messages that Trump continues to send."

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‘Hey baby’: Fox News anchor forgot to turn off his mic while ignoring Trump’s briefing

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At Monday's coronavirus press briefing, it appeared that even one of President Donald Trump's biggest defenders in the media couldn't be bothered to pay attention to the president's update — and he revealed how disengaged he was after he forgot to turn off his mic.

"Hey, baby," Fox News host Jesse Watters could be heard saying on one of the streams. "We have the task force briefing."

Jesse Watters forgot to turn off his mic. pic.twitter.com/K1z5cXSX5a

— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) April 6, 2020

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